Saturday, 19 August 2017

Today's hair

Got a call from work asking if I could come in and fix something.
So, uh, what do you do quickly with 8 little braids to put them up in an office-appropriate style?

This was far from perfect, but I think I can see some potential here...

The Quattro pins didn't really work for this. Maybe a Flexi if I had to do it another time?


Friday, 18 August 2017

Today's hair

I decided to take a day off today, but felt like doing something other than my usual "Lazy day, simple braid" thing so I put it in 8 little braids.

Took some time to finish!
Pretty comfy though... 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Effect vs. effort

One of my colleagues came into work with a set of eyelash extensions today. It looked really awesome! Natural enough that you didn't notice it was the eyelashes right away, but just that she looked pretty and well rested or something. I really loved the effect and I'm seriously considering trying it. I don't use any oils or based serums at the moment but I wonder how the extensions will hold up against my skincare routine, and especially the Clarisonic.

So I got into a pretty interesting discussion with some colleagues about how differently women treat themselves and how big of a difference there is in what people prioritize in their beauty and personal care.
One of our conclusions was that there is a big difference in how people want "natural" beauty or not.

I'm completely on the team "natural beauty". Unless it's a special occasion, I can't help but feel that any "beauty" that can be washed off by rain, or ruined by wind, is a waste of time to apply.
Everything else that can help with the "natural" beauty though? Yea, no problem. Skincare, hair care, teeth bleaching, eyebrow waxing, eyelash dyeing, exfoliating, epilating, dermarolling, eyelash extensions, any kind of supplement... Bring it on!

Of course I'm by far the one at my office spending the most time and effort on my skin. The Korean skincare routine just takes more time and effort, but it's worth it: My skin responds really well to it. Time and effort yes, but not money. I found it mildly horrifying how much some of my colleagues spend on their skincare products! One of my colleagues admitted what she had just spent on some western anti-aging skincare line and according to my calculations, it was about 3/4 of what I paid for my latest mixed haul. Shocking!

I brought up an example that has mystified me since I encountered it: A colleague in an old workplace used to have the most elaborate eye makeup. Obviously she spent a lot of time on it every single day. But she also had what I can best describe as a mustache that any teenage boy would be proud of. It drove me absolutely nuts looking at it. I never mentioned it to her, or anyone else at that office, but it bothered me so much. I can completely respect the "My body, my rules" but I had trouble accepting that someone could put in so much effort on makeup, and then ignore something that seemed like such an obvious problem area. But maybe that's just me.

Luckily my colleagues had a good chuckle at it, and didn't think I was a jerk.

My colleagues found it funny that the only thing I do that doesn't look "natural", is that I like to do cute (And sometimes totally over the top) toenail designs. Of course this fits into my own personal conclusion, that I like to do things that have a high effect to effort ratio: Even if I spend a couple of hours doing my toenails, the result will last weeks. It will look good even when I roll out of bed in the morning. No upkeep required either. At least until it chips off, I guess.

So, my thoughts on effect vs. effort for some of the things I do.

Effort: I spend maybe 30 minutes to 1 hour 1-2 a month, however, you have to pay some attention when you do this, so the effort is fairly high.
Effect: The result lasts some weeks. But I guess the main point of the effect is that I can avoid shaving gels or wax, stuff that my skin doesn't appreciate.

Effort: Maybe 5 minutes twice a month? I've been considering dyeing them slightly darker, like a light brown since thick, dark brows remain in fashion. Maybe I'll get around to it. Some day...
Effect: Totally worth the time spent.

Eyelash dye
Effort: Maximum 5 minutes once a month.
Effect: The dye is permanent, so the effect lasts until I shed the eyelashes. The last dyed eyelashes are gone after about 6 weeks, but the effect is definitely noticeable after a month.
This is the top score on effort to effect.

Effort: 1-2 a week for washing or deep conditioning. The time spent on washing depends on if I just do a scalp wash or a full deep conditioning. A lot of the time goes to just having my hair wrapped up in cling wrap with conditioner, which is hardly any "effort" since I can read or work at the computer at the same time.
Effect: Depends on which wash type, but the effect is usually noticeable for days.

