Dye Hard

Stage 1 of my – accelerated but still lengthy hair change process – lifting the semi-permanent dye. There are a lot of different methods you can find online but this is what I did and the results I got. This was the first time I’ve done this because I usually go bright/dark in colours that cover what’s underneath pretty well, but this time I’ve decided to do something a little different and I’m going to need to go a bit lighter.

Most of my hair has been some variation of blue or green for the past two years, which means starting out I couldn’t expect too much because at a point layers and layers of semi-permanent become pretty freaking permanent. My hair is most likely stained and will have to be bleached out, but a little lifting attempt treatment is worth a shot. What I used is bicarbonate of soda. Vitamin C powder is also supposed be really good, but that would have required me to actually buy something and that’s just not the experimental way. I’m not using a colour remover because in my experience they are more drying than bleach and are barely effective.

Here is the part where a good blogger would give you the recipe and quantities of what they mixed. I can’t do that. I smushed approximately “some” bicarb into a cheap shampoo. Gun to my head, I would say the ratio was maybe 60:40 in favour of the shampoo. Then I put in “a bit” of water and shook it up to mix it. I read afterwards that its’ much better for your hair to dissolve the bicarb first and then add it to shampoo, but live and learn.

This was going to be drying so I soaked with coconut oil for 24hrs first. (Shouldn’t need an explanation, I slapped the oil on my all my hair, put a shower cap on it and spent 24hrs frustrated that I couldn’t scratch my head.) The next day I washed my hair with the bicarb mix then with a Head and Shoulders shampoo, then conditioned twice.Then I forgot to take a photo. I have since bleached so visual evidence of the results are lost forever.

I don’t know if it would show much in a photo anyway but I would say some of the deeper blues have faded, the older turquoise and greens are stuck fast but I was kind of expecting that. The purples and pinks are mostly gone. My ends feel fine, but seeing as I recently hacked about 20cm off them that’s not really surprising. I might have got more of a result if I’d left the bicarb mix sit for 10-15min before rinsing and it’s a process that is meant to be repeated over a series of washes, but I would qualify this as a success and I’d do it again.

With bicarb being alkali I did rebalance my pH afterwards with some vinegar. A lot of people will tell you apple cider vinegar is life. I can’t speak in health terms because I think drinking vinegar is gross, but when it comes to hair, this is bullshit. White vinegar is just fine. I couldn’t find a free spray bottle so I put maybe 2Tbspns (?) into my half empty bottle of Mane and Tail leave-in, which hasn’t impressed me massively as a conditioner, but smells nice. I put a good dose of this over all my hair when it was damp.
Tune in next week for the the bleach-ening.

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I feel like I just wrote one of these, where is the time going?

I actually spent a lot of this week on YOU people. I’ve prewritten some posts that are much longer than my usuals (because they’re mostly about my hair) and provided tomorrows post doesn’t bring about a hail of abuse, I will be bumping up to three posts a week for the next while.

Would you allow me one small indulgence? Can I start recapping reality shows? Specifically Project Runway, seeing as it’s come to be such a big part of my blogged life?

I was reading ANTM Funny’s recaps of last week’s premiere of that (even if you’ve never watched an episode of ANTM in your life, highly worth a read) and I realised how much of the stuff that I have long ridiculed in Tyra Banks’ desperate cry for attention is now present in my beloved PR, which also had it’s season premiere last week. I know there are PR recappers out there, and if you can point me in the direction of a good one (by which I mean sarcastic, not like, actually knowledgeable) please comment/message me, but they are not me and this is my blog. So I’m going to start by doing the first episode tomorrow and we’ll see how we go.

The house hunt has been ongoing, and I’m making very little progress. The real estate market moves too quickly for my poor commitment-phobic brain. I probably won’t end up homeless, but not knowing where I’m going at this point in the year is stressing me out quite a bit. Worse is the not knowing who I’m going to live with. Why is this so hard?

We Wear Pink

 

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Since going unprofessional it really has been a matter of time before I took my first steps into the wildly over saturated world of fashion and beauty blogging.

The fashion industry has an input in everything I do. I’ve always loved clothes, buying them, making them, drawing them, wearing them and drooling over the ones I will never have. I have an incredibly cheap and DIY approach to beauty and I get literally all of my info from the internet. My hair and face have each had their fair share of household products that were never meant for the hair and face smothered on them.

