Monday, 21 May 2018

That brings back memories...

The snailcast did a podcast on the evolution of selfcare. I actually like the topic and agree with a lot of the points they made. It seems like selfcare devolved into "whatever people decide it means" instead of a constructive thing to do to help yourself dealing with pressure. Some "selfcare" seems to be quite destructive actually.
Some selfcare is still true to the meaning of the word though: I like this month challenge here.

However, in the beginning of the episode they talk about how Chel from Holy Snails shaved her head. It brought back a lot of memories and was really fun to listen to for me.

Episode 32: The evolution of self-care

I could have listened to a whole podcast on this!
The only thing that bothered me with it, was that she/they at no point talk about experiencing bad reactions to this. But I guess it was too new at that point to have encountered any people with opinions being jerks about something that in no way affect them.


Personally, I really enjoyed having my head shaved, as short as it lasted. It was a fun, but strange and memorable experience. Sort of having tried bungee-jump or something, I guess? Something that I'm happy I have tried, but will never do again.

I did learn a lot about people though. People can be complete and total bastards about something that in no way affects them or have anything to do with them.

Story time
But first a slight detour and some explanation for the story:
I've written about this a lot on my blog before. I have super sensitive skin that takes a lot of careful planning and care to maintain. It sucks now and it sucked worse when I was younger. It has gotten a lot better since I discovered Korean skincare back in 2014, but it will probably never be pretty and flawless. Just ten years ago, it seemed like the western market only had three skintypes: "Normal", "combination" and "trouble skin". Well, I didn't have normal skin, or combination skin, so I would have to have trouble skin, right? And it was troublesome, so it's logical to assume it. So spent most of my skincare time trying to exfoliate and dry out my skin to fix it, based on what I believed was right. Of course I only made it worse.
I learned how people can be absolute and total assholes based on what your skin looks like: The immediate assumption is that you're unhygienic, lazy, possibly stupid and dirty. People will more or less insult you, and then immediately recommend their own products even if they have an opposite skin type from you. All people believe they are good, but most are really horrible, shallow and well, sometimes just plain evil.

Now on to the story itself:
When I moved away from home to go to uni, I made a really good friend. We lived in opposite dorm buildings and pretty much spent all day together every day. She was a big girl. Like, really big. We bonded over how people can be assholes based on your appearance. True story!
Instead of gaining "The freshman 15", she actually lost weight. First unintentionally, I guess because she was removed from mom and dads cooking and had less money for snacks. But as soon as she noticed the weight loss, she started working on eating better and even started exercising. 
She unloaded to me how awful it made her feel that people now treated her differently from before. Suddenly she wasn't that fun, fat one in any group. 
I felt for her. It's a horrible lesson in human shallowness and horribleness.
We bonded further on this. I have noticed the same reaction when I wear makeup or not.
Then I shaved my head.
Something that in no way affected anyone else. And yet a lot of people were awfully rude about it. I learned a lot about so-called "friends" and their true colours.
But my best friend at the time? The one I thought would be the one who would really understand that my change in appearance had nothing to do with her, and I could use someone to unload on when people reacted "funny" to it?
She was embarrassed to be seen with me.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The one friend I thought would understand what I was going through, was being the worst of them all. 
It really hurt.
People are awful.


I don't regret shaving my head. It was a fun experience and it thought me a lot about people. If I could go back, I would do it again.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Today's hair

The weather is great and I have a day off, so I felt like doing something a little more playful with my hair


Hubby and I spent the day in the park, having lunch out and just generally doing nothing out in the sun. Wonderful day!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Souvenirs...

...Or something. 
I really like bringing things like conditioners home from our travels. Not only is it fun to try something I can't find at home, it also brings back memories when I use them.

Looking forward to trying this Garnier masque some time.


I also found a volcanic mud mask. I've tried lots of those from Korea, and I always thought "M-hm, yea, sure" at their claims on containing real volcanic ash. But having been on Tenerife and seen how you could literally just scoop some volcano off the ground in certain areas, yea, I understand it now!

