Monday, 1 March 2010

I'm really not used to getting up early...

I only got up at 7:45am (which really, isn't anything particularly impressive) and I am quite up for passing out enthusiastically as soon as possible. Pathetic.

Just a few items of news to share! 1.) I completed a second month of my 365 and am at photo no. 60! 2.) there's a new plastic arrival! 3.) spring is officially here! and 4.) my hair is of medium grease-osity!

I think perhaps I should explain the last one a little! :P I'm trying to improve the overall health of my hair & how happy I am with it, and the first stage involves getting out of washing my hair every day, because it can't be good for it, and I'm, urr, over-producing (like I wouldn't have thought possible) natural oils to make up for it. So, here is the week's progress!

Sunday: I wash my hair at around lunchtime, hair is very presentable all day.
Monday: I wake up and my hair is so repulsive and lank I can't bear the thought of going to class like this. I dry shampoo it a little. It is presentable. I go to class. By the end of the day it's looking a bit greasy, but mostly held off by dry shampoo. I decide I can deal with this every other day.
Tuesday: My hair in the morning is gross and smells of greasy coconut. I wash. I have lovely clean hair all day. I am told that dry shampoo is cheating and I must stop using it. I am horrified.
Wednesday: My hair is disgusting. I have no class so only have to leave the house to pick up tea from the supermarket. I wear a hat. I nearly cave in and wash it at least 20 times. I pin it back and apologise to my housemates everytime I pass them for how repulsive I look.
Thursday: I shower and feel clean and delightful all day.
Friday: My hair is repulsive again. I refuse to leave the house. My friend coaxes me to make use of my Friday night, and I give in to a shower, and feel delightfully clean.
Saturday: I don't shower. I use the tiniest of tiny bits of dry shampoo and my hair feels rather nice all day!
Sunday: I delay showering until 4pm - my hair is actually nearly presentable all day! I shower, and for the first time, don't blow dry.
Monday: I don't shower, my hair is pretty much presentable all day - by 6/7pm my side fringe bits are a bit greasy, so I have to tuck them behind my ears, but otherwise, attended all my classes and wasn't embarrassed to be seen in public. Hooray!

So, apart from learning that I am WAY more vain than I thought (I just don't want people to think I'm dirty! xD) - it's totally working! I reckon another week and I'll have completely cracked the showering every other day thing. I might try going for 3 days then, maybe! Not sure how much my hair needs washing - it's quite fine, and the internet tells me fine hair needs washing more. Every other day is fine though, I'd be very happy with that. (I've also accumulated at least an extra 4 hours sleep without those morning showers ^_~)

I don't know if I'll ever go totally No Poo (vinegar doesn't sound any better for your hair than shampoo!) but I try to use "good" shampoos, and I'm going to try what my friend suggested and try to wean myself off using so much, and see how that goes. I'm going to stop using conditioner as of tomorrow (my next hair wash!) as I've had a few reports which suggest I am a.) making my hair greasier and b.) wasting my money. (EDIT: having done a thorough google, I've been informed that using conditioner only on the ends of hair shouldn't make it more greasy. I am totally guilty of just slapping it everywhere. Will change my conditioning habits!)

When I'm satisfied with the way my hair care is going, I'm going to dye it as a reward! ;) Which does kind of contradict the whole "having healthier hair" thing, but... I just really want red hair again. ;)

As for the new arrival...

She's a CC (SBL) that I adopted from PP! Isn't she cute? ^___^ She's still awaiting an official naming, but it's looking like Ariel at the moment! Needs some hair love but otherwise, she's adorable! Can't wait to give her some love and attention. Her Flickr set!

The sun came out today for the first in ages, and it really felt like spring has finally arrived!

Gavin in the sun.

The first snowdrops!

St Salvator's clock tower, on the way to morning lectures in the beautiful sun!

Just before my lecture, inside the quad.

St Andrews is so pretty in the sun! :)



  1. I am a person who washes my hair every other day, and has done so since high school. I strongly stand by it, and I know you can do it! I wouldn't go as long as every three days, I don't. I'm not sure why, but every other day just ... works ... for me. And I do use conditioner, but just once a week (Saturday mornings). My issue however, is the OPPOSITE of yours. I get a horribly dry scalp if I wash my hair too often. I have super thick hair, and if I wash it daily, I seem to wash out the natural oils my hair produces that keep my scalp healthy...

    Also, the new Blythe is beautiful but I have a personal aversion to any name ever used by Disney. This may or may not come from having my name be Jasmine, but I do want to warn you that if you name her Ariel, EVERYONE will think of the mermaid first, even if they don't mean to T_____T;;

  2. Ohhh maaan, I hadn't even thought of that! D: I was thinking of the Shakespearean spirit! xD That's what I get for being... pretentious! Meeep, well, I'll need to think about it...
    (Was Jasmin the one from... Aladdin? And didn't she get a TIGER? That's kinda cool. Although I'm sure it would have been verrry annoying growing up with that name at times. "In wonderland" feels like my middle name, argh! Kids. Nearly put me off an excellent book for life! xD)

    Every other day sounds like an excellent compromise between being clean and not being overclean. 3 days seems borderline dirty to me personally, with my horribly greasy hair!

    Conditioning once a week sounds like a plan. There are merits to conditioning but probably no need to do it every wash.