somerset 313

popemcnuggets  asked:

WHERE DID U GET UR HAIR DONE. HELP AN SG KID OUT HERE

HI OKAY SORRY I WOULD ANSWER THIS PRIVATELY BUT I NEED A MASTERPOST FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS ME

sg represent!! don’t worry friend i’m here to help rolls up sleeves are you ready for this

OKAY FIRST THINGS FIRST: i didn’t think of this myself. the general colour scheme is called “oil slick hair”, and it was first created by auracolorist on instagram (she’s really amazing and imo like the forefront of the hair dye trends these days!!)

i basically went to my hair stylist (specifically, i texted my friend/stylist alvin, who is from the ritz salon—@ 313 somerset, btw, and does the best haircuts in town, seriously) with a link to this article as well as several ref pics and said ‘i want it like this how much will it cost me’ and he referenced me the house colorist (don tan, if you’re wondering) 

i’m on really good terms with my stylist and when i texted him about this he told me to give his number to anyone who wanted to make an appointment! so if you’d like to have it, just send me another ask c; i’m not going to give it out publicly, because it’s still someone’s number. also, just prepare yourself; it might be rather expensive!! i’m not allowed to tell you how much it cost, sorry!

in terms of their process, the original one is outlined in the article, but what they did was: 1) bleach my hair—twice, bc i had existing dye on it they needed to get out 2) sectioned it into overlapping streaks of carefully chosen colours and 3) profit.

that’s basically a summary. if you notice, it’s actually under a section/layer of hair, so that’s more or less self-explanatory! just ask your hair person to do it under a layer (if your hair is layered and you want it subtle, make sure the layer is slightly longer than the top layers and it’ll show through!)

live your dreams!! if you ever get this hair tag me or send me an ask or something okay i want to see it ahahaha! good luck!!

An Open Letter to Forever 21

Edit on 15 October 2014:

I didn’t expect this to garner as much response as it has, but… it has. People have been asking me why I didn’t just take it up with the store. I did! I forgot to mention that oops. I first emailed this to the store’s management, then decided to post it here. The reason I want to put it out there is because I understand it’s not an issue that only F21 has. It’s something that happens quite frequently in all sorts of stores. (so yes, boycotting F21 is drastic and yes by doing so maybe I’m making mountains out of molehills.) But at the end of the day, the issue can be summed up in two points: 1) Management needs to be serious about its brand image, which includes the music its stores play. 2) Telling young girls through loud, clear lyrics that they’re nothing but objects of men’s desire is derogatory and damaging. I don’t frequently use the term, but some people would call this a perpetuation of “rape culture”, and in this situation, I’d agree. I feel like other brands can benefit from the idea that their brand can gain a one-up by considering music in the crafting of its identity. And this issue doesn’t have to do with me being Christian necessarily. Yes, it informs my perspective, but I can’t think of any non-Christian friends who would feel respected by being told that their butts aren’t big enough. Oops. I’m not writing very coherently. This update ended up being a lot longer than I thought it would be. Welp. God bless!

Edit on 15 Oct 2014 (again!):

F21 has responded and apologised for the music, which is pretty great! However, misogyny as a common occurrence in our everyday lives is still a big issue, which is why I’m leaving this post on my blog. I REPEAT: F21 HAS APOLOGISED! It’s pretty cool; I read somewhere that apologising takes a lot of courage and humility and it’s so true. I usually find it hard to say sorry, and I’m not a big company, only a little girl. But yez. This is good news~

To whom it may concern:

First off, thank you for taking the time to read this, because it may be long; it is the reason I’m boycotting your brand. Sorry in advance. Earlier today, around 8pm, I was in your Somerset 313 outlet. I was there with my mother and my baby sister, and the moment we stepped in, your store was blaring rap music. Fine. I don’t mind rap. What I did mind was the lyrics, which declared “half you bitches like pussy too”. Yes, I know, rap is a genre that typically tackles anti-social issues; drugs, sex, violence, bring it on, am I right?

I brushed this off because maybe you guys were playing a Billboard Top 100 mix, or somebody’s 8tracks, and this was some sort of anomaly. I continued looking through your merchandise, slightly uncomfortable, but okay. I figured once the song changed, everything would be fine.

I hate to tell you that everything was not fine. The songs got progressively more derogative: more condoning of abuse towards women, more explicit in descriptions of sexual endeavours… more disgusting, if I can put it flatly.

Typically, I wouldn’t have a problem with this. No, I don’t agree with it, and it definitely isn’t my cup of tea, but I understand that this is a genre that people listen to, that makes money. And if I stepped into a shop that had shaped its general brand image around fellatio and breasts, then I would understand the demand for this sort of music in that sort of shop.

The problem is that you guys are not that brand. You guys are a brand that caters to women. You are a store that thirteen-year-old girls frequent. You are a store that women can bring their children to. While I was shopping, I saw a woman, her husband, and their two-year-old son. I saw a couple of girls no older than fourteen. You are that kind of store.

So when your store decides to blast music that screams “you have a right to rape her” and “I won’t have sex with her unless she has big breasts” and “I’ll only love you if you suck my penis”, I have a problem with that. I have a problem with the fact that your target audience is young girls and women, and yet somehow, for some alien reason, your store decided blasting horribly misogynistic, uncensored, woman-shaming, woman-blaming lyrics would be a perfectly acceptable thing to do.

It disgusts me that while we’re trying to deal with problems of rape, assault, and misogyny, your store took the liberty to piss all over all that. You fed a bunch of kids the idea that boys deserve sex, and girls are sex toys. Great job, Forever 21.

And don’t tell me that lyrics don’t affect us, because I’m looking at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ article “Committee on Public Education” right now, and on page 341, it explains that explicit lyrics warp our perception of the world around us. Flip to the next page, and apparently explicit lyrics are linked to increased aggression in some people. Go to That CD Shop or HMV, and you can’t even buy most of the rap albums without an IC that proves you’re above age 16.

I’m seventeen. I’m old enough to buy a rap anthology, but it still made me uncomfortable taking off my clothes to the sound of a man rapping about his right to have sex with whoever he feels like having sex with. I wanted to throw up when, while trying on your apparel, your store literally yelled at me that date rape isn’t real rape. I was tempted to spit on your dresses when your music proposed that girls ask for sex by going over to boys’ houses.

This is disgusting. Not just because the lyrics are horrible, but because your target buyer is young impressionable girls, who will start accepting this sort of mindset as “normal”. Because majority of your buyers are girls, whatever their ages, who deserve to be viewed as something more than warm holes for penises. Because the men who walk into your store should not be inadvertently taught that sex is their right.

Thank you for your time. No thanks for your music.