Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wyrd Wednesday - Haircare and the Mane 'N Tail Revolution

Online Etymology Dictionary: 
O.E. wyrd "fate, destiny" (n.), lit. "that which comes," from P.Gmc. *wurthis (cf. O.S. wurd, O.H.G. wurt "fate," O.N. urðr "fate, one of the three Norns"), from PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," (cf. Ger. werden, O.E. weorðan "to become"), from base *wer- "to turn, bend". For sense development from "turning" to "becoming," cf. phrase turn into "become." The modern sense of weird developed from M.E. use of weird sisters for the three fates or Norns (in Germanic mythology), the goddesses who controlled human destiny. They were usually portrayed as odd or frightening in appearance, as in "Macbeth," which led to the adj. meaning "odd-looking, uncanny," first recorded 1815.

I've decided to change my title for the Wednesdays, since I will use this section for "everything's that's not strictly nails". The association of wyrd with "uncanny, odd-looking", Norse mythology and the female triad figure makes it a perfect qualification!!
And to continue along the same logic (though this logic might be only in my head!!), today I'm gonna tell you about a very symbolic part of the female body, my hair. I already talked a bit about it when I revealed my Seven Beauty Sins, so you know it's been dyed blue-black for many years now.
But let's start at the beginning. I have a conflicted history with my hair, because it's quite as strong-headed as I am: neither straight nor curly, it remains in an in-between twilight zone. As a result, it requires just as much hairstyling as curly hair, but it's flat and not really thick. It took me a long time to find a style and a routine...
Almost ten years ago, I committed an Unforgivable Sin and cut it very short (Lisa Minnelli short). To summarize, it made me look as if I was 50, my parents adoooooored it, I swore never to cut it again!! So since that day, I endeavoured to make my hair grow while keeping it healthy. Almost ten years later, it's almost down to my bottom so I'm quite happy about that. But still, it's flat and thin. Or it was, until I discovered Mane 'n Tail.
I had read somewhere that the Hollywood secret for hair was a horse shampoo and dismissed it as "Hollywood bs", until I started to see reviews of Mane 'n Tail popping here and there, so I decided to give it a try. And the miracle happened!!! I've been using it for a month or so, and my hair is already unrecognisable, visibly thicker and shinier: whenever I tie it up, I can twist my hairband one less time!
The texture of this shampoo is a bit strange, way thicker and more gooey than usual shampoo, it doesn't really have a smell and when I rince it off, my hair feels so sleek and soft that I forgot my conditioner more than once!
So if the idea of using a shampoo that was originally designed for horses doesn't put you off, I can only recommend joining me in my new club: 

And just to show that this post is not only about beauty products, here's a view of some of the pretty and edgy thing I like to style my hair with. The silver hairpick is decorated with Celtic knots and comes from Ebay, and the dragon hairpick and comb are from Alchemy Gothic:

OPI You don't know Jacques Suede

Another day, another matte polish. Though in truth, this one is a "suede", meaning it's a shimmer polish that's matified, giving it a look resembling suede. Suede is a very soft spot of mine, I love suede shoes , suede clothes, suede coats... well, I'm not a purist, if it looks like suede (and doesn't cost an arm), I'm more than fine with it!! Right now, I have my eyes on this for winter: 

And believe me, with the price tag, they're totally fake suede!! Soo, all this to say that OPI's Suede collection was likely to catch my eye. And I was lucky to be able to get all the colours I wanted last year, apparently they were, even then, hard to find. Today's pick is You Don't Know Jacques, the taupe. You see it here in two coats, no base-coat, no top-coat.

And when you apply top-coat, you have a beautiful taupe packed with silver shimmer, it's absolutely gorgeous!!


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