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February 13th, 2014

Vancouver Trip + Black Hair

Look, I have something to show for my absence! T_T

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I’ve been studying Korean for the past year for these language tests, TOPIK, an internationally recognized Korean language proficiency test, and KINAT, a local Korean government language program. Both are to help me get a different job in the future. Once I get to that, I’ll share with you guys!

 

Vancouver, Summer 2013

In fact, all I’ve been doing since January of 2013 was lock myself up at home and study all day. Even when I went back home to Vancouver in the summer, I was still studying and taking mandatory online Korean lessons.

Despite my studies, I still enjoyed being with my family, and took my camera around to take pictures of the beautiful Vancouver scenery and chill city life. I always love being back because the people and pace of life is so slow and casual. Unlike in Seoul, no one is rushing and pushing you out of their way. You rarely see girls dressed up limping in heels, with a full face of makeup and curls in their hair. Instead, you are usually looking at people in sweats, runners, and a backpack or riding their bicycle around the city.

My brother, Gary, and I took a few trips to Granville Island. He recently got me into longboarding, so we rode around the area, shopping local products, sitting down on the grass to watch an outdoor high school play, and just enjoying the view. Vancouver life!

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

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Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

The story with the longboard (not skateboard!) is, on the first day back in Vancouver, my brother asked me if I wanted to try out his longboard, which he had been riding for a while. I had just gotten home after about 30 hours busing, flying, transferring, and waiting for a flight delay. Naturally, I said no.

He insisted that I try it out quickly anyways. In the 10 minutes on the board, we were both surprised that I was actually pretty quick to learn. I also had a lot of fun. After about a week on his board, I decided to buy my own. I’ve had a really bad fall on it once, limped about for 2 weeks, but I still love being on my board.

 

Here’s the rest of my stay in Vancouver.

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Family dimsum

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Volunteering with my friend at Rabbitat

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I swept up all that rabbit poop! It slightly killed my dream of having a rabbit >.<

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Buttercup, the friendliest and most loving rabbit ever.

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A sesame seed leaf from our garden the size of my face!

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Early birthday celebration with my family. The Sephora bag is actually Starcraft 2, which I asked Gary for.

 

 

Where’s the blondie?

Lots of people ask, why did you dye your hair back?

When I was blonde, purple, pink, blue, or whatever color I was, I felt that it reflected me. I felt like blonde was the color that belonged to my hair. I felt that black hair misrepresented me.

Then one day, I just didn’t feel that way anymore. I felt like, my hair should be black. So, I had it dyed back. Pretty simple.

Actually, there is really no way an Asian with black hair can stay light blonde forever, especially if they redo their roots frequently. My scalp was feeling more sensitive each time the bleach touched it, and even though it didn’t look it, my hair was getting super damaged and I didn’t feel like cutting it off anymore.

I’m very happy having black hair now. My next goal is to grow it long and gradient bleach and color the tips. I will share that journey with you guys, too!

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June 16th, 2013

Back to Blonde

A while ago, I had to touch up on my roots, and thought I might as well rebleach all my hair to bring it a level lighter.

I realized that Manic Panic retains the color a lot better on the lightest parts of my hair (the ends). So, I didn’t apply any bleach to the ends of my hair where there was still some purple. It turned into a gradient pink and purple effect. This is my favorite hair color ever so far!

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Outfit from Lookbook: Six: Pastel Blazer

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Before clubbing in Hongdae. Hat from April 명동 Accessories Haul

My hair has been getting really dry after touching up almost weekly with Manic Panic so often. I found that applying deep conditioner for about 10 minutes on the driest ends of my hair before washing helped a lot. It looks less frizzy : )

 

 

The Blonde Icon: Key <3

I missed my blonde hair a lot actually. Whenever I look at Key (Shinee), I’m like, I want his blonde hair! I think he’s the longest going idol who chooses to keep his blonde hair.

On SHINee’s Wonderful Day, he said he likes to dye his hair to express his personal style. It’s only temporary and he wonders why more people don’t dye their hair. However, because it’s very expensive to do at the salon, he does it himself. In fact, it’s very easy.

