Sunday, 17 December 2017

Simplified version of the Ellingwoman bun

The Elling woman was found in Denmark in 1938. She is one of the many well preserved bog bodies found in northern Europe. She died around 280 BCE and was around 25 years old.

What makes her famous in the longhair circuit is her long hair (90 cm), which was braided and knotted up in an elaborate bun.

The braid started in a regular three stranded braid using the crown hair. Then adding in the rest of the hair at neck-level into a six stranded braid, where the strands were braided in two and two. This must have required some sort of twisting to keep the strands separated. 
It probably had some sort of symbolic value, maybe magic numbers or something?
The braid was tied off using the hair itself. This is perhaps the thing that is the hardest to recreate, since this is incredibly hard to replicate on modern, sleek and clean hair. I think some sort of fat or oil must have been used to keep it in place?
The braid was then wrapped up under the initial braid and a knot/bun was formed.

The knot has a really good stability and is often praised for being comfortable.
Compared to some of the other historical hairstyles, this is also fairly easy to recreate.

However, there is a few "cheats" I like to do with it...

Start with a normal French or Dutch braid.
Optional: Skip a "step" when taking in hair, so you have a "gap" to easier wrap the braid through.
Mine is here in the right side at top of ear-level.

Poke fingers through the braid to find a place to pull the braid through.

Pull braid through the gap.

Depending on the length of your braid, you can stop here.
You can also wrap until you have the length of braid left that you want.

Or keep wrapping up into a complete bun with no loose braid.

Tuck ends in.

The bun is incredibly self stabilizing.
This is perhaps the only rival to the Nautilus bun when it comes to stability.

It doesn't even need a tool, but I like to add one anyways.

I think a bone hair stick is suitable!
This one is from WoodArtJewelry.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Seriously cool Christmas hair

Rainbow hair colour

This was created to show off the hair colour, but as cool as it is, my fascination is with the crown braid and decorations.

This seems to be a milkmaid-type crown braid, but how do you "thread" the silvery string through the hair without getting the little stars tangled in it?
And is the string what is holding the braid in place?

No matter what, it seems such a simple, yet stunning idea. The decorations attached are so nice!
I will have to play around with this for sure.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Product showdown

Continuing my product showdown:
I usually buy my conditioners following the rule "Whatever is on sale", and then just grab one of each line out of the brand. So now I have a lot of conditioners from the same brands, but different lines. So I was thinking that maybe I should do a comparison for all of those "doubles" so in the future, I will only get the best one at the next sale.

Up today are:
L'Oreal Elvital anti-breakage
L'Oreal Elvital color-vive

I'm going to compare them on a few different factors:
  • First impressions 
  • Effect: Shine and manageability 
  • Ingredient analysis and interesting ingredients such as "actives": Oils, fruits, keratin, sunscreen

First impressions
L'Oreal Elvital anti-breakage
Has that sort of clean and "soapy" scent. Good, thick formulation. 

L'Oreal Elvital color-vive
Has that sort of clean and "soapy" scent. Really thick formulation, almost deep conditioner texture which makes it almost drip free. I like!

L'Oreal Elvital anti-breakage
This left my hair incredibly soft and slippery, so much that it was actually rather hard to handle for me!

L'Oreal Elvital color-vive
Soft and slippery, but not as hard to handle as the anti-breakage.

Ingredient analysis
L'Oreal Elvital anti-breakage
Aqua / Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-6, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Limonene, Isopropyl Alcohol, 2-Oleamido -1, 3-Octadecanediol, Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Parfum / Fragrance. (F.I.L. C42783/1).

Applying the Beauty Brains "First five ingredients rule"
Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose
When only looking at the top five ingredients, this is a emollient and moisturizing product.
Which means I would want to use this as a CO cleanser for the surfactant to dissolve scalp oils. I would also use this as a deep conditioner for a moisture booster.

Interesting ingredients
Cetearyl Alcohol is an emulsifier which means it can dissolve oils and be used for cleansing.
Glycerin is a really good moisturizer.
Amodimethicone is a cone particularly prone to build up.
Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Oleate and Glyceryl Linolenate are emollients.

I would expect this conditioner to result in some very soft hair from the ingredient list.

