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At Home Hair Masks

So today’s Thursday my weekly hair mask day. Why are my beauty rituals filled with danger and huge messes?  While retrieving all the necessary items for my mixture the baby’s swing decided to stop swinging. I quickly tried to grab some batteries from the fridge and it appears some little 3 year old decide to place the pickle jars on the ledge of the fridge. With one fast move a large jar dropped and exploded showering my legs with pickle juice and covering the floor. To which the twin terrors (dogs) raced in and I had to defend the pickles with my life less the eat pickles covered in glass.. So it was the swifer to save the day batteries in the swing and back to me…

A quick Mayo Mask~My favorite

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs (depending on length of hair.)

2 tablespoons Jojoba Oil

10 drops corn mint (Mentha arvensis)

5 drops Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)

-Mix well.. Chunks of mayo are kind of gross..

Used my handy dandy brush so I wouldn’t have to get my hands too icky!

Place a bag on my head for the added heat.. Now I’m going to sit here for 20 minutes and hope the UPS guy doesn’t ring the doorbell!

 

A note about essential oils.. I used Chamomile because it will help my bleached blond hair and I added corn mint because I can’t stand the smell of mayo and it’s so invigorating. As with all essentials oils dilution is the best way and patch testing is necessary. No need to spread this mask all over your head and find out your very allergic..

 

Ingredient Guide By Color-
From The Herbal Home Spa – By Greta Breedlove

Blond

Chamomile

Calendula

Lemon Peel

Honey

Lemon Juice

Mullein Flowers

 

Brunet

Sage

Lavender

Cinnamon Chips

Cloves

Rosemary

 

Red

Henna

Calendula

Reb Hibiscus

Cinnamon

Beets

Darkest

Black Malva

Indigo

Lavender

Sage

 

 

 

Bleaching Nightmares

Here’s my story, please come and share yours here!

So I myself was fooled into going to the beautician to make my wild color changes come true until the summer of 2006. It was the first time I deiced I wanted a large portion of the top of my head platinum blonde, instead of chunky highlights. So I saved up a few hundred bucks, because I feared the worse. I had a confident; mildly experienced hair dresser who thought my idea was fabulous and gave me a quote around 70 bucks which was even better than I had hoped for.

We started the process normal way, sectioning mixing of the bleach; it looked just like Quick blue. Then a quarter of the way threw my hair, she runs out of bleach so she gets another mixing bowl full, finishes another quarter and is out. At this time she scurries off to see her manager. Her manger comes over saying every time she has to fill up another mixing bowl it’s another $20 on top of the quote she gave me. At this point ladies I should have got up and left. But what was I really going to do with half a crown full of hair bleached hair. So I mumbled whatever just finish it, and two more bowls later it was done. She placed me under the blow dryer. There was mild discomfort but nothing too bad. After the allotted time she checked me didn’t like the results and set me under the dryer again. (Which I think where the trouble began). This happened again, now my scalp was burning and I’m no wussy I’ll take the pain of being beautiful. Lol So she finally decides that’s the best we can do. She suggests a toner. I normally use my own toners and was cautious but she said it would finish taking the rest of the yellow tones out so I agreed. Then she applied the toner and vanished! Poof, right into thin air. So after sitting there for a few minutes over the suggested 5 to 8. I started trying to grab the attention of anyone. Finally someone noticed me and rinsed out my hair. The look on their face said everything. I walked back to my mirror and almost had a heart attack my hair my purple. Not a faint oh my hair is sooo white violet. We’re talking PURPLE. I almost started to cry. I was working in a department store at the time and frowned upon any body or hair modification against the standard of “normal”.

So I get the manger who suggests oh don’t worry wash your hair with dawn dish soap when you get home and it should take the purple out. I must admit it worked a little bit. But that was the manger suggestion really. So I made a fuss and she ever so nicely cut my now $160 bill in half, back to $75.

So I go home trying to figure out the mess I had gotten myself into. Yes I was teased. No I never went back there. The next trouble came when I noticed weeks later CHUNKS of hair falling out. Mind you I had 20 to 25 inch long hair. The top layer of my crown was in the 3 to 6 inch length. That spaz killed my hair. It has now taken me THREE years to grow out my hair to one length again. I loved explaining to my new hairdressers why my top layer is so much shorter, like a sick twisted mullet design.

But I learned and now I do it myself, and I have been a blonde for two years, with minimal hair loss. Go me!

