September 2014 - The Dainty Squid
hair and beauty

7 tips for maintaining bright hair color

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

dyed hair, tips

For six years straight I've been dying my hair unnatural colors. During this time I've written numerous hair related posts including how to bleach your hair, two tips for switching colors, and my must have hair products. Today I'll be sharing how to maintain your color, which isn't that hard but seems to be a mystery to a lot of people. All of the hair dyes you would use to dye your hair a funky color are semi-permanent and fade no matter what. In outfit posts you can see my hair color is never the same more than once, even daily my hair color changes due to rinsing. Fading is inevitable but here are seven easy tips to help make your color last.

1 // Good color starts with healthy hair. While bleaching your hair isn't the best way to start, it is necessary to do in order to achieve a bright color.  Unhealthy, damaged hair will not hold color well. You may make it from black hair to pink in a week by bleaching your hair twice a day but that pink won't hold because your hair is in rough shape. Be patient with your journey from dark hair to colored hair. Make sure to nurture your hair. Hair masks and repair products are your best friends! (I shared a few of my favorites here!)

tips for dyeing hair

2 // After healthy hair, the next most important thing is a high quality hair dye. I highly recommend Punky Colours and Special Effects. I'm sure there are other great dyes, but those are the two I always turn to despite trying many others. Since those brands do NOT damage your hair, it's totally fine, and really highly recommended that you leave it in for much longer than the recommended time. The packaging usually says something "let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing." If you leave your hair dye in for 20 minutes that color is not going to last very long at all. I normally try to leave my hair color in for a minimum of three hours. The longer, the better! Since I always mix my dyes with equal parts conditioner my hair is also being nourished while I wait on the dye to set.

3// Rinse with cool water. This is actually my best tip. If you skip all other tips (please don't, especially healthy hair!) this is the one to follow. Warm water opens the hair cuticle allowing color to escape. I'm not saying you need to wash your hair with ice cold water, but in reality, the colder the better. I wash and rinse my hair in as cold of water as I can stand, toss it up in a towel then crank that water up for the rest of my shower.

Cold water also helps reduce bleeding if you have more than one color, otherwise your hair color will just turn into a mess similar to when you mix different colors of paint together.

While we're on the subject of water, it should be noted that swimming in chlorinated water is awful for your hair color. (But hey, if you want to fade your hair, go for it!) For good measures, just keep your hair dry as much as possible!

4 // Avoid shampoos with sulfates and styling products with alcohol. Sulfates and alcohol based products are two huuuge things that will fade any hair color. Sulfate free shampoos can be kind of tricky to find sometimes, but they're definitely worth switching to. I recommend Sparks Color Care Sulfate-Free Shampoo + Conditioner.

Even with sulfate free shampoo, you should still try to cut back on shampoo use. Shampoo strips your hair of it's natural oils, as well as the color. If you're lucky enough to not have super greasy hair (like me!) skip washing every other day and use a dry shampoo on your off days. My dry shampoo of choice is Aveda Shampure. (also on Amazon) It's a little bit more expensive than others I've found and tried but easily the best!

When I shampoo I try to only apply it to the roots, where my hair is most likely to become greasy, and only avoid the ends of my hair since that's what normally fades most quickly anyway.

hair dye tips

5 // Mix some color into your conditioner. If you add hair dye to your conditioner you'll be depositing a little bit of color every time you condition. This only applies if you hair is a solid color, or a mix of the same colors in different shades obviously. This is also a great idea because you're able to leave conditioner in your hair for longer without running the risk of fading it.

6 // Avoid heat styling. If you must heat style (hey, I feel ya!), use a protectant! This is my personal favorite, I've been using it for a while now.

7 // Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Just like your skin, the sun isn't necessarily good for your hair color. Try wearing a hat if you'll be spending a long time in the sun. There are also UV protection sprays for your hair. I have been using Sparks Color Care Protecting Spray for a few months now. Highly recommended!

All of the above should help you maintain your hair color. If you have any hair questions or are looking for more tips, check out my hair masterpost

what i wore

what I wore : fall flowers

Monday, September 29, 2014

dress - c/o Emily G Clothing
sweater - from a store that no longer exists. Sorry!
necklace - Modcloth
camera bag- Siena via Jo Totes

If you couldn't tell by the regularity of outfit posts the last few weeks which haven't been all that steady since I moved to Cleveland, I've found a new favorite area to shoot photos. That was a really, really huge reason I stopped taking them. I like having a dependable area to go to since I'm not a hug fan of shooting them indoors and I'm still kind of shy about shooting in front of people. As I was driving to my new spot I caught a glimpse of this field of flowers and decided I had to shoot there! I didn't realize there would be so many bugs in that field. I set up my tripod, dashed into the field and watched as a fog of tiny bugs flew out around me. Blerg. It was so gross. By the time I was done my knee high socks were covered in spiderwebs filled with dead bugs.

