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Cutting your own hair- do you dare?

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Before                                              and after!

Tooo expensive!!!

Before recession hit, I used to go to an excellent hairdresser. He claimed that he was not only a hairdresser, but an artist and “visagist” as well. Of course, all this craftmanship had its price. A simple cut cost as much as 100 euro. He did what he said however, and was great at cutting my somewhat difficult hair.

I wanted to cut back on this cost, and I tried many different hairdressers. I paid in between 7 and 50 euro, but my hair always looked like a five-year-old had a go at it. Really. Not kidding.

Cutting your own hair… a bit of a risk, isn’t it?

I started wondering… If I cut it myself, I can’t mess this up any more than this- and I wouldn’t have to pay for it. But I always hesitated.  My best friend is a kindergarden teacher and always mocks my inability to cut in a straight line. She attributes this to the fact that I refused to crawl when I was little. I started walking immediately. (I can only imagine how annoying that must have been for my poor mother 🙂 ) My friend claims that affected my motor skills… She’s a biatch but I love her!  Anyway, if I can’t even cut paper, can I risk cutting my own hair?

Two years ago I was travelling for a couple of months, making it even more difficult to get a decent hair cut. When I arrived in Wellington, I immediately bought hairdresser’s scissors. My first attempt at cutting my hair took place at a campground with a hand mirror. Needless to say that first attempt was not one I want to remember.

When I got home I tried it again, after doing some research and having a decent mirror. This time things went a lot more smoothly!

I have medium to fine wavy hair. It tends to react badly to products and turns limp and flat or dry. I’ve had many different styles (short/long/shoulder length/spiky/choppy/conservative/…) but I like a hippie, flowy look the best.

As I don’t really use products, I need to cut in volume.

The cutting part

GSM EVA tot 30 mei 2014 3711It’s a bit disgusting, but the best time to cut your hair is if you haven’t washed it in a few days, so if it’s not really greasy but not looking its best either (it depends on your hair how long that takes)You need to cut when it is dry, because otherwise you can’t predict how your hair will behave once it’s dry!

 

 

GSM EVA tot 30 mei 2014 3718First of all, i wanted to create more of a side swept fringe, to frame my face. To do this:

– Take the front part of your hair you want to make into a fringe.

– Tie back everything else

– Flip the front part to the opposite side of where you’d like it to fall

– Twist your hair (once!)

-cut it parallel with your parting line

-you’ve got yourself a fringe!

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Layering

Now take the top layer of your hair. Pull it to the front with the use of a comb or your fingers.

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You can do the same thing with different parts of your hair, just make sure both sides are still even (unless you’re going for an asymmetrical look, which I totally support!). The more parts you cut it in, the more layered your hair will be.

Make sure the top layer is the shortest (d’uh).

Volume

Take the top layer of the back of your head. Lift it so it is vertical (use a comb)

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snip away!

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Result after washing

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I’m a happy hippie!

 

Going to Paris on the cheap

How do you visit one of the world’s most expensive (or the most expensive for all I care) cities without robbing a bank? It’s very easy, really.

First of all: how do you get there? If you decide well in advance, you can take the bus from most European cities, but if you decide last minute, like we always do, it’s too expensive.

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Hitchhike! If you have something to defend you with, running shoes, and a cell phone, hitchhiking can be loads of fun! You meet new people, you never forget travelling this way, and your adventure doesn’t just start when you reach you destination, it starts way before that, from the moment you start writing the name of your destination on a cardboard cutout…

A couple of rules still apply: Girls: do NOT wear anything too sexy (trainers and a big smile should do the trick), guys: try not to dress too boho (for obvious reasons). First hitchhike your way to a major gas station with a restaurant of some sort. Start asking people you deem trustworthy if they are going in the direction of the city you want to see. You never get in a car with more people than the number you’re with. We didn’t want to get into vans either, and tried to ask small families, women, and truck drivers (they are thoroughly screened on the crazy-factor). We had a sign but we didn’t want to go and stand at the side of the road, because then you can’t control who’ll stop and if you want to get in with them.

After an hour and a half of “no’s”, we saw a bus driver with an empty bus. “Hey”, we thought, “maybe he’s going to Paris to pick up some people! lets ask!” And so we did. The bus driver barely nodded (we assume he’s not supposed to pick up hitchhikers) and let us on the bus. He went to a town close to Paris. Sebastian, a middle aged man, unhappy in his job but really he was a nice, kind Italian. He loved to chat and even made us some espresso (because no self respecting Italian bus driver would NOT have an espresso machine in his bus (or so he said).

4 hours later we reached the suburbs of Paris (not the nicest place to be), caught a train to the center and reached our destination for less than 5 euro’s each. We took about 7 hours to get there, but we had such a blast on the way we didn’t even care.

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