Bleaching Questions??

Do you have  questions, want to know about a product. I think I’ve tried them all by now. Comment this post and i will try my best to answer asap.

Want to know why you want snow white tresses and ended up with corn stalks?

DSCI0003 (2)Trust Me I get it, I’ve been there I’m really a brunette but don’t tell anyone! : )DSCI0006 (3)

Tried bleaching your hair and it’s turned into the consistency of straw or worse breaks apart whenever it gets wet. Yep been there too. I’ll give you my best advice.

Hugs

Mandy

Do A Sensitivity Test

How To….Do A Sensitivity Test

Although rare some people can have allergic reactions to products – even something they have used before.
It is always advisable to do a skin sensitivity test before using any cosmetic product to check against adverse reactions.
Please always follow skin test instructions on any product you buy.

A rough guide to doing a semi-permanent hair dye (such as Special Effects) sensitivity test would be:


Clean a small area (inside the arm tends to be the most common area used) then apply a small amount of the Special Effects or Manic Panic Dye to the area.


Cover with a sticking plaster and leave for approx 48 hours.


Although an allergic reaction is very rare if you experience severe pain, nausea, headaches etc rinse off dye immediately and consult a Doctor


If there is no reaction after this time it should be fine to use this product, but bear in mind reactions could still happen although this is rare.

NOTE – Adverse reactions include redness, raised skin, itching, blisters etc, and in more severe cases nausea, headache etc – if any unusual symptoms occur discontinue use of the product and consult a Doctor.

How to do a Strand Test

How To….Do A Strand Test

A strand test should give an indication of the final color and also check the brand’s suitability for your hair type/porosity.
Please always follow strand test instructions on any product you buy.

A rough guide to doing a strand test would be:


Snip a few hairs from the back or your head (or any other area where it won’t be noticed).

Secure the hairs using tape.

Coat these hairs with the Special Effects or Manic Panic Dye (or alternatively dip the hair into the bottle of dye to cover it).

Follow the instructions on the hair dye packet as to length of time to leave dye on the hair and then rinse as normal.

If you normally shampoo / condition hair after dyeing it then you should to the same with this strand test to see more realistic results.

After this you should examine the strand fully to check for any damage / colour inconsistency etc.

If you are happy with the results then proceed with using your hair dye as normal.
NOTE – you should never use these semi-permanent hair dyes on hair that has been conditioned as this can prevent the hair dye ‘sticking’ to the hair.

Manic Panic Hair Dye Instructions

Please note:
Skin Patch Testing is highly recommended before using this product and, as with all hair dyes, if a reaction occurs rinse off immediately and discontinue use.
Stand Testing is also advised as this will give indication of color result and brand suitability.
These instructions are for Manic Panic Hair Dyes only.
Always follow the manufacturers instructions fully for any product you buy.
Tub Contains 4 fl oz / 118 ml

Shampoo hair thoroughly using a pH acid balanced shampoo
Rinse completely to remove all residue. Towel dry leaving hair damp
Use petroleum jelly or baby oil around hair line and on ears to prevent color from staining skin.
Wear protective plastic or rubber gloves for application.
Empty desired amount into a plastic bowl (approx 1/2 jar for short hair, full jar for long hair)

With the aid of a tint brush apply color beginning 1/2 inch from the scalp and working it evenly through to the ends of the hair. Begin at the nape of the neck and work upwards through the head of hair. Be sure to completely saturate the hair shaft.

Continuously comb color through hair until it becomes frothy. This indicates that it has been thoroughly absorbed. Lighter shades may require more combing to obtain maximum penetration and a longer lasting effect.

Leave color on hair for 16 minutes or longer. Manic Panic will process fully in 16 minutes at normal room temperature. The use of an infra red heat lamp will reduce the processing time to between 5 and 7 minutes and can produce a deeper coloration with longer lasting properties. For resistant hair it is advisable to place a plastic cap on the hair and leave on for 30 minutes or longer.