I totally agree! (Does that make me wifey potential?? XD)

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Captures from Shinee’s Wonderful Day Episode 8

 

Here’s more blonde Key fangirling =p I’m just so absolutely in love with him. Did you guys see him teaching Taemin on We Got Married how to put on a seatbelt for a girl in the car?

“You don’t look at her but she will be looking at you.” Lady’s man! *ahemplayerahem*

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shinee key blonde hair

shinee key blonde hair
All pictures are from Key’s Facebook Fanpage.

 

But in fact, behind all the styling and glamor, Key’s hair is actually very damaged as well. It’s really just unavoidable with bleaching.

shinee key blonde hair

shinee key blonde hair

Love him anyways <3

 

My posts have all been very hair centered, because I’ve just been having lots of fun experimenting with it nowadays. Also, the video I filmed (but still have not had time to edit yet, argh!) is hair related too. I’ll get on some other posts soon!

On a side personal note, remember I told you guys I was studying for the TOPIK test? I passed the advanced test! I was soooooo happy it was crazy. Please call me TOPIK level 5 =pp Actually, level 6 is the highest level, and I might have to try to get that in the future. Shortly after that, I had to study for a placement test to try to get into the highest level of a Korean program I have to take to finish it ASAP, and I got into the level I wanted! So, lots of good news on the Korean testing end of things.

This coming weekend, I’m going to Pusan simply to lie on the beach! Haha. I’ll probably bring my laptop to edit my next video on the 4 hour bus ride… there and back T_T

I also bought an outfit and accessories that happened to go together so absolutely well yesterday at Gunguk University (건대역). It was so weird how everything I bought just so happened to match! I really want to either shoot a look or video with that (or both!). Try my best!

Enjoy the summer everyone, and thank you for always being patient with me <3

May 14th, 2013

Hair Touch Up Fun With Manic Panic (part 2)

In my last post, I showed you guys my purple hair. The color was almost gone from my hair after a week, and I wash my hair everyday.

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Flattering or not, trying to capture the non-makeup life moments as well. Okay, actually I was just lazy to take a proper picture XD

I wasn’t really happy with my first time results. It was too purple.

When I touched up my hair a week later, I tied up a thin top layer of my hair to keep some silver, and applied Electric Amethyst with very little conditioner all over the underlying layer. I didn’t apply it to all the rest of my hair though, as it washes out so quickly anyways.

I was really apply with the results. I got the gradient and silver streaks effect that I wanted! Maybe a future video?

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After touch up

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The day after, end of the day. Oily >.<

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Loved the streak effect

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I feel like my hair color is bottled in my necklace pendant. It’s my favorite necklace to match with this hair!

 

 

Manic Panic Stock Up

You can foresee the future of my hair!

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Manic Panic in (top to bottom, left to right) Cotton Candy Pink, Electric Tiger Lily, Mystic Heather, Pretty Flamingo, Shocking Blue, Electric Amethyst, Hot Hot Pink: 9,000~ won ($8~ USD) each, 11st.co.kr (smcglobal), Korean seller, 4 day shipping. Also available on Gmarket and Amazon.

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Inside Shocking Blue and Mystic Heather

 

 

Hair Color Log

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Roots: Mystic Heather, Ends: Electric Amethyst (day 1)

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I felt like a female anime warrior =p

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Same hair in a different lighting (day 1). I posted on Facebook asking you guys whether I should get the pants… I got it!

 

Testing out Shocking Blue applied with lots of conditioners. Again, tied up the top layer of my hair and applied only to the underlying layer.

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Like the grey, purple, and blue combo? (day 1) How about my preppy outfit? Haha

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After fade out (day 4)

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Going stronger with Shocking Blue. Mystic Heather applied on the roots was barely visible with it (day 1)

 

 

Inspiration

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idol hair dye
My very first inspiration to get colorful hair (Gdragon)

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Okay, he’s just beautiful (Himchan)

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B.A.P. members always with an interesting hair color (Zelo)

 

I really think everyone should have some fun with their hair color at least once in their life!

