Saturday, July 29, 2017

Online Dating P11

Found some screenshots from when I disabled my accounts last year.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Monthy Review #37

So in May I went on a roadtrip and spend a night in Nashville. I washed my hair and it air-dried to perfection. (I have no pictures, I was on vacation)

I thought maybe it was my travel shampoo that was giving me such great hair. So I washed my hair at home with it...nope. same old same old. So I began to think maybe, just maybe, it was the water. So I looked up some water maps and found A LOT of conflicting information online. According to some maps NY was just "somewhat hard" and TN and MA (where I had such great hair in college) were in pristine soft water. In other maps it was exactly the opposite. In still others totally different. Seriously just google usa water hardness map - it's absurd. NYC is widely lauded as perfect hair water by many beauty sites and blogs. So for a while I hemmed and hawed. I thought about sending a water testing kit to my TN hotel - but it seemed like that was too big a risk for a hotel to take on my behalf. Finally I figured a relatively cheap way to test might be to buy a one time use pack of hard water hair treatment. If it did something I'd pursue this further...if not I'd throw my hands up. It totally worked. my hair was easier to wash, softer, shinier, voluminous, had deeper color. shit! So somehow even though my water provider's reports say our hardness is low my hair begs to differ. Huh. So now that it worked, the saga continues. Will I return to Nashville to snag a water reading? Will I have to buy a super expensive in-shower water softener? Or will I just up and move to Portland, OR where all the maps say the water is soft? stay tuned!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Monthly Review #36 - Measuring 3 Years!

Ah friends, it's been 3 years! So I know you want that measurement photos. The longest strands are at 21" (maintaining my growth rate of ~7" per year) but of course the bulk comes in around 19.5" accounting for hair fall and cycles always restarting. I did not straighten it this year so you'll notice the dramatic difference pulling it taught makes to the length.

I met up with a college friend with my hair flowing loose and crazy as it does these days (it's not only gotten longer but larger and more sticking-out-at-every-angle. I love it so much, as you can guess. But when she saw me she said "ah, this is the Alexandra I remember." This made me pretty touched inside that my hair is finally back toward my college hair standards (more on that next month). But also it's very funny because so many friends I've made since I shaved my head and moved to a new city continue to be startled by the length of my hair (upon prolonged gaps in our interactions). Because when they first met me I had almost no hair - so to them this mane is a totally new thing. But perhaps in a year or so they'll be saying "ah, this is the Alexandra I remember."

On that topic, yes I do still intend to shave my head again. And you know, make a wig for myself out of both heads of hair. As you do.

Anyway - pictures of this month. Not too many. Was out and about a lot. Summer is a busy time in the city.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Monthly Review #35

Only one month left in the third year of this history. I love my big hair. I'm a little unhappy with the split ends but eh. That contraption from the last review surreptitiously disappeared from amazon so maybe it was a scam? I'll never know.

I am trying to get more defined curls. I think I need a new hair towel to preserve curls and shine. Or maybe it's this custom shampoo/conditioner. We'll see what happens.