Thursday, 24 September 2015

My Hair History - From 0 to 20

I've seen a few bloggers write posts such as this one, and I always thought, well why would you want to show a bunch of strangers a load of the most embarrassing pictures you've ever taken?! It just seemed ludicrous to me. But I decided actually, its nice to look back at the past when your comfortable with life, and its also nice to reminisce with others, to be able to share memories, and laugh about them for years to come. I look ghastly in most of my photos, and everyone...feel free to laugh at me and my troublesome teen years, when I seemed to think wearing 3D Cinema glasses with no lenses was cool, and picking daisy's and then posing with them was also on the same level of cool (oh dear). This is my hair history from age 0 up until the age of 20 (my age now), roughly in the right order, though obviously, these are only a select few of the photos I've taken or have had taken for me, over the many years I've been alive. Now sit back and have a good chuckle as I explain...

Me and my hair have always had a strong love hate relationship. I was the kind of young girl that grew up always wishing my hair would suddenly grow overnight, and in the morning I would wake to find it touching the floor like Rapunzels. Obviously, that never happened, but it still never stopped me wishing for it. I often went through fazes of trying to grow it out and then getting tired of waiting, so would chop it of at a moments notice, or I would very drastically change the colour of my hair, much to my hairdressers dismay, which would satisfy me for as little as a couple of days. Because of this, my whole life has evolved into one big serious dying binge, which obviously isn't healthy for your hair, and I've learnt my lesson the hard way, as I no longer have the silky smooth mane I was lucky to have before. 

When I was a baby I didn't have much say in my hair colour or style. My hair was very dark when I was born, and out of nowhere it blossomed into this thick bush of white blonde hair, with a hideous straight cut fringe to match, that all our mothers seemed to love to give us back then. The blonde began to fade gradually as I got older, which was a shame. The first time I ever dyed my hair was in Secondary School, and it was actually my friend who did the deed. I picked up a pink streak kit from my local tescos, and I have no idea why I trusted her to do it, since she's the craziest person I know. We used tin foil, clearly we thought we were professionals. Unsurprisingly, the results were disastrous, and my next morning at school, was probably one of the most embarrassing days of my entire life, my friend found the whole thing hilarious. Never again will i let her anywhere near my hair. I couldn't find any pictures of my hair when I first dyed it black, which is odd because its probably the hair colour I've had for the longest period of time, purely because of the fact its so god damn hard to get out! One of the first colours I EVER died it, and I decided I wanted move Amy. I remember letting one of my friends bleach it from black to a peroxide blonde, and it makes me cringe now, because we used 2 fricken tubs of bleach (horrendous!), and honestly afterwards I looked like a scarecrow. After that I continued to die it blonde in a feeble effort to get rid of the horrible ginger nest I'd been left with, not realising toner was the way to go. That was really the penultimate time I completely destroyed my hair. But luckily there are no pictures of that *smiles*

Eventually I gave up with the blonde and dyed it black again, I figured it was the only way to fix it. The third picture you see is what my hair looked like after I'd grown out the black 'the proper way', and after numerous hair cuts to trim away the damaged hair. At this point I'd wanted red hair for a while, and so I dyed it again stupid! It was not bright red, but a more natural plum/auburn colour that suited my pale skin. I would say its my second favourite colour. I felt like trying out a fringe again to make a change from my usual bangs, which restricted hairstyles, and I soon got bored of it, so I let it grow out. Then I went from red to brown, and then yet again to black, and finally to brown just in time for prom. I had it curled at Dennis Michaels, which I really loved. 

It wasn't until I got to college, that I decided enough was enough, and I was going to take growing it out more seriously, though my dying addiction never faltered. During my time at college I decided I wanted to be a red head again, but this time I wanted it to be mega bright, I guess I wanted to stand out, even though I'm quite a quiet, shy person, so it doesn't make sense, even to me. It was around the time pop star Rhianna had dyed her hair bright red, and it was slowly becoming more acceptable to have bolder shades. It took several attempts, but I got there in the end with a lot of Sean's help. I had some mixed opinions on it, but most were positive, and I was really really happy with how it turned out, which I suppose is all that really matters. For a while I loved it, I embraced it and finally it was starting to grow, until...the stupid hairdresser happened. Its highly likely that one of you in your lifetime has had a hairdresser you weren't at all happy with. I asked for an inch and he cut like 3 inches of, what an idiot. It still makes me mad today haha! 