April 13th, 2013

Lavender Grey Hair + Manic Panic Review (part 1)

I always wanted to play around with my hair color. Once you bleach it, you can get your hair to be any color of the rainbow.

It was soooo weird to see myself in the mirror with purple hair. I kept squealing and appalling at myself “Omg, I have purple hair! Gaaah!” It was my first time doing an ‘unnatural’ hair color. I know I’ve been blonde, but at least that is still a natural color (even if it’s not on me).

I was happier with the color after a few washes, as it was too purple on the first day.

I also had a really interesting time matching outfits and makeup with purple hair.

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I find safe and neutral colors like white, grey, and black will work well with any hair color, especially grey because there is a lot of silver-grey in my hair.

Also, a nice splash of bright color like my bright blue pants or multi-colored neon bracelet helps my hair stand out.

On the opposite end of the wheel chart, yellows, golds, and greens are supposed to go well with purple. I have a pair of bright yellow neon stud earrings (thank you unnie!) that didn’t go well with my blonde hair (yellow on yellow), but looks so awesome with my purple hair.

 

 

How to

I recently stumbled upon the brand, Manic Panic, a semi-permanent vegan hair dye. After a lot of careful consideration and picture searching, I chose Electric Amethyst. Lots of people mixed it with conditioner to get a lavender color.

I also knew the purple on top of dark blonde, especially once it washes out, will give a silver grey color. It was exactly what I wanted because I didn’t want completely purple hair. I wanted some sort of gradient between white, silver, grey, lavender, and purple.

I didn’t even do a streak test (no time!) and just went with it. I started with my hairline and the top of my hair, with 70% conditioner, 30% Electric Amethyst. As I got to the underlying and darker layers, it was about 50/50. Because my bleached hair is naturally uneven (darker roots and lighter ends), the grey and purple mix came out unevenly in a very nice way. Future video for this.

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Manic Panic, Electric Amethyst, 9,000 won ($8 USD), 11st.co.kr (smcglobal), Korean seller, 4 day shipping. Also available on Gmarket and Amazon.

Pros
– very well known and accessible product
– easy to use
– conditions hair and not damaging at all (especially if you mix it with conditioner, my bleached hair is SO soft now)
– can control the color outcome by mixing with conditioner or other Manic Panic colors
– strongly pigmented and results are true to the original color
– semi-permanent for people testing out colors
– no need to mix with or purchase a developer (damaging, costs money, knowledge of use required)
– apply straight from the jar without a mixing bowl (unless you are diluting or mixing colors)
– reasonably priced
– vegan product (no animal testing)

Cons
– almost completely washes out after 5 washes (and stains your hair a different color)
– requires bleaching beforehand for true color results
– small bottle, little product
– need to use a lot of conditioner to dilute the color
– does not recommend application to scalp (I did to some parts and it felt fine)
– doesn’t offer much variety in natural colors like blacks and browns

 

I mixed Electric Amethyst with a few different conditioners and a hair retaining mask product because I didn’t have enough of any one product. It was a terrible idea because my hair smelled so weird after. Also, I’m not sure which product caused it, but my hair started smoking up when I was drying it! I probably would’ve set my head on fire if I wasn’t watching carefully.

Once I started using just one conditioner, it’s been fine.

The parts of my hair I burned, though, turned pink, so it actually looked kind of nice. However, that eventually washed out as well.

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See the pink streaks from the burn?

 

 

Inspiration

This was the very first photo that set in my mind, I gotta have purple hair.

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I was literally looking at these photos again and again, working out in my mind how I would mix and apply it on my head. I would have been happy with any color similar to these, and I think it worked out pretty well?

