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Finally. Finally, I've gotten my shit together, done a lot of pic selecting, rambled on about my habits, in order to bring you:

~***THE GET TO KNOW MY HAIR MEME***~

I know, I know, I've been talking about this for over two months now... But it's here now. So no excuses left for the rest of y'all. Do it!!!


WARNING: MANY PICTURES AHEAD. A LOT OF MY FACE IN THEM TOO, WHOOPS. MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE CALLED THIS THE SELFIE MEME? IDK IDK. I take too many photos of my hair, you guys. And my face is almost always in them!!!

1. Describe your natural hair, or alternatively, your current hair.


Brown, straight and very long. I've had it hovering inbetween waist and tailbone length for about five years or so and I've started considering cutting it short(er). But so far that has not happened yet. I'm scared I will feel naked without this flowing body extension, lol.

2. How do you usually wear your hair? How do you usually wear your hair? Do you generally put time and effort into your weave? Or are you a lazy-ass bitch like OP?

I literally wear my hair in a bun every single day of the week, because I'm lazy as fuck in the mornings. And a bun does require me less than 15 seconds to look good, which is my jam. Thirty seconds to pick up a cute hair accessories to sparkle it up. One and half minute if I'm putting in the effort to smooth out my skalp hair so it looks like the rest of my hair is brushed trololol. So yeah, I'd say the thing I'm most lazy about is waking up in the morning ^^. No but seriously : brushing it and washing it. Definitely the most annoying part.


My hair 99% of the time. Sadly, I've lost this gorgeous dragon hair stick Ranya gave to me :(

I do, on occasion, spend a ridiculous amount of time and effort into my hair, because I like to be a fancy hoe. (Sometimes I go to a party just to make people jealous that I have better hairstyling abilities than they do? I'm petty like that.) Good thing about parties is that they usually take place at night because I am much more inclined to prep when the morning is a fleeting memory.


Still a bun, okay. But a sleek bun?


3. What is your hair-washing schedule? Do you have an ironclad hair-care regimen? Tell us your secrets!!!!!!!!!

Hmmm, at the moment I don't really have a hair washing schedule. After my one year long experiment of Sebum Only (no hair washing, not even hair rinsing), I kind of vary back and forth between periods where I wash my hair every week or so and phases where I'll just forget about it for 4 to 5 weeks. It's circumstantial, basically. This also means that my hair routine is close to none existing lately. Back when I was still growing out my hair, I used to oil the ends regularly inbetween washes and used a lot of conditioner. But now I'm not that fond of the feeling of conditioner in my hair anymore and oiling does not seem as necessary anymore. To be honest I feel like after the Sebum Only year my hair has remained in excellent condition, so special care hasn't seemed necessary yet.


4. What's your go-to hairstyle for dressing up? As in, the hairstyle that looks bomb for when you want to look done up, while being a safe bet (because you've mastered that motherfucker.)

Depends on :
1) The state of my hair
2) For what type of events I'm trying to show off
3) How much time I have to get ready

If the circumstances allow it and I'm in the mood to wash my hair, I'll let it loose.

But usually, if it's winter and I need to wear a big coat or if I'm going out to dance, then I will not let my hair down. It's simply too impractical. If I still want to showcase my length, then I'll go for a variation of the high pony - typically with a big colourful bow (matching my outfit). A pretty ponytail requires a bit of work though, so if I'm running a bit shorter on time, I'll go for a bun variation. Either with accent braids or hair accessories to embellish the look.

Braided looks are my favorite thing, but since they often take ages with my hair length, I only resort to them for extra fancy events, or on weekends when I'm home alone and want to look cute just because. My go to braid when I want to dress up is a french five-strand.


5. Do / have you dye/d your hair and if so, what colours. Can you compete with OP's colour-damaged ends or nah?


I've only dip-dyed my hair so far, because dying all of my hair seems a bit too risky - since I can't just "cut it off and wait for it to grow back" if I don't like it or once I want to go back to my natural hair colour, because that will literally take me seven years. That being said, I really enjoyed having magenta tips! I think if I would do it again, I'd go for something of a teel colour.

6. Haircut regrets and/or haircut nostalgia.

Not really. I mean, like everybody I had the "ugh, the hairdresser ruined my hair and cut off too much" situation several times, but nothing tragic that made me regret the haircut altogether. Probably because I've never had the guts to go for a radical haircut change... (I need to experiment more with hairstyles ^^.)

