Friday, 1 March 2019


Today is the first official spring day. I'm looking forward to more and more sunlight for each day and increased energy. I start obsessing about SPF in my haircare products around this time of year. And also for that first day where I don't freeze my ears off going outside without a hat on!

Hopefully my irritated scalp will calm down soon too.

I did some spring cleaning and gave some stuff away to Nurses Assistant-friend. There was a lot!
Basically lightly used skincare products I don't tolerate, skincare products I don't dare to use because I didn't tolerate products in the same line, makeup I already have similar items of, makeup I honestly can't be bothered to learn how to use and things that smells really nice without opening the packaging, so it's definitely too perfumed for my skin.
(Hubby was not impressed by how much I had accumulated) 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Post-henna colour check

Pre-combing picture of my hair after having been left alone in a braid since the henna. I gave it a few drops of coconut oil and it left a beautiful curl-formation at the ends.
As far as I can tell, the henna didn't change the colour at all. Perfect!

As usual when I ask Mr Igor to take pictures for me, I find a lot of pictures I didn't ask for in my phone... Unfortunately, he often catches a cool sequence, so it's hard to dissuade him from doing it because he sees I use them!

Post-combing fluffiness!

My hemline looks really uneven in this picture!
Mr Igor was pretty upset, because he is my designated trimmer and he thought he had messed it up. But after a shower and having damp hair, it looked pretty even, so I guess it was just the braid/curl formation that created that effect?

Monday, 25 February 2019

Henna, the day after

My hair felt really, really soft this morning!
Otherwise... Hmm, not anything to see?

It doesn't look any shinier than usual. Maybe a little more red, but that might be because I know and expect that result?
I could really use a nice and sunny day with some natural sunlight, maybe that would show the difference. (Also I'm tired of the damn "dark and cloudy" weather!)

I'm mildly unhappy with my toenails: In the bottle, the polish looked black with little flecks of sparkle, but on my nails, it's just a dense, mildly matte black. Booh.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Henna, it's go time!

All good to go with the ingredients

(Or something)
Actually I do like the smell of cassia. It's like... dusty and eathy or something.

The mix turned out to be a little drier than expected. But that's what you get when you work with a natural product like cassia. Luckily I had some extra conditioner I could add.

Attempted before-shot of the colour. The light in the bathroom wasn't on my side though.
I don't expect the colour to change much, not with this low dose of henna.

And the dripping immediately went nuts!
That is so damn annoying.
The dripping is such a pain in the ass! Even though I was mentally prepared, it still surprised me. It does every single time.

So far, the only thing that has ever "helped" is to spend extra time in the bathtub where the dripping is less irritating.
To spend extra time in the bathtub, I went for the longest documentary or movie I have on my youtubes "Watch later"-list: The Korean movie "200 pounds beauty".
I actually quite enjoyed it!
I see why so many people feel offended by how direct it is about bodies, plastic surgery and diets, but it's coming from a different culture. Not like here in the west, where the only bodies you're allowed to criticize are those that are thin and/or fit. I'll never understand that weird double standard...
Anyways, I really liked how direct it was about that plastic surgery didn't fix all Han-na's problems. I especially liked that it doesn't sugarcoat the consequences for her, like when [Spoiler alert] she finally kisses Sang-jun and instead of being happy, Han-na worry about how her implant-filled breasts feel, is scared that he will squeeze the silicone in her ass out of alignment and push her nose asymmetrical. 
I definitely recommend watching it.

The fluffy cloud-facial mask was also really entertaining!

Luckily I had done some good work preparing: My little henna nest was set up and ready to go, food was ready to grab quickly and I had entertainment ready. The heating blanket was actually a nice touch and I will definitely do that again next time.

The first book series failed to entertain me though. Sometimes the things you loved as a child just aren't so awesome to revisit. Good thing I had more books standing by.

I managed to keep the henna mud on for 9 hours!
Then rinsed it off. Added lots of conditioner to soak up any leftovers, left it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing again. It's always surprising how much of that green mud comes out with the second rinse!

The mane is now resting in a simple, single braid. It feels mildly upset and needs a little time to settle down.

Looking forward to see the colour and shine tomorrow when it has dried and settled.