July 23: Getting excited … and new hair!

Rode Bruce the Töffli to the hairdresser and I have new (helmet!) hair! Not exactly what I was hoping for, but it’s ok. There’s a bit of a language barrier problem, as she speaks a lot of Bern-Deutsch, so I occasionally nod like an idiot, completely lost.

Like today. I thought she was using two different shades of blonde as streaks, but she only used the lightest shade. So I have very streaky hair now – platinum blonde with my natural ash blonde. Here’s to the Sicilian sun melding it all together a bit better.


Shorter and blonder and wavier

Leo said “You can’t use that photo – you look about 50 years older than normal” so I figured I should use this photo. It’s funny posting photos of myself, as I can only imagine what people who don’t know me think when they see the pictures. “Doesn’t smile much”, “Big teeth”, “Look at that zit!”, “Rudolph”, “Boring” come to mind. Funny how we always think strange things (c’mon, I know it’s not just me!) but it’s human nature, don’t you think?!

I think I explained my hair-washing experiment quite well to the hairdresser, but could tell she wasn’t impressed, so my hair has been washed and primped with hairdressing products to be ‘clean’. What really made me laugh was the stickiness of the curling cream she used, to make the waviness a bit more exaggerated, is very close to how my hair was feeling using the Dr Bronner liquid soap! Touche!

Tonight we finished season two of Broadchurch, a BBC series about a murder investigation in a small coastal town. We enjoyed season one, the start of season two was heavy going and a bit too much melodrama, but the ending was very satisfying. I gave myself a pedicure and manicure while watching and now my hands are also primped (or should that be pimped?!) for the holiday. I’m getting ex-CITED. Not looking forward to the plane, though, I just do. not. like. being in small flying sardine tins.

Today, thanks to the paris-to-go.com website, I did some further reading about the pH balance (I almost wrote pHD) of our hair and scalp. Ariana linked to Sonya’s website, which had some very interesting articles about making your own shampoo, like rye flour or coconut milk and aloe vera (which are balanced for our pH 4.5-5.0 skin), after the author ruined her hair using baking soda. I also tried baking soda and worked out very quickly (quicker than using Dr Bronner!) that it was not going to work on my hair. I found Sonya’s experiments very interesting, and nice to see some scientific analysis of the whole shebang.

Happy reading if you fancy … and wishing you a wonderful day!

2 thoughts on “July 23: Getting excited … and new hair!

  1. At the risk of offending your anti-consumerism and minimalistic approach to life can I say just because something is natural does not mean it is necessarily good (for everything) and just because something is processed or manufactured does not necessarily mean it is bad. I don’t think I will be mixing up shampoo in my kitchen any time soon – in fact my email to you reminded me I had stopped using shampoo for awhile (only started again to use up stuff the girls had left behind) and I will go back to conditioner only once current stocks are exhausted.

    I like the hair – although understand the ‘blending’ concept – what a wonderful excuse to go to Sicily. ‘I had to go on holiday to fix my hair’. I do however agree with Leo – not your most flattering photo. Although it is not a patch on my passport picture which looks like it was taken after I had been embalmed – remind me to show you. It is usually shocks the border control people who do a double take in comparing me to it.


    • Looking forward to seeing that passport photo, Bestest! And yes, I fully understand natural doesn’t mean good, but in my eyes it’s better than chemical crap and worth persevering. Good, better, best? I can’t wait to find the best!


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