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Rhys [On Doing Extreme Things,Impulsively]

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I shaved my head today.

Yes, completely.

Yes, buzzed it.

My hair went from middle to bottom of my back to fuzzy bald.

Unfortunately, my depression did terrible things to my drive this winter (I’ve mentioned in passing that getting into a beauty routine was one of the best things I’ve done for my sanity in a long time, and I’ve meant it) and the weather did the rest-the back of my head essentially dreaded to itself. There was no saving it. I knew for a long time that it was coming to this. [That was a very hard paragraph for me to write, but reading about people’s experiences with this on Reddit helped me immensely so if I can let one person know that it’s okay. these things happen, then I’m happy.]

So, not entirely on a whim and not entirely surprised, I had my sister shave my head for me this afternoon.

The first cut was the hardest but I’m surprisingly calm.

It’s a very decisive move-the people who love, really really love it and the people who hate it are vocal about hating it. But I veil in public most of the time anyway (part of the reason it took me so long to do it) so it’s not going to make that much of an impact on my social life.

How much of an impact did it have on me emotionally? I know that a lot of women put a lot of weight behind their hair. I’ve never been one to do that…it’s hair. It grows. So I never really had an emotional attachment to it, so going this extreme wasn’t that hard. I actually find it very freeing. I feel a lot lighter, and not just in the literal ‘I just shaved my waist length hair off’ sense.

Ultimately it’s just hair. It’ll grow back-which was the point, crop it and let it grow back healthier, because even if I managed to get it teased out it was going to be destroyed.

But do I recommend it? In a sense, yes. I want you to do the scary things. I want you to do the uncomfortable things. Because that’s how you make room for the new things.

And in the end it’s just hair. It grows back.

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Do It Because You Can

I dyed my hair blue.

Before anyone screams at me about responsibility and adulthood, there’s two factors to remember here: I really, really diluted my dye so I essentially glossed my hair, and this is what I normally look like in public:

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I veil in public full time. I don’t show my hair to outsiders if I can at all avoid it.

What difference does it make if my hair’s blue if no one can see it anyway?

One of the things that my burn out and then my weird vacation (because it really was a weird vacation) has shown me is that sometimes you really just have to throw your hands up and say [redacted] it, you have to live sometimes.

It’s just hair, hair can be cut and regrown or overdyed. It doesn’t really matter in the end. If you want to dye your hair, do it. Or dance in the rain, or let yourself heal, or do whatever it is that you’re holding back on.

Because there’s going to be a time when you can’t and I would rather have said that I did it once than regret never having tried.

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Day 1-No ‘Poo

I may be a little late jumping on the no ‘poo (washing your hair with something other than shampoo-hence no ‘poo) bandwagon but for $.49 a box for baking soda I thought it would be at least worth a shot to see if it does anything for my baby fine, waist length hair.

*As it turns out I have no decent photos of my hair. I’ll have to fix that.

Flat.

Not particularly dirty, but flat.

When you start the no ‘poo process, one of the main warnings is that your hair goes through an adjustment period before it finds the ‘right’ amount of oil that it needs to produce to stay healthy. One of the major problems with conventional shampoo is that it strips too much oil out of your hair and causes your scalp to produce too much. Without that stripping agent your body will probably produce the same amount, but the baking soda won’t strip as much out of your hair. Hence, you may have a case of the greasies for awhile.

Following the advice of a couple of different sites I dissolved a tablespoon of baking soda into roughly a cup’s worth of water. I massaged my scalp before showering to help loosen any dead skin (ew, but necessary as far as I could tell) and then washed my hair with the baking soda water like normal making sure to rinse well. I rinsed with diluted apple cider vinegar after which helps normalize the pH of your hair and prevents it from getting frizzy.

So day 1 verdict: it’s slightly more oily than normal (though it was also fairly greasy going into the shower. The top half of my hair is flatter than normal but I’m also used to a volumizing shampoo. The bottom half of my hair does feel softer. I did end up using some dry shampoo to see if I can get some volume, at least.

We’ll see how this goes. It’s not like I can’t go back to normal shampooing if this ends up not working for my hair.

Would You Do It?

Wait…what is that?!

Would that be…a spindle?

It would in fact be photos of smoke rings. I have a new app on my phone that’s similar to instagram.

For some reason, and maybe it’s because I was poking at horror tumblrs at the same time, I was reminded of a thread on Ravelry about working with human hair.

Yes. Hair.

Would you spin human hair?

I’m actually not as against it was you would think- but I’m also not ready to start collecting bits and bobs out of my hairbrush yet either.

Here’s my thought process for it:

-Historically speaking, people have used hair for artistic purposes. Hair jewelry was common in the 19th century. It’s not something that would be completely unheard of.

-It’s a common enough resource. It’s not like there’s 6 billion of us or anything.

-Wool is nothing but sheep hair. Proteinwise, we’re not talking about a huge jump.

And here’s my thought against it:

-Crimpwise, we’re not talking about a consistent product. I don’t know what would do to actually spinning it.

-Staple length- I feel like it would be obnoxious trying to get it to a consisent staple length.

-It’s not like sheep are a scarce commodity. There’s not going to be a bizarre wool shortage anytime soon, and if there is, I’m a hobbyist. I can wait for the sheep community to bounce back.

I think that’s my biggest logic against spinning a human based product. I’ve heard rumors that it used to be a fairly common practice to card hair into wool to strengthen it and make a warmer single. I don’t have any sort of gross out due to the thought of it (the average person is much much cleaner than a sheep, trust me) but I can’t think of any good reason to do it either.