Effort: I absolutely can't stand having long fingernails so I cut and file my nails once a week. Low effort, low level of caring about this.
Effect: Meh? I don't notice a "nice" effect, but I get annoyed when they need work.

Effort: A couple of hours for a full, cute nail design and foot care. A couple of minutes for basic upkeep. Twice a month maybe?
Effect: The effect can last for maybe a month before getting chipped and damaged, and cute toenail designs makes me happy.

Effort: High. Daily effort and care here. However, the sheet masks are easy, "hands free" when you have the silicone mask covers. Recommended!
Effect: Totally worth it.

Effort: Hah. Kind of silly having to list something so basic, right? But I do try to make teeth care a priority once in a while (Maybe once a week or so?), otherwise it just gets stuck on routine. Brush + floss + brush again + gentle whitening strips + pharmacy-grade mouth wash.
Effect: Dunno, my dentist thought it was a good idea when I mentioned it?

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Throwback Thursday

I was looking for a specific picture to show a friend, when I stumbled upon the pictures from when my hair was its longest ever. This was all the way back in April 2014! And now I feel really weird about having maintained mid thigh/fingertip length for so long. Seriously, it's very strange to not be actively growing my hair out. This was something I just "did" for so long... Since January 2001 pretty much.
...Maybe it's time to grow again?

Monday, 31 July 2017

Today's hair

Two five-stranded braid-based Nautilus buns stacked on top of each other, held with two Flexies.

I always find it really cool how even with two buns like this, my hair always shows from the front when I tilt my head just a little. Such big buns!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Today's creation

A colleague complained that she has a strong asymmetrical parting, and it makes it hard to braid. 
So I gave it my best shot, but had to admit she was right: There were no way to part her hair completely down the middle without some strong styling product.
Oh well. Still looked pretty good!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Today's hair

And today I remember why I stopped doing this braid-base: The five-stranded start to a Nautilus bun ends up with a strong lopsidedness. It looks great from one side and pretty bad from the other.

(And my new phone is crazy shiny. Damn. Looks slightly creepy with two reflections of my neck like this)

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Today's hair

Funny, I put quite a bit of effort into learning how to do this twist-start to a five-stranded braid, but after that, I haven't done it for a while.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Muddy mess

I've been really busy lately, so it's been a while since last I did a good deep conditioning. I decided to do a cassia treatment with one of the nice Korean conditioners from my latest haul

Mr. Igor of course decided it was the perfect time to sneak up on me and annoy me since I was pretty defenseless (Unless I wanted the entire bathroom to be smeared in cassia mud!)

Mr. Igor is a moron, but I love him.

I did get him to take a picture of the structure of my enormous, muddy mess of a bun though...

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Mildly weird things that happened to me: Hair edition

So, a while back I went to my massage therapist and she mentioned how a new customer had come in because I had recommended her. She was pretty pleased with having a new regular, and I thought it was pretty cool someone took my recommendation. But I was a little confused as to exactly who in my social circle it had been. My massage therapist said the new customer was called Maria, and based on the description I figured it was doctor-friend-Maria. I know a lot of Marias for some reason.
But when I asked doctor-friend-Maria, she just looked confused. That left me with the theory that maybe it was one of my blog-readers, and a local one too. Which I thought was incredibly cool!


But the lesser-cool truth was revealed when I went last time: I'm not the only Ida that goes to that particular massage therapist.

One day at work, I started getting a pain in one of my toes. After a few hours, it had gotten quite irritating. When I went to investigate, I found what looked like a small blister. Of course this left me super confused, since my shoes and socks that day were well worn, and some of my favourites for comforts too. I got a small scissor to cut it open and drain the fluid out, but instead of the clear blister-fluid, out came...
One of Hubby's beard-hairs and a small drop of pus!
What the...?
I've heard and read about hairs getting in under the skin like this, but never seen it in person, so it was quite fascinating to me. My coworkers commented that they would have expected me to have encountered this before, but my own hairs never seem to get into that kind of trouble. They seem to prefer to gather peacefully in quiet corners, and when disturbed, they like to form toe-stranglers instead. Weird.