So sadly I was back to square one with the length, and I attempted to get rid of my red hair by myself. Turns out red hair is considerably harder than black to get out, and I ended up with a bogie shade of green, which I was so embarrassed about, I never left the house. When that happened I felt something had to be done about the dying and growing it out. After meeting my boyfriend Sean, I met his lovely home hairdresser, who helped me banish the green and return to my natural virgin hair, a colour I hadn't seen in a long long while. It was truly like magic to me, what she did, and if it weren't for her, my hair may still be ruined now. I had that colour for a long time after that, and then she helped me again to achieve a gorgeous natural shade of brown, seriously though I am forever in her debt. She told me that semi-perminent would be much less damaging to my hair, and would give it a break to be able to grow. As you can see from the last few photos my hair is really long, and I'm still growing it now, though all of the layers are gone. I've considered cutting it all of a few times, but I don't think I ever will again. Its so long I can't fit the full length picture in at the end. Recently, I did dye it ombre with a box dye, but I feel I am now a lot wiser, and much more sensible than what I used to be. My ombre turned out brilliantly and I feel its the best my hair has ever felt or looked. 

I would like for it to grow to my ribs, but I still have a few more inches to go before I reach that goal, though now I've managed it this far, I feel much more confident that I will reach it. I'm currently loving trying out different hair products to improve the texture and quality of my hair, to somewhat repair the years of trauma I've put it through, though I know it will never be exactly the same. I enjoy being able to plait it, and put it up in a messy bun, the possibilities are endless with long hair. Looking back now, I wish I could take it all back. In hind site I never should have dyed it, I should have just let it grow, but life has a funny way of doing the opposite of what you want. My new golden rule is 'to always go and see a professional hairdresser' and everything will be fine!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the journey of my hair, and how it came to be. Leave comments as to what you think, and tell me about your own hair havocs, we can have a good old laugh together. 

Monday, 14 September 2015

A New Design, A New Me

You may have noticed recently that I've been chopping and changing my blogs design to no end, all in a bid to discover my own individual image. There are so many fantastic blogs out there nowadays, which makes it extremely difficult to stand out as a person, and I for one have found it really gruelling to discover and create something unique. Finally, I believe I've found a design that I love, and that fits me and my personality perfectly

I first started writing 'AmyloosWorld' when I was just 15, I'm now 20, and in that big chunk of time my tastes, and the things I love have changed dramatically. My original vision for this blog was to make it a space where you could find anything and everything. Like your imagination, the possibilities are endless. I didn't want to fit into a 'niche', because there were so many great things I loved and cherished in my world, to cut out any one of them seemed ludicrous to me. I feel like I've now achieved that vision in terms of my design, and I'm going to be working on making good quality content to match. I want to make this space a place that everyone can enjoy, that's the goal I'm still striving for. 

How frequently I post has also been a huge issue for me. And I know I say it over and over again...I'm sorry! Time management has never been one of my strengths, and I'm working on it, I truly am, its not something I find easy. But rest assured, that this blog is still something I deeply treasure, even if I have no time for it. My life has changed a lot, and a lot of the time I feel like I'm stretching (like that funny doll 'Stretch Armstrong'), and I've simply found myself investing most of my time on other things. Writing the first draft of my book is something I've really been concentrating on just lately, because like everything else, I want to take it seriously. I want to find more ways to interchange the things I'm currently doing, and making it relevant to the blog. If any of you have any advice on that, I would be most grateful. 

I have a little bit of advice of my own, for all the newcomers out there in the blogosphere. Don't fret about your image so much when you first start out. I'm a hardcore perfectionist, its who I am, I can't help it, its why I excel in creative subjects. But one thing I've learnt, is that its okay to not know 'who you are', that's something you can build up to, in gradual steps. There's no need to rush. Blogging should be an enjoyable experience for both you and your readers. Despite what anyone else says, it is possible to create professional designs using free software, you don't have to pay anyone to do anything. Its a matter of having patience, learning as you go along, and being determined. And that's the best advice I can give you. 

So what do you think about my new design? So far I've only managed to create the header, but the rest of the design will follow on from that main image. Personally, I love it! But I would, I'm biased. Let me know what you think, maybe give me some more ideas. Your never too old or too experienced to learn something new. 

Cheers! Here's to the future of 'Amyloosworld'