QuoteReplyTopic: Anais Satinís Hair Vault Posted: March 20 2005 at 7:07pm
This will be my third hair journal. I also have a regular almost-daily hair journal that is updated more often, and is less of an "archive" as this. Frequent hair journal . The vault will be a random collection of links, photos, recipes, And of course instructions of all sorts. Thank you mods for creating this forum.
First, a link in honor of the namesake: diarist and writer (click here>) Anais Nin, the Goddess for the Union of All Words and Beauty! Some of the most beautiful love letters ever written were between Henry Miller and Anais Nin.
Anais Satin's hair in nauseating detail: hip length CheChen wood colored hair that looks naturally reddish with backlight. Base of ponytail is about 3.75" around, while it tapers off to about 1.5" circ.umference at the ends. I suspect that my cut ex-pixie layers have all shed. Most of my strands have naturally tapered tips. Very early terminal length, possibly about hip or tailbone. Genetically my hair should be able to reach tailbone, and I expect to do so by the end of this year. Fia hairtype 1b M/C ii/iii
BELTAINE 2005 measurement: just past waist
LUGHNASSADH 2005 measurement: hip length while straight
SAMHAIN 2005 measurement 33" long, almost to tailbone
Hair goals: SHORT TERM = Tailbone length, LONG TERM = Mid thigh a.k.a. Golden Ratio.
(1) The first C: Wet scalp and entire length. Work the light conditioner into your ends (or the bottom half of your hair) (2) Make your COW c.ocktail: In a squeezie bottle, add 1 dose (a dose is your regular amount of shampoo) of shampoo and 1-2 heaping tbsp of the same light conditioner. Add 12-14 oz of water and shake well. This isn't scientific by any means. Some people could end up preferring less water, if they use less shampoo. You'd end up with a nice froth. (3) Apply your COW c.ocktail: Squeeze contents onto wet scalp, massaging the scalp lightly as you would with a CO wash. Finger comb only in this step, even though there is conditioner. (4) Rinse very VERY well. (5) Apply your regular conditioner normally; generally from the ears down. Comb, rinse, etc.. as usual.
SOCK CURLING INSTRUCTIONS, AT REQUEST OF GOLDILOCKS : ) Visual sock curling instructions can also be found in the Lair by clicking here:
(1) Find a clean-smelling, freshly laundered pair of socks.Preferably tube socks because they are totally tubular. Make sure they are long enough to tie a knot around two fingers.
(2) Start with slightly damp hair. It cannot be too damp. The hair often stays pretty damp if you bind it into socks and let it sit. You'd wake up with wet curls, which loosen, and adslkfjhaeopibglkj... The best thing to do is sock curl after a hairwash, when the hair has JUST dried, because then you'll have a little more flexibility and ease of rolling. You could also try misting your hair before curling, but I don't know how well that works.
(3) Divide your hair into two hemispheres,a Western and an Eastern. It will help if you do a center part. Comb the hair carefully.
(4) Fold the sock in half, lengthwise(the hot dog way)
(5) Tuck the ends of one hemisphere,let's say the right side, into the center of the "hot dog" folded sock.
(6) Start rolling the hair around the sock,like toilet paper. Yeah, blunt. I know. Tie the two ends of the sock together with a regular overhand knot. Repeat with the left hemisphere hair. Leave the socks on overnight. Undo the socks the next morning, taking care NOT to brush or comb the curls. Fingercomb only until your curls are loose enough to be called "wavy". The curls may not last long, or may last VERY long, depending on your hair type.
(1) Cut segment of sculptor's aluminum (found in most craft stores in the sculptor's "skeleton" section, kind of by the foam and whatnot. It's softer and easier to handle. It's also easier to step on and deform) Get about 12" if you want really screwy, less if you want looser screws. Or if you're feeling ambitious, you can use coathanger wire and automotive sandpaper to dull the ends.
(2) Bend the segment into a U, where the width of the U is pencil-width. (3) Find a pencil (round, not hexagonal). Place the eraser end on the curve of the resulting U. Actually, you may have to bend the two prongs a bit to get the pencil to stay there: Bend the prongs in an upward spiral, keeping the prongs opposite to each other. (4) After a turn or two in the spiral pattern, insert the pencil and begin to spiral around it(as an anchor). Keep going upwards in as tight of a spiral as you like, keeping in mind that the prongs are always always opposite to each other. (5) When you finish, trim accordingly.Sand the tips really really well, and the best thing to do is round them completely. Aluminum is relatively easy to round off. The trick is to use the correct sandpaper, silicon carbide, marketed as automotive sandpaper. Wash and dry the scroo completely. Varnish entire thing with nail color.