Bugs aside, I am such a sucker for fields of flowers. Goldenrod is so pretty especially when covering such a large area. This is the most beautiful time of the year.

TDS makes

project 365 // days 256 -262

Saturday, September 27, 2014

256 : 365 Just a handsome kitty caught doing some lurking from the window.
257 : 365 My mom brought my nephew out to Cleveland to visit for the day. We visited the Natural History Museum, went to the West Side Market, and the beach. It was a really fun day.
258 : 365 Finished my second embroidery piece. I'm so pumped about the progress I've made already.
 259 : 365 Photographed some goodies for a shop my closet sale, which actually sold out in just a couple hours. Thank you SO much to everyone who snagged something. That made my month, that was so awesome! 
260 : 365 Shot an outfit that I'm just crazy about!
 261 : 365 Biked a quick five miles, and stopped to take a photo in front a mural I've been eyeing up for a while now.
262 : 365 Woke up super early to watch the sun rise and then do some exploring.


abandoned elementary school

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not too long ago Jesi, and I got together again to do some more exploring! We hit an abandoned school that she had been to before but I hadn't, and then we discovered an abandoned cement factory (more on this another day!) I don't have much information on this school other than it was built in 1910, and abandoned in 2005. For the last nine years it's just been left to rot.
This is only my second abandoned school, and even though I still maintain that I like finding schools the best out of all other buildings, this one didn't really do it for me. It had a few things I really did like, for example the hand prints (how spooky are those!?), and of course, all the crazy colors. But it was like everywhere I looked someone immature with a very limited vocabulary had scrawled a dirty word. I'm not weird about "curse words", although I do try to keep it clean for the most part online, but I just feel like if you're in an abandoned building, you can literally paint anything you want and the only thing you can think of is something you most likely wouldn't say in front of your mother, you should just stop now. I love graffiti in buildings but the crap I found in this school drove me crazy. That aside, it was a neat building and I'm always happy to add another one to my map.

Jesi and I had a blast. I really wish she lived closer so we could hang out more than once every few months because when we do get together it's golden.

shop my closet

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's been a long time coming but I've finally decided to have a shop my closet sale! Y'all have been expressing interest for...well, years but I've always held back because I love holding on to things. I've finally come to terms with the fact that my style has changed significantly and even though I love these clothes they'd be better off with someone who will actually wear them.

There are tons of dresses, lots of skirts, and a few other miscellaneous items. Everything is a size medium, some run a little small or large which is indicated in the listing.

The fine print of it all;  I'm open to shipping anywhere in the world. Any shipping overcharges will be refunded after your package has shipped. There are no returns. I've done my best to look over everything for stains and things but there's always a possibility I missed something small. I, obviously, have two cats and a pup so folks with severe allergies should beware.
You can find everything here. Thanks in advance for helping me be less of a hoarder! If you have any questions at all, feel free to shoot me an email. 

Update: Within only two hours the sale had completely SOLD OUT! Wahooo! Thank you all so much.

what i wore

what I wore : seasons change

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

kaylah doolan, palladium boots, the dainty squid, ootd, outfit post
palladium boots, the dainty squid
palladium boots, blogger,
the dainty squid, purple hair, outfit post, palladium boots
jean jacket - thrifted
pins - Good Vibes via Pintrill, Explorer via Explorer's Press, Pro pin via Nasty Nasty
back patch - Stay Home Club

This is one of the few dresses that isn't black and white striped that managed to survive my most recent closet clean out. (Shop my closet sale goes live tomorrow! Eeee!) My style has changed so drastically over the past few years. It's funny because it happens so slowly that I don't really even realize it's happening until one day nearly everything in my closet just isn't me anymore or is something I no longer can figure out how to style.

That's actually one of the main reasons I like to document my outfits, to watch my style evolve. Things I used to wear still look cute to me, but they no longer feel right on me. I tried this dress on with a few different cardigans, tights, and shoe combos before deciding on this one because it just felt good.
early 2013 // late 2013 // 2014

This outfit is cute but still super practical, which is all that I care about anymore. I was able to climb around on the drift wood because of my palladium boots, which surprisingly look awesome with a dress! Dresses and boots paired together are kind of a new thing for me. This was probably the very first time ever that I have been ecstatic about how they looked together. The dress is cute and feminine but long enough that I don't have to worry about people seeing my butt while climbing around and picking up things for my found on the beach project. Plus the color is the best, which probably is what really accounts for it's lengthy stay in my wardrobe.

Anyway, enough rambling about personal style. Hope you're having an excellent Tuesday!

PS. Happy first day of autumn!

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