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Staying True To You – The Blue Hair Dilemma…

“I can’t agree, it’s too much… I would never.”

“Anything but that… Don’t do that.”

“I don’t want to wake up in the morning next to that.”
I heard it all. It was as if the world was ending just from merely mentioning the idea of adding any type of color to my hair that wasn’t the typical. I was so sure I wanted this too, and for so long! It had been nearly over a year and I never stepped up to the plate, which for me is odd, as I typically tend to do spontaneous things that are out of norm. But the words were replaying in my head and eating me alive, and the panic had set in. I found myself starring in the mirror at my hair for longer than what was normal and thinking about how much I loved it the way it was, which was something I never felt before. And then, cracking under pressure, I told myself I wouldn’t do it… ‘how could I do it? I look great!’ and I soon found myself searching online for “safer” options.
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Then I gave myself a good smack in the face –> THIS IS NOT ME. “Safer options”?? That’s just not my style. I’m the artsy type; The spontaneous type; The ‘I like ugly things’ type! Why was I negotiating myself out of my true character because of the opinions of others who were nothing like me!? I was frustrated with myself. I felt at that moment that I didn’t even know me. Was I who everyone wanted me to be, or was I who I wanted to be? Was I going to let everyone else tell me what to do? Was I really going to let others opinions of me sway my own opinions and decisions for myself? I thought I was going to vomit – and I know that sounds so dramatic, but I felt nauseous at an abnormal degree. That’s exactly the type of person I have never wanted to be – scared to do out of the box things because of others opinions. Who even cares if anyone likes it if I like it? And it’s just hair… It grows back, can be dyed over again, can even be cut off!
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I escaped to my friend’s apartment for the weekend and it was then that I realized it. As she encouraged me to do it, talked about her hair-goals herself, and bounced around the room with me to our favorite tunes, I really realized it. There are going to be tons of people in your life that are nothing like you, and you’re going to love them for that – but you can’t let their opinions of what you like persuade you, nor can you let anyone’s, really. Therefore, I don’t say this lightly, it’s great to have friends of all types, but never forget to surround yourself with people that are very much like you, and not just people, but your environment. Find that place, somewhere out there in this world that you automatically feel in love with even for the first time. It’s those people and those places that will bring out your truest, you-est you, and we all need that. We become who we are because of the people and places we surround ourselves with. How does one enhance their creative soul and be creative to the best of their ability in a non-creative environment? For instance, all of my poetry is usually about love, and my best writing and deepest emotions about love all come out when it’s written in bed, my comfort zone, next to the person I love… it makes sense, right?
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So don’t settle. Don’t have friends who you don’t click with right away. Even if they aren’t anything like you, if you click with them they will bring out amazing sides of you, some that you didn’t even know you had, and don’t live somewhere that doesn’t describe who you are. Move. It’s more simple than people make it out to be. And always do what you want to initially. Your gut and instincts are your truest self talking to you. Don’t ever let anyone, or the status quo, influence your style, your choices in friends, hobbies, etc. What makes you special is being you and no one else, and not catering to other peoples desires or opinions. If they love you, they will still continue to do so anyway, for the you inside, not your blue hair.
xo, Al.
p.s., they all loved it (;
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The Easy Elegant Up-do

Hey beauties!

I’m not hairdresser, nor am I the best at hair, but I was asked by my boyfriends mom to do her hair for an office holiday party. I said sure, why not right?

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She sent me the picture and I pretty much crapped myself. Now, I love doing all things girly and love experimenting and playing around with makeup and hair and style, but trying something like this for my first time, when it has to look good the first try? I was freaking myself out haha. After looking up some Pinterest how-to’s, I gave it a go, and to my surprise? It came out pretty damn well!!
So I decided, if it was that easy for me, it is definitely do-able for everyone else.
Here are the tips I used to get it done:

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I also pulled some of her hair from the front and put it into a small bobble, so at the end she could have some free pieces.
Now, before I put the elastic at the bottom, I curled the hair in the pony. For this tutorial I found on Pintrest, the next step was the tuck the pony piece under, like this:

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What I found easier was pulling the hair up towards the top rather than under, and tucking the bit under in somewhat of a rolled way. This diagram somewhat explains it :

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I pinned the sides so it would stay, like this :

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Then I continued to add bobby pins throughout to hold some of the curls, and added hairspray as well.
This is what it looked like:

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I then braided the two side pieces, put elastic a on them, and crossed them at the back. I tucked in the end but into the bun bit.

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I then grabbed the bit in the tiny pony at the top of her head and blow dried it with a round brush to give it some volume, and then curled the ends.

That’s it!

I hope you like it and can have an easier, more simple time after this post!!

Enjoy 🙂
XO, A

THE BOX: Hair Death or Success?

Boredom has struck. My Wednesday night consist of nothing, and what’s a girl to do?

Boredom = hair experimentation.

A natural brunette, I get bored with my hair quite often and love exploring new things, whether it’s practicing the new up-do I learned on Pintrest, trying a new hair color (box dying of course, I rather spend my money on clothes), or dramatic cuts. Yes, believe it or not in my nineteen years of life I’ve tried multiple bobs and bangs. But, having only died my medium brown hair a dark chocolate brown a few times (with success, but short lived color) I have always wanted to try to go lighter.

The common fears of dying your hair lighter with box color:

1. Will my hair turn orange?

2. Do I have to bleach my hair first? How the heck do I do that? Why are people online telling me I need to do that?

3. What if nothing happens at all?

From my research, here’s what I was told….

Here’s the facts– If you’re going lighter, you don’t want to go drastically lighter with a box dye. Your hair WILL turn strange colors.

For the shade you want, buy a color that is two shades lighter (or darker, if wanting to go darker) than the shade that you want. Do not go any more than 2 shades. For me, with medium brown hair and wanting light brown hair, I bought L’Oreal number 8, Natural Medium Blonde  Excellent Creme. It was only about $9. Once your roots start to grow back, you can try an even lighter shade.

NO, I do NOT want to be a blonde, but this is the best color to buy for me to turn my hair from medium brown to light brown. When buying your color, check the side of the box. It will tell you what color it will change your current color into (trust them).

This is the one I have:

This is a picture of my hair before I used the box dye:

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As you can see it looks pretty dark in this picture, but it is actually a medium toned brown (with a bit of my moms red hair 🙂 ). And also, Sorry for the bad picture quality! My iPhone 4 will definitely not continue to be used for blog pictures 🙂

So here’s the result…

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As you can see, my hair turned a lighter brown color but, in the light especially, looks quite orange. The box dye didn’t give me full coverage, leaving me with my normal roots and the ends of my hair the same as before.

My Advice: GET IT DONE PROFESSIONALLY. My scalp burns, and my hair is a disaster. More so from my point of view my hair is disaster (and from my boyfriends), but it isn’t so bad where I’m embarrassed to go out in public. My next step after this is to dye my hair again but a darker brown than my original color, to cover up the awful color, but after my hair becomes a bit more oily (terrified it might all fall out 😦 )

For your  dying success, professional advice says to dye you hair again with the lighter color for complete results.

For more information, (and my main source of hair-dying knowledge) check out this article How to Dye Hair Like a Pro written on Women’s Health website.

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/hair-coloring-tips