The Next Step in Hair Evolution

So I realize that in the photos I posted yesterday, it seemed like my hair made it through my entire pool-dipping, ocean-swimming, sun-bathing, sweat-sweat-sweaty Cabo vacation, but, alas, that wasn’t exactly the case.

The photo on the left was taken just a few days before I left for sunny Mexico, and the photo on the right is, well, very clearly an after. The day after I returned, to be precise.

As you can see, there’s juuuuust a little bit of difference in how well my color lasted through the trip. Bear in mind that I did actually bring a bottle of conditioner that I mixed with hair dye to re-color my hair while I was there, too. Alas, it appears that chlorine truly is The Enemy, and the seawater and blazing sun and outrageous amount of sweating I did while abroad probably didn’t help either.

Now, it’s really not too bad looking, if I do say so myself. It has kind of a reverse-seafoam-ombre kinda thing happening. But, nevertheless, it is fading, and that coupled with the fact that my roots are rearing their dark heads again (doesn’t it seem like I *just* re-dyed them, too?!) forces me to consider where I’m going to go next in my little colorful hair journey.

Now, I know that this probably sounds absolutely CRAZY with a capital C to most of you, but as much as I lovelovelove having this turquoise, mermaid-ish hair, I’m actually getting a little bit, well, bored with it.

I know, how does someone with such outlandish hair get bored? Believe me, I feel foolish just admitting it. But I guess that I’m a woman of a short attention span, and hey, I’m itching for a change. I went turquoise back in March, after all, and 5 months is the longest that my hair has stayed one color in a while!

After all, while the whole multi-colored thing is a relatively new thing in my life, I have long been a person who changed her hair at the drop of a hat. Chopping it off, dyeing it blonde, black, red, brown, getting bangs — I’m no stranger to any of it. And while my color has gone through quite a few different iteratinos, my actual hair style has remained pretty constant for a long while now.

Now, normally I’d get to a point like this and feel the need to chop all my hair back off buuuut I actually am kind of loving the length. It’s fun. It’s pretty. And I can do really awesome things with bobby pins. And while I have no doubt that one day I’ll get to the point where I simply MUST shave a pattern into the side of my head or go pixie or go chin-length or get an asymmetrical bob, for now, I’m gonna stick to these rad color changes.

Enter my current inspiration:

 
 

Oh yeah, baby. We’re going rainbow.

Now, I’m pretty sure that the two photos on the right are actually the result of Photoshop magic and not actual hair dye jobs, but I also have no doubt that my main man and ultimate color guru Linh would be able to turn them into a reality. So, whaddya think? Is this yet another bold step into the world of head-turning hair color (the best reaction is always from little kids, “MOM, LOOK! THAT LADY HAS GREEN HAIR!”) or am I just totally kidding myself?

Feel free to weigh in a la the comments section, but bear in mind that I’ve totally already booked my appointment for next week. 😉

Lean, Green, Dyeing Machine

So I don’t know if you realized this, but I have turquoise hair.

Heh.

Getting to rock super bright hair has honestly been one of the best unexpected perks of my job with Yelp. I mean, maybe it’s just because I’m a huge attention whore, but I really do think that having fun hair has really made me more, well, me. But, of course, as anyone who’s ever dyed their hair any color knows, dyeing is not forever. Color needs to be maintained. If it ain’t the fading that gets ya, it’s these dang Whasian roots.

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And while I have an absolutely amazing hair guru and colorist — Linh with Be Scene Studios — and I love my trips to the salon, my hair both fades and grows too quickly to be able to have him take care of my locks 100% of the time. So, for the sake of my pocketbook and the mileage on my car, I decided it was time to take things into my own hands.

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I’ve actually touched up my own roots before, and since I successfully managed not to burn all my hair off last time, this time I decided to document it so that I’d have an excuse to take a lot of selfies you can see what the process is like! I should probably note that this really doesn’t replace my necessity to go have Linh work his magic on me, primarily because I can’t see the back of my head so it’s probably still a root-y trainwreck back there. But it does lengthen the amount of time I can go between visits, so it’s definitely still worth it to me!

First up, let’s take a look at my toolkit:

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I’ve got some L’oreal Quick Blue Bleach Powder, Ion Sensitive Scalp 20 Volume Developer, a mixing bowl, some color brushes, combs, duck bill clips, a hair cape, and, of course, some rubber gloves. I personally got everything off of Amazon but if you have a Sally’s Beauty Supply store near you, that’s also a great solution (especially if you don’t want to buy an entire bucket of bleach powder, haha.)

Then comes the prep:

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I parted my hair into five sections (front right, front left, back right, back left, and bangs) and prepped the bleach. I use one scoop of power with around two ounces of developer. You can use a food scale or actual measuring cup if you want, but I just kinda eyeballed it using the measurement markers on the inside of my mixing cup, until the mixture had a frosting-like consistency.

