There were so many questions about my hair in the Q&A post that I decided to make a separate post about it. So here we go! If an additional question pops up in your mind while reading this, feel free to ask. :)
Q: Do you use/wear any extensions?
A: Nope. But I do have a pair of purple clip-on streaks somewhere in the darker corners of my closet, I might wear them some day. :) I love purple hair!
|(This is my hair in it's natural state, no dyes, teasing or styling products.)|
Q: Is black your natural hair color? Do you dye your hair?
A: It's very close to black. Although I wouldn't call it black, I prefer the term schizophrenic. In some lights it gleams in black shades, sometimes it looks a bit purplish and in the sunlight it has a distinct red glow and brown undertones. Go figure. :D
And about hair dyes: I do use mild dyes that wash out in a few weeks (like StarGazer) about 2-3 times a year, the last time was in April. I can't use permanent ones since I don't want to get caught in the endless circle of dyes, and because they are toxic and my sensitive skin can't handle those harsh chemicals. Pitch-black hair is gorgeous and I'd like to have that all the time, but health overcomes vanity in this case. I don't think hair dyes are safe at all, PPD and especially black dyes are a huge health risk and I think people should be more aware of that.
Q: Are your bangs clip-on?
A: Nope! I really wondered about this question, it popped up so many times. :D They are natural, and the length varies so much because my hair grows like crazy. (I suspect that Totoro might have put some growing spells on my scalp while I was sleeping.)
Q: How do you get your bangs out of sight?
A: Twist it, pin it, hide it. Simple as that!
Q: I have the same length hair that you do, how do you get it so puffy?
A: Lots of teasing and hairspray is the key! Dry shampoo increases the puffiness so I highly recommend trying it. And you might have to fix the teased roots during the day, since as you know, long hair weights like a little blue whale and straightens out easily.
Q: Did you cut your bangs yourself? If so, how did you do it?
A: Yes, I just took scissors and cut the thing right off. No magic tricks there, practice makes perfect! And in some cases, like mine, you get uneven results even with years of practice. :D
Q: What does your hair care routine look like?
A: Mm, the basics: shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner! Sometimes hair masks or natural oil treatments to nourish the hair. I cut my bangs at least twice a month, and my mom or one of my friends cuts about ~15cm off my hair per year. I knooow regular cuts would be better but nah. :D Hair dressers are way too expensive for me right now, plus I don't have too many positive experiences about the previous visits..
Q:How long have you grown your hair?
A: Since I cut my dreadlocks off, so about six years? I don't really grow my hair on purpose, it just grows so damn fast and I don't have the heart to cut it off. I've been on the brink of shaving one side off for about a year now, but just can't do it. :')
Q: I'm wondering could you maybe give some tips for hair care, and some of the products you use?
A: Here's my current products on the hair care front, ta-dah! Styling products vary all the time since I still haven't found the perfect ones, but that shampoo and the dry shampoo in the picture have been around for a couple of years. I think I'm going to try some more organic shampoos in the future, I'll let you know how that goes!
..And some tips! Nutrition is the key to everything, also for healthy hair, so add more vitamins and natural oils like avocados and virgin olive/coconut oil to your diet (or use them as a mask) and you'll know the diffference! The bonus effect is that your skin will love those nutrients too. :) Dye as little as you can (I'm sure this won't help most of you gothlings, sorry), and don't distress your hair too much with daily backcombing (and this certainly won't help 80's batcave lovers). I love puffy hair but sometimes it's better to let it be and tie it in a loose bun or a braid. It's also good to keep some days off from styling products. And a VERY important thing: get yourself a good quality hair brush, there is a mindboggling difference! I've used Kent's brush for a few months and I'll never look back. And no, they didn't pay me to say so. :--D