Before I type another word, let me say that I have nothing even remotely like any cosmetology training. I’m just a woman  with a B in leaving cert chemistry, who has read a lot about hair, watched A LOT of hair-related YouTube videos and tried a bunch of stuff. Not all of it has worked. Doing anything you read about here without looking it up elsewhere is not something I advise stupid, it’s stupid. I frequently damage myself in the name of science.

I wanted to pick a day to do one post in the girly vein a week and give it a cute alliterative name. I couldn’t think of one, so I’m using Wednesdays. If nothing clicks with you regarding the post title at this point, I’m going to need you to leave the blog, because I’m afraid we can’t be friends.

I was going to start with (guess who’s about to renege on another blogging promise?) the process of my next hair change, but I want to stagger it a week later. The whole thing is going to be three posts, so three weeks. I don’t want the actual colour reveal to happen before the 26th, because when I rock up in Limerick for graduation, I’m going for shock factor. The posts will be written as I do each bit, but you will be reading it about a week late. Instead for this, the inaugural WWP (We Wear Pink, see?) post, I’m going to answer a question I get asked pretty often. How do I still have hair on my head?

1. The most honest answer I can give here is that my hair is thick. Hella thick. I have asked my hair to put up with a lot over the years and put up with it it has. It’s the reason it takes 6 years to dry, it’s the reason I need three times as much of any product I apply and it’s the reason my room has a second carpet. Its weight is the reason for many a headache. However, it’s also the reason it can take so much punishment.

2. COCONUT OIL. I throw in some tea tree(it smells nice and is anti-bacterial) and rosehip (…I found a bottle of it) oil and use it on my hair and face. Yet another reason Kylie Jenner is ruining my life. The secret of coconut oil is slowly being revealed to the world, so now instead of being able to buy massive tubs in the supermarket for €6, it comes in smaller pots for fifteen. For this reason I recently gave up on making sure it was virgin and started buying refined stuff. I have noticed absolutely no difference, and I feel stupid for ever caring about it. (This one might not be because of Kylie, but I’m going to blame her anyway.)

3. I only wash once every 14 days. I’ve never washed my hair more than once a week, but about 2 years ago I started stretching, and over the course of about 6 months I brought it up to around two weeks. The longest I’ve ever gone is 22 days. Yes, it was gross. In between I mostly leave my hair alone, maybe a rinse with cool water if it dried at a funny angle or something. When I do wash, I’m pretty awful to my curls and I do use sulphate shampoos. I intend, one day, to go sulphate free, but it won’t be while I dye. I’m better at going without silicones, since I found the Alberto Balsam range, which are cheap, smell great and no ‘cones. It is a Unilever brand though, which may be an issue for people. Fortunately, I have no social conscience.

Aside from that I heat style maybe twice a year and never brush or blow fry. Is my hair damaged? Yes, I bleach it two/three times a year. Do I consider the damage worth matching my hair to my shoes? 100%, no question.

Kylie Jenner is Ruining my Life

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If you thought these were erratic before, they’re about to get so much worse. It’s the end of the summer, which involves a lot of extended-family time for me, and I have a big-ass extended family. My next few weeks will be less about “Doing Stuff” and more about clinging to the last vestiges of what I like to think of as sanity.

Remember back when I started and I was taking a step to becoming a grown up every day? Before I reverted back to being 15? Well I actually have one of those this week, I took and passed my driver theory test. Although seeing as that’s something most people do at 15, I might not be able to count it. Anyway it happened, I have a new found hatred for pedestrians and soon I shall be that little bit more self-sufficient.

In other grown-up news, I’ve started searching for some place to live in Limerick for when I go back in September. I’ve spent the last four years in sheltered on-campus apartments, but that won’t be possible this year so I going out in to the real world to find a room. The great thing is that as a postgrad female, I am a commodity. I am a much more preferable tenant than some first year business student who’s never lived away from home before. Hurray for profiling! Little do they know, while I might not get out much, I’m going to stain the shower horribly. Which brings me on nicely to my next order of business…

A question mark that has been hanging over me since I finished college is what colour my hair goes next. There’s a lot of pressure on what colour my hair is for graduation, since the picture is sort of iconic and WILL be going on the wall. This, combined with the fact that I might be a little bit hipster and everyone is dyeing bright these days (Thank you Kylie), is making finding a colour très difficile. I finally made a decision. I’m going to do a whole thing about this in the next week (I actually mean it this time, the post is already written) but in the meantime, I don’t include nearly enough pictures in my blog, so here is as much of my hair history as I can find photos of:

Some of these are awful shots but very few photos of me between the ages of 2 and 20 exist.