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Hair: Now it’s here, now it’s gone. 2016-03-26

You guys may have noticed that I recently cut my hair, and quite drastically at that. 
Some may be wondering why I would opt to remove the soft, flowing follicles that adorned my face in favour of a blunt short crop… or maybe not, you might not be the least bit concerned with what I do with my own hair, and right on if so. Feel free to bypass this post in favour of something more interesting to you.

So, here we are. It’s been about two weeks since my talented friend and barber Mindy took the trimmers to my dome. This has given me time to adjust to the differences and weigh them, along with the reasoning behind my decision.
In all honesty, I was really excited to take my hair off. 
It’s been well over a decade since I’ve had short hair, and after bleaching my hair multiple times and chopping half of it off I still felt the itch to do something different. I was tired of the constant battle with roots that comes with lightening your hair and while my hair remained soft and touchable it was more fragile than I liked. I spent several weeks watching videos of women shaving their hair off, discussing their experiences with short hair, reading blogs, etc. The idea initially occurred to me after a conversation with one of the youngsters I drew during a hospital visit with Critical Care Comics. She was a teenager and we joked about our attachment to our hair- and it kind of gnawed at me. How invested am I in my hair, anyway? In all reality it’s just an accumulation of keratin and proteins projecting itself from my scalp.. while it can take years to grow out and maintain long, luscious locks, at the end of the day they are not the singular defining point to who I am. Over the past year I’ve dabbled in pink, purple, blue, green and blonde hair and while it was good fun to experiment it also helped reinforce the idea that my hair didn’t have to define me any more than I wanted it to. 
It’s just hair. 
It grows back.
And you know what?
Having short hair is GREAT! 

I’ve knocked my shower time down to 10 minutes
Now I spend more time putting on skin creams than I do trying to rinse product out of my hair.
 I’d bought Hair One’s Olive hair cleanser and conditioner for dry hair ages ago and never really used it. When my hair was long, I’d need 16-20 pumps of product to effectively saturate it all, and when it was bobbed it still took 10-12 pumps. It seemed like so much product to use each and every time I washed my hair, and was kind of a pain to pump-pump-pump away. Now 2-3 pumps will thoroughly saturate my hair and scalp and it’s so much easier to massage my scalp without tangling up my hair. The product was recommended to me the day I bought the bleach and I still have the same bottle, if that gives you an idea how infrequently I was using it! But man, this stuff is great with my short hair! It’s really nourishing and makes my hair so soft and shiny without drying out my scalp and turns washing my hair into a one-step process. Yes, yes, yes! Can I get a hallelujah from my fellow low-maintenance girls?
 I no longer get hair in my face while driving. Windows down, moonroof open, baby.
Running my fingers through my hair feels SO awesome, and I never get any knots!
I keep getting referred to as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and I’m 100% OK with that.
I actually feel a lot more confident without the security blanket of my long hair. Without anything to hide my face behind (aside from my beloved sunglasses) I’m finding that I face the world more head on. I feel more attractive without my hair. Fancy that!
It’s almost summer time, and in Vegas that means it’s about to get really hot. 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit/~40-46 degrees celsius highs… and having long hair in that kind of heat is miserable, at least for me. No longer will I have to suffocate under the sweaty weight of my own hair!
Also have to say that not finding long hairs in awkward places is pretty nice.
So far, the only real problem I have with the short hair is how fast my hair is growing back. It was buzzed down to nearly nothing only two weeks ago and already it’s grown over 1/4″! That might not seem like much, but at that rate it’s growing over 1/2″ every month. In a year my hair could be back down to my chin if I don’t keep on top of it!
So, what do you think?
Have you ever dramatically changed your hair or gone super short?
I’d love to hear from you!
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New purple pink hair 2016/01/20

Well, it was purple…
 by the time of posting this, my hair has long since faded from purple to lavender, silvery-blue to green with pink spots…
le sigh.
I used Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink mixed with their Voodoo Blue and lots of conditioner and got enough to do two rounds of dye, which is good considering how much this has faded since application. I don’t wash my hair every day or even every other day- it’s only shampoo’d two or three times a week max. Even so, I’m likely going to be bleaching my roots and reapplying my homemade lavender dye again soon. 
Wanna see the before and progress photos? Read below!

My initial colour was this faded blue-green blonde, very light and devoid of pigment aside from what stain remained after several bleach shampoos over the past few months to lift out the vestigial blue-green. I’ve been using shampoos for platinum and silver hair which seem to have helped strip and lighten my hair along the way but sure leaves it feeling a bit dry and frizzy after. 
I had a wee-bit of Manic Panic’s Voodoo Blue left which I mixed with several blobs of hot hot pink and a very generous portion of conditioner until I reached the desired colour, then I slapped it all onto my hair and let it soak for at least two hours. 

