Friday, 16 March 2012

I *could* have combs :)

My combs from Hairsense came! Hah, ironic when I just wrote about the other package being lost somewhere in USPS’s “care”, hmm?
Top left: “The Viking boat oar” as it’s named on UTT. I will use it for conditioner and treatment distributions in the shower and for rinsing.
Bottom left: I will use these two for smoothing hair when putting it up.
Brush in the middle for… Well, brushing.
Top right: I will use these for detangling. Might put the far right in my shoulder bag since it’s the smallest.
Bottom right is going to a friend.
Going to wash them and then put them to use, yay!

Little package lost

I’ve been tracking my Pretty AnntoiNet's package since it was shipped out. First in hopeful eagerness waiting for my silky goodies, then in baffled confusion.
Allow me to demonstrate why. Here is USPS’s tracking information. 
Recognize that the locations are repeated?
Let’s put that on a map…
The package is accepted at a post office at A (Bloomfield), then to B (Kearny) and C (Jamaica). Then it gets shipped almost back to B (A different place in Kearny). Finally back to C again (Jamaica).
Seriously, what the hell, USPS?

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

I can has combs?

Since placing an order at Hairsense on the 2nd I haven’t heard a word from them.
I heard from Pretty AnntoiNet'​s, several times actually: A confirmation on the order and Linda herself taking the time to ask me if I would like to upgrade to a shipping method with tracking number outside the US and with insurance. Isn’t it sweet she took the time to care? I had just picked the first best shipping option since I didn’t know what the difference was. Too bad I didn’t see her mail until after she had shipped it out (And emailed me the tracking number and shipping confirmation) That’s a caring and responsible business owner!
Hairsense though, not a peep. I checked my spam folder several times too, nothing. They did happily take my money though. Hm.
So this morning I emailed them.
This is one of those times where I simply need to screenshot the reply. Noone would believe me if I just copy pasted it:
(My gmail is set to Danish, so if you can’t understand something, just ignore it. It isn’t important)
Hmm, ow-kay… I’m about to reply when this pops into my inbox too:
I reply, then get an answer:

Then I have that ½ second delay before my brain really registers what just happened and my reaction is approximately this: Wait, huh?!

This seriously raises a bunch of questions for me: How old is this woman?  Is this really how business representatives talk to their customers in 2012? Am I talking to this woman? How can she spell words like “international” and “receive” correctly and not “you” and “please”? Why the weird emphasis on the ipad? Is “the” and “a” out of fashion to type down these days?
But as someone mean *Cough*Kelly*Cough* pointed out on facebook what it really reminds you of is…

Monday, 12 March 2012

Cassia and oil

I was going to do a cassia treatment tonight but my cassia pack wasn’t opened yet.  Meh. I always do a test on some shed hairs before doing a treatment. It might not be necessary before each treatment but at least the first time you take a pack in use. Since cassia is a natural product you don’t have the same guarantee of a uniform product as you do with a conditioner.
This is why you collect some shed strands from time!
Then I thought of doing an OCM. I do them from time to time but since OCM are good for mostly whiteheads and blackheads, it doesn’t do much for my skin issues. But they do feel nice. I thought maybe I could add a few drops of my new tea tree oil to the oil mix?
Since I was thinking about oils I realized my trusty oil spray was being pretty icky. Containers for oil always have such a tendency to get greasy and disgusting!
So I emptied it and cleaned it out. All nice and clean, yay!
It’s a fairly expensive pump-action oil spray intended for cooking.
Look how my collection of oils has grown too!
Argan: Strange smell but a fantastic ability to boost the copper tones I so love in my hair!
Coconut: A little more annoying to work with then the rest since it solidifies but it seems to have the biggest impact on my hair. My skin hates it and I break out if it touches it.
Hemp seed: Light and nice. Fantastic on the skin.
Macadamia nut: Penetrates nicely and is easy to clean off.
Olive: My least favourite oil. It’s icky and sticky and difficult to rinse clean. Doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on my hair.
Walnut: Light and nice.
Now the question is what I should fill into my nice and clean oil spray and what to use on my skin?
I settled for a somewhat random mix of 4 parts argan oil, 4 parts macadamia oil, 2 parts hemp oil, 2 parts walnut oil and one part olive oil for the oil spray. Maybe I should get an essential oil with a nice scent for my oil spray? One that doesn’t mess with the hair but only adds scent (Although I wouldn’t totally hate it if it darkened my lighter ends just a tad. Even though I’m doing my best with covers and sunblock, ten years does take the colour out of hair…)
For the OCM I went with 3 parts of hemp seed oil, 1 part olive oil, 1 part walnut oil, 1 part argan oil and a few drops of tee tree oil. I thought of trying the macadamia too but better try each of the new ones at the time. Who knows if I will tolerate them or not? My skin absolutely hates coconut oil and it makes me itch and break out. I know I tolerate hemp, olive and walnut oil.
I like spreading the oil out with a brush and using an electric toothbrush to work it in. Just using your fingers doesn’t really work as well especially around “corners” like the nose.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Hair diary

