Golden Hand

June 30, 2017

spring activities

June 27, 2017

because i'm behind xx
maybe some words soon.
also yes i know most of these are out of focus.

flamingo friday

June 26, 2017

st. cecilia

In May, Sarah earned the St. Cecilia award for singing at church so we headed up to Rochester's Sacred Heart Cathedral for the ceremony . . . 

humoring the plant obsession//spring 2017

June 21, 2017

i'll come with you

June 11, 2017

Henna + the rest of my hair dying expolits

June 10, 2017

Lately I have been into dying my hair etc. It’s been fun lol. ;D

The first method I tried was making my hair ombre with natural ingredients. I used:
-Lemon juice
-Sea salt
-Olive oil
-Hot water

feelin' pretty wild
I couldn’t really see much of a difference with my hair color the next day. The only differences I could see were that my hair was yucky from the olive oil and smelled very very strongly of cinnamon. xD I washed my hair about 3 times that day trying to get rid of the smell and oil.


The next thing I tried—since there was no way I was doing the other method again ha—was hydrogen peroxide. I halfed a spray bottle with water and hydrogen peroxide and then squeezed in a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice. I sat out in the sun and read “A School for Unusual Girls” for about 45 minutes, then since I wasn’t seeing as much action as I wanted, I put more hydrogen peroxide in the depleted bottle which filled it back up to 10 oz. So now it was probably a 3:1 ratio of hydrogen peroxide to water.

I hate the lighting of this photo, but you can see the ombre which is why I chose it.
Sarah also did the peroxide and turned her hair completely copper!  It's so pretty.  

As you can see above, this method worked for me. My hair was obviously ombre and my mom thinks the peroxide turned my hair reddish. That gave an idea. I had seen some websites mentioned henna, a plant you can used to dye your hair reddish. I did hours and hours of research and eventually decided on this one from Amazon:


I hesitated on a brand to choose. People had mentioned Rainbow Research and Lush, also my friend was thinking about using Light Mountain. I watched one review on three brands, comparing them and decided to stick with the Rainbow.  The henna came three days later (love you, amazon) xD and I tried it out the next evening on a small section of my hair—a strand test. I was afraid it was going to turn out TOO red, so I used hot brewed black coffee instead of boiling water for the liquid to darken the color. I used 1 tbsp of henna and about 1 tbsp of coffee. After some hesitating and coming to the conclusion that I was crazy, I went out onto our deck and covered a section of my hair in the clay-like sludge. It smelled very strongly of alfalfa hay and grass. Not normally a bad smell, but it’s crazy strong.
I wrapped my hennaed hair in cling wrap and secured it close to my head with clothespins (henna needs heat to react). I left it in for an hour and a half and read “Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow” while I waited.
When I washed it out and dried it (with a blow-drier—I know I’m a daredevil) it was definitely red next to the rest of my brown hair. But not as red as I wanted. And you could really only see it in the sun.
The next morning, I mixed up a big bowl of the rest of my henna powder (about 4 oz) with some boiled water. I noticed something different as I poured the water in . . . the henna actually turned orange for a second when the hot water touched it (the powder is green because it’s plant matter). It hadn’t done that with the coffee. I discovered that my coffee hadn’t stayed hot enough in the small batch to activate the henna which is why it didn’t really do much to my hair.
This time when I scooped up some of the sludge in my hand to put in my hair, it stained my nails and hands orange. The other batch hadn’t done that.
I started from the tips of the front sections of my hair and worked my way back. I had a junk towel around my shoulders and was wearing some of my good clothes underneath (daredevil again. Henna can stain really bad!) I had also slathered from vaseline along my hairline to prevent staining.
Then I twisted up the already henna sections of my hair and plastered them to the top of my head with more henna.
When I finished, I twisted the junk towel around my head to keep the heat in. 

After about an hour I began to get impatient and worried. What if my hair had turned bright green or firetruck red or something when I had only wanted auburn!!! I sat out in the hot June sun with the towel off for 20 minutes. Then slipped out a little strand of my hair and washed it out in the sink to see the color. It was copperish. K that’s good, I thought. I left the towel on for about 8 more minutes until I completely lost my patience and washed allllll out in the tub. xD
At first I really couldn’t see a difference. My hair did smell like hay, that’s for sure. But it was wet and dark so I couldn’t see any difference. I went down and sat with the chickens in the sun (as they dust bathed) for 10 minutes to dry it in the sun (wasn’t gonna do the blow-drier again haha).

My poor henna-stained hands ;P

When I went back into the house and looked in the mirror, my hair was a super pretty shade of auburn!! It definitely couldn’t be considered brown anymore, but it certainly wasn’t bright red thank goodness. 

the coloring of this photo is probably the most accurate
mid-pose.  laugh all you want.  I did too. xD

Now in the sun my hair looks like a cartoon character’s hair—sorta cherry red. Super pretty. In the shade or from far away, it’s a rosy chestnut auburn. In just regular natural lighting, it’s copper + auburn.
I used shampoo after 48 hours.

I’m really happy with how it turned out and I’m pretty sure I will be doing it again when the color fades in 4-6 weeks. I’ve always dreamed of having red hair! I do feel like Anne of Green Gables though, when she tried to dye her red hair black but it turns green instead. I’m really glad that didn’t happen to me . . . especially considering the dye powder was green lol.

P.s. I took all these photos myself, ya gotta hand it to me. lol totally kidding. :DD  I guess as I'm a photographer, I'd better be passable at self-shooting. 

Have you ever dyed your hair?
Do you have any experience with henna?

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