Once rinsed I’d achieved the colour in the top photo. 
Overall I was quite happy with the colour, though the fading was rapid and noticeable. Some of the in-between shades were really lovely, especially when it got to a silvery-blue and pink but I’m officially getting to the “ew, my hair needs work” stage again…
I’ve tried experimenting with Ion products to get lavender or silver and found them utterly unnoticeable. They might have changed the shade of my hair a little but rinsed out within a couple of showers. So far Manic Panic seems to be the only colour with any staying power, depending on the shade… Cotton candy Pink was an absolutely abysmal failure on my hair…or is it cupcake pink? I can never remember, it was so unimpressive it didn’t stick in my memory banks. Luckily, hot hot pink is a much more pigmented colour so it was able to temporarily achieve the look I wanted.

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Hair: May 29th, 2015 Blonde experiment

    So, it’s happened. I made a pretty drastic change and finally took the plunge and lightened my hair. It’s the first time I’ve ever been this fair haired so it’s quite a change of pace.

    I had ~3-4 inches of natural roots with box dyed mid-lengths and bleached ends and I wanted to even out the all-over tone and go a few shades lighter. The end goal was to match the rest of my hair to the color of my tips. I had a coupon for Sally’s Beauty Supply so I went to my nearest location and loaded up on supplies…with 25% off my entire purchase! Score. Before bleaching, I slathered my hair in coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for conditioning hair & skin and some bloggers consider it a holy grail for salvaging some healthiness in their hair during bleaching. 
Shapow! Beauty loot. 
     Once Antho got home from work a couple hours later, I coerced him into helping me with this project. While some Youtuber’s might be able to do it all on their own and get gorgeously even results, I didn’t trust myself to be able to tackle the job without an additional pair of eyes and hands. My hair was very long and I have a lot of it, so I wanted to be absolutely sure to get all areas as evenly as I (or he) could. It took awhile to really get it into my hair, but once coated I threw it up into this dapper blue topknot and anxiously awaited the time to wash it out and reveal my results… 
    Initially, I panicked. I had spent a good month researching techniques, tips, brands, etc…I had even had a nightmare about getting hot roots! It was something I wanted to desperately avoid…and I was convinced I’d gotten them in the worst possible way. Once my hair actually dried, though, it was far more even than it had initially looked. The color was still brassy, which I wasn’t thrilled with, but I was pleasantly surprised by how light my hair actually went. As a natural brunette, I assumed my hair would be resistant to lightening and since I’d only used a 20 volume developer the end result shocked me.
    After rinsing it thoroughly, the keratin treatment was slopped all over it and left to soak for at least half an hour to deep condition my hair and hopefully repair some of the damages the bleach had caused. Once the keratin treatment was rinsed out I massaged a lot of argan oil into my strands, trimmed the fried ends a bit, braided it and went to bed.

    What do you think? Have you ever gone blonde before? How did you like it? 
Feel free to comment and let me know! 
You can also keep up on my adventures on Instagram Twitter  or Bloglovin!

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Hair, May 2015: Pink ombre fun

I currently have pink hair.
And I’m okay with this.

     Awhile ago I got a wild hair up my arse and decided to ombre my hair. After a trip to the local beauty supply store I managed to lift the tips of my hair to a lighter blonde with some help from my boyfriend and a bit of a wait. We used Manic Panic’s bleach kit and let it sit for around 45 minutes to an hour. 
     I had dyed it deep purple then, using Manic Panic’s Ultra-Violet. I used two tubs of the stuff and loved the resulting colors, but they faded away almost completely within two weeks. Feeling disenfranchised by how quickly it washed out, I left my hair alone for awhile and roughly 6 months on it looked as it does peaking out from under the Boba Fett helmet.
     What little girl doesn’t dream of her very own jetpack?

    You could call me…Boba Jess.


     Experiment GO!
     This time around, I decided to dip into Manic Panic’s selection of pink tones. I was inspired by the Colorfest. Seeing the various color powders on my hair really made me crave some more colors in my day to day being.

     In the bowl there (a repurposed whipped cream tub), I had mixed a couple table spoons of Manic Panic’s Hot Hot Pink dye with over two CUPS of conditioner. I was aiming for a pretty pastel color, which worked out well enough, I suppose. It’s some seriously potent dye, guys. I’ve been using water-only or co-washing combined with using a boar bristle brush so the color has stuck around a wee bit better this time.

     Because of the preexisting orange-ish tones lingering in my ombre, the pink dye has been fading into a pretty coral shade that I’m enjoying.

     I initially dyed my hair around the beginning of May and I’ve already done one touch up about one and a half to two weeks ago.

So it goes.

    At this stage, I still have a bit of dye (both straight and diluted) leftover. I’m curious to see how it fades from here and contemplating experimenting with other shades or going lighter. It’s been so long since I did my initial ombre dye that my hair has grown out a fair bit and it could use some additional lightening. I’d also like to experiment with trying to go much more pastel.


     Maybe I’ll try green or blue next? What do you think?