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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Lazy Weekend Blueberry Walnut Scones on: July 26, 2009 03:36:41 PM
This looks awesome! Thanks for the breakfast inspiration... this is going to happen sometime this week.  Smiley
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: July 26, 2009 03:23:56 PM
Before you do anything, here is my professional advice. I'm a licensed stylist so this isn't opinion, this is knowledge.  Wink

For a color like pink, hair must be light, not dark. Since your hair is pre-lightened, you should by no means color it back to brown and then color it pink.

Why: if hair is lightened, you cannot "strip" the blonde out, because blonde is the absence of pigment. The blonder hair is, the less pigment there is, and thus, blonde never "fades"--your hair simply grows out and the outgrowth is your natural color, but the lightened hair remains. If you color it back to brown, you will be making it more difficult, if not impossible, for the pink to show.

So, keep the hair blonde. You don't need to lighten it anymore than it is, I'm sure. The pink will fade very quickly since pink dye is made of direct dyes which cannot go into the cortex and color hair forever... it will just fade out. So be prepared for a week or two of the pink you want, and then the loss of the pink afterward.

Feel free to reply if you have more questions.

Also, I hate Sally's. How can I explain this? Going to Sally's Beauty Supply for professional and high quality color is like going to McDonald's and trying to get a filet mignon...
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: July 17, 2009 09:36:41 PM
Taylor Swift's hair is basically hair being wrapped around a small barrel, maybe anywhere from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch... not wrapped in the clamp, but taking your finger and wrapping it around the outside of a closed barrel. It's very clean curls, so not fingerbrushed I believe. Possibly set in pin curls after heat curling and then let loose, but I doubt it because of the looseness? Essentially she has her entire head curled and set, because they definitely are not natural! Cheesy
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: April 28, 2009 08:43:51 PM
thank you very much Diana dOr! Grin

ok soo I have a question..
I want a blue streak in my hair..just one strand on my left side where my hair is longer. I used blue hair dye and 30 volume peroxide and left it on for at least an hour. I've tried this three times..when my hair was red I tried to do it with the blue and the 30 vol. didn't do anything..few weeks later I tried bleaching it first..still nothing. so I give up. a couple months later I dye my hair very dark brown and decide to try the blue streak again. tried the blue + 30 volume..nothing happened.
I've never had this happen to me before in the 10 + years I've been dying my hair. soo I guess what I'm asking is,  what am I doing wrong? and how can fix that so I can have a blue streak in my hair?

Before I can know what you might be doing wrong, please answer these questions:

- What color is your hair right now, where you want the blue streak?
- What color are you using to try and achieve this? Is it Matrix, Wella, Redken, Joico...?
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: April 28, 2009 08:37:59 PM
I've been coloring my hair for the last 6 months black.  I'm done with it and I want to go back now. 

Here is my advice as a professional stylist: You are going to have to strip the hair with bleach, that is the only way to remove black. I wish people would never color their hair black, because it is the most difficult thing for the hair when they decide they want their natural again... and can be the most damaging.

You need to go to a professional hair stylist. This is not something to do at home. Your stylist will be able to make something called a "bleach cocktail" -- also can be called a bleach soap cap, or just soap cap, depends on how they learned what the technique is called -- and they will probably have to do it twice. Just on the black, not on your outgrowth. This is to strip the black from the hair. The reason it might have to happen twice, maybe three times??, is because you have already layered the black by coloring your hair multiple times the past half year.

After they cocktail your hair, it will have an orangeish tiny most likely, but it will no longer be black. It might also have color variations along the strand, depending on how well certain parts of the hair shaft let go of the black... meaning, it won't be all uniform.

So what you do next is have your stylist color your hair with a permanent color, not demi or semi -- it needs to be permanent to prevent fading -- and I would suggest choosing a color that is close to your natural. If you want highlights, or sunkissed looking hair, you're going to need to wait and work on repairing your hair after all that it will have gone through.

Also, get a professional deep conditioning treatment. This is a must. You cannot skip out on this, because your hair will be severely stressed and will require all the help it can get.

So, here are the bullet points:
- Don't dye your hair black anymore! Sad
- Find a professional salon and inquire about their skills concerning corrective color
- Have a professional stylist bleach cocktail (or soap cap or bleach soap cap or whatever they call it) your hair until it matches your natural level, aka you're outgrowth. This might take two or three times. Hopefully only two.
- Have the stylist color your hair with an all-over permanent that is close to your natural.
- You must do a deep conditioning treatment!!!

If you want to continue coloring your hair, or get highlights, or whatever, I would say to do at least three deep conditioning treatments within the month and a half before you plan on coloring again.

Hope that helps.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: April 28, 2009 08:20:37 PM
I have a question.
I hate my job. I hate how my job treats me.
I want to go to cosmetology school to be a hairdresser. I'm just scared of all the stories I hear about people hating it and dropping out. my mom was a hairdresser and she taught me alot about everything. I think I'd really love doing it. I guess I'm just scared of failing. so is it a worthwhile career to persue? can I make good money off of it? what are some things I should know about it?

I went to school for cosmetology, obtained my license, and now work as a professional hair and makeup artist.

What people said before... yes, school is hard. Once you are "on the floor" --or putting your skills to work on people who are coming in and paying for services from students-- you are basically working full-time for no pay except the measly tips clients sometimes give you. In my state the entire program takes one full year, meaning no summer vacation or holidays, and it was forty hours a week. Of course, you can shoot for the stars and do more if your school offers it--for example, by my last four months of school I was going 53 hours a week just to get done quicker.

There is also the matter of the students. You may be the kindest, most diligent and respectful person in the world... but someone is going to hate you. Or you'll end up being bothered by someone else. And it is drama, drama, drama all the time. But you have to remember, most the girls who go to beauty school go because they think it is easy. That's about 3/4ths of the student body. Then there is the 1/4th that go because they love hair and makeup and want to be in the beauty industry--like me.

If you are serious about becoming a stylist, and really have the drive for it, and think you have what it takes to succeed, go for it. Be forewarned, however, about the time commitment involved and the challenging social circumstances you will encounter each day. I don't say these things to scare of would-be cosmos, but I wish I would have known those things back before I started cosmetology school, it would have been nice to have been better prepared.

But the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: I finished, got my license, found an awesome salon, have great clientele that is increasing every month, and I love what I do. I'm so glad I didn't quit when I wanted to quit, otherwise I wouldn't have a job that I look forward to each day. Oh, and I have a reason to do my hair and make-up and look good every day. ;-)
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: hollowed out book - my first one! on: December 26, 2008 12:00:11 PM
Oh wow. I like this idea a lot. You know, I guess I never thought of actually ever doing this to a book, but it really would make such a neat hiding place for anything personal to us. Who would think to look? Smiley
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Love Letter Box on: December 26, 2008 11:58:44 AM

Perfect for Valentine's day. Although I don't know if a guy would ever appreciate it as much as a girl might... ;-)

So lovely. I love it.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I went to America and I saw... (altered book 16 pics) on: December 26, 2008 11:56:15 AM
Future inspiration for when I visit ANY place... :-)

So you took a regular blank book, watercolored the pages, and started sticking things on? Awesome!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 100% Repurposed Paper-Waste Journal on: December 26, 2008 11:51:19 AM
That journal is BEAUTIFUL.

I feel so inspired right now.
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