Sunday, December 26, 2010

My experiences with going blonde without my hair falling out + advice!

(my hair before)

(note: I am not an expert, take my advice at your own risk!)

About 2 months ago I decided to go blonde realizing that going blonde is a long and expensive process, especially if your doing it yourself. You have to go through long period of time where your hair is orange, dull and should not have any heat applied to it. But I really wanted to go blonde.

I have wanted to be blonde since I was a child. As a teenager my fascination with old 1960’s stars like Edie Sedwick and Bridgett Bardot, my love of early 90’s Kate Moss and my thoughts that everyone was hotter as a blonde still stick in my head. My other reason is that I love the look of blonde hair on sweet/fairy kei lolitas and my favorite visual kei stars.

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Firstly I went though an initial bleach where I bleached my dyed black hair with 30 vol. for 20 minutes and went over it with a red rinse. This looked quite nice and worked really well. I deep conditioned my hair everyday and I rarely applied heat to the lengths of my hair, only my fringe and side pieces which I keep out. I relied on twists, braids and plats to keep my hair in place, I only every straightened/curled my hair for special occasions like a wedding.

(My hair after the first bleaching and dying it red)

My second stage was bleaching my hair again once the red had faded a little. This was a little bit of a problem. Because I had previously dyed my hair red with a semi permeant and my hair has a lot of red pigment, I still had a lot of copper pieces in my hair. Not wanting to bleach my hair I have toned my hair and continued to use a deep condition treatment nearly everyday, because my hair is so thick and naturally dry I have been using the treatment to slick back my hair and mainly using pretty hair accessories to make myself look presentable while my hair goes through this phase.

I am not going to apply heat or bleach to my hair until I can get it in good enough condition to to do so. I would prefer to have partially orange hair, which is only in the ends anyway, than have white ugly dead hair that I can’t do anything with. One of the problems is that once your hair is dead, in my experience with helping my asian boyfriend go white, its nearly impossible to get in near normal condition again.

(see cute hair accessories take the focus away and cover it up at least a little!!)

So here are a few trick and trips that are helping me during this time;

1.Condition, Condition, Condition- I can’t say this enough!!! It helps your hair feel normal and healthy. I tend to think that bleaching strips your natural oils that help protect your hair, so now you need to put them back in. Use treatments that are made for this kind of damage, invest in the right products.
2.Be willing to look a little strange for a while-really you can by pass the orange/yellow horrid phase but you will kill your hair.
3.Saying that, invest in some cute hair accessories-cute and well placed hair accessories can distract people from your hair. I usually place my hair in a bun and then put a pretty headband or big bow in front of it. Since only my ends are orange/copper and my roots are ash blonde this is ideal. The other this is that if you don’t style your hair, with the color so patchy it looks a lot worse than it actually is.
4.Get a good haircut-Cut out your dead ends, get lots of layers and be willing to loose a few inches. This will make your hair look healthier and less dead.
5.Tone, Tone, Tone-Learn the chemistry of hair color to get the color you would like. Use semi permanent toners to tone down the orange, or at least remove the orange out of your roots.
6.Don't go red over the top of it-this was my mistake and why I still have copper pieces left in, it was the biggest mistake I could make made!

Good Luck!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

the worst visual kei clips I have ever seen

I like watching visual kei clips, even when they are horrid and remind me of Christmas music or a 5 year old on crack. Some of them are just terrible with no other redeeming feature other than the fact that they are just plain amusing.

I seriously wonder what they were thinking when they decided to create the band, or their fans, or the record companies that invested money in them...or their parents. Do they do it for kicks? Or to see how much money they can make for doing something completely stupid.

1.Oyuugi Wagamama dan- x [Paradeiz] - Ohimesama no Akai Bara
This song is the one I described about, the start definatly reminds me of Christmas music gone wrong, even before he starts to sing. And his image completely confuses looks like a girl until he opens his mouth. This is like some rank alternative reality acid flash back gone wrong.

2.DecoLa Hopping PV CM 気まぐれ!?フェアリズム
What the hell is this? What man dresses up as a fairy and crawls around a park? Oh right....I get it. This song actually shows hope in parts, like the music without the singing sounds pretty good and the whole metal thing is kinda cool if not confusing, but then it gets into its horrid and very disappointing chorus.

3. SuG - P!NK masquerade.
For one that guy at the start has TERRIBLE English, I mean couldn't they find somebody that could speak English properly to play the news reader? AND after the whole dance sequence out of all the hot girls in the club Takeru decides to bite some ugly guy with a zombie mask on, what the heck?