I wasn’t too concerned about the ratio of developer to powder because Linh blasts my hair with 40 volume developer in the salon, so I already knew that 20 volume is like, nothing, in comparison. This also meant it took longer to lift my color, and it didn’t get quite as light as it does with Linh, but hey, better safe than hairless! Plus, as I’ve already said, this process isn’t meant to completely replace my regular salon sessions, just to help bridge the gap between them.

Anyway, from there, it was just about moving through each section, using the end of the brush to left my hair line by line and apply the bleach. Then I waited through exactly one episode of Scrubs and one episode of Switched at Birth (those are very precise time measurements, clearly), and when my roots seemed like they had lifted enough, I washed out the bleach with shampoo — no conditioner! — and let my hair dry… for as long as I could (I’m very impatient.)

Then, it was Manic Panic time! Since I already owned canisters of all my previous hair colors for past touch-ups (I combine a bit of color with conditioner and keep it in the shower so I can refresh my color), I thought about attempting some kind of crazy awesome rainbow hair… but then I realized that if I can’t even properly bleach the roots on the back of my head, how in the hell am I gonna balayage myself myself some rainbow hair?! So instead of using all five colors, I limited myself to doing a dip-dye look with just two.

So I couldn’t exactly take photos of me actively applying the bleach and color (for obvious reasons), but here are some truly beautiful photos of the process, just for you:

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Aaaanyway, after letting the new color sit in my hair through an episode of The Fosters and several episodes of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (I basically let it dry into my hair), I took another shower and… went to bed. It was late by then, y’all!

And when I woke up the next morning, I looked like this:


Well, after some makeup application and a bit of PhotoMirror magic, that is. 😉

So there you have it! For those of you who don’t know, Manic Panic is a vegan, semi-permanent dye, which means it doesn’t damage my hair to use it (unlike bleaching, which is obviously awful for it, haha) AND it can go on top of itself (which is why I was able to do the green dip-dye even with turquoise hair underneath.) But it also means that it rinses it out a little bit every time I wash my hair. So, as I’ve discussed in a previous post, there are certain steps I take to maintain my color as well as keep my hair as healthy as possible. These include:

  • Washing my hair as infrequently as I can stand it (dry shampoo is my BBBFF)
  • Rinsing my hair in cold water only
  • Conditioning from root to tip
  • Refreshing my color with dye-infused conditioner every now and then
  • Stop touching it so much (still working on this one — it’s just sooooo preeeetttyyyy!)

Any questions? I love talking about my hair and pretending like I know what I’m talking about so fire away!

Making Progress, Seeing Results (Weigh-in)

All right y’all, I’m cutting straight to the chase today. Allow me to PROUDLY present the following:

(Re)Starting Weight: 236.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 228.7
This Weigh-in: 223.7 lbs
Difference: -5.0 lbs!

Ta-daaaaaaa!! Guess all of that stress not-eating over Passport to Mosaic is finally working in my favor! Ahahaha. No, I kid, I kid, I have really been working on changing my eating habits this week, and am working hard at getting back into the swing of things. I guess this is proof that it’s working! (Of course, the lack of french fries in my current Lenten diet may also have something to do with it…)

I’ve officially re-lost the weight gained from my weeks in San Francisco and Macon, and then some! I am a very happy camper, and it’s true what they say, seeing results is honestly the best motivator in keeping my spirits up and goals in mind. FIVE pounds, bitches!

I’m hoping that at this point, my weight loss is starting to manifest itself with physical results too. I’ve mentioned before that because of my body shape — being tall and big-footed and large-framed and whatnot — weight loss can be very difficult to discern in tangible ways until I’ve lost a really significant amount. It often feels like five, even ten pounds here or there hardly makes a difference in how I look, which can be discouraging.

Luckily, I’ve got this totally awesome five pound loss to keep pushing me forward! And whether it’s from the power of suggestion or it’s my body finally catching up to the poundage I’ve tossed thus far, I do think my pants were a little looser this morning. 😉

And in other news…

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Say hello to my new hair color!

I feel like a beautiful mermaid, all thanks to my main man Linh at Be Scene Hair Studio. It seriously takes on a different shade in every light, and I loveloveLOVE it!

Man, every time I dye my hair, I love it so much that I swear I’m never going to another color. “I’ve gone purple and I’m never going back!” “Viva la pink forever!” And then I inevitably change it because it fades and I’m fickle like that and I fall EVEN more in love with the next one! I’m gonna have to have a poll once I’ve finished going through the rainbow so you guys can help me pick the one that looks best, hahaha.

Anyway, that’s all for today, folks! Have a great weekend, and think positive, happy thoughts for me as Passport kicks off on Sunday! I’ll see you when it’s over — provided I’m still alive, ‘course.