Rinse hair thoroughly, away from face. Due to the restructuring properties of the product no after-treatments are necessary

Manic Panic Hair Dye Classic/Cream Ingredients:
Aqua, Cera Alba, Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceteareth-20, Humulus Lupulus, Achillea Millefolium, Anthemis Nobilis, Acetic Acid, Methylparaben. May contain the following: CI 42090 (blue 1), CI 61670 (Green 5), CI 16510 (Orange 4), CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 47005 (Yellow 10).
Please Note: Although the packaging says Cera Alba/Beeswax – we have received confirmation from Manic Panic Distributors that this is Synthetic Cera Alba/Beeswax making this product Vegan friendly.
Manic Panic Amplified Hair Dye Ingredients:
Aqua, Synthetic Beeswax (Synthetic Cera Alba), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Humulus Lupulus Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Extract, Acetic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol. May contain the following: CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 61670 (Green 5), CI 16510 (Orange 4), CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 47005 (Yellow 10). Vegan Friendly
Manic Panic Gel Dye Ingredients:
De-ionized Water, Seaweed Extract, Mistletoe Extract, Hops Extract, Yarrow Extract, Chamomile Extract, Acetic Acid, Methylparaben, ethylcellulose. May contain the following: CI Acid Blue 9, CI Acid Green 25, CI Acid Orange 7, CI Acid Red 35, CI Yellow 3.
The ingredients shown are based on the manufacturers packaging at the time of adding this information to our website, it is advised to always check the label/tub prior to use encase of any changes or updates of the ingredients.

Dying Your Hair

My hair has been pink, purple, jade-green, red, black & white… & all within the last three years. I’m often asked how do I get my hair so (insert-color-here) & what products I use, so I thought I would give you some pointers.
Things to remember:

If your hair is dark to begin with, the color won’t show. If you’re trying to go darker, it probably will show, but not as vibrantly as if you had started with a lighter color. Think of it like using a pink pen on black paper. The pink probably won’t show up. The same goes for your tresses.

If you start with yellow-toned hair — as bleached hair has a tendency to go — remember your color wheel. If you’re trying to go bright red, & you put that over yellow, your hair will be orange. If you put blue on yellow, your hair will turn green. To get rid of the yellowness, get it toned.

If you are going grey or have white hair, know that any color you put on your hair is going to be REALLY bright. I once read a complaint from a woman who used L’Oreal Feria’s “Starry Night” (which is the best blue-black ever, in my opinion), but because she had some gray hairs, all the gray bits went BRIGHT blue.

For those of us with naturally dark hair (like me), the best bet in terms of lightening is to do it yourself. You can try your stylist but I’ve been ripped off and unsatisfied too many times, i gave up on them. When trying to get my hair white, I used (on average) two packets of bleach a week on my head trying to get the color down. If wanted I’ll post how to bleach hair later.

You should always try to go for a color that complements your skin-tone. In general, I would suggest that if you have a ruddy complexion (by this I mean you blush or go pink in the face easily) to stay away from pink & red colours. I would also say to stay away from neon yellow or green if you’re a bit on the pale side. It will just make you look sick, & I presume that’s not what you’re going for!

Blue is hard to maintain, probably the hardest of all the colors. Keep this in mind if you want to try it — it will need a lot of touch-ups. If you want to keep it up long-term, make sure the place you bought it from has enough in stock!

Brands

Special Effects: I personally like Special Effects, & based on what I’ve heard from most people who dye their hair on a regular basis, it seems like the best dye. It comes in amazing colors — my hair is “Atomic Pink” & I would love to try “Electric Blue” sometime — but beware! It STAINS like CRAZY. My pillowcases are pink. They have been washed, but they’re still stained. Don’t use white towels! After a while, the color stops bleeding, but generally it takes a couple of weeks. Special Effects tends to last at least a month. A lot of the colors also glow under black-light. Bonus. Please note, I have never seen Special Effects for sale outside of the U.S.A. Try Ebay.

Manic Panic: I’m okay with Manic Panic. They have a good range of colors & it lasts for a reasonable length of time. Some of this also glows under black-light. Looking at their site, it says their formula has improved (“lasts 30% longer!”), so maybe they’ve improved. Anyway, a good second choice.

Fudge: Probably a good brand to start with if you’re unsure as to whether you REALLY want purple hair. Otherwise, don’t bother buddy! The colors are average at best, & in my experience, it lasts about a week tops.

You will need:

Rubber gloves

Hair dye — you can use a couple of colors if you want to experiment or want a more interesting effect. I once used the remnants of Manic Panic’s “New Rose” with Special Effects’ “Cupcake Pink” & the result was awesome.

A tinting brush (looks kind of like a turkey baster), though this isn’t essential, & you can use a soft toothbrush instead if you like.

