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1  Re: making semi-permament dye last longer in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by thekatt on: May 11, 2008 12:45:59 PM
I have dyed my hair all sorts of colors, and here's my shower ritual.

I don't wash my hair when I have bright hair. Only when it gets super greasy gross do I. Even then, I wash it with the smallest amount possible of shampoo (quarter sized blob of shampoo) and get it out as soon as possible. But after about a month of just dealing with sporadic washings (I'm up to a week or week and a half without washing nowadays) your hair adjusts. It's much healthier and happier with all the natural oils that the scalp has to protect it that we seem to want to wash out as soon as possible. 

Then, I deep condition. My favorite one is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep, which can be found in most places. I use a blob about the size of a golf ball.  Then, I use a dye conditioner. I get some cheap conditioner (V05 usually) and mix in a couple tablespoons of dye in it so it's nice and vibrant colored. Put on a BUNCH of it and work it into your scalp. Then, I turn off the shower and put a shower cap on and let the conditioner soak in. The shower cap helps to keep everything nice and warm so the conditioner can do more work at repairing the hair, and the dye can seep in more.
After five or ten minutes, I take the cap off and rinse out my hair in lukewarm water.

It's a ritual like this that kept my orange hair bright and vibrant for two months before I had to dye it back to brown for school.

Excuse the crappy cameraphone pics, but here's what my hair looked like last summer:
The first picture is of it freshly dyed outdoors. The one next to it is from the night I had to dye it back (the color was still incredibly vibrant). The one on the bottom was probably a month after I dyed it.

I still see Splat at Walgreens.

I'm still not sure what color I'll dye it this summer.
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2  voodoo-a-doo in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by thekatt on: November 30, 2006 09:08:39 PM
My family thinks I made a voodoo doll, but unless it's for a clown I've never met, I don't think so.
Okay, so I'm the weird type that just HAS to handmake almost every gift, even at the expense of looking strange and/or having people be verrry confused.
I finished this little girl up tonight for my best friend:

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g291/zomfgkatt/11-30-06_2231.jpg
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g291/zomfgkatt/11-30-06_2230.jpg
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g291/zomfgkatt/11-30-06_2229.jpg
(paper towels added to show scale)

This was my first time making anything stuffed beyond cat toys, so I'm really happy with the results. Her legs are a little odd (one is at a 90 degree angle, the other isn't bent, but I think it gives her character) and it's quite obvious it's hand sewn, but I'm still in love with it.
It's completely recycled (the black heart fabric was from an old pair of pajamas, the flower fabric from an old project, stuffing from old pillows, a tangled wig, old thread I found in a dead sewing machine, and extra buttons from other projects..)
I need a name for her!
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3  Barbie met the Hugh Hefner of the Barbie world... in CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES by thekatt on: June 01, 2006 09:04:13 AM
*disclaimer* this is not an authentic Barbie doll, nor is it in anyway affiliated with the Mattel corporation.

This is my first challenge post, so be gentle.  Smiley

This was thrown together about seven hours ago when my mind was like: "OMG? I CAN DO THIS?" without remembering that there probably were much better things made a couple of weeks ago already. So bear with it.

I had the typical blonde faux 88 cent cheapass barbie that I had left over from a history project (that doll can be seen in one of the pictures)

Total items used:
Barbie doll
Matchsticks
Macaroni
Pipe Cleaners
Spaghetti
Rotellini (whatever the curly pasta is)
Pompoms
Yarn
Craft foam
Hot glue


So here's the story. Barbie was tired of being America's favorite toy of little girls for however many years. Knowing that her plastic body was kickin' and way better than some of the other twentysomethings she had seen on the cover of Playboy, she decided to call up Hugh again to maybe return back to her old career that she had had before becoming America's sweetheart. She had lately been having to bribe the tabloids to keep the story off their pages "BARBIE PLAYBOY SCANDAL!"
She said "screw it, I don't need this anymore. I have my money." and forever left the world of dolls.

These pictures were shot by the paparazzi a few weeks later in Hugh's mansion.