Right now I have the hair length I always dreamed about as a child, so I'm not nostalgic, yet :P


7. Two options: A) Show us the holy grail of your hairstyling abilities. B) The most epic hair somebody else has done on your head.


The holy graal of my hairstyling abilities is probably the beehive. I've done one very sleak version and one teased version and both turned out killer, imho. The second beehive (picture 2 and 3) was done for Lizzie's 60s prompt!


An honorable mention to this super difficult braid flower thing that Myriam prompted me to do, like nine million years ago. I really liked how the rolled up braids showed off my dip dye :)

8. What is your #1 unattainable hair goal, the reason you lie awake at night?

Please Satan, give me Lizzie's skill at creating glamorous hollywood waves on long hair :'(. I actually lose sleep over this, why is her hairrrrr.

It's funny because for the longest time, I thought that artificial waves were so unattractive? Like, I'm probably the only person in the universe who felt that Buffy's season 5 hair was a downgrade?? #unpopular opinions. But yeah, the omnipresence of iron waved hair in American fashion really beats me. Like, I just don't understand what's supposed to be aesthetical about it, it just looks profoundly fake - in particular when the ends are left straight, one of the most unfortunate fashion trends of our age, imo. It's not at that I have a problem with all artificial waves. I do feel some fondness for the classic hollywood perm? I feel like it wants to be a curl more than the loose-wave-away-from-the-face does. Even though both are equally aggressive about taming the curl and control any life in the hair (especially frizz -- va de retro) and generally very intolerant towards real curl phenomenons. Anyway, the hollywood glam wavecurl pleases my eyes more somehow.

I've grown less allergic to the fake half-wave over the years, so I've been more appreciative of people rocking it. On occasion I've even longed to recreate it at home. Suffice to say: LOL. The weight of your length be fighting you every step of the way. "No, you will not keep that aesthetic, haha, I will make all your efforts sag and droop!", is pretty much the anthem here. So basically I am obsessed with difficult things and getting large curls or defined waves to hold is a true challenge on long hair. That being said, I've recently stumbled upon this amazing lady on Youtube that has the greatest tutorials for heatless waves on very long hair! So my plan is to try this for the holidays and if it works I'll find peace, at last.

I'm not mentionning all of the truly unattainable hair goals, that are all the other glorious hair textures that exist in this world. I mean, you only need to look at Janelle Monáe once to understand the true meaning of unattainable goals. But that's only to name one, because lbr, the list goes on and on. (Maybe there should be a seperate meme for listing hair idols?)


9. Last but not least: Gratuitous hair picspam time. In no particular order, share your fave hair-themed selfies. Doesn't matter how old the pic or how shitty the lighting--all we care about is celebrating the cuteness of your hair!!!!!!

*knacks knuckles*


Pin curls for the school's yearly costume party, where I went as a vampire. Those contacts were killing me, btw. 0/10, do not recommend.


My hair the following year, and no, I am not a vampire again, I'm a bat. Different things, ok.


The before look that I wore at school all day in order to get the big pretty curls from the previous pictures, that instantly sagged once I released them #woe. Also the full look with my bat wings, hehe.


My hair for the Infinite concert in 2013! A great choice, in retrospective. This year I went with a simple bun and I had to redo it several times during the show because it kept falling apart from all the hysterical jumping.


Speaking of INFINITE: this hilar selfie where I created an infinity symbol out of tartare steak, because why not, right? It was totally delicious, yes. Also there is a neat fishtail braid that took me like 35 minutes to do! Yet another instance of Sebum Only photographing surprisingly well, because this is me at 9 months of no hair washing, oops.



S-shaped french braid updo, that looks less difficult than it was ^^'.


Sailor moon inspired hair, yay.


Lace crown braid fun.


Braided pony and five-strand braids.


Killer warrior princess braid!!! I love this look so much. I would wear it all the time, if it wasn't so uncomfortable to wear.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: PROMPT FILLS?!