Vaseline

Comb

Old towels

Cling film or an old shower-cap

Vinegar (apple cider is my favorite). Edit: A reader tells me that vinegar stripped the color right out of her blue hair, so perform this step at your own risk!

Step by step (ooh baby, gonna get to ya giii-iiii-iiirl)
Don’t tell me you didn’t like New Kids On The Block. I know the truth!

01. Okay blondie, wash your hair with shampoo, rinse it out, get out of the shower & towel-dry your hair. Don’t dry it completely, just get most of the moisture out.

02. Put down towels, put on an old t-shirt & read the directions on the bottle to find out the recommend length of time you should leave it in.

03. Rubber gloves please! Apply a thick streak of Vaseline across your skin where it meets your hairline. This will stop your skin from going whatever weird color your hair will soon be. You crazy kid! Put some around your ears too, since blue ears look silly.

04. If you’re using more than one color, mix it up in a bowl that you never plan on eating from again. You can use the tinting brush for this or you can just use a couple of gloved fingers. Once you’ve stirred it well & are happy with the color, you’re ready to go!

05. Apply the dye! Use the tinting brush, a toothbrush or your fingers. I use my fingers. Some people say you should color from back to front, but in my experience this doesn’t make much of a difference. Being able to see the back of your head might be a good thing though — I usually get a chair & prop a full-length mirror on it so I can.

06. Make sure your hair is totally colored. Comb it through & check that you’ve done the roots entirely. I usually like so much dye in my hair that I can easily twist it into weird shapes.

07. Cover your head with cling film (or a shower-cap). This locks in the heat coming out of your scalp, & helps set the color better. You can leave this for as long as you want — I usually leave the color in a little longer than the bottle says (if they say 30 minutes, I leave it 45), but I once knew a guy who would go to bed with cling-film covering his blue hair. Also around now you might like to pour some vinegar into a cup. Fill it up, you’re going to be rinsing your hair with this.

08. Wash it out! Get in the shower & rinse it until the water goes clear (or as clear as it’s going to get). Then shampoo. Tilt your head back & try not to let any of the water coming off your hair trickle down your face, since it can stain! Okay, now for the vinegar. This works best for me when I sit down. Keep your head back & pour the vinegar through, working it through with your fingers. I don’t really know how it works, apparently it raises the pH level of the hair color, but whatever. The point is that it works — it will stop your hair from staining everything as much. Rinse well, then condition.

09. Get out of the shower, towel dry & admire for at least ten minutes before putting your clothes back on. Yay! Enjoy!

Maintenance

To keep the color bright & vibrant, & to stop your hair from drying out, you need to use a really good conditioner. I am a huge fan of “Dumb Blonde” from Tigi’s Bedhead range. Here’s their blurb: “Not just for dumb blondes — it’s for racy redheads & buxom brunettes too. Dumb Blonde shampoo delivers mega-moisture, explodes with lather & adds supershine.” The conditioner (they call it a “reconstructor”) is full o’ protein, with soy, wheat, keratin & pro-vitamin B5. They usually sell small bottles (maybe 275ml, I’m not sure) of each for about $16 US, but every so often you will find a litre pump bottle of the conditioner & shampoo together for $30 US. If you come across this, snap it up! It’s a great saving & the products are wonderful.

Of course, you don’t have to use Dumb Blonde, it’s just something I have found which works for me.

If your hair is white, buy a purple shampoo of some kind to keep it toned. I used to use “Daddy-O” by Lush, but it’s been discontinued. Boo!

Send me pictures!

Bleaching Your Hair at Home

So if you need them here’s my basic rules for bleaching..
Supplies:
-QuickBlue (bucket or packet, of course I buy a bucket I usually need more or end up doing a friends hair)(found at Sally’s) The buckets white with blue letters, its an on & on thescalp bleach, so it’s safe on your scalp -it wont burn holes in your head- its way safer then everything else I’ve ever used- and the results are awesome!
A cream developer (from Sally’s)
Developer is whats going to lift your color.
There are different levels of developer:
10 Volume: very weak, it doesn’t lift, it’s purpose is simply allow color to penetrate.
20 Volume: still fairly weak, it will lift 1-2 levels.
30-40 Volume: this strength of developer brings up hair by at least 2-3 levels. They’re pretty harsh, but this is what you need if you want to go much lighter.
I use Pure White 40-Volume Creme Developer By: Clairol Professional
Mixing bowls plastic only in a pinch I use old Tupperware.

