Sunday, 26 March 2017

Random hair update II - LHC Swap hairtoys and braided buns

PhD work and other things mean I haven't updated this blog since December 2016 :S xD, so here is another random post with some pics from the last couple of months - Featuring braided buns with parandas, and new hairtoys from the LHC 2016 Winter Swap :D

In the last LHC Winter Swap I got, among some other things, such as lots of chocolate :D and a handmade lip balm, this gorgeous three-prong Jeterfork and a couple of metal bun pins with green stones. Both work great to hold my (slippery) hair and I've been wearing them non-stop for the last fortnight :D



I've also been wearing a lot of braided buns with my newest blue-and-purple paranda, sometimes with side lace-braids, and usually using my new metal bun pins:





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Random hair update I - Heatless waves and length shots (kinda)

PhD work and other things mean I haven't updated this blog since December 2016 :S xD, so here is a random post with some pics from the last couple of months - Featuring braidwaves and heatless bendy-roller curls, and length shots of sorts (although with the added texture and the ponytails/half-ups, the real length is actually shortened).

Did some experimentation with braidwaves+bendy-roller curls on the ends mainly in February. Hemline still needs thickening up, hoping it does with some more maintaining, if not I'll consider trimming back to fingertip or something because I'm missing my thicker, blunter ends...But at the same time I also like being at knee, so we'll see xD

-Braidwaves plus bendy-roller curls (ends are still clumped together because of the rollers I generally prefer to leave them that way to avoid frizz xD):

-Looser bendy-roller waves, hardly any braidwaves;

-More braidwaves, tighter bendy-roller curls at the ends:

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Hairtoys - Flexi-8s

*EDITED from time to time to update my collection*

Decided to make a separate post about Flexi-8s (before it was part of the 'hairtoy-rest' post) because lately I've been using Flexi-8s more and more for braids, half-ups and updos, and my collection is slowly increasing as a result xD

 So far, I have six flexi-8's: Autumn's Delight, Crimson Joy, Starlight, an extra-large 'Lúthien' one, North Star and Trinitee:

 My first ever flexi-8 from Lilla Rose was the October flexi of the month back in 2014 ('Autumn's Delight'). I got a medium judging on my fine-textured, highly compressible hair, but I have to say I was delighted to find that a medium flexi hardly holds even my most compressible cinnamon bun without additional help, so my hair is definitely thicker (and longer) than I thought :D!  It works great as a ponytail holder and an updo accent, but for updos I need a large (half-up, half-down) or extra-large (full updos).


The next flexi I got was the Crimson Joy (the December 2014 flexi of the month), as part of the LHC Winter Swap. This is a large flexi, and it works with half-up, half-down updos (length shortening updos), as well as a braid accent/holder:



Next came my first ever extra-large flexi as part of the 2015 LHC Winter Swap. Don't know what this one is called, but it has a really Lúthien-y aesthetic to me, so I call it the 'Lúthien' one :) I can wear this one in compressible updos such as cinnabuns.



Then came the January 2016 flexi of the month, 'Starlight'. This one has Missy vibes to me :)




My next flexi was the 2016 November flexi of the month, 'North Star', plus three decorative pins. I can never say no to anything starry (the troubles of being an Astrophysicist? xD), plus I thought they would look cool as part of Elven hairstyles:


And my last flexi, for now, is Trinitee, the Saint Patrick-inspired Celtic flexi of the month for March 2017. As a lover of all things Celtic, as well as copper and green, this has become my favourite one alongside the Crimson Joy;


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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Random December hair update

  • Got the November Flexi-8 of the month, North Star, plus three decorative pins. I can never say no to anything starry (the troubles of being an Astrophysicist? xD), plus I thought they would look cool as part of Elven hairstyles:
                     


  • Hair-colour pic! On my way to see Fantastic Beasts, I realized that my ends looked really red, so I snapped a pic because I'm a hair-colour nerd xD Natural colour at last, after all the Manic Panic fading!
  • One-coil Chinese braided updos
-First one is after coming home from a cosplay convention (Elven ranger cosplay, thus the ears xD), I just bunned-up a high braided ponytail with paranda and two side braids:


-And the second one from today - Made a new paranda yesterday :)!


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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Hair treatments - Strengthening hair poultice

A fortnight ago I finally stopped procrastinating and used a boxed hair poultice I had had in my fridge for nearly two years xD 

Like henna, this is a mud-style hair treatment, from the Radhe Shyam brand (I don't like their hennas much because they have a pretty low dye content, but the cassia and colourless hair muds are OK). The treatment is incorrectly named as being 'henna cinchona', though, because there's no henna in the powder at all, only cassia (which has a colourless effect and is not henna, either!). The poultice includes cinchona bark (Cinchona Succirubra), birch leaves, cassia (Cassia Ovobata), nettle and thyme, and it apparently helps to strengthen hair.

I mixed the powder with strong red tea (I like using tea for rinses and treatments because of its reddish tinges and astringent qualities) in order to create the mud-textured poultice and applied it to my hair with my hands (the mud doesn't stain the skin and hair like henna does, and the mud washed out easily with water). Then I covered my hair in a plastic wrap (and some sophisticated rubber bands xD) and waited for about an hour.
Mud selfie xD!
 Because this mud doesn't colour-stain, application, rinsing and cleaning were so much easier than with henna or a vegetal dye! I literally covered the bathroom in mud while applying the poultice on my hair xD, but it was pretty easy to clean with a bit of water. Apart from that, bits of dried powder kept falling off my hair while I was finger-detangling and drying it, but overall it was an easier process than my henna experiments.

My hair felt really soft and shiny after rinsing all the mud off. It also looked a tiny bit more voluminous, I think? It doesn't feel thicker than it normally is now, though, so maybe I'd have to try again to see if it has a thickening effect (maybe after more applications?), like henna or cassia treatments. A fortnight later, I haven't noticed really noticeable changes in the strengthening department, but I'd probably need repeated, or at least more, hair treatments like this one for that, and this box was already two years old, fridge or no fridge. So pretty happy on the whole :)

This is also an October length shot!

And some pics of the post-poultice hair:

Nighttime with flash:

And in the morning, indirect sunlight with flash:


Pros (judging by  my personal experience):
  • Easy to clean and rinse out compared to staining muds like henna (still love henna, though)
  • Soft, shiny hair
  • Maybe a bit more voluminous?
  • I like the slightly bitter, herbal scent, so that was also a plus for me
Cons:
  • Mud-treatments always mean mud literally everywhere, even if it cleans off easily xD You also have to sweep the floor at least once to get all the drying powder that falls off your hair when drying. Not a low-maintenance process.
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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hairstyles - Noldorin Elf cosplay crown braided updo: Rope-braid version

Yesterday I did a Rivendell Elf cosplay shoot in some public gardens and went, once again, for a crown-style braided updo for my Noldorin Elf OC (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). So far, I have tried three variations:

1. A rope-braided, hair-taping inspired crown updo:


And now, 
3. Same updo as 2., but with rope braids instead of three-strand braids. 


  • 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 and/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 nearly identical to the Three-strand braided crown-style updo, only I did rope-braids in this case.

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 (rope braiding), adding a paranda (optional).
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. 

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

5. I added an amethyst hair pin as final decoration

More hair pics from the shoot:




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