Erm, so do some of you flisties remember that old Hair Prompt Meme thing I did in September 2014? *sweats* Because, hilariously I have had all my pictures done since like Octobre 2014.... but somehow never got around to post them OTL. There are over half of them missing today, because they are saved on my old computer (that I left in Bern, so I will only get access to it in January). But I thought I'd still post the other half, since I'm finally posting shit!!!! So without further ado, I present you half of the Hair Prompt Meme thing :


Kelsey's prompt(s): a nine-strand braid that has a crown to decorate the front / to tie it all together. (I'm not sure I actually managed to do a nine-strand... It might be a seven-strand?). And a (failed) waterfall braid. I blame my freshly washed hair for the struggle, lol. The Arwen braid was also done!! I wore it for a hike ;) I will try to update with that picture in January.


Myriam's prompt(s): bun with accent braids and diamonds sparkles! And a round four-strand braid that I had a really hard time photgraphing, lol.


Alex's prompt: headband and braids. Turned out to be my most fashionable meme look. Forgive this terrible posing, but on this particular day I wanted to hide my face from the camera. It happens to all of us.



Amazing princess hair I got from Zoe's prompt: inspiration here. I also did a terrible rendition of the rainbow prompt, that I will add in January. But the sleek flower bun? I did not even try. Way too difficult D:


Fun lolita doll look I did for Lizzie's "surprise me" prompt, worn with a cool lace tutu that you can't really see here (but that isn't the purpose of this post either). I took the train from Bern to Paris in those curl rollers (out of kitchen papers, lol), because the result was going to be worth it.

Jessica and Kenna, your prompts are also done but both on the old computer :( Seriously remind me to get this done in January if I forget, yes?



Okay, folks. That's it for today. To those who survived the length of this post, congratulations.
I know I totally exagerated on the amount of pictures, but there is no need to be as expansive to do this meme, so do it, do it, do iiiit!

Date: 2015-12-18 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vergoldung.livejournal.com
lol that really is a bad bleach case... but i still see why i MUCH prefered this over the s5 locks? i know so many people that got shitty highlights in (junior) high school. it was a fashionable thing at the time, nevermind that i suited 1 out of 20 people and that everybody got it done for the cheapest price they could find aka apprentice hairdresser testing their skills on you = usually a mess. but then you still had to live with that hair and hope that next time would be better. by proxy, i can relate to that and it makes that "failed" bleach style endearing to me if not cute.

but nobody in my hood had the skillz to fake!wave like that. if anything people were battling their natural wave/curl/frizz with the straightener, daily for lot of them :(. but i've never known anybody who would artificially curl their hair with an iron /every day/. so to me that's always been a tv thing. which is also why it looks fake and unrelatable to me.

anyway. you need to post your version of the meme or i will start comment-spamming people with your hair dyes >.

Date: 2015-12-19 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ever-neutral.livejournal.com
you need jesus.

no further comment.

[recedes, muttering]

Date: 2015-12-26 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angearia.livejournal.com
lol that really is a bad bleach case... but i still see why i MUCH prefered this over the s5 locks?

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Edited Date: 2015-12-26 08:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-12-26 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angearia.livejournal.com
No but seriously, Buffy's hair in the first half of Season 5 is because she's over-trying at EVERYTHING in life. She wants to be the perfect Slayer, trying to be a good girlfriend, a good sister, trying to take care of her mom. And slowly throughout the season, she becomes so overwhelmed by life that she can't even when it comes to her hair. Around the middle of the season, it's no longer so perfect.

It's actually sad? She starts putting it up more, and remember in "The Body" when she finds her mom? Her hair is ragged as shit. And for the rest of the season, it's just straight blowout, no curl.

Sorry, I could write a thesis on Buffy hair. She totally was curling it/blowing it out with a round brush everyday in the beginning to achieve shampoo commercial hair. Then life became too much and she stopped trying so hard and started putting it up in buns at stuff.

You can actually see the difference most strikingly in "Intervention" between Buffy and the Buffybot, where the Buffybot is harkening back to the days earlier in the season when Buffy was styling her hair more (what Spike remembers as her shampoo commercial hair).





omg sorry when buffy hair comes up for discussion i flip out a little, ty for indulging me
Edited Date: 2015-12-26 09:07 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-12-27 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vergoldung.livejournal.com
I LOVE EVERYTHING THIS COMMENT CHOOSES TO BE.

