Monday, 21 August 2017

Today's braid for tomorrows bun

Continuing my ideas from the weekend...
What I liked about the base braids was that they helped give the buns some "lift" instead of pointing the bun bases down around the neck. When splitting the hair horizontally at ear-height, the bun base ends up there instead and lifts the buns up higher.
Also, having several braids instead of a few seemed to help keep the buns flatter.

Let's see how this works tomorrow...

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Today's hair

Still having the 8 little braids in, and thought I would give it a try with Flexies instead.

Not entirely pleased with this either: When using a Flexi instead of a fork, you have to use the Nautilus bun type instead of just wrapping it around like a cinnamon bun style.
This means you get a lot of "inside" on the bun instead and then you get that cannonball effect instead of a nice, flat bun.

I think maybe I could get the effect I want with 4 little braids instead?

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Today's hair

Got a call from work asking if I could come in and fix something.
So, uh, what do you do quickly with 8 little braids to put them up in an office-appropriate style?

This was far from perfect, but I think I can see some potential here...

The Quattro pins didn't really work for this. Maybe a Flexi if I had to do it another time?


Friday, 18 August 2017

Today's hair

I decided to take a day off today, but felt like doing something other than my usual "Lazy day, simple braid" thing so I put it in 8 little braids.

Took some time to finish!
Pretty comfy though... 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Effect vs. effort

One of my colleagues came into work with a set of eyelash extensions today. It looked really awesome! Natural enough that you didn't notice it was the eyelashes right away, but just that she looked pretty and well rested or something. I really loved the effect and I'm seriously considering trying it. I don't use any oils or based serums at the moment but I wonder how the extensions will hold up against my skincare routine, and especially the Clarisonic.

So I got into a pretty interesting discussion with some colleagues about how differently women treat themselves and how big of a difference there is in what people prioritize in their beauty and personal care.
One of our conclusions was that there is a big difference in how people want "natural" beauty or not.

I'm completely on the team "natural beauty". Unless it's a special occasion, I can't help but feel that any "beauty" that can be washed off by rain, or ruined by wind, is a waste of time to apply.
Everything else that can help with the "natural" beauty though? Yea, no problem. Skincare, hair care, teeth bleaching, eyebrow waxing, eyelash dyeing, exfoliating, epilating, dermarolling, eyelash extensions, any kind of supplement... Bring it on!

Of course I'm by far the one at my office spending the most time and effort on my skin. The Korean skincare routine just takes more time and effort, but it's worth it: My skin responds really well to it. Time and effort yes, but not money. I found it mildly horrifying how much some of my colleagues spend on their skincare products! One of my colleagues admitted what she had just spent on some western anti-aging skincare line and according to my calculations, it was about 3/4 of what I paid for my latest mixed haul. Shocking!

I brought up an example that has mystified me since I encountered it: A colleague in an old workplace used to have the most elaborate eye makeup. Obviously she spent a lot of time on it every single day. But she also had what I can best describe as a mustache that any teenage boy would be proud of. It drove me absolutely nuts looking at it. I never mentioned it to her, or anyone else at that office, but it bothered me so much. I can completely respect the "My body, my rules" but I had trouble accepting that someone could put in so much effort on makeup, and then ignore something that seemed like such an obvious problem area. But maybe that's just me.

Luckily my colleagues had a good chuckle at it, and didn't think I was a jerk.

My colleagues found it funny that the only thing I do that doesn't look "natural", is that I like to do cute (And sometimes totally over the top) toenail designs. Of course this fits into my own personal conclusion, that I like to do things that have a high effect to effort ratio: Even if I spend a couple of hours doing my toenails, the result will last weeks. It will look good even when I roll out of bed in the morning. No upkeep required either. At least until it chips off, I guess.

So, my thoughts on effect vs. effort for some of the things I do.

Effort: I spend maybe 30 minutes to 1 hour 1-2 a month, however, you have to pay some attention when you do this, so the effort is fairly high.
Effect: The result lasts some weeks. But I guess the main point of the effect is that I can avoid shaving gels or wax, stuff that my skin doesn't appreciate.

Effort: Maybe 5 minutes twice a month? I've been considering dyeing them slightly darker, like a light brown since thick, dark brows remain in fashion. Maybe I'll get around to it. Some day...
Effect: Totally worth the time spent.

Eyelash dye
Effort: Maximum 5 minutes once a month.
Effect: The dye is permanent, so the effect lasts until I shed the eyelashes. The last dyed eyelashes are gone after about 6 weeks, but the effect is definitely noticeable after a month.
This is the top score on effort to effect.

Effort: 1-2 a week for washing or deep conditioning. The time spent on washing depends on if I just do a scalp wash or a full deep conditioning. A lot of the time goes to just having my hair wrapped up in cling wrap with conditioner, which is hardly any "effort" since I can read or work at the computer at the same time.
Effect: Depends on which wash type, but the effect is usually noticeable for days.

Effort: I absolutely can't stand having long fingernails so I cut and file my nails once a week. Low effort, low level of caring about this.
Effect: Meh? I don't notice a "nice" effect, but I get annoyed when they need work.

Effort: A couple of hours for a full, cute nail design and foot care. A couple of minutes for basic upkeep. Twice a month maybe?
Effect: The effect can last for maybe a month before getting chipped and damaged, and cute toenail designs makes me happy.

Effort: High. Daily effort and care here. However, the sheet masks are easy, "hands free" when you have the silicone mask covers. Recommended!
Effect: Totally worth it.

Effort: Hah. Kind of silly having to list something so basic, right? But I do try to make teeth care a priority once in a while (Maybe once a week or so?), otherwise it just gets stuck on routine. Brush + floss + brush again + gentle whitening strips + pharmacy-grade mouth wash.
Effect: Dunno, my dentist thought it was a good idea when I mentioned it?

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Throwback Thursday

I was looking for a specific picture to show a friend, when I stumbled upon the pictures from when my hair was its longest ever. This was all the way back in April 2014! And now I feel really weird about having maintained mid thigh/fingertip length for so long. Seriously, it's very strange to not be actively growing my hair out. This was something I just "did" for so long... Since January 2001 pretty much.
...Maybe it's time to grow again?

Monday, 31 July 2017

Today's hair

Two five-stranded braid-based Nautilus buns stacked on top of each other, held with two Flexies.

I always find it really cool how even with two buns like this, my hair always shows from the front when I tilt my head just a little. Such big buns!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Today's creation

A colleague complained that she has a strong asymmetrical parting, and it makes it hard to braid. 
So I gave it my best shot, but had to admit she was right: There were no way to part her hair completely down the middle without some strong styling product.
Oh well. Still looked pretty good!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Today's hair

And today I remember why I stopped doing this braid-base: The five-stranded start to a Nautilus bun ends up with a strong lopsidedness. It looks great from one side and pretty bad from the other.

(And my new phone is crazy shiny. Damn. Looks slightly creepy with two reflections of my neck like this)

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Today's hair

Funny, I put quite a bit of effort into learning how to do this twist-start to a five-stranded braid, but after that, I haven't done it for a while.