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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Finally Ponytails

Ok so I can't front like I couldn't get my hair in a ponytail from day one. I could, but I could never quite do it in a way I liked. I am happy to report I was able to do at least one successful ponytail I deemed blog worthy.

Here is the front of the hairstyle I twisted one big twist into a ponytail of loose elastic bands. The other twist was made of a smaller twist going into a larger one that crossed over in a "y" shape into my ponytail.

Here are some side shots from the right side of the ponytail.

I just might do more with styles more often. Sisterlocks are as stylish and creative as you allow them to be.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A New Year, A New Color

"If you want trouble, find yourself a redhead." ~Author Unknown

I have always admired red hair from Lucille Ball to Malcolm X. So, Naturally Sophia decided to become one herself.

Color Update! See above pic.

Yup I chose RED! ya know with brown not like fire engine red (well at least not yet).

How did I do it?

Well first I went with my staple: Naturtint. Except, it didn't color it red enough, it was more red but not quite red enough to be obvious. Now, to be fair, I only let it stay on my hair for 20 minutes. I colored it before work. It made a subtle difference, but not the punch I was looking for.

The next day, I came back and mixed some colors. I mixed Clairol 40 developer, Clairol Permanent Dye Reddest Sunset Red, Beautiful Collection Light Reddest Brown, and Adore Fire Red. Here is my disclaimer: don't do what I did because your hair can fall out or turn green. If you do it anyway, don't blame me.

I just did the part that was already blondish anyway because I did not want to bleach my hair again. I am thrilled with the result. It looks more red in person that in these pictures.

Now dear readers, let me confess something I am curious about but probably would never do in a million years. It's this:

Yuh Know? Fun Betty makes dye so the drapes can match the rug if you know what I mean. I mean aside from my fears of something burning or itching after using this product, I think it could be a cool thing to do at least once.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

An Update: Sisterlocks Growth

These photos were taken January 5th 2009, last year after cut and color, done by myself in the bathroom sink.

I cut my hair last year on January 4th into a chin length asymmetric bob and I coloured it blond in the front and chocolate in the back.

Who says you can't do anything with natural hair or locks? LOL!
Anywho, it had been ions since I updated my blog or my hair. It was starting to look brassy, and I was concerned about how my hair was growing out uneven, the way I cut it. I did not think of it growing out when I cut it. I was just focused on the style at the time.

So I started letting my mind run wild with ideas on how to correct the asymmetry. I thought to cut it at first. But then I said, "Nah, I want to grow it out". So then I said to myself in a tiny little sinister voice: "extensions. Yes!" You know the way Smeagol says "the precious" in Lord of the Rings. I asked H.D. how he felt about my hair's unevenness. He said I was crazy, and that my hair was perfect. He's so sweet and honest ;p sometimes. I started to think he was right...

These photos are 13 months later, from 02/05/2010 this year.

I consulted a three way mirror at the local Target near my job. H.D. was right; my hair was perfect. Not in a veneered way, each lock is a series of imperfections. They have knots, an array of curl patterns, and now colours too. But they are right as they are.

And then I thought I'd forgotten why I got locks in the first place. Aside from the other practical reasons, I got Sisterlocks as an experiment to prove that hair not chemically or heat treated is beautiful, that natural curly/coily hair is beautiful without the additive of human or synthetic hair.
So, here is my hair, again, as of 13 months after the above cut: 02/04/2010. You can see the length and the color difference. I did not keep up with the color. I measured about 3-6 inches of Sisterlocks growth judging from the color difference. For anyone concerned about growth or who may have contemplated a cut but was afraid of whether/how it would grow back, here is proof.

The next update will be color because this 2 tone brassiness has gotta go. LOL! Stay tuned!