No but seriously, Buffy's hair in the first half of Season 5 is because she's over-trying at EVERYTHING in life. She wants to be the perfect Slayer, trying to be a good girlfriend, a good sister, trying to take care of her mom. And slowly throughout the season, she becomes so overwhelmed by life that she can't even when it comes to her hair. Around the middle of the season, it's no longer so perfect.
I LOVE YOU?? you just put into words where my discomfort with this "perfect" hair came from. amazing. i didn't even know myself! THIS META JUST MADE ME APPRECIATE THIS STYLING CHOICE 4987530857x MORE.

Sorry, I could write a thesis on Buffy hair. She totally was curling it/blowing it out with a round brush everyday in the beginning to achieve shampoo commercial hair. Then life became too much and she stopped trying so hard and started putting it up in buns at stuff.
ScREA MI NFg

WHY ARE YOU GIVING ME THESE FEELINGs

I REJECT YOU!!!!!!!!! NO BUT DO YOU HAVE MORE BTVS HAIR INSIGHTS BECAUSE I AM ALL EARS!!

Date: 2015-12-27 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angearia.livejournal.com
OMG HAVE I CONVERTED YOU TO S5 HAIR APPRECIATION???

Going into this more deeply (you shouldn't have encouraged me lol!), I think Buffy doubles down on the girly hair routine because she's afraid of how she's been going out at night hunting. Remember how Dracula was all "we're the same blah blah darkness"? Buffy so badly wants to be 'just a girl' that she's putting in the ~hours of blowing with a round brush to prove it. Not that she doesn't usually give it that extra mile, but the shampoo commercial hair is next level, yanno.

Hmm... so the Buffy chopping off her hair in Season 6 is pretty obvious choice in grieving and her needing to reassert some type of control. But have you ever noticed in Seasons 5 and 7, leading up to the finale, her hair is always up and tightly bound, but then when she's going into the final battle, she has it down and styled? I think that harkens back to her philosophy in "Prophecy Girl" -- "I may be dead but at least I'm still pretty."

She goes into these final battles partly accepting that she's going to die. In Season 5, she's ready to lay her life on the line, in part thinking that Dawn dying is essentially her dying too. And she still clings to the comfort of heading into battle with her gameface painted on and her hair styled. "If we are to die this day blah blah..." It's about defiance, about her still being utterly herself on her worst day as she would be on her best. So that even if she dies, she's still having "a good day". And same in Season 7, she goes into the final battle knowing they're going to win, but fully ready to die in order to make it so. Which is why she clings to Spike's hand at the end, because she's ready to die, too, in order to save all the Potentials now turned Slayers. It's this defiant replaying of the sacrificial lamb, she's always dressing up to die, because every night she's been expecting to die and she refuses to stop living life to the fullest when she knows the end is near. It's when she's most certain that death is near that she pushes herself to look most like herself, most like Buffy, even after months of sensible hair-styling.

OKAY THAT'S A LOT PHEW
Edited Date: 2015-12-27 04:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-12-27 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ever-neutral.livejournal.com
God is with you.

It's this defiant replaying of the sacrificial lamb, she's always dressing up to die, because every night she's been expecting to die and she refuses to stop living life to the fullest when she knows the end is near.
And you cry and your tears are voluminous mascara. IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE WE TALKED THE BUFFSTER, MAN. A moment of silence.

Date: 2015-12-28 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vergoldung.livejournal.com
ARE WE TALKING AESTHETICAL APPRECIATION OR META APPRECIATION?

Buffy so badly wants to be 'just a girl' that she's putting in the ~hours of blowing with a round brush to prove it. Not that she doesn't usually give it that extra mile, but the shampoo commercial hair is next level, yanno.
i had never thought about it, but yes yes yes i totally agree, couldn't agree more.

But have you ever noticed in Seasons 5 and 7, leading up to the finale, her hair is always up and tightly bound, but then when she's going into the final battle, she has it down and styled? I think that harkens back to her philosophy in "Prophecy Girl" -- "I may be dead but at least I'm still prett
I HAD NOT. OMYGD!! SCREAMING SO MUCH RIgHT NOW

It's about defiance, about her still being utterly herself on her worst day as she would be on her best. So that even if she dies, she's still having "a good day".
why are you doing this to meeeee

It's this defiant replaying of the sacrificial lamb, she's always dressing up to die, because every night she's been expecting to die and she refuses to stop living life to the fullest when she knows the end is near. It's when she's most certain that death is near that she pushes herself to look most like herself, most like Buffy, even after months of sensible hair-styling.
I AHTE YOU GOODBYE

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