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41  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: clear plastic tubes on: February 01, 2008 08:41:31 PM
What size are you looking for?  I buy mine from Soap Wizards they are a tad bigger around than most I've seen.
42  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: CP and lye? on: January 31, 2008 10:25:48 AM
At this point, I'm thinking that Hand Milling is the way I plan to go also. Is it really as bad as all the horror stories that are out there? I've done the melt and pour, and read the re-batching instructions, and while it may seem to be a bit of a pain, it really doesn't come off as that difficult to me. Or am I just naive?
I don't think it's that difficult per say - but personally I've done it once and won't do it again.  The finished product is less than attractive to say the least and I'm sure I'm just not patient enough with it - I'm not a fan.  Some people love it.  I think it's a great way to go if you don't want to make the soap from scratch, but you don't want to do melt & pour.
43  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Text on Soap on: January 29, 2008 06:48:07 PM
What type of soap is it?  If it's transparent I know Brambleberry has some sort of paper that would work.

Ahhhh here it is: scroll down to "Water Soluble Paper"

ETA: if it's hot or cold process soap you could make a soap stamp, there are several ways to do it - perhaps the least expensive would be to carve out a block of wood.
44  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to soap making on: January 29, 2008 09:23:12 AM
Great information on cold process soap making can be found at Miller Soap - though I'm not sure if they have much information about melt & pour (not sure if that's the type you are doing or not).
45  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: January 25, 2008 02:23:33 PM
What a fun thread!  My hair is rather boring in comparison:

This was taken July 4, a week after the henna fully oxidized.

I recently started using "bridal henna" and my hair seems a bit lighter - I think I might switch back to the old brand I was using.  I like the auburn/chestnut color better.
46  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hair. Gah. on: January 24, 2008 11:51:32 AM
Thank you so much!

I look forward to seeing how your experiments go.  I love hair, it's so interesting the different textures etc.  And I'm a big fan of long hair!
47  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Henna, PLEASE? on: January 24, 2008 11:38:31 AM
I adore henna!  I used to purchase mine at www.hennaforhair.com - there's a huge plethora of information there too.  I stumbled upon a local East Indian store in my area, so I buy my henna from them now.
48  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hair. Gah. on: January 24, 2008 11:36:45 AM
I have wavy hair that is quite thick and used to have the dry, poofy hair problem all the time.  I learned a lot about my type of hair over the last 2 years and have finally been able to grow my hair long without it looking like I stuck my finger in a light socket.

I no longer brush my hair, I only comb with a wide toothed, wooden comb, starting from the bottom and working my way up.  I do comb my hair when it is wet, but only once when it's dripping wet straight out of the shower, then I do not touch it again until it is dry, because if I do touch it - it's POOOF.

Hair like this needs lots of moisture, I heavily oil my hair about once a week.  I put so much oil in it that it looks like it's dripping wet.  Then I put it in two french/dutch braids overnight and wash in the morning.  

I also avoid any silicone products, some people don't find problems with them and I used to think my hair liked them until I started washing my hair less and using hair soap in place of sulfate shampoos.  The silicones (these are anything that end in cone such as dimethicone, cyclomethicone etc) cover the hair shaft creating a barrier that is supposed to seal moisture "in", but moreso what it tends to do is seal moisture out especially if it isn't washed out of the hair more often (I wash my hair about 3 times a week).  The molecules of the 'cones are too big to let anything get past them, thus sealing the hair shaft - which has the unfortunate side effect of sealing the moisture out of the hair shaft causing the hair shaft to be dry.

Most shampoos are sulfate shampoos sulfates are a detergent that tend to be somewhat harsh on the hair and scalp.  Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates are milder detergents but don't rinse very well from the hair.  Since they don't rinse well people tend to think they have dandruff when they actually don't, they have dry scalp caused by the sulfates not rinsing completely and they have flakes from the sulfates not rinsing, building up and flaking off.  Amonium lauryl sulfate is a harsher detergent that rinses cleaner, but with being harsher it strips the hair shaft and the scalp much more than is necessary.

I use soap that is specifically made for hair use, I rinse with water, then follow up with a slight acidic rinse.  The acidic rinse insures the soap is rinsed completely, but the soap opens the cuticle of the hair shaft, the acid rinse then closes the cuticle.  I follow that sometimes with a light spraying of jojoba oil in place of conditioner, or I use L 'Oreal Vive something that comes in a pink bottle, it says on it that it's made for wavy/curly hair that's long.  It's some good stuff!

I do not rub my towel on my hair, I take an old T-shirt and wrap my hair with it.  I leave the t-shirt for about 20 minutes so it'll soak up a decent amount of water so my hair isn't dripping wet.  Then I comb my hair, either leave it as it is, or pull the top portion of my hair into a barrette and I don't touch my hair again until it is dry.

I wish I had some pics of my hair "before" - but I'd always blow dry it straight so it looked somewhat "smooth" before any picture was taken.  This picture is an "after" that was taken in July of last year, I was experimenting to see what my hair would do if I didn't comb it at all after my shower:

This one is taken in September of last year:

I'm sure I rattled on enough to bore an elephant - sorry about that!  I am quite proud of my hair, I've never had it this long, and it's never looked this good.  I learned how to take care of it by visiting forums.longhaircommunity.com it's a wonderful, wonderful place!

49  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Out of proportion measurements - question on patterns on: January 24, 2008 09:24:10 AM
It can be a time consuming pain in the arse, but it's nice to have a dress with that like a glove fit.
That's the whole reason I want to learn to sew my own clothes, make my own patterns etc.  To have clothes that actually fit would be wonderful!  The only thing I've ever owned that actually fit me was my wedding dress since it was custom made.  I love that dress!
50  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: 2 firsts for me! A skirt and a pair of lounge pants! on: January 23, 2008 09:53:07 AM
I will be keeping a lookout for Made For You then!  I don't have any McCall's patterns yet, I've read/heard that they are a bit more difficult (they assume you know things that I don't). 

I purchased Sew What Skirts - it's a book to draft your own skirt patterns.  I'm very much looking forward to getting into it more.  I've leafed through it a few times now - it looks wonderful.
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