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Crazy hair coloring tips

Just thought I’d give some advice for anyone who’s dyeing their hair with semi-permanent dyes like Splat’s crazy pinks, purples, blues, greens, etc.

1. Bleach your hair as light as possible first unless you have really white blond hair to begin with. You’ll get much more vivid color.

2. After you’ve washed out the bleach (or just washed your hair, if you aren’t bleaching), do not apply conditioner. Conditioner coats your hair and will prevent the dye from soaking in as well. Also, you’ll need to blow dry your hair, because it needs to be bone dry when you apply the dye.

3. If you want the colors more pastel than what comes out of the box, mix the dye with some white conditioner until you get the color you want.

4. When you’re applying the dye, make sure you really saturate your hair from root to tip. Rub the dye in thoroughly with your fingers (in plastic gloves, of course) to make sure every strand is fully coated.

5. If you’re doing multiple colors, wrap the lighter color strands in foil so they won’t get adulterated by the darker colors. You can bend the foil or roll it up so it keeps that strand out of your way while you continue to work.

6. Leave the dye on for way longer than the package suggests. I always stick it all under a shower cap to keep it out of my way and just leave it on for about 6 hours. (This is why dyeing my hair is an all-day project.)

7. When you’re ready to rinse out the dye, use water as cold as you can stand. The colder the water, the better the dye will stay in your hair. I always condition my hair at this stage, but if your hair doesn’t tangle too badly you might be able to avoid that, which would be better. The package says to rinse your hair until the water runs clear, but in my experience that’s a joke. I’ve never gotten the water to run clear on the first rinse, no matter how long I stayed under the water. I just got it to run somewhat clearer than the first gush of extreme color and then gave up and dried my hair with a dark towel. The water doesn’t ever run clear the first 10 times I wash it or so.

8. When rinsing out the dye this first time, leave yourself considerable time and energy for cleaning the tub and shower afterward. It might look a bit like a murder scene, with arterial sprays of dye everywhere, and that dye will stain your tub/tiles semi-permanently if you don’t clean it off fairly promptly.

9. Splat dyes (the only ones with which I’m familiar) will stain your skin (especially your forehead, ears, neck, etc.). But make-up remover will pretty much take it all off if you scrub persistently enough. And I use masking tape to try to cover as much of my hairline as possible to minimize this kind of staining.

10. To help the color last as long as possible, A) use shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair, B) wash your hair as rarely as possible (dry shampoo can come in handy to help with this, as it doesn’t affect the color—I use “Perfect Hair Day” from Living Proof, and I highly recommend it), and C) only ever wash your hair with the coldest water you can stand. The warmer the water, the more color will rinse away. In my experience, this makes a huge difference over time.

11. Only use dark towels to dry your hair when you wash it, and only sleep on dark pillow cases, because the color will rub off and stain your linens.

Keep reading if you want to see some photos illustrating my experiments and showing how the color fades with various methods of treatment.

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Travelling on Trains

Over the last couple of years, I’ve discovered that one of my favourite things in life are early morning train journeys home after having had a wonderful time out in the world. Night’s out with the cast of Les Mis have meant having to stay with friends when I’ve missed the last tube home or maybe it’s been when I’ve spent my Sunday with friends from out of town which means having to get various different railway networks home that don’t take me through underground tunnels like little London City mice but overground with gorgeous green scenery to gaze at.

I’m not entirely sure what it is that inspires me so much or what it is about the whole experience that makes me so happy. It could be the coffee/tea (or hot chocolate if I’m feeling particularly devil-may-care) that I’ve purchased from the little independent refreshment stall on the platform from the happy, red cheeked woman who, even though it’s 9:53am, has been so rushed off her feet already, her eyeliner is steadily making it’s way down her cheeks! It could be the thought of all that lovely time the journey allows me to finish my book (This Is Not A Love Story by Keren David, it was ace!) or get some writing done or sketch my fellow train travelling carriage companions or to just look out the window taking in the green countryside that I never get to see what with living on the outskirts of London. It could be the feeling of a weekend well spent, reminiscing over memories of a brilliant vegetarian curry, telling stories and laughing at tales told in return, coffee in a park I’ve never visited, having my fortune told by the scary looking machine named Madame Lincali and an evening watching old movies and playing silly games in which everyone’s getting by on tidbits of knowledge and sheer luck! It could be that the journey makes me feel like I’ve already done so much before the day has even really got started and yet I still have time to do everything I need to do when I reach home. It could absolutely none of the above or it could be all of them but the main thing is, is that it doesn’t matter what it is that makes me feel so happy, well travelled and inspired. All that matters is I feel this way at all.


Had my fortune told by Madame Lincali (fortune telling machine)!

