15 posts tagged hair
NEW HAIR PLANS Y’ALL LEMME GROW OUT THESE ROOTS ANOTHER MONTH OR TWO AND THEN WE’RE TAKING A BREAK FROM THE BLEACH FOR THIS CUT N COLOUR BASICALLY
hair is naturally pretty straight and thick and frizzy/textured, so i use organix coconut milk shampoo, kevin murphy blonde angel conditioner, and organix coconut oil serum. air dried over night with a little bit of bumble + bumble undressing cream, then run through quickly with a wide-barrel ceramic iron to smooth out any bumps and give a little more shape.
makeup (wearing a lot more than usual today, usually it’s just the bb cream, watt’s up, eyebrow pencil, mascara, and lipstick)
skin — burt’s bees sensitive skin moisturizer, YSL touche eclat pen, l’oreal bb cream, benefit watt’s up on my cheekbones and inner corner of eyes, and nars “albatross” on my cheeks, nose, chin, and a lil’ on my chest
eyes/brows — hourglass arch pencil (this is the single best product i have ever paid for), stila eyeliner pen (kinda meh about this one) and YSL Babydoll mascara (OMG LIFECHANGING.)
lips — urban decay clear liner and NARS “fire down below”
oops i did it again
Thanks so much to Carly at Seagull!
HELP, INTERNET, IS THIS A THING I SHOULD DO WITH MY HAIR TO RID MYSELF OF MY CRISPY DISGUSTING ENDS WHICH ARE NOT IMPROVING DESPITE DOING ALL THE THINGS RIGHT TO IMPROVE THEM
I JUST WANNA BE CYLON SIX / TAYMO / ASH BENZO / NOT TO HAVE TO BLOW DRY MY HAIR EVERY DAMN DAY
Well for starters: It might not go well or get there right away! My hair has taken MONTHS but I’m pretty psyched on it right now though it’s not quite perfect:
I tone the top (blonde) part with Manic Panic Virgin Snow and intermittently use Clairol Shimmerlights conditioner, which works great for colour but doesn’t make my hair feel great and also smells awful. It’s pretty light but I don’t think it’s quite that ideal perfect silver-blonde, but it’s close enough for me for now. The bottom purplish bits are a weird MP concoction.
Wella White Lady and Silver Lady are great for the white/silver grey type platinum, but I find the whole mixing/ammonia toner kind of thing annoying/smelly/damaging especially right after bleaching, and I don’t quite need it. I like the Manic Panic toner since it doesn’t require any mixing. Purple-ish grey is really hard to get evenly, but the Silver Lady (Toner T14) should do the trick, and you can always keep using a semipermanent purple-ish toner or conditioner to get it sort of lavender. The MP Virgin Snow is great for super white-blonde, but it will take unevenly if your hair bleached unevenly, and it definitely gets more “white-blonde” than “purple-ish grey.”
I also put Manic Panic in my conditioner - I dump some of the Virgin Snow and a teeny bit of purple into my plain conditioner bottle so that it’s got a bit of a tint for every time I wash my hair. (You can do this, nothing will explode or go bad.) I like the Hi Pro Pac keratin masks you can get at most beauty supply stores, and when I want to get it really lavender and not just cooler blonde, I’ll mix that with a few spoons of Electric Amethyst or Lie Locks and put it just on the bottoms/ends of my hair for 5-10 minutes while I shave my legs in the shower or whatever, and then just keep sort of combing it through — that’s how I did this colour here. The results are a little uneven in a sort of streaky ombre way, but I think that looks good if you don’t wear your hair super sleek and straight, and it fades quickly anyhow.
If you aren’t super okay with the fact that things could go distastrously or might take a long time to get what you want, don’t try to do it yourself!! I’ve just done so much nutso stuff to my hair that it doesn’t really bother me if I mess it up a little bit, and my hair is also pretty resilient. Go to a salon if you have any doubts — they know what they are talking about way more than me.
There’s also plenty of awesome ladies on YouTube who have done tutorials for their hair colour and who use other combinations — just try looking up variations on lavender and silver hair, there’s so much info out there.
MESSY CHOPPY BABY BANGS I WILL RESIST I WILL RESIST I WILL NOT CUT MY HAIR I AM LETTING IT GROW I JUST BLEACHED IT ANYHOW I CAN GROW OUT MY BANGS I CAN DO IT I WILL RESIST I WILL RESIST HALP PLZ SEND HELP DON’T LET ME DO IT DON’T LET ME PLEASE
One track mind lately. I think it’s happening. TayMo/Courtney/Avril/Blondie/Drew style - and in case you missed out on oh you know everything about me, the questionable taste is the whole point, so don’t even try to tell me Avril Lavigne doesn’t have cool hair. Think of how AWESOME all my eyeliner is going to look and the infinite variety of wonky lipstick (and temporary hair) colours that suddenly become available….