Pert Plus 2-in-1: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or similar, harsh and caused lots of scalp overcompensating. Now used for cleaning the bathroom. Paul Mitchell The Shampoo: gentle Sodium Laureth Sulfate formula, smells like Down To Earth bubble bath, beautiful pearlescent color. Finesse shampoo before reformulation: contained Sodium Laureth Sulfate (until Finesse had a redesign to officially become a "drugstore product" instead of a "salon quality product"). The later formulation has ammonium lauryl and laureth. The old formula I have smells wonderful. Kirkland Marine Algae Shampoo: gentle Sodium Laureth Sulfate formula from Costco, salon quality, smells like pineapple, clear white gel.
RINSE-OUT HEAVY FINAL CONDITIONERS
Suave BioBasics Conditioner: as a final conditioner that contains silicone. S-BB contains a water-soluble cone called dimethiconol, which is a very flexible and light silicone that builds up less than other varieties. Suave Humectant Conditioner: more heavy duty, used it for summer camping or hardcore travels. Kirkland Lemon Gingerroot: blue silicone conditioner that is a salon quality knockoff of Paul Mitchell's Leave-in. Blue gel, rinse out or leave in, phenyltrimethicone. A little heavy and sticky for leave-ins. Paul Mitchell Leave-in (blue stuff in a white bottle): Too sticky for leave-in, haven't tried as rinse-out, never will.
LIGHT PRE-CONE CONE-FREE CONDITIONERS OR FOR CO ROUTINE
Suave Milk&Honey Conditioner: Has been working as a pre-cone layer for CCC. And lately, as a big pre-layer but currently am working on increasing SM&H and decreasing the cone. Somewhat appropriate as a final C. Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner: decent, similar to SM&H Pure-A-Teas Lotus or Pure-A-Teas Green Tea Conditioner: I bought all the PATGT because it smells like BPAL's Embalming Fluid, otherwise known as Bear's choice of deodorant. Yum! Not appropriate as a final C. V05 Sunkissed Raspberry Conditioner: I CO'd with this one until it ran out, and I loved it very much. It's a simple, protein free, cone free conditioner that is great for "lifting" scalp gunk. Not appropriate as a final C. V05 Tangerine Tickle Conditioner: Used it with WCC routine back in the day. Worked well. Haven't used it for other purposes. Not appropriate as a final C.
OILS, in order: worst..indifferent.. best
Jojoba oil: makes my hair feel like straw. I only get soft jojoba results when I do a prewash. Oftentimes I would use it anyway before braiding, just because it's a 'good' oil that absorbs well. For skin, it's a miracle liquid. Extra Virgin olive oil(EVOO): very easy to buy, but it's too heavy an oil Avocado oil: fresh smell, light enough for a prewash with shampoo. Stopped using. Hempseed oil: needs refrigeration. Stopped using. Grapeseed: light and similar to jojoba in feel. Might as well use jojoba. Macadamia nut oil (Mac): a little heavy, I tried this in my shampoo washes but it wouldn't wash out completely unless I cut down. feels "greasy" but not "oily" when rubbed between palms. Not stickier per se, but more gel-like than jojoba. Doesn't absorb as easily. Coconut oil: also turns my hair into straw when used dry, although the initial application turns it extremely soft (until it absorbs fully. Then I get strawness). Worked rather well as a prewash treatment. Solid and travels very well. Stopped using. Flaxseed oil: Produced really good results to my utter surprise. I had to wait awhile though; it took lots of wooden-combing and waiting for the oil to absorb into actual soft hair. but... I really like it! The only downside is that it has to be refrigerated. Shea butter: prevents hairyness in braids, a bit sticky, makes hair clump unless worked thoroughly with a horn or wooden comb, but it doesn't have the straw effect. As a leave-in, it can make hair too greasy to wear loose, good motivation to wear contained hairdos. Travels very well. Wonderful for skin, moisturizing effects literally last more than 24 hours when using whipped shea 'cream' recipe (used as leave-in conditioner for braiding, hand salve, foot balm, general lotion, and of course, lip balm) It's shea white, shea yellow, and a small chunk (comparatively) of kokum butter for smoothness. I've also added mango butter into some mixes. NEW FAVORITE.
STATE OF MY HAIR ADDRESS: March 21, 2005 SPRING EQUINOX
Shampoo(s) and conditioner(s): C-COW-C routine or COW-CC routine. Using the following products: Suave Milk and Honey (with no silicones) COW c.ocktail: Kirkland shampoo + V05 SKR Kirkland Lemon Complex Conditioner or Suave BioBasics (Both having silicones) (Hairwash 1-2 times every two weeks)
Oils:Been forgetting to oil lately, but usually coconut oil gives the best results. IMHO this is the case for most coarse hair types.
Tools:MP rake comb for shower use, Rachael Stephens comb is getting neglected, hardwood combs for occasional detangling but I'm looking to increase their use. Stopped brushing with BBB, except for the scalp on rare occasion. I do not use a poky brush, plastic or otherwise.
Misc: Been sleeping in orthodontic headgear and a Bubba sleep tail. Tangles aren't so bad, but I really miss sleeping with loose hair. Headgear will have to be worn for up to a year. Took photos of length, (TMI alert) without shirt on and it shows where the ends fall on my lower back.
