I'm Not Responsibe if You Follow my Hair Tips
Now that I'm temporarily done beating myself up for having a body that's imperfect but normal, let's discuss the real reason you all visit this site in the first place: my hair.
I dyed it.
I haven't had any color in my hair since October 2005, so it's all virgin hair, and this is exactly what I wanted. Why? Because I wanted to dye my hair with henna, and to do that, you can't have processed hair of any kind.
So, quick hair lesson! Henna is a natural, cool way to dye your hair. The bad news? It's a long process, messy and smelly. The good news? No ammonia and weird-ass chemicals. I began to dye my hair with henna when I was 17 or 18, using a simple recipe I got from a real Indian woman: henna powder, an egg, tea:
1. You get a regular tea bag (regular tea: nothing with fruit or other additives) and dunk it in water (room temp is fine) (about half a cup for long hair like mine).
2. Use that tea water and add the powder and egg.
3. You'll get a nice, greenish mud. Apply that to clean, dry hair.
4. Put on a shower cap and leave on overnight (protect your pillow and sheets with towels).
5. Rinse, shampoo and condition.
6. Stare at yourself in admiration.
Now, there are some points on this process where I differ with general opinion. Most boxes of henna (American-made) suggest you leave it on for an hour. I disagree. When you leave it on for an hour, nothing happens. The color doesn't take. You really do have to leave it on for a minimum of 4 hours to see any change (which is why I just sleep with it; because what else can I really do with funky-smelling green mud in my hair?). Also, with henna, you really only have one hair color option: reddish. It doesn't really work on people with black or blond hair. But now you can get boxes that are like henna plus color, which is done by adding natural ingredients like indigo, rhubarb and chamomile. I have mixed feelings about this, and have never cared for these products. I preferred to follow the Indian lady's instructions (she had such gorgeous hair) and used to buy my henna from an Indian grocery store that no longer exists (thanks, condo developers!). That henna was what I consider real henna, made and imported from India (and still crazy cheap at $3 a box).
My experience this week confirms my thought that these "color henna" products suck. For behold:
Me, this past weekend:
And me, post crappy color henna product:
Yeah, I don't see a difference, either.
The lesson I learned? Drive all over Miami if that's what it takes to find the real deal. Henna fades naturally (though, like all dyes, you end up with brassy ends, and I did manage to get those this time around), so I'm thinking I need to wait a few weeks and then try again.
And yeah, crazy fly-aways are as crazy as ever. I've taken to wearing headbands 93% of the time just to hide them.
What I Did the Day I Turned Two; or, a Guest Post from Max; or, Warning: Baby Butt Ahead
After we got home from dinner the other night, we realized we'd be really lame parents if we didn't get at least a few pictures of our son on his second birthday. For the history books, you know.
So, here's Max celebrating the big 2 with a bath and some ice cream. And to make it even extra more special, he himself is providing the narration.
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RE: The Site Crashing for Some of You
A few of you have informed me that my site crashes your computer. First, I'm really sorry about that! I feel horrible knowing my site is causing some of you problems. I want to fix the problem, but I need your help.
On my end, the site loads just fine. Slow, sometimes, I think due to the large blogrolls at the bottom and/or LibraryThing, but fine. I'm on the latest version of Firefox; I mention this because there have been mentions of my site crashing IE, and if that's the case, I really don't know how to fix browser issues.
In order for me to get to the bottom of this, I need some additional information. If any of you could help me out, I will be very grateful and will - in said gratitude - send a certain two-year-old and his puppy over to your place for a few days of fun, fun, fun!
So, here's what I need from you: please post a comment or send me an email to tere (dot) the (dot) blogger (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know the following:
1. Is my site crashing your computer?
2. How often (every visit; every other)?
3. What browser are you on?
4. Before it crashes, do you notice anything in particular that might be helpful in solving this?
And if you're someone who knows about websites and browsers and crashing and errors and ARGH, I'm going to stab my eyes out, and you think you can help me out, please let me know!
Again, guys, I'm really sorry. Please be patient while I try to figure this out.
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