To answer your questions about my hair :P
I have inherited my mom's fine, thin blonde hair and it has been the bane of my existence my whole life. OK, that's an exageration. LATELY it has become the bane of my existence.
My hair gets damaged easily. It's very flat on top and string on the bottom. I have to wash my hair everyday because my scalp is super oily. It has a slight wave to it, so if I don't brush it after washing it it can look like this:
Which isn't so bad but it does make my hair look shorter than it is. Anyhoo, I've always had longish hair, like this:
Until Jan 2006 when I did the big chop and cut it to this:
At this point I had lost a lot of weight, so I felt that I could pull off short hair for once in my life. I enjoyed my hair at this length because it looked good curly too, like this:
Anyway, it eventually grew back (once I got past the awkward phase) to this:
Before I decided to cut it again, last April 2008 to this, (haha I love Kaiti's bf Greg's face in this pic):
And ever since then, it hasn't really grown...I had it cut again in November and in January but just a little bit. Anyway, big mistake, my hair just doesn't want to move.
So I was uber bored of having gross, in-between hair. I wanted it LONG again but I knew I would have to wait forever...or I wanted it short again, in which I would soon regret it. I just didn't like this shoulder-length blahness.
And so, I decided on getting extensions. I knew they were mighty expensive so I saved some money, researched the best places in Vancouver (ironically it's called Vancouver's Best Hair Extensions) for some that didn't ruin my already damaged hair.
Carolyn Kind, who runs the business out of her adorable studio apartment, just 4 blocks away from me, did a fantastic job with my Euro-locs. The real Russian hair she purchased was a fantastic match too, in terms of my real colour and and the way my hair behaves.
Euro-locs aren't weaved in, they aren't fused in and they aren't glued in, so the damage to your hair is minimal. The strands are applied to your own hair with wax and then sealed with a small metal clip. They don't hurt at all getting them put in, and they don't hurt after.
The extensions will remain in my hair for about 3 months - I should be getting a touch-up in July because it is normally for clips or strands to fall out but so far, it's all pretty stuck in there!
I'm still getting used to it. I've never had hair THIS long before and not this thick. The texture is a little rougher than my own hair, so I have to start investing in more anti-frizz gels and sprays - my own hair was too limp to handle them.
There are some things that I have to be mindful of...I can't blowdry everyday, I have to sleep with it in a bun, ponytail or braid - I've been doing the braid a lot and my hair has been nice and wavy. Wind is not my friend but luckily even if a clip is exposed, it matched my hair colour so it's hard to see. I can't just brush my hair, but must hold the hair with one hand first and then brush, so I don't pull out the clips.
People do look at me differently and not just the people I know, though everyone at work kept remarking how they never realized how long my hair was! I guess because I had been wearing it up for a long time. I feel different wearing it to, younger and more casual and have a feeling I will be inclined to dress way more BOHO than usual this summer!
I thought that longer hair would help with confidence and it kind of has (it gives me leverage) but by no means does it make me feel any thinner lol, as I stupidly thought it would. I still feel like a chunky girl, just one with long hair! At least that's something...
These shoes are the Harajuka Girls ones I scored at Winners for $60CND...just saw them on ASOS for $134USD - finally, I win at Winners! Dress: Forever 21; Necklace: French Connection UK; Bag: Some store in Italy; Ring: ASOS
PS - Blog contest is still going on, don't have the time to do the draw today so it will be tomorrow. And if you forget the rules of the contest: A) link me to your blog and I will link you (will be updating all my new links tomorrow - yaya, so excited for new blogs!) and B) pick your prize! (see previous post)