Conscious of the adolescent mood that brightly colored hair projects, many women above drinking age take pains to match it with conservative attire. “You expect to see somebody who listens to Nirvana and never showers and lives that kind of grungy lifestyle,” Ms. Wideman said of the impression her hair risks leaving.
SO! After years of people asking me weird questions about how I do my hair/my friends’ hair/etc, here we go, at long last, a tutorial: how to go platinum blonde at home.
Introducing Roxie again! Look at how epic that ice blonde is! I do this! At home! It is very cheap and takes about 90 minutes total! You can do this too!
Disclaimer time: If you want to go entirely platinum and if your hair is anything other than medium-to-light and relatively short, thick, and healthy — so, if your hair is very very dark, heavily processed, very fine and prone to breakage, very thick and curly, already 4 different colours, permed, otherwise damaged, very long, etc — you should suck it up and go to a salon. Then learn how to touch up your roots at home (like this) and do that — but don’t try to do your whole head the first time, because it is going to look terrible. But if your hair is relatively short, healthy, does not have a lot of colour on it now — go for it, you can probably do it yourself instead of throwing down the $200+ it will cost to get double-process ice blonde at a salon.
With that said, you will need:
- A powder bleach such as L’oreal Quickblue. This stuff is cheap and comes in huge bins — I bought this eight months ago and use it once every six weeks and still have maybe two more bleach jobs left in it.
- Developer, preferably of the same brand as the bleach, which is the liquid stuff that reacts with the powder bleach to strip the colour out of your hair (or, alternately, with colour dye to deposit the colour.) It comes in different strengths - 20, 30, 40, etc. I use 40 to take a brunette to platinum — this is stronger than the box will tell you is recommended for on-scalp (non-foiled, that is) lightening, and is pretty serious stuff. You would have to leave 20 on for quite a while to cause significant damage, but 40 will burn your hair pretty fast. It also will actually lift it without turning bright orange or needing to repeat a billion times, but it’s nothing to fuck around with. If you’re nervous, use 30 instead as it’s better to have not quite the colour you wanted than to fry your whole head off.
- Toner: I’m a fan of Manic Panic “Virgin Snow” for ice blonde: you don’t have to mix it with anything, it smells nice, it’s easy to work with, and it makes hair softer. I’m not into the Wella toners since while they look great, mixing up the developer and ammonia-based colour always feels really harsh to me on freshly bleached hair.
- A plastic mixing bowl. (Do not use anything metal.)
- A plastic spatula
- A plastic rat tail end brush (of the paintbrush-looking variety)
- A few packs of deep conditioner (brand doesn’t matter, just get stuff that’s designated for damaged/course/dry hair. Hi Pro Pac Keratin masque is great, but there’s a billion varieties.)
- A few pairs of gloves for your hands (important: getting bleach under your nails REALLY HURTS)
- Some old towels you don’t mind getting messed up, and some old clothes
- A friend, unless you are ridiculously flexible and meticulous and can do this to yourself, which is unlikely.
We are starting here featuring me as the bleacher and with my willing victim, who as you can see has very short, relatively dark brown hair which has been bleached before with about 3/4 inch of roots.
So. Get yourself all set up: Put on some gross clothes you don’t mind getting bleach on, put a towel around the neck of your victim, put your gloves on, clear off a space on a table (put some paper down if you’re prone to being messy) and lay out all your materials…. rest after the jump.
Oh, hi there, girlfriend showin’ up in my googlereader at Jezebel, SocImages, and Autostraddle. What’s up? The original’s over at Dis Magazine with a lil’ blurb about haircuts and performativity and Judy B and an all-too-brief mention of my beloved CYBORG THEORY (don’t ever tell me feminism isn’t fun). You can also buy the poster there (though I’m not sure how I feel about you having a photo of my gay hair poster child sigoth on yr wall.)
Incidentally but also Dis- and hair-related, above aformentioned gay hair poster child and I went over to the New Museum last weekend for the Dis folks’ lil’ talk about hair scrunchies, which I also meant to post about here, but it took a few days to recover from the trauma of the involved X-files fanfic reading involving Scully’s hair scrunchie and Mulder alone in his office late at night.
impossibly hot in new york this whole week. keeping clothes to a minimum and got like 80% of the weight razored out of my hair into some sort of joan jett shagmullet. phew.
black tank calvin klein
grey tank oak
shorts alexander wang
& haircut (at last)!
Despite commenters’ descriptions of my recent french-braid-obsession as ‘sweet’ and ‘cute’ and ‘folkloric’, halfway through braiding my whole head I discovered that I could use one tight, low side french braid to TOTALLY FAKE LIKE I HAVE AN UNDERCUT and walk around like a ginger Alice Dellal without having to, you know, actually shave one half of my head. HELL YES.
My hair has been ‘long’ (read: collarbone length, or long enough to put in a ponytail anywhere on your head with no stray bits) for about four days now and I’m still in the phase where DOING LONG HAIR SHIT to it is totally fascinating. Braids!!!!!!!!