Mr. Igor wants the record to state that my shed hairs are like the snake and the muscular manly-man is him of course:

I of course say it was like being attacked by a porcupine, but I couldn't find any non-horrifying reaction pictures for that, so here's a crow being rescued from a few quills:

Last week I had a dream that I was delivering some papers to a famous hairtoy designer. Funnily, she looked almost exactly like real life costume-designer-friend. Anyways, she was really rude to me obviously didn't want to talk to me at all, which left me pretty upset in my dream. When I came home from that, I had gotten an anonymous email (Uh?) that linked me to a secret site where people could post trade reviews for other people. In my dream I realized it had been the reason the hairtoy designer had been rude to me, because somehow she had looked me up before I showed up (Weird dream logic is weird). I felt so unfairly treated that the site only had bad reviews for me, since I've been in the longhair circuit for... 15 years? 16 years? Holy crap, has it been this long?? I must have made at least 50 trades over the years by now, and the mail just sometimes doesn't deliver, or even flat out trash your package.
I felt so unfairly treated by that weird, anonymous site that I woke up angry and confused from it. So weird!


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Throwback Thursday

Ugh, it is so hot right now.

This is actually a time of year when I can miss having shorter hair: My buns were so much smaller and cooler on my head. Now, even the most compressed bun I can manage is larger than I can span over with my hand...

These little double, knotted buns were really cute!

Monday, 19 June 2017


My latest Testerkorea haul just arrived!

And... Holy crap, I didn't think I actually ordered this much?
But spread out on the floor, it took up a lot of space. Hmm!

I'm pretty unhappy with Testerkorea right now: It took over a month to show up. of course this is fair enough for such a haul, but it turned out the delay was caused by a single facial mister that had been discontinued. Not out of stock, discontinued. TK didn't know, or react to this until after I contacted them. Sloppy stock-control like that just pisses me off. it's just plain laziness or not having a system implemented.

I think I will try RoseRoseShop next time...

Unfortunately, it turned out I don't tolerate Tonymoly's Goat milk series at all. This is one of the items I was really looking forward to try, but after using it twice, my skin was pissed off and full of comedos. Judging from the "scorched" feeling and reaction, I think the problem was a too high pH and a too heavy formula. I gave it away to a college who was surprisingly happy to receive my leftovers, lol.

I thought this was pretty interesting too: I don't tend to order a lot of haircare products from Korean sites. As superior the skincare products generally are for my skin, they seem a bit more "Meh" compared to western products. But, I did pick up a few ampoules, some scalp scalers, a single leave in conditioner and a few regular conditioners...

Friday, 2 June 2017


A visit to my parents usually means I ask my mom to trim my hair, haha.
I've been falling behind on my idea that I would maintain my hair at fingertip length for a while. 

Funny how that works: Hair growth is what happens when you're busy making other plans.

Sorry for the slightly blurry picture. It doesn't show the resulting trim very well.
Mom took quite a bit off! And yet I couldn't tell after braiding it again, haha.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Today's hair

I have an appointment with my massage therapist tomorrow. (I highly recommend going to Kana at Frisk o Vacker Hudvård in Lund, should any of my readers be local!) 
My hair always seems to be in the way for her work... So far the best option seems to be a slightly lose single braid, but a single braid seems to be mildly irritating to move around for her too: It's too heavy, yet slippery and won't stay in one place.

So I figured I would try with four little braids.

Then I felt like messing around with the four braids and see if I could get something fun or useful out of it.

Hmm, maybe?

Using the four small braids in a form of Royal buns/Minibuns resulted in nicely flattened buns.

Looked funny with two of the braids hanging lose.

All four minibraids pinned up and bunned. Meh, not that cute.

Using the four little braids to form a braided Chinese bun worked pretty well!