woensdag 29 februari 2012

Two years of growing my hair long

It's been two years since I decided to grow my hair really long. In the first year the progress was really good and I did not have any haircuts. Judging from the photograph I made recently however, the second year clearly shows less hair growth. For some part this can be explained by the haircut I had six months ago, but that only cost me a few centimeters. I don't know why there was less growth this year, since I took care of my hair so well. It's a not a disaster, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Once you've decided you want long hair, things just can't go fast enough I guess. :) I'll have to be patient!

I have made the decision to only use paraben-free and SLS-free hairproducts from now on. It causes less damage to the hair and I have more faith in natural products anyway. All those nasty chemicals really aren't necessary to keep your hair in good condition. As long as you pamper your hair enough with natural hairmasks and oils, you'll have a good chance of having super healthy looking hair. Right now I am using Rainforest Balance shampoo from The Body Shop, which is a gentle but very well cleansing shampoo...just perfect for my oily scalp! But I'm also a big fan of Sabon's hair mask, which has a wonderful smell.

The only hairproduct containing SLS that I'm still using is the Jumping Juniper solid shampoo from Lush. I only use it once a week, to thoroughly clean my hair. Sometimes SLS can be good to get rid of any build-up from other products. Plus the shampoo bars are just so easy to bring along when you're travelling!
 Another change in my haircare routine is that I've started to wear my hair up quite frequently. While I do love the sight of my loose hair much better, it can be a nuisance when it's windy, when cycling or while doing anything physical really. It also damages the hair faster. Updo's can look really pretty and it gives you the opportunity to change your look a bit more often, which is always fun. I really like to make my hair look victorian, but with a dark twist. Adding black roses for instance is an instant success. I'll dedicate a topic to such updo's some time soon!
 I'm planning to have a small haircut again next week, since the ends of my hair are getting brittle. I also want to get rid of the layers gradually. And last but not least, I want to have my bangs cut again. I had this done last summer and even though I'm always in doubt about having bangs or no bangs, I really kind of miss them. So, back to bangs it is! Next week I'll post some pictures.


dinsdag 28 februari 2012


It's been a looooooong time since I last posted anything, but I'm eager to pick up blogging. The last couple of months have been a bit chaotic, mainly because of my studies (graduating, writing on an article, etc..). I have to admit I have neglected my blog entirely, but I've also missed it. In the meantime I did keep track of the blogs that I'm following, but I didn't have the energy to post anything myself. I'm done with my own excuses now....and I should have more time on my hands now that I'm looking for a job. Which is a pain in the ass, by the way. There are hardly any jobs in the cultural department right now and they all require several years of  experience on the workfloor. It's so unfair....but I try to stay positive and reply to any vacancy that could be of interest to me. Meanwhile, I still have very little money to spend. This is frustrating as well, even though it stimulates my creativity. I especially miss going to concerts and travelling.
Last year I wrote that I wanted to abstain from buying any new clothes for an entire year. I can proudly say that I succeeded in my mission! It was even a lot easier than I expected. My boyfriend did give me two t-shirts and a dress, but I allowed myself to accept presents. I never bought anything myself! This gave me a really good impression of the contents of my wardrobe and gradually showed me which items I was really missing. The main conclusion was that I have plenty of interesting things to wear...but very little to pair it with. The basics are missing, like a plain shirt or a vest that I can combine with many different pieces of clothing. Also, I've stopped buyng clothing on impulse. I take my time and think things over before I decide whether I really need something or whether it's worth spending my precious money on. I also learned to be more satisfied with what I have. Yes, I really think it was a good decision and I feel proud that I've managed it. On the other hand, I'm also a bit relieved that I can buy something new occasionally now. I'm just going to be more careful.
I'm thinking of making this blog a little more personal by also including posts on events I've attended, exhibitions I've visited, holiday trips etc. The main focus will still be on 'dark' things (e.g. gothic clothing, alternative make-up, concerts, places to visit that have a dark atmosphere), but they will be interchanged with posts on different topics.
I'm also still working on the lay-out of the page, but I'm not very experienced so things are altering slowly. I like the white background better than the black one I had before because it makes the text a bit easier to distinguish.
So much for this boring update! :) Thanks for sticking with me!