Saturday, November 1, 2014

alternatives to hair dye

2 ways to color ur hair w/o dye
have u been begging ur parents on end to let u color ur hair only for them to say they dont want those “harsh chemicals” ruining ur color? or maybe you want to temporarily dye ur hair but dont want to lose the natural color u were given? then BOY do i have the solution for you! these are all harmless ways to get color in to your hair without dying it!

first method: koolaid
 koolaid works really well for any hair type tbh id go step by step
 but THIS VIDEO does a rly great job at explaining it like dont mind the fact that theyre 12/13 ish it takes u thru the process
theres a couple of things id add to this, one being that blue kool aid SUXXXX like it will not show up. if you use koolaid youre pretty much only going for red. i tried mixing black cherry and whatever their blue kool aid is and it only showed up as red. i also should mention that you dont have to do the tin foil part at the end. once youre done dying your ahir you should leave it for 5 ish minutes out of the koolaid and THEN rinse it out ((cold water!!))
another thing i think you can change is that they used 5 packets per person for their dye. tbh when i used koolaid to dye my hair i put in 2 packets and it turns out fine.  the saturation of my hair didnt rly seem to differ from theirs soooo do whatever u want. i wouldnt put in any less than two tho cuz then the color will probs be weakr
heres a chart to help u get the color you want i havent seen anyone try any color besides blue or red so use ur own judgement on the rest

the color also last an EXTREMELY LONG TIME one dye usually lasted me 2 months or so
  • inexpensive
  • easily accessible
  • ur hair smells nice every time its washed
  • strong color
  • lasts a long time (this can be a pro or con)
  • hard to predict color
  • messy (it will stain counter tops!! please do in bath)
  • bleeds a LOT
  • will almost never dye the right sections (the dye will creep up ur hair)
second method: hair chalk
ok hair chalk is something for ALL hair types (woo!)
for blonde/brunettes watch THIS VIDEO
for black/dark brown hair watch THIS VIDEO
ok some things worth mentioning about this that these videos dont cover is that YOU SHOULD HAIR SPRAY AFTERWARDS it IS chalk and will rub off. the flat iron does help seal the color but hair spray will take it that extra step :^) another thing thats only mentioned in the candee johnson video is that you cant use oil pastels! sidewalk chalk wont give you the desired color either. another thing that these videos dont mention is that the texture of your hair will feel rough after you do this!! if you condition ur hair and brush it the feel will go away after 2 days or so dont be alarmed
i personally dont liek hair chalk as much just because its really messy and takes a long time for a color that fades after one wash. these videos are edited so you cant really get a good idea about time, but to make an ombreish look it took me about an hour to do so ((this was when i had long hair))
  • many different colors to choose from
  • simple
  • easy to control which parts of your hair you dye
  • clean up is simple
  • takes a long time
  • messy/stains EVERYTHING
  • rinses out in one wash (can be pro or con)
  • you probably have to go out to buy the chalk
thanks for reading! sorry that its so long! remember to message me any questions you have or tips youd like to add :^)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

how to treat a dry scalp (an add on to hair repair 101)
okay so the first step is admitting you have a problem. a lot of ppl dont want to own up to having dandruff or a flaky scalp but u kno what u should because it rly should be treated
shampoos+ conditioners
head and shoulders: i dont have experience using any dandruff shampoos but ive heard that this works really well! try using the set (shampoo+ conditioner) as it will work a lot better.
add in oils
kerastase elixir ultime: WOW this works wonders okay like its sooo light it doesnt weight down your hair at all and the oil doesnt make your roots greasy. if you add this in to your hair after you shower, your scalp wont flake and/or feel itchy. however, it is a little pricey so you might want to start out with a cheaper oil! its all about finding what works with your hair
hair chemist macadamia oil: this is OKAY. i dont like it as much as the kerastase but it still works.  however, this oil is a little sticky and will make your roots and rest of your ahir look kinda greasy. its heavy, but it still stops your scalp from flaking.