Monday, 14 May 2018

More Etsy purchases

Poking around at Etsy yesterday made my credit card itch, so now I have some more tools on my way...


Bone hair stick from WoodArtJewelry. I have one of their sticks already and absolutely love it!
I love how the beauty of their sticks is in the materials and the organic, flowing shapes.

From AKCWoodworking I got a whole list...


Hair Stick - Scissors in Maple Wood


Hair Stick - Wizard's Staff Hair Toy in Bloodwood Extended 6 inch Length
This one is seriously pretty with the wood and carvings! I will wear this next time we play board games of the RPG type...


Hair Stick - Starfleet Science Insignia in Ebonized Oak
Looks like I got the last one in ebonized oak. They have some in other woods, but this one should look really good with my red tones.


Hair Stick - Starfleet Command Insignia in Maple
I will wear this one next time I have to boss people around... Heheh.


Hair Stick - Pirate Cutlass with Curved 6 inch Blade in Mahogany Wood


Hair Stick - Fantasy Sword 6 in Maple Wood Extended 6" Length


Hair Stick - Sai in Cherry Wood
I'm a little curious how the sticking-down-parts will work with an updo...


Hair Stick - Fantasy Axe 1 Hair Toy in Solid Ebonized Oak wood
Looks like I got the last one of this one too. Lucky!


Hair Stick - Celtic Knot Hair Toy in Walnut wood

And last, the only fork in the pile...


Mjilnor Hair Fork in Maple Wood

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Ordered some new Quattro's

Still pissed off at Tenerife's border guards. Hmpf.

I have now ordered some new Quattro's...


Hair Forks by Quattro 'FlexFork' Combo Set


Hair Fork by Quattro - StarLites Charcoal Matte
This matte fork sounds really cool! I think this might actually look really good in hair... Leaving the shine to the hair instead of the tool?


Hair Forks by Quattro 'StarLites' Combo Set
I think the small one in this set is my favorite Quattro?


Hair Pins by Quattro 'Bronze' U Pins
I've been doing a lot of smaller buns lately (Like, two buns instead of one) so this might be really helpful for me.


Hair Pins by Quattro 'StarLites' U Pins


Hair Pins by Quattro Amish Style U Pins
I have a set of these already, but they're a little long for me when I do two buns instead of one, so I ordered a shorter set.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Answer to yesterday's pop quiz

So... The border guard confiscated my beloved Ron Quattro U-pin! 

I have now traveled to several countries with it in my hair (So comfortable and lightweight! Perfect for travelling), even to Tenerife with it, but no... I wasn't allowed to leave Tenerife with it in.

Seriously?

The obnoxious and rude woman who confiscated it started telling me that it was way too sharp and could be used as a weapon! 
No way. Those are way too rounded. I would have more luck trying to stab someone with a pen with the cap still on!

Ugh!

So now I'm down one Ron Quattro... Sigh.


Friday, 11 May 2018

Pop quiz time!

So here is the question of the day:
Why is Igor pissed off as hell in the airport at Tenerife?
(And no, it is not because she has to go back home to work, work and more work and she doesn't want to)

Will post the right answer tomorrow!
And also come up with some sort of price for the right answer, I guess?

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Tenerife is awesome!


Just a quick check in: I'm happy and everything is awesome :)
Doing my best to protect my hair and skin from the constant hard sun... Hope 'm doing well enough!


Thursday, 3 May 2018

Throwback Thursday


The cinnamon bun. Ah, I so, so, so looked forward to being able to do the most basic of updo's when I started growing my hair out again. But like so many other styles, it only worked for me a while because it started sliding and became unstable.


Friday, 27 April 2018

Today's hair

The braids from yesterday actually worked pretty well. 
I guess because the thinner braid is hidden on the inside?


Well, that's pretty good to know: I don't have to be so careful to split the two braids equally.