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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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Hair: May 30th, 2015 Toning w/Blond Brilliance Lilac Toner

Blonde ambitions, round two!

After bleaching my hair and having it lighten a few more levels than I had been anticipating, I decided to let my hair rest overnight before attempting anything more to it…besides, by the time the whole process was actually finished, Sally’s was surely closed and we were both tired. I slept on it and went to work, where even with all the brassy tones it was well received. When a delivery guy spotted the braid at work, he laughed; “It’s only been 3 days and now her hair is blonde! Everything is changing!” 
Even so, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the color just yet. I figured that since it had lightened so much already I may as well embrace it and go for an ethereal Khaleesi kind of vibe.  If only I had pet dragons. 😉 My Facebook friends were eager to pitch in with lots of great advice, which I was immensely grateful for. I never realized just how many people on my friend’s list were hair stylists! I know a couple of make up artists and people who DIY their own awesome hair, too. It’s  lovely knowing such a diverse group of creative individuals. Having so many creative people in my sphere is really inspiring. Anyhow, as far as hair goes…After work I went back to Sally’s, armed with yet another coupon, and dropped some more of my hard earned moola on the Blond Brilliance creme oil lightening toner in Lilac and the 15 volume developer. Whipped it all up in a bowl and applied most of it to my ends on my own, then Antho pitched in to ensure I got all of my roots and the back of my head, because he’s an awesome boyfriend.  I let the toner sit for probably 30 minutes or so, then rinsed it out and waited eagerly for it to air dry. The color was noticeably more even and had more white-blonde highlights throughout.  

      The end results make me happy.

     And not gonna lie, I’m kind of digging being blonde, at least for now. We’ll see how I feel once my roots start growing in, but I can always throw color over it when I get bored. I had a lot of fun getting dressed for a day out date with my love and I’m excited to play around with my makeup options. I’m generally quite a tomboy, so dressing girly is still a bit of a novelty for me.

What do you think?

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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! 
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