what bleach to use depending on how light you want your hair

hello so summer is a fun time to experiment with your hair so lets say you wanna go wild and lighten ur hair. however, you arent sure which bleach to use!! from giving yourself highlights to going completely blonde, here is what u can use for ur hair.  i have tutorials linked to some of the bleaches, so check those out :D ORDER IS FROM LEAST LIGHTENING TO MOST
note: there is always the option to going to a hair dresser which lies in between box dyes and tub dyes. they will safely bleach your hair, but will refuse to go past a certain shade so they arent responsible for damaging your hair
lemons: (for dirty blondes and light brunettes ONLY, will not work on anything darker) 
  • cheap
  • easily accessible
  • can be done within 30 min
  • doesn't work on a wide range of hair (did not work for me)
  • can be extremely damaging if you have other chemicals in your hair (if you swim/ have dyed ur hair before)
  • harder to control (spreading, mixing, no idea how much it will lighten)
  • no mixing
  • easy for beginners
  • can be used many times
  • works on darker hair
  • smells nice
  • doesnt damage as much as lemon
  • turns hair orange
  • pricey (10-12 dollars)
  • takes time to become noticeable (after 2 or 3 uses)
box dyes: box dyes are good for everyone! they are much more professional and are more likely to deliver better results. i have a review of the box dye i used to do somewhere on the blog, so look for it under "products i use" (no link for this one
  • comes with instructions so no sketchy tutorials
  • can choose what color your hair will turn out to be
  • often come with deep conditioner to help repair your hair afterwards
  • smells nice
  • can be more expensive
  • damaging
  • one use
  • no room to experiment
bleach tubs (what i currently use, can find short tutorial on 'how to get white hair') only use this if you have experience bleaching your hair (use box dyes to learn) or know someone who has and can help you. bleach tubs can lighten your hair to almost white!
  • multiple uses
  • you have freedom to experiment (meaning you can choose your own shade/ dye dif parts of ur hair lighter than others)
  • can dye whenever and u dont need sun/heat to lighten (like sun in and lemons)
  • one tub can last you MANY bleaches (for me maybe like 40)
  • harder to understand if you arent experienced with bleaching
  • easier to fuck up your hair if you arent careful
  • have to make special trip to beauty store to buy (in stock @ sallys)
  • can be pricey
  • damaging
hi i hope this helps!! if you kno of any other methods of lightening your hair, message me so i can put it in here!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

manic panic vs ion

one of the most common questions anyone with colored hair gets is “what kind of dye do you use?” and ive heard three major brands: manic panic, ion, and special effects.  while i havent had the chance to use special effects, i have been able to use the other two SO heres a lil comparison so u can find the dye that works for you

pros (in general)
  • easy to spread (consistency is smooth)
  • more colors
  • vegan (doesnt test on animals :D :D :D)
  • smells nice
  • stays in hair for 2/3 weeks
  • fades to pretty color
  • more likely to find in stores than any other dye
  • can be pricey (10 dollars per jar, longer hair may need 2-3 jars for entire head)
  • color never comes out exactly how it is shown (in pictures and the dye color itself)
  • begins to fade after first wash
  • rockabilly blue rubs off (even after washing with shampoo)
pros (based entirely off experience with the mint color)
  • cheap (roughly 5-6 dollars) ((thats half of manic panics price)
  • smells nice
  • has a line SPECIFICALLY for pastel dyes (good if you arent comfortable mixing/diluting your dyes by urself)
  • comes in nicer shades than manic panic (thats an opinion but some of MPs colors are rly ugly lmao)
  • fades very gradually
  • not as many color options
  • doesn’t come with as much dye as manic panic
  • stays for 1-2 weeks
  • color was much bluer than the box (it does fade to the right color after the first wash tho)
  • REALLY DIFFICULT CONTAINER (its like a metal toothpaste container)
  • harder to find in stores
  • consistency is kind of lumpy (id rec mixing it with conditioner so its easier to spread)
in summary: if you are looking for brighter/bolder colors that last longer, stick with manic panic.  ion is better for temporary PASTEL and bright colors. i like manic panic a lot more and it is def my first choice.
if you would like to see the colors available for each brand:
manic panic
and as always comment/message me if you want to know more and/or have a request!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tina's OGX hair review


hair products are p good it's about $6 a bottle at target (there's coupons you can find online too!) and they've honestly been REALLY REALLY good
the sea mineral moisture is one of the only relatively inexpensive ones that work on my hair (i've tried like at least 6 dif products in the past so this was godsend)
i've also tried the brazilian keratin (which imo the conditioner is a LOT better than the shampoo) and the cherry blossom (which was p good as well, although not as good as the other 2)