A photo posted by Carrie Fletcher (@carriehopefletcher) on Mar 22, 2015 at 8:38am PDT

The Warner Bros. and 'Lost River' Split: A Blow to Independent Cinema

I recently posted an article on the site I write for - - about the recent news that Warner Bros. is trying to sell Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut “Lost River” to a smaller independent distributor. Per usual, I try to retain as journalistically neutral as possible when regarding news stories. However, I have some thoughts on the subject that I wanted to share outside of the news bubble. 

As I stated in the article, “Lost River” had a fairly dismal response at the Cannes Film Festival this week. The film was met with plenty of negative response from critics as well as boos from the audience. Around this time last year, Warner Bros. had purchased the distribution rights to Gosling’s film for $3 million, a large sum for any normal independent purchase, but fairly modest given Gosling’s A-list credentials. 

Now, amongst all the negative responses to the film the studio is getting cold feet, and are trying to pawn the film off on someone else. There’s only one question that comes to mind when reading this: “why?" 

First and foremost, this is not in terms about the quality of the picture. Studios churn out clunkers all the time. Warner Bros. is the one studio that I would love to work for, but lest we forget that this same studio also put out "Getaway” last Labor Day weekend, a crime that should be punishable by law. No, it’s not a quality thing, it’s a “marketability” thing. They just flat-out believe that this surreal drama - which draws parallels to David Lynch and Nicolas Winding Refn, as some have mentioned - is not marketable to a mainstream audience. 

However, for only a $3 million, isn’t it at least worth the gamble? Last year, Twentieth Century Fox put out Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor,” and that film is completely unmarketable, and it was made for $25 million. The marketing team attempted to make the film look like an action-thriller as opposed to an existential drama, and while it not have quite recouped its budget, it certainly made more than it would have in the arthouse where these films are usually shoveled into. 

That isn’t the first time that studios have sacrificed honesty in the name of marketability. FilmDistrict made “Drive” look like another “Fast & the Furious.” The Weinstein Company made “Killing Them Softly” look like an action-thriller instead of a talky, hard-hitting, and cynical crime drama. Relativity made “Don Jon” look like a conventional rom-com when it was really a deconstruction of one. 

Those films were not well regarded by the general public, but they still managed to pull in an audience, and they were all relatively more expensive than “Lost River.” Despite the off-putting surrealism, there’s no way the marketing team can’t make it look appealing to a moviegoing audience. 

So that’s one problem solved. The other potential issue they have is the negative reaction from Cannes. Guess what? Diehard cinephiles will see it out of curiosity, and the general public doesn’t care. Simple as that. In fact, what does getting booed at Cannes really mean? So many films get that response that it’s hard to cipher what will be good and won’t be when they finally arrive to the public. This is the only thing that links “Taxi Driver” and “Southland Tales” together in conversation. One is an undisputed masterpiece, and the other is a monumental disaster, but they have one thing in common: they were both booed by audiences at Cannes. 

I have not personally seen “Lost River,” so I cannot comment on the quality of the film, but I do know that potentially getting dropped by a major studio is a huge blow not only to the film, not only to Gosling and his talented cast, but to independent cinema as a whole. It’s refreshing when a films like “Drive” or “Killing Them Softly” or even “The Counselor” - a very problematic film - get a release of 2,000+ screens, because they are confrontational and challenging films that you don’t see in the multiplex too often. The thought that a film like “Lost River,” said to by a Lynchian-style nightmare, was going to be playing in theaters all across the country brings a comforting thought that things just might be okay in the future of cinema. However, if one studio starts this, then there may be many others that follow suit and drop their excess “baggage,” and that is a slippery slope down the path of censorship. 

The overall thesis of this piece is to come to a conclusion as to why Warner Bros. should drop “Lost River,” and truth be told, there is none. There are two strong arguments, however, as to why they “should” keep the film and roll the dice. Wouldn’t you rather take the gamble on a $3 million pet project from an A-list actor than a poorly-tracking $175 million sci-fi picture like “Edge of Tomorrow?” Food for thought. 

I’m tired of seeing people only promo shops that provide them some kind of benefits (via sponsorship, discount or otherwise) and don’t promote any small businesses run by individuals. I’m sorry these people who actually make their own art and clothing to sell can’t afford to throw the stuff they make at you for free like these shops that sell poorly made knock offs from China. I’m sorry that these independent artists can’t afford to benefit you in some way or provide a discount for people who want to purchase from their shop. But I’m mostly sorry that shops like Sheinside and others on Storenvy have appeared to cheapen the hard work done by many talented artists because that right there is a damn shame. The fact that people on this website expect that quality will come cheap because of the precedence set by these China resale shops is disgusting. Even if you can’t afford to purchase from an independent designer, reblog it so someone who can will see it. It takes 5 seconds and will actually help someone.