Friday, 11 May 2012

Hair comments in the real world

I went to my first yoga class ever with Chemist Friend yesterday. I’m not really sure what to make of the whole yoga-thing: It seemed to be some light stretching, light meditation, some static body weight exercise and some balance exercises. I think we will try again though, even if it didn’t feel like a “workout” it was still pretty challenging and different.
I had my hair in a braided Nautilus bun but it kept getting in my way whenever we were on the back. Even when I pack my buns as tightly as I can, they’re still about the size of an orange. I took the Flexi out but then my braid seemed to enjoy “snaking” itself around me and irritating me.
Any hints on how to wear long hair for yoga? Maybe a crown wrap?  
After the class when we went to get our clothes, a girl in the shower room suddenly asked me about my hair. I get so completely confused and embarrassed whenever people ask about my hair!
Maybe I should read up on the Hair comments in the real world thread so I can learn how to have a normal conversation about a simple subject with strangers?
Between my mumblings and half-answers I managed to give out one of my cards  so maybe she will be reading this. In that case: Hi! I swear I usually make more sense than I did yesterday!

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Crazy 88

I felt the urge to do something different with my hair today and came up with this…
Double figure 8 buns.
I’m not sure they will hold though; they’re put up with only 2 small claw clips and a hair scoo each and don’t feel entirely stabile. Unfortunately all my other toys are either too big or too small.

Slightly crooked but I think I like…

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

And now for something completely different

I received an order on contact lenses a few days ago. Aside from my trusty normal lenses, I had ordered coloured ones too.
Why the coloured lenses? Well, why not, really? It’s fun.

Well, actually coloured lenses has a special place in my heart. Back when I first tried contact lenses I had big problems getting my lenses in. Not only did I hate having to touch my eyeballs, the lenses I first used were really slippery and hard to handle. For some reason, probably youthful vanity, I decided to try coloured ones. The coloured lenses were so much easier to handle! They didn’t slip, fold up, collapse on my fingers or turn themselves inside out, so all of a sudden all my handling problems were gone!
(Still disappointed the contact lens girl didn’t recommend those for me when I described the problems I had with my first lenses. It just seems like one of those things you should know when you draw your salary from helping people with contact lenses. “Oh, you have problems with the actual handling? Well, maybe we should try a slightly stiffer lens for you that doesn’t fold up or turn itself inside out.” Yeah…)

After I got into a routine and got the hang of handling, I ended up switching to 1-day lenses. I really like the idea of just taking a fresh new lens out every day. I discovered Acuvue 1-day lenses that I’ve been wearing for, gosh, 10 years? This is by far my favourite lens, ever, hand down, thumbs in the air, fist pumping and what have you. This is one of those things where when you discover it, you stick with it forever. I’ve worn contact lenses for 15 years maybe and these are simply the best. They’re so easy to handle and almost feel like they “blend” into your eyes. I’ve never felt these in my eyes unlike other brands or lines. (Of course excluding when I get a foreign particle in my eye)

Igor with glasses. I hate glasses. They slide, irritate me and narrow my field of vision. Also, completely shallow reason: They make my already small eyes smaller.

Please ignore all stupid expressions!

One green Freshlook one day lens in the right eye.

Both eyes green. I’m not very impressed with the “green”. Honestly it looks any other colour than green! Yellow-ish, brown-ish, blue-ish?

Igor with one blue Freshlook one day lens in the right eye.

Both eyes blue. My eyes look slightly darker, but very close to natural.

One grey Freshlook one day lens in the right eye. The grey ones are definitely the closest to my natural eye colour.

Both eyes grey.

The Freshlook lenses also came in brown but I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t work with my complexion at all. Now I kind of do want to try them though! Maybe my next order. In general, the Freshlook lenses don’t have the same flawless handling and fit as the Acuvue. They slip on my fingers, they collapse, turn themselves inside out and doesn’t “attach” as quickly and seamlessly like the Acuvue. 

Monday, 7 May 2012


When it comes to oiling the hair, there are two common methods: Heavy oiling and light oiling.
Heavy oiling is when you feed the hair more oil than you know it can absorb. This of course means it’s not really something you can look presentable in public with and it will most likely result in dripping. I prefer doing my Ankylosaurus or Nodosaurus to oil just the length, but other longhairs use different methods and oil the scalp too. This can of course also depend on the different oil since not all oils work for all scalps. Heavy oiling is usually messy and need some sort of containment.
Light oiling is when you feed the hair less oil than you know it can absorb. This of course means that you can add oil to the hair and go about your daily business and no one will be the wiser. No evident greasiness or dripping. Usually people will add some drops of oil focussing on the ends. Personally, I prefer an oil spray to do this. I bought a nice oil spray for kitchen use with a pump-action. It does a nice “dusting” of oil over my ends and just needs a quick combing though afterwards.
I have a pretty random mix of oils in mine at the moment: Bit of olive, some camellia leftovers, hemp, argan and walnut. It works “double” for me too since my ends always have dried a bit too much for my taste before I finish putting my hair up. I can do a quick re-moistening of them with the oil spray and I’m good to go.

My parents have a really clever oil spray! It was bought as a mixer for oil and vinegar for salads, but since it’s just two containers with an adjustable spray, it would work for two oils too. You can slide it between 100% of canister 1 and 100% of canister 2 with all mixes in between. I thought it was really clever and I just might get one for myself even though I don’t consider myself a “real” oil user. I’m imagining filling it with something like a heavy oil mix and a light oil mix that you can adjust.
I had expected it to be really expensive since it’s one of those typical Scandinavian Simplicity-design things, but it is about half what I paid for my own oil pump so that’s pretty cheap and tempting!  

Model me?

A friend has asked me to catwalk for her fashion project.
Holy crap!
Let’s just say it took me completely by surprise. Let’s just say I have a few complexes about my appearance. I broke my nose twice (Don’t want plastic surgery because the thought of what they actually *do* to your body is completely creeping me out) I have the awful droopy upper eyelids that run in my grandmother’s family where about half her blood relatives have had them done (Geez, thanks for the genetic crap, grandma) And I absolutely hate my fat deposits that refuses to go away. For the last 1½ year or so I’ve been heavy for being me.
Yea, I absolutely can’t see myself as model material.
Although I really, really can’t understand why she asked me, I said yes.
Of course I had to ask what would be done to my hair but luckily she said I could do it myself! Phew!
So I’m thinking I would do something like this:
The majority of it down but still with some cool braided parts to keep it collected and out of my face.
What do you all think?