pros: relatively  inexpensive (i count it that way bc a lot of good ones are like. really expensive. like. seriously), nice smell, my hair has become a LOT softer and a LOT less damaged (according to myself, friends+family, and hair stylists who've noticed) and it works fast (my hair was noticeably softer after like?one week?which is incredibly fast considering the amount of damage to it). also no animal testing, no sulfates (which is a lot easier on the environment), recycled materials in bottle (according to bottle+website)

cons: bottles aren't that big (they do a LOT of sales tho where it's like double the amount, this happens about one every month or so so i highly recommend buying them then), not all their products are gluten free (not an issue for me - but for allergies), reviews online are basically only from people with hair like mine (very curly white and/or latina curly hair; the heavy thick hair with lots of looser curls and frizz) so i have no reference on how it works for other hair types, also be VERY CAREFUL to rinse it all off it's v thick so it can get stuck on your hair easily and you might not realize it's not washing out (my recommendation is comb it gently thru your hair using fingers/a comb and then lightly like almost scrub at it under warm/hot water for like a min or so)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

shaved head for curly hair

question here about hair, um, so my hair is naturally curly and was horrendous to deal with when long, but since i've had it cut short (a longish boy hair length, i suppose) it's been a bit less curly (but still so) and i'd love to have my hair like yours (so a bit shorter than my current, with shaved bits around the ears etc) but do you think it'd be ok, and would the shaved bits curl? is that possible? im p dumb when it comes to short hair sorry! ;v; (literally anything you say will be useful)

first off, yay for short hair!!!  and to answer ur question it depends on ur hair type:
if its typically white/hispanic (loose curls that get frizzy when brushed) curly hair does not! if you let the shaved part get really out of hand, then yeah itll start to curl, but if you actually shave it it should be flat (you know how the top of ur roots are kinda flat its like that (its also what causes ppl with rly curly hair to get that cone head look))
if its typically black hair: (tight ringlets) then yes it will but it doesnt look strange!
i didnt know HOW curly ur hair was or what its texture is so i tried getting a whole bunch of differnt samples to show u
NOTE: if your hair is WAVY (loose ) then it will look like mine when shaved

shaving your head??? undercuts??

HOW TO SHAVE THE SIDE OF UR HEAD (and not mess up)
for my hair masterpost
yo so maybe ur done looking super elegant with ur hair and u wanna look HARDCORE man i got u its super easy if u got the time and ur brave enough to do it
ALSO pls get ur parents permission i dont want angry parents storming my castle demanding my untimely demise
NOTE: always start with a blade protector a size longer than u want. that way u can practice and if u mess up you can always go a little shorter and no one will notice
NOTE: for your first time shaving, i recommend going to a cheap barbershop place. they usually cost 10-15 dollars so its not that bad!! you can also ask ur stylist for tips and what not
  • i have a wahl clipper but really any electronic one will work!! please do not use a razor (like the kind u shave with) bc ur results will turn out awful
  • i use the attachment with the 5 on it which is long enough to look shaved but you dont really see and skin
  • a towel of some sort to put around ur shoulders so ur hair doesnt go EVERYWHERE
  • a friend or parent to do this PLEASE even the best of us fuck up so its better to have someone to blame than messing it up urself
  1. so first plug in ur clipper (or charge it) and put the towel around ur shoulders, this is basically prep for the ACTUAL thing
  2. if you are starting with long hair (anything longer than 2 inches) cut the hair so its shorter. dont cut it to the point where u cant shave it, just around an inch or so.
  3. (if ur kit comes with it) use the taper first!! that means basically ur shaving around the backside of ur ear. start at the very edge where ur sideburn meets ur ear and shave backwards
  4. then u have to shave the rest (the part not around ur ear, usually above) GO AGAINST THE GRAIN AND IN LINES AS STRAIGHT AS POSSIBLE. u might wanna overlap ur lines a little bit so u dont have like thin lines of RLY long hair (parts to shave highlighted in yellow)  
  5. now touch up ur side burns!! in the pic above my mom kinda fucked up, usually u just go in a straight line up and ull be fine. u can also to trim it with scissors and then just use the clipper to keep the bottom line straight
GOOD LUCK. i feel like im forgetting something so if theres something missing just hmu and ill add it!!