– Usually about 2.99

Highlighter brushes- I get the skinny and fatter one, for different highlights widths.

There only like 60 cents to 1$ each

Foil- doesn’t matter from where Sallys or a grocery store. But it makes the world of difference. It helps keep the heat in your hair and makes your hair color come out more even. All you have to do is measure some hair with the foil, then fold the foil piece in half towards your scalp, then tri fold the foil towards your scalp, again. This will also come in handy of you decide to do like i do and bleach highlights and add color at the same time, this cuts down on the bleeding.
Shower Cap:

Just to help keep the heat in when your finished applying the product.

Finishing Touches:

Toner Shampoos such as Shimmer Lights Original Conditioning Shampoo ($7.59)

Its a dark purple shampoo, its to reduce the brassy color in your hair and neutralizes it at the same time. After you rinse your hair out after bleaching, leave the shampoo on you head for like 5 minutes, then rinse it out. You can use the conditioner too if you want(the shampoo works by itself regardless), its about the same price, and just leave it in about the same amount of time.

Theres also toner powders such as Kaleidocolors Tonal Powder Lightener ($3.99)

They need to be mixed with developer cream. (I.e. which means this would be a process beat saved off for a few days later. No reason to double process with a high volume of developer unless you want your hair to fall out.) There’s three different packets violet, blue and neutral. Read which color of hair is best before applying.

I personally buy a non bleaching blond dye from wally world, using a gardneir fruitres color. I go for anything that says ash blond that seems to be the key for toning my hair out. I obviously wait a few weeks after bleaching. I never recommend multiple bleaching or dying in one day.

Alright- now back to the mixing of the ingredients- my old hairdresser told me her secret about 4 years ago on how to keep some moisture in your hair while processing it, and after processing.

When you mix the developer and bleach together, after mixing, add any kind of conditioner to the mixture before putting in your hair, like squeeze the bottle for 2 seconds, or technically 1 to 1 1/2 ozs, then mix it, it doesn’t change anything in the bleach mix, and it doesn’t dry it out as much as just the chemicals.

Then after if you have it, use a deep conditioner(any kind) and leave it in your hair for 30 minutes- with a shower cap on, then wash out and do whatever. but it definitely helps.

So food for thought.

Hugs
SugarMandy

Caring for Your Extensions

Care & Maintenance

Do not use hairspray or sticky styling products with hold factor, a serum is all that is needed.  Remove before sleeping.  To prolong the life of your extensions we recommend you straighten after each use.  Use heat protection spray when applying heat to the extensions.  Due to the nature of the dye I do not recommend using shampoo due to possible color stripping. I personally just use conditioner. A complete treatment can be applied once every four weeks (only if needed).  Apply diluted conditioner and very gently stroke through the hair from root to tip keeping hands open and flat, and then rinse. I don’t suggest washing two different colors together due to possible transfer of dye. Especially like dark blue to yellow. The use of a shower head may be easier and keeping the top clip part of the extension dry is recommended.  Avoid tangles and allow hair to drip dry naturally.  Do not comb hair when wet.  Drying may be an overnight process, once dry gently comb through the hair starting at the tips, apply a maintenance spray and straighten each strip individually.

Styling the Hair
Steam rollers and/or wet setting are the safest way to curl your human hair.
Blow dryers, curling irons and other thermal tools may be used on low settings. Remember, the hair may scorch if the setting is too high.
If you choose to use electric rollers, always make sure that the ends are wrapped into the rollers to avoid “fishhooks”.
For cutting, or any chemical processes such as perming or coloring, take the extensions to a professional stylist.

Remember
Unlike your hair, this hair does not grow back if you cut it. So, remember to always take your new hair to a salon professional if you need it customized. This will give you the best results!

If you have any concerns please contact me for full support.

Hugs

SugarMandy

How to Attach Extensions

How To Attach

Step 1:  Open the clip on your hair extensions.

Step 2:  Locate the area where you want to insert. Part your hair and clip it on.

Step 3:  Comb your own hair down over the Hair Extensions and gently comb to blend hair.

Step 4:  Repeat the above steps.

How To Remove

Simply open the clip by gently pulling backwards until you hear the clip release. Then gently remove the section being careful not to pull your hair. Do not try to pull clips out with opening it will take a lot of hair out with it.

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