26 ingredients in total
3 marked as a "2" for acne-trigger.  12%

3 marked as a "2" for irritation-trigger. 12%
1 marked as a "4" for irritation-trigger. 4%

13 marked as "green" for safety. 50%
8 marked as "yellow" for safety. 31%
1 marked as "red" for safety. 4%
And two marked as "green-yellow" for safety.  8%

L'Oreal Elvital color-vive
Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Tocopherol, cocos nucifera oil/coconut oil, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Trideceth-6, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, poly (linseed oil), benzyl alcohol, benzyl salicylate, linalool, Benzophenone 4, Amodimethicone, isoprpyl alcohol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, geraniol, citric acid, potassium hydroxide, butylphenyl methylpropional,citronellol, cetrinonium chloride, BHT, hexyl cinnamal, parfum/fragrance.

Applying the Beauty Brains "First five ingredients rule"
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Tocopherol
When only looking at the top five ingredients, this is a emollient and surfactant product.
Which means I would want to use this as a CO cleanser for the surfactant to dissolve scalp oils. I would also use this as a conditioner for a moisture booster.

Interesting ingredients
Cetearyl Alcohol is an emulsifier which means it can dissolve oils and be used for cleansing.
Cetyl Esters is an emolient and should result in soft hair.
Tocopherol is an antioxidant. Questions is if it will rinse out or leave on.
Cocos nucifera oil. Coconut oil. Love it or hate it. For me, it results in closed comedones and irritation. This means I would avoid using this as a cleansing conditioner and getting it on my scalp!
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is a sunscreen ingredient. Nice!
Linseed oil. Does this penetrate?
Benzyl Alcohol. Another sunscreen ingredient. Very nice indeed!
Benzophenone 4. Three sunscreen ingredients in one conditioner. Very nice!

Since this conditioner contains coconut oil, I would not want it on my scalp. This is a protein-free moisturizer and I would use it as such.

26 ingredients in total
2 marked as a "2" for acne-trigger. 8%
1 marked as a "4" for acne-trigger.  4%

1 marked as a "1" for irritation-trigger.  4%
2 marked as a "2" for irritation-trigger.  8%
1 marked as a "4" for irritation-trigger. 4%
And one marked as a "0-2" for irritation-trigger.  4%

10 marked as "green" for safety. 38%
12 marked as "yellow" for safety.  46%
3 marked as "red" for safety.  12%
And one marked as "green-yellow" for safety. 4 %

Lady Igor says
I actually like both in each their own way, but... The L'Oreal Elvital color-vive is awesome for the SPF, but since it contains coconut oil I would limit using it to the ends. The L'Oreal Elvital anti-breakage is a good deep conditioner all around and I would use this on my scalp to CO too. 
So I guess L'Oreal Elvital anti-breakage wins. But reluctantly, since I really do love SPF in my hair products. The risk of irritating my skin isn't worth it though.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas hair accessories

Hmm. So yesterdays Throwback Thursday made me a little sad I don't have any more cool Christmas hair accessories. So I went out to look for some, but have to admit it was a little hard to find some that were adult enough for me, while still being fun and playful.
And I guess by being "adult" I mean something that looks like decent quality and doesn't just look like cheap plastic...?

Can't really say these were adult though?
Still kind of fun!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Throwback Thursday

Old pictures of Christmas themed hairstyles.


My old collection of Christmas-related hair stuff. Wrapping some tinsel around a braid tassel is always quick and easy!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Today's hair

The mane is slightly irritated but soft after yesterdays (totally not penis-shaped) deep conditioning, so it's in a simple, single braid.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Today's hair

Doing a deep conditioning over night.
Going to do a single braid tomorrow to let it rest and calm down again, since I'm not planning to leave the house all day.

Mr. Igor says it looks like a penis.
Is he right?

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Today's hair

Yep, even with slightly messy braid bases, this worked pretty well.
It got nice and flat.
Too bad I couldn't hide the bottom braid a little better.
Also, I definitely need some smaller U-pins...

Friday, 1 December 2017

Today's hair

Today's hair is four slightly messy braids that I'm going to try for double Royal buns with tomorrow.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Life in general

My seasonal dandruff really went crazy this year. Maybe because we returned home from Madeira and 31 C (The guides did say it was unusually hot) to about 5 C and a quick transition into winter.
Last year it was just a mild inconvenience, but this year I feel I actually have to put some effort into keeping it at bay. So far, the best solution has been to do a scritching and massage every time I WO.