Monday the 5th of March
Deep conditioning with El Vital. Wow, it’s been a while since I did a real deep conditioning. Must have been before I left for Denmark? Ages ago, hah. Well, time to put a bit of effort into the hairy health project again!
Hairstyle of the day: A simple English braid for the slippery freshly conditioned mane.

Tuesday the 6th of March
Doing a S&D. Finding a whole lot of splits! More than usually definitely and a different type than my regular splits. Usually I find “eyes” and “deep splits” where the damage is detached from the end of the hair and formed a bit up. I guess it’s from elastics, which wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. This time I find a lot of “real” splits formed at the end. I guess my last trim took off a lot of un-damaged ends and took the new ends up to where the damage is located? Kind of funny to see it change.
Pretty AnntoiNet's sent me an email yesterday that I didn’t see until today asking if I was interested in upgrading my order to express mail since it would have international tracking for my large and expensive order. I like businesses that take a real interest in their customers!
Hairstyle of the day: Braided Nautilus bun.

Wednesday the 7th of March
Today was supposed to be an olive oil-day but I was never a fan of olive oil and I was itching to try my brand new macademia oil. It has a nice thin-ish consistency and smells pleasant. I do an Ankylosaurus with it overnight.
According to the USPS tracking number, my PrettyAntoniette package has already left the US, yay!
Hairstyle of the day: Figure 8 bun.

Thursday the 8th of March
The macademia oil has a nice absorption. I use a bit of watered down leave in conditioner to wash some of the surface oil out. I don’t intend to wash it clean, just to get the majority of surface oil off. The oil has a nice non-sticky kind of effect even though it’s not completely cleaned out of the hair. Then I put it up in a nautilus bun. One of those “Get it out of the way and ignore it” days.
Having one of those days where everything gets on my nerves. The big tax day was Monday and it has been grating on my nerves since. Except for last year, I’ve had to pay taxes back every single year since ever no matter if I studied or worked (Or how much I worked) But since I actually got money back last year I thought I would this year again. They must have changed a rule because I haven’t made any more money this year? I had to pay quite a bit back and it put a real stick in the wheel for my plans. I had planned to buy myself two new identical phones, one for my Danish number and one for a new Swedish, and I fell in love with an expensive sliding phone. Damn. That will have to wait.
Hairstyle of the day: Dutch braid.

Friday the 9th of March
The macademia oil has fully absorbed.
Reminder to self: Email Hairsense. They have taken the money but no email, no shipping, no notice they even acknowledged my order.
Hairstyle of the day: Figure 8 bun.

Saturday the 10th of March
After my morning hair rinse I don’t use leave in conditioner. My plan was to do a cassia treatment in the evening according to my hair plan but hubby distracts me with takeout Thai food, candy, beer and rented DVDs. Mmmh, night home on the couch > cassia treatment.
Hairstyle of the day: Braided Nautilus bun.