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Dying my hair from blonde to LILAC!

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I’ve wanted to go lilac for a while now – one of those mythical unicorn colours that just looks amazing, but is such a light shade that just thinking about how it would take to my hair would give me a migraine, and then I’d get distracted by shiny things and/or Christmas.

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So now that I’ve done it – and it worked – I can give you a step-by-step how I did it. I had to retouch my roots, and unfortunately I didn’t take photos of that process, but here’s a quick run-down:

Dying my roots to a light blonde

Products used: Jerome Russell Blonde Lightening Powder, Jerome Russell Cream Developer – Vol 40 (high vol, but means you can have it on for less time. If you have a sensitive scalp, use 30 vol or lower, and leave on for longer, but no longer than 90mins)

Here’s Heliely Hyde’s tutorial on root touch-up:

White-ish yellow roots? CHECK!

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Dying my hair lilac!

Ok, so I foolishly didn’t take photos during the application process (and if I had I would have a purple iPhone instead of a white one as I was doing it all by myself) but to start, always ALWAYS ALWAYS put vaseline around your hair line, ears and back of your neck. You don’t want to look like your hair is melting over your face or that you got into a fight and they punched your hairline and ears. I used Crazy Color’s Lavender (BUY IT HERE). Apply all over your hair, you don’t need to prioritise any parts as you can leave this dye on as long as you want, and it won’t damage your hair, just make sure you work it right down the strands or you’ll have patchy locks.

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Once you finish applying it all over – USE THE MAGIC CLING FILM! You’ll want to keep as much moisture in as possible so it acts like a conditioner. Also you can do normal things around the house without leaving purple paw prints everywhere. Plus you can pretend that you’re turning into a plastic monster and scare people in the house.

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I developed it for a grand total of 20 mins. Any longer and it would have gone a very bright purple, and I wanted it to look more lilac. If you want the colour to be longer lasting, leave it on for a full hour, it will be brighter and more purple, but will fade over time to get the pastel lilac you want. HEY, MY HAIR’S CLEAN!

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Aaaaaand dry! Hair always lightens when dry, and because I didn’t develop it for long, some of the hair is lighter than the rest, giving it some pinky tones. HAIR ACCIDENT WIN! Weird side effect – the dye didn’t take well to the newly bleached roots, so I now have silver roots. Once the hair settles down I’ll go over the roots to get them purple too, although I like the contrast. The dye wasn’t on my dreads long enough to change them, only a few took the purple in – but it made the rest silver!

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Final product! Very happy with my lilac, although I’m a little skeptical as to how long it’s going to last, as I can’t use conditioner with my dreads. For all you non-dreaded people out there – put a little bit of your dye in your conditioner, it will top up the colour every time you wash your hair 🙂

Any questions about lilac hair or after-care or corresponding unicorn horns? Leave a comment below and LET’S TALK CRAZY HAIR COLOUR!!

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Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014!

HYPER JAPAN CHRISTMAS MARKET!

http://hyperjapan.co.uk/

 London was the place to be for the Hyper Japan Christmas Market – just to get our last dose of Japanese culture, food, kawaii and awesomeness before the lunacy of Christmas kicks off! Was so nice to see so many people arrive dressed to the nines – effort is definitely increasing each year you lovely, lovely Japanese fashion lovers out there! Anyone who was there, say hi! And then we can squee over how awesome it was 😀

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My make-up for the Friday of Hyper Japan. I went for a kitty-fairy kei style, with big pad pad paws to add, which I used to give passers-by a severe biff attack on the nose and then a RUN AWAAAAAY for added measure. Although the pink corset was a bit restricting and hot after a while. SIGHTS WERE SEEN NONETHELESS. There was a video of the aforementioned biffing, except on an unsuspecting snowflake, so when I work out how to pop it onto Youtube, I’ll share it 🙂 And so! Onto the event!!

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Dreamy Bows (http://www.dreamybows.com/) had their gorgeous pretty-in-pink stall, and were selling OFFICIAL SAILOR MOON MERCHANDISE!! Just look at those compacts… In fact, just look at everything. MOON PRISM POWER, MAKE UP~~~~! That reminds me, need to watch Act.10 of Sailor Moon Crystal. And if you’ve seen it, do a dance 😀 The performers at Gypsy Pyksy (http://www.gypsypyksy.com/) enjoying a bit of pink power!

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After being in Japan and hanging out at the Japanese Yatai stalls, coming to Hyper Japan and seeing the food stalls here was like being back again, the smells, the layouts, the energy and excitement, all a very authentic experience at Hyper Japan. As a Vegetarian, your food choices at these typical yatai stalls are very limited, but you can pick up Vegetable Yakisoba at most stalls, which are so tasty you’ll go back for a second helping. For you meaty-eaters out there, you can’t go wrong with takoyaki (octopus balls). They’re not literally the balls of an octopus, because octopuses don’t have testicles to start off with, and I know Japanese food gets a bad rap for being weird, but come on, it’s not ‘eat-the-balls-of-animals’ weird.

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There was an incredible stall near the centre on the bottom level which sold beautiful kimonos, haoris, yukata, geta and tabi socks – if anyone can remember the name of the stall, let me know and I’ll link them on the blog. The green furisode kimono I had my eye on was 998 EUROS!! Bargain by first-hand kimono standards, and lime green isn’t right for this time of year anyway, but still… OH GOD THOSE KIMONOS O.O

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Just all of the cute… I just cannot. CANNOT. Rikkakuma heads in the back with the Totoro, I just want to smoosh my face into it and melt into a river of cute. Yes, a fitting end.

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What an amazing and just down-right fabulous Card Captor Sakura cosplayer. Just all of the kawaii, and so on point. Pose is perfect! And the hair, just all of it. Yes, all of it. OMOCHIKAERI~~~~~

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Just some of the kawaii ladies at the event, lots of Fairy Kei and Lolita. I especially love the Rococo Hime look in the centre, so refined, and just look at that bag… I wish I had asked where it was from! If anyone knows please let me know! Also, if you’re one of these fine lovelies, get in touch and I’ll link your sites/blogs on here! Also… GIANT HELLO KITTY UWAAAAAA~~~~~ Yes, just had a bit of a kawaii vom. Mmmmm sparkly regurgitation. (Also, big versions of the above images are available on my Twitter – https://twitter.com/spookyruthy or just drop me an email and I’ll send them to you)

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And finally, my Shironuri makeup for the Fashion Show on Sunday. Wig and Headpiece by Ghoulia’s Peculiars (https://www.facebook.com/ghouliaspeculiars) SHE A TALENTED LADY, YOU GO THERE AND HAVE A LADY FAP OVER THE WIGS AND ALL THE PRETTIES. Not literally. Ew. FOR SHAME.

So all in all, Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014, a big big success. It gets bigger every year and I can’t wait for the next one in July (date to be confirmed)! I WANT MY YATAI FOOD DAMMIT!! And if I don’t get my kawaii dose, I’ll have to do something drastic, like up my caffeine intake.

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