It's perfect weather to stay indoors and game though!

The wild animals are getting braver when it's this cold: A rabbit now practically lives on our lawn. I guess the short and juicy grass is better than the unmaintained grass in the nearby forest.

The wild birds quickly got back in the habit of calling for food when they see us in the kitchen. Especially the blue tits are fearless and seems to look you directly in the eye and than scream for a peanut. Cute little jerks!

I'm trying to extend a little bit of that holiday-feeling by using the products I brought home from Madeira. Every time I reach for them, I'm reminded of warm weather, a dramatic landscape and seriously good seafood.
Too bad the feeling won't last. But soon it will be Christmas and that has its own charm too.

In other news, I switched jobs. It's a quite unusual niche, and highly specialized. I was immediately intrigued when I saw the opening, and really happy I got it.
It does have a very unusual work hour distribution though. Way longer, but fewer days. You're not even allowed to work past a certain number of days a month when the hours are this long. I don't mind though. My work days generally goes to sleeping, grabbing a cup of coffee and kissing Hubby goodbye, then coming back home and doing basically nothing before going back to bed again. So, now I just have to skip some of the "doing basically nothing" and go right to sleep instead.
I think this will actually allow me to put more hours into work #2, since I get a lot more free days.

This year, Hubby and I got really into stocks. That's seriously addictive! Like a (Now former) co-worker who is very much into stocks warned me: "The day you get hooked on stocks is the moment you will forever be on the hunt for more money to put on your stock account".
She wasn't exaggerating.
One of the things I'm most excited about with the new Job #1 is the possibility of having more time for, and thus making more money out of Job #2.

I have a few days off before I start on the new job, so I try to spend some time on my time wisely and get some Nice To Do items off my mental list.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Hairstyle planner

I continue to be short on time in my life. 
Maybe I'll go into a bit more details on this in my next post...
Anyways. Something I find really nice is to make solid braid-base in the evenings that I can "re-use" for two different styles the next two days.
It saves me some time and effort in the morning.
The crazy thing about this? No one has ever been able to tell. Even when I press my colleagues for their opinion, no one has spotted anything "off" about my hair.
It's like a dirty little, totally awesome secret.
As long as I cycle my styles into obviously different styles, I guess no one can tell and everyone thinks I look well put together and professional.

Base: Horizontally split double braids
This one causes me a little trouble because it's hard to find the exact place to split it to make both braids equally thick. It's always higher up than I think. This one also works well with five-stranded braids.

Option 1: Double vertically stacked buns.
I always thought this style would be considered "childish", but so far I only got comments on how crazy it is I have two, "normal sized" buns.

Option 2: The Royal Bun.
This is a seriously good option for day two. The style "lifts" some of the short, face framing hairs up so they fall out. So it makes for a good "messy on purpose" style. A little leave in-conditioner to tame the short hairs and it looks great.

Alternative option: Bottom braid turned into a braided Nautilus bun, and top braid wrapped down and around. I just don't think this one is particularly cute though!

Alternative option: Top braid turned into a braided Nautilus bun, and bottom braid wrapped up and around. It gets a bit of a "lump" instead of the nice, flatness of the royal bun.

Base: Vertically split double braids
I really like this one. It's very comfortable on its own and something that looks more complicated than it is.

Option 1: Braided Chinese bun. 
This is a really good style for day one, because it benefits from being smooth and flyaway-free, so the details show well.

Option 2: Horizontal double buns.

Option 3: Partially or completely tucked under braids.
This is a really good style for day one, because it benefits from being smooth and flyaway-free, so the details show well.

Option 4: Crown wrap.
At times where "messy on purpose" is in style, this is a good option for day two. 

So maybe the perfectly planned updo cycle for a week of work would be:
  • Sunday evening: Wash followed with making vertically split double braids
  • Monday morning: Braided Chinese bun
  • Tuesday morning: Horizontal double buns
  • Tuesday evening: Wash followed with making horizontally split double braids
  • Wednesday morning: Double vertically stacked buns. 
  • Thursday morning: The Royal Bun
  • Thursday evening: Wash followed with making vertically split double braids
  • Friday morning: Partially or completely tucked under braids
  • Saturday morning: Crown wrap if needed