See, he has these panthers, that don't really like visitors.

Her adoring fans sometimes break in and play (cannibal barbie (from my history project) is on the left)

But Hugh also has authentic obese siamese mix cat rides.

Barbie had a bit too much liquor this night, and fell over, throwing up a few seconds later.
This image... might not be considered work safe, if they're the crazy types of people that think that barbies and gnomes hugh hefner don't belong together.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g291/zomfgkatt/100_7671_sm.jpg
And this one is here because I remembered that her pasta handbags weren't showing well enough, but there's already enough images, so here's a link: http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g291/zomfgkatt/100_7676.jpg

The black stuff on her back is just my name. (wouldn't want anyone to claim that they made an awesome slutty barbie that I made!)  She also has a small tattoo on her leg that she had previously covered up for her dol career since parents object to that sort of stuff nowadays.

Someone should take away my hot glue gun after midnight.
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4  How to make foam hair falls. (56k be warned) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by thekatt on: May 31, 2006 11:24:13 PM


I've seen these online, for way more than they have to be. They're really easy to make, even though I think I look kinda stupid in mine. But hey... It was under $10USD to make these, and I still have enough foam to make another pair. (It was about thirty cents a sheet for the foam, ten cents each for the felt, and I paid way too much for the rexlace. You can get a 100 yard spool for maybe $3.50 and I paid nearly $5 for the seventy yards of rexlace.)
Hair falls are just like big, fancy, hair ties that cover your hair with something much cooler.
This is the finished product.
http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/654/10069693zu.th.jpg
(as with all the images on this page, click for bigger.)

What you will need
Something to mount it on. This can be a hair tie, stretchy lace, elastic, whatever. I'm using a hair tie for this.
Craft foam. I used four sheets of nine inch by twelve inch foam that was 2mm thick, and two sheets of craft felt, also nine by twelve. Felt will not be as bouncy as the foam will be. If you don't use felt, then use more foam in place of that. I used pink and black foam and yellow and purple sparkle felt.
Rexlace (it's the stuff that kids use to make those braided lanyard things.) or yarn, or some sort of string like thing to attach the foam to the mounts.
Your choice of beverage. I chose Rockstar Energy, but anything with caffeine will do.
Optional stuff
Beads
Pipe cleaners
Whatever else you want.

Step one-
Cut the foam and the felt to whatever length and width you want. Out of four sheets of the foam, I got  about sixty strips, and twenty strips of the felt.
http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/6685/10069461au.th.jpg

Step two-
Tie your mounting up. If you're using stretch lace, stretch it across a chair or something. If you're using a hair tie like I am... take off your shoes and socks, and put your feet up on another chair. If your feet smell funny, go take a shower or something to get rid of the smell, because your falls will be near your feet for a while, and no one wants falls that smell like feet. Take the hair elastic (make sure it's a strong one, as it will be stretched out a lot.) and loop it over your big toes.
http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/230/10069476ww.th.jpg
(eew my feet look ugly.)
Step three-
Cut a small hole in the strip and thread a piece of rexlace through it. I kept the length long on it, but you can keep it as short or as long as you wish. The reason why the hole has to be small is because if it is too large, it can tear the foam easier, and no one wants their falls to randomly rip out. A hole punch is the easiest thing to use.
No pics for this step.

Step four-
Take the rexlace and foam and tie it on to the mounting. It will look like what the picture does.
http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/4632/10069480kh.th.jpg

After a few more strips have been added (can of Rockstar added for size comparison)
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/1232/10069530ty.th.jpg
Step five-
Repeat steps three and four until desired volume is achieved.
http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/3871/10069625gi.th.jpg
Step six-
repeat steps 1-5 for second fall. At this point, you can add whatever else you want. I used pipe cleaners and pony beads in neon colors, and a few pompoms in it.

To put these up, I put my hair in pigtails, then in buns. I then took the fall and used my bun as a base, and twisted it around once so that the fall fell over my buns and covered them up. If that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, then just go to http://ikickshins.net/instructions.html and follow those instructions.

--katt.

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