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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:


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.


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: 2015-12-26 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

seriously you are gorgeous and your hair is the stuff of legend. i'm so jealous of your skill. my arms are aching at the contemplation of holding them up in order to do such intricate braiding. and it's so beautiful!

i'm so jealous of the length of your hair too. i've always wanted to go that long and i tried, but I don't think i took care of my hair because it just started breaking and getting all frazzled looking. if you have any advice for growing out length, i'm all STARSINEYES.

also those magenta tips are THE SHIT. i love the idea of dying the tips, so much fun, but less commitment and easy to go back to natural color. i'm stealing this idea from you (if i can ever get my hair to grow out long enough lol).

seriously you are a hairspiration to me. so many different looks and i love them all!


also i flippin' LOVE your glasses. you're such a doll and i'm crushing on your style so hard right now.

Date: 2015-12-27 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

u r 2 nice 2 me

i'm so flattered that you called me hairspiration *CRIES*

yessss you should do the dip dye, it's exactly what you said, such fun and very low on commitment :D i think it's a great way to test out a bold color, to see if you like it on you 24/7. and if not? chop chop :P


((i need to put my hair growth ramble into a separate comment because it became slightly monstrous. apologies))

Date: 2015-12-27 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i'm just so happy you and alex came up with this meme! i didn't find it until Christmas and it is a GIFT thank you ♥

Date: 2015-12-27 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
if you have any advice for growing out length, i'm all STARSINEYES

i actually have a gigantic draft for a hair care post that i've never finished writing but if you allow me i'll c&p and adapt a few things i told ellinor a few days ago when she asked me the same thing? also, PLEASE, take everything i say with a big grain of salt, every hair is different and at the end of the day you are the only one that can know what's truly best for your hair.

1. being gentle to your hair in general? gentle combing/brushing is imo the most important part of reducing damage. always start with your ends and work your way up, instead of pushing the tangles down and tightening them. always detangle your hair before washing it and try to avoid creating tangles while you shampoo (it is completely unnecessary to scrunch up all of your hair on top of your head, i really don't know why they do that in commercials, it's the worst. also, your ends don't actually need to be shampooed, just let the shampoo from your scalp run through them while you rinse, that's more than enough. unless you've spilled something gross on your hair, then ok.) brushing wet hair is not ideal, because that's when it's most fragile, so if your hair texture doesn't require doing that, i would wait until it's dry.

2. i'm not sure how long your hair is exactly, but shoulder length hair is usually the trickiest hair length to grow out because the ends get additional from bumping on the shoulder and rubbing against the upper back. so maybe try out wearing your hair up in protective styles some of the time, for example a bun where your ends are well tucked in so they are not exposed or a braid? just be careful to change things up once in a while so the weight of your hair isnt always resting on the same part of your hair/scalp (i.e. a ponytail always on the same spot can cause hair breakage)

3. actually, a general rule is to limit hard friction on your hair, period. especially when it's wet (which is when it's more elastic and fragile), so gently removing the water from your hair after the shower but no rubbing with a harsh towel. actually, many people use an old t-shirt to towel their hair, as that limits friction and the hair getting caught in the towel :). letting your hair loose is generally no problem, as long as you keep an eye on that no hard friction rule. but like, never let this stop you from living and breathing and absolutely continue to let your hair down whenever you feel like it (even if that's most days!). it's more things like when it's very cold outside and your hair keeps rubbing against your coat or when your hair constantly gets trapped between your clothes or anything else that is harsh and can create tangles, then that isnt ideal and could be avoided. for example a trick is to have a big clip you can use to put up your hair while your outside and then you can just remove it as soon as your inside :). sleeping with a smooth pillow case is also a nice trick to limit friction on your hair while your sleep. satin or silk (or anything synthetic in that genre) does the trick.

4. if you experience some dryness on your ends in between washes, you can take a teeny tiny amount of oil (for example coconut oil, that's a classic, but any good quality vegetal oil does the trick, you can experiment and find your fave) to massage into your ends. if you dampen the hair a little bit before oiling that will give you extra moisture, but always be on the safe side and use less oil (1-2 drops max). because you can always build up if you need more.

5. don't neglect trimming regularly. you don't need much, just a few centimeters to get rid of the split ends, to prevent them from spreading. it will keep your hair looking healthier which always help to keep the motivation to grow it out. because why stop when it's looking good? ;) you can also do "search and destroy" actions, which is cutting off split ends when you spot them. i've personally never done this very regularly because that required too much effort on my part, but i know a lot of people like to do this while watching tv or whatever.

...omg it's still too long. literally what the fuck.

Date: 2015-12-27 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
6. enjoy your hair? if you don't like the way your hair look while you grow it out, it's going to be difficult to keep growing it out... so my main advice would be to be patient and love your hair every step of the way - which also means to rectify things in your routine or your haircut if it's not truly working for you. even if that feels like losing time and going backwards, it's really necessary for your hair to look satisfying to you at all times. it took me about four years to grow out my hair from my shoulders/upper back to my waist and many times i thought i would never get there because it felt so SLOW to me. but if you're patient, and can appreciate your hair at each stage, you can definitely get there with healthy hair and not a rag ;)

Date: 2016-01-03 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ohhhhhhhhh my gooooooood

Date: 2016-01-03 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omg I'm thirty fucking seven years old and this is the first time I'm hearing this common sense

Date: 2016-01-05 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2015-12-27 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omg thank you this is such wonderful advice. i'm c/p'ing this to my desktop.

my hair is just below shoulder length at its longest points and layered throughout. i've definitely noticed the tendency for breakage around my crown, blergh. i SO APPRECIATE you sharing your wisdom. ty ♥

Date: 2015-12-28 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you're super welcome <3
and good luck!! :)


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