I'm sure I'll find some more.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I've been hurt and I don't care

This is my first "serious" post, I guess. I used to write so many on My Space that I just stopped doing it so often, instead of solving my issues I used to just write about them and gain some serious sympathy from my friends, which isn't exactly good for ones mental health.

I just found out something that would send most girls over the edge and yet I don't care. I always expected things. I think I have an understanding of things or even an empathy of how people work that it doesn't make dealing with things so bad. Or maybe perhaps I know that I can for fill everyone's needs.

I should be hurt due to the principle of things, but I can't justify that to myself. I can't tell anyone exactly what it is either, if I did everyone who look badly upon them instead of understanding that is the way they are. Everyone has needs and who am I to take things away from them, even when society says that its wrong.

I am surprised at how much I believe in my own principals more than anything, that I actually believe in what I say, that it is actually not just in my head like I alway thought it was going to be. Am I delusional or just a typical modern girl who is clinging onto a hope that she knows that won't last?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

happy, happy, happy positive thoughts

An Cafe-Smile Ichiban Ii Onna

The Gazette-The First 3 Singles

Those of you who know the GaZette and know them well, will also know that they have released 2 singles in the past year and are set to release another on September 22. Those of you who don`t, here is your chance to jump on board.

The GaZette are probably the biggest or at least one of the the biggest visual kei bands of the moment. Their sound is accessible not only to those who are well acquainted to visual kei, but also to those people who have no experience of the genre.

They are best described as a blend of alternative metal, hard rock and dare I say metal. Their previous singles such as Filth and the Beauty are instantly catchy and the first single, Before I Decay is no different. Its the GaZette at their best. Before I Decay well written with its catchy rifts, blend of harder elements and its combination of English and Japanese lyrics. Its the kind of single that could be played at the climax of a gig and no doubt it will be.

The GaZette-Before I Decay

The next single that was released was Shiver. Shiver has also been used for the wildly popular anime Kuroshitsuji or Blackbutler. To be honest, this single doesn`t grab me in the same way their other songs do. To me this song sounds a little too familar, a little too predicable. However it is very visual kei; the rift, the way the song builds and the vocals and I can`t say that I don`t like it.

The GaZette-Shiver

The last song I will review is Red, which hasn`t even been released yet. But alas! I can`t help myself but comment on their make over. Oh they look so pretty and Ruki is blond again and Aoi has short hair and Reita is a brunette.....I like the song? Oh well I guess I can`t help but to turn into a fan-girl when I hear their songs.......

The GaZette-Red

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Anime isn`t just all about robots and fighting girls you know.

Some people forget that anime is quite funny too. I regularlly watch anime for my comedy fix. My current favorite for this is Maria + Holic which is about a boy was is pretending to be a girl and a lesbian who is allergic to boys who attend an all girl boarding school. Its full of chibi greatness that never fails to make me laugh and an enduring sweetness within its characters too.
Maria + Holic-Episode 1

Another amazingly funny and often gripping anime is Soul Eater, that Shinigami never fails to crack me up and don`t even get me started on the Ledgend. This anime has results in me calling everyone a ばか (Baka) which basically means an idiot.

However the story line and plot can get rather rediculous and I often think that this anime is difficult to watch if your not really into anime already.
Soul Eater-Episode 1

And who could go past one of the biggest, if not THE biggest anime at the moment in Japan, One Piece? One Piece is EVERYWHERE in Japan at the moment, it has several movies released in the cinema, you can get t-shirts, clocks, collectors cards, toys, there is just so much One Piece mech. avalible.
One Piece-Episode 1


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kamikaze Girls.

Kamikaze Girls or Shimotsuma Monogatari in Japanese tells the story of the unlikely friendship of Momoko, a devoted lolita and Ichiko, a yuki girl.

There are a few points that I like about this film, one of which is the way that they portray their lifestyles. Momoko lives in a land partly of fantasy, where she doesn`t need friends, being a lolita isn`t just a fashion statment it is her life. (Which is what its like for a lot of Lolitas) This is evident also when we see Momoko at school eatting lunch, she tells us `I only eat sweet things`. On the otherside of the scale we have Ichikio with her problems in the motorcycle gang.

Kamikaze girls in rural Japan, which is important to the development of the characters. Not all of Japan is like what you see on television or read in books, a large portion of it is still very tradional. Even though they have acess to Lolita magazines, animes and mangas, its not very common. This movie reminded me inparticular of a girl in my town who works in a fruit shop wearing full Sweet Lolita dress.

The movie also is a great example of the crazy Japanese humor that people rarely experience outside of animes, mangas and maybe the odd horror film.

You can watch the film below via you tube.