Hair toys that actually stay, given my slippery and springy hair: the Bubba sleep tail a.k.a the Princess Jasmine do, damp bun with corkscrew shaped Dymondwood sticks, dry bun with corkscrew Dymondwood sticks, damp bun with wavy sticks, bun with medium claw clip, French braid, Chinese bun with straight stick.
by BELTAINE 2005
Shampoo(s) and conditioner(s): CO routine with three different conditioners and no shampoo. Suave Milk and Honey (with no silicones) CO c.ocktail: Pure-A-Teas Lotus + V05 SKR Kirkland Lemon Complex Conditioner or Suave BioBasics (Both having silicones) (Hairwash 1-2 times every two weeks)
Oils: Been forgetting to oil lately, but usually coconut oil gives the best results.
Tools: MP rake comb for shower use, Rachael Stephens comb is getting neglected, hardwood combs for everyday detangling e.g. in the morning and evening. I'm looking to increase their use. Stopped brushing with BBB. Getting a horn comb soon.
Misc: Sock curling helps orthodontic headgear not slip off
SUMMER SOLSTICE 2005
Hairwash with Pure-A-Teas Lotus, Suave Milk&Honey, and Kirkland. wet scritching with Rachael Stephens #42. ACV rinse every two weeks or so
Oils: Shea butter or the occasional flaxseed oil
Tools: RS#42 in shower for scritching and for wet combing, Ric's wooden combs for detangling, and horn comb in the purse.
Hair toys that actually stay, given slippery and springy hair: - Mamacat corkscrew sticks (got more) and a curtain rod for Chinese buns. - scrunchies for braid possible do's - damp cinnabun with corkscrew Mamacat sticks (sometimes) - dry cinnabun with corkscrew Mamacat sticks (frequently) - dry Figure-8 bun with Mamacat sticks (occasionally) - Chinese bun with curtain rod shaped stick (on hot days) - the Bubba sleep tail. (night) - French braid (seldom) - twin braids*NEW - single braid used most often.
about 1/4 cup soy sauce, preferably a non-Japanese kind, e.g. DaiBoDe or Maggi.
1/8 cup sugar (turbinado or dark brown sugar) You might want to use less to taste, but too little and the mixture doesn't carmelize
pepper to taste
cajun spices (optional)
LOTS of fresh smashed garlic, e.g. about 1/2 cup
fresh cilantro garnish
(serve with rice and steamed veggies.)
(1) Make a milk and peanut butter mixture, slightly more than 3/4 cup of milk and about 3 tsp of peanut butter (heaping). Microwave the milk for less than a minute to ease the dissolving of the peanut butter. Set aside. Stir once in awhile so it doesn't develop a peanut film on the top.
(2) Make the marinade. (this is appropriate for about 4 drumsticks. Increase as needed.
§about 1/4 cup soy sauce
§a slightly less amount of sugar, 1/8 cup?
§pepper to taste
§cajun spices* (a little bit goes a long way)
(3) Don't marinate the chicken with the entire marinate mix. Just drizzle about 2 tbsp of it. Add more smashed garlic to the chicken.
(4) Put oil in a frying pan and brown a separate amount of garlic.. make that a LOT of garlic. Add the chicken (unmarinated) to the frying pan. Let it sizzle for awhile, then dump in the remainder of the marinade. Let the marinade sizzle and bubble for awhile until it thickens/carmelizes. Lid it on and off as you please.
(5) Add the peanut butter+milk to the pan ONLY after the sugar has carmelized or thickened a bit. Mix well, you might even have to use a teflon turner to flatten and "puree" the carmelized marinade, to make dissolve it into the PB+milk. Mix everything often.
(6) Watch it carefully. Set on low, stir in water, let simmer with a lid. Test for cookedness every 10 minutes.
(7) Serve with rice and choice of steamed veggies! garnish with fresh cilantro
* What is a Mooncup? WOW! I got one of these last week and am really looking forward to using it tomorrow. A Mooncup is a menstrual cup made of silicone, an alternative to mainstream products to control flow at that time of the month. It is a clear-white, kinda-transparent bell shaped device that is soft, flexible, and easy to clean. It is folded up an inserted into the canal, and forms a suction with the area surrounding the cervix. It "catches" flow and can be emptied every 6-12 hours.
In public bathrooms, most women either bring a water bottle to wet some toilet paper and clean the cup, or they just wipe it clean and re-insert. ETA today is my first use of the Mooncup during period, and it does not leak. O Mooncup goddesses you are truly wonderful!
* Isn't that gross? a reusable device? Mooncups reduce waste : ) It's rinse-and-go during your period, and you can boil it in between periods before storage. Following proper instructions will prevent bacterial growth or other issues. It is stored in a little cloth bag to aid in drying, to prevent bacteria from forming in and on the cup.
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