Friday, 19 August 2016

Hairstyles - The Chinese bun

Today's hairstyle post is about the Chinese bun, the first updo I tried when I learned about hairsticks on the Long Hair Community (LHC) back in 2010. Back then I used to wear the 'classical' variation of this bun, but it isn't the most secure bun for my slippery hair, so I usually go for a variation which I personally call the 'one-coil' Chinese bun.
  • Video tutorial:

And pics:
  • Classical variation:

As you can see, I don't have many pics of this variation xD!
  • One-coil variation:








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Monday, 25 July 2016

Couple of cinnamon buns

A Jedi cinnamon bun from yesterday :D :

And a random cinnabun that I hadn't uploaded yet:

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Braids - Dutch braids, parandas

Today's post is about braids  - Most pics are belated braid pics from a  few years ago that I haven't uploaded here yet, and one is fairly recent, and the one who prompted this post :)


  • Dutch braids: I'm either better at French braids or it's simply that I've practised those more, but I generally find Dutch braids to be more challenging fo rme, at least at the moment (some people think the opposite). I should definitely practise them more, because I really like how they look.
Pretty much the only Dutch braid pics I have, one of them with a paranda (as you may already know, I use paranda routinely in order to get more hold and volume in my braids):

  • Three-strand braid with paranda - This is the recent pic :) Lately I've been wearing 3-strands with an initial half-up and a flexi-8 at the nape for more hold:

  • Multi-braided style with paranda: For my Elven ranger cosplay back in 2013. As I recall it's two side braids and a French braid with paranda at the back, with the side braids coiled around the base of the French braid and around it:
                                       
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Friday, 10 June 2016

LHC meet and May length pic

I met with a fellow LHC'er last May, and that meet of course included the compulsory LHC-length-shot :D (me on the right):

My ends are looking better (last year, when we met for the first time, they were way thinner), but they still need some work in the thickening-up department :S Still, I guess they're not looking so bad considering I'm in the knee territory with ii/ii BUT non-voluminous and fine-textured hair...:)

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Hairstyles of the week - Donut buns

Yesterday and today's donut buns:

-Thursday: Donut bun with the small foam donut and the rest of the hair in a rope-braid with a paranda. The central part is a bit lopsided xD

-Today: Simple donut bun with a larger foam donut

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Hairstyles - Noldorin Elf cosplay crown braided updo

Today's cosplay related post features a crown braided style for my Noldorin Rivendell Elf OC (Original Character).  worn last weekend during a Tolkien convention:


And front view (click on pics or open in new tab for larger size):
                             

                                   

I favour braided updos for this outfit (crown-style, mostly, and with parandas or ribbons). Both my personal headcanon and some Tolkien references describe Noldorin ladies as wearing braided updos (crown braids or other), and bejewelled hairnets, snoods and tressures. I particularly like the headcanon of Noldorin women favouring hairstyles ressembling Italian Renaissance updos (hair taping and the like). The hair taping-inspired variation of this crown braided updo can be found here.
  • For this style, I used:

-An elastic without metal for the initial ponytail.
-Two parandas (info about making parandas and braiding them into hair here). Parandas are optional, but a nice addition if you want added volume and colour. You could also use ribbons or (metallic) cord.
-Bobby pins (closed and open). Lots of them in my case xD

  • Steps (video tutorial planned!):
The steps I followed for this 'Noldorin updo' are similar to the 'Noldorin' hair taping variation, with some differences (3-strand braids vs rope-braids, no hairstick, and, of course, no taping):

1. Pull your hair into a high ponytail (or a low one, I went with a high one) and secure it with a hair-friendly elastic without metal.
2. Divide your hair into two parts. Braid each section (standard three-strand braid), adding a paranda.
3. Pin each braid around your head with closed bobby pins. I pinned one braid first until I reached the elastic at the back of the head (and left the rest hanging), and then pinned the other in front of the first one. You can also criss-cross them (I think I ended up criss-crossing the braids at one side and leaving them paralell in front and at the other side). 

4. Wrap and pin the remaining length of both braids around and over the elastic at the back, hiding it and creating a bun.

Bigger pics of both sides and the back:



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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Haircare video - Night routine

   Not very good lighting or framing for this one, but here's a video about my detangling + brushing + braiding night routine :)  I always finger-detangle instead of using combs or brushes (at night and in the morning), and then smooth the hair out with a gentle baby-brush. Sleeping with loose hair means tnagled and hazard xD, so I always wear a loose three-strand braid, which for me is comfy and hair-friendly.

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