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JunHyung from Beast

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N from VIXX
*insert absolute fangirl squeal even though I’m a Leo bias (the redhead in the back)* All my friends know I’m in love with their 다칠 준비가 돼 있어 vampire concept

In part two, I’ll show you guys how I touch up my hair after it washes out and some pictures from my upcoming hair styling video ^^

 

 

P.S. I actually already filmed a hair styling video, but I don’t have much time to edit it as I have to study for my TOPIK test next Sunday. Eeek! I’m trying to go for Level 5. Wish me luck~^^

March 18th, 2013

Two Haircuts Later + Headband

I’ve been growing my hair out since my short boy cut. Even though my hair was long and shaggy, I was afraid to cut it for fear that the stylist will go too short. I usually kept it tied up and clipped on the side.

When my mom visited me in Korea, she asked, “When are you going to cut your hair? You look like a homeless.

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One of the few days I let my hair free. Pretty homeless.

 

Thanks to my mom’s discrete remark, I lifted up the courage to brave yet another battle with another stylist who pretends to listen and then cuts my hair completely different from what I ask.

When I went to cut my hair in January, I was put in the hands of a middle aged lady. She was the first stylist ever who actually listened to what I said, did what I asked for, and even took initiative to find pictures in the middle of my haircut to confirm what I wanted. She never looked annoyed as I watched her cut my hair and asked to her fix certain parts.

I finally found a stylist who I want to go back to!

 

Last Saturday, I made an appointment with her. I told her my hair has grown out a lot, is too thick, and all I wanted was a light trim without cutting off too much because I want to grow my hair long.

Then, I pretty much dozed off and let her do all the work. She always asks me after she cuts my bangs whether I want to go shorter. I usually do, because she is usually careful not to cut it too short.

The only thing small criticism I had was she did not blow dry my hair after the cut since I didn’t wash it, but my hair was all flat from her spraying water on it before cutting. I had to ask her to blow dry and put some volume into my hair for me, which she did very nicely.

I walked out a happy (and less homeless) lady!

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seoul shopping, shopping haul

seoul shopping, shopping haul

 

*edit 2014, Oct 12: Aka Hair is now closed (I went recently!). I will make a new post for a large hair salon area very soon.
The name of my stylist is RaKyung.

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15,000won ($14 USD) cut only. 3,000won ($3) wash and dry. 3,000won to curl or style.

 

After my haircut, I quickly shopped around before drinks with my friend and bought a hairband. I love buying hairbands even though I don’t end up wearing most of them T_T I’m gonna work hard on wearing this one as often as possible!

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Small, delicate, and subtle. Nothing too crazy.

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5,000won ($5) Kangnam station (강남역) underground shopping

 

I think the gold leaves go really well with my hair color.

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Finally, just to put you off the hook, instead of always showing you all my made up photos, here’s me after washing, blow drying, and waking up the next morning with my new hair cut.

No makeup look. Don’t be scared!

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Even though I watched her blow dry my hair, it’s really hard to get it as perfect. I’ll work on it!

 

 

PS. 6 more days for my mini Korean socks giveaway. Since my audience is quite small, you have a good chance of winning! Details in the video.

July 9th, 2012

New Boy Short Haircut!!

(also see my Hair Salons in Seoul post)

I liked my old haircut, but it was growing out and it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind in the first place. When I first bleached my hair, I actually wanted a really short boy cut, but I got an A-line bob instead.

While my family were in Seoul, I suggested that Gary get a haircut, but it was really just an excuse to cut my own.

I brought some photos I took from a random magazine I was flipping through at the doctor’s office, and just as randomly decided that I would cut my hair this way.

I love it because it’s boyish yet feminine at the same time. I think that’s a lot like my style…

 

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As usual, the hair dresser said I can’t have the exact same cut (as a way to save their own butt, I think), but I’ve learned never to have high expectations when cutting your hair. Too many bad experiences T_T

I didn’t like it at first, but after he styled it for me with a mini straightener, I was super in love with it. Right now, I’m super duper in love with my cut ^^

 

things to do in seoul, short hairstyle, cut hair in seoul asked Gary to take some profile pics for me so I could see my own cut right afterwards XD

 

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some camwhoring the day after

 

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trying out a headband while shopping with Gary

 

Lots of the giveaway entries requested for more stuff about my hair — products, cuts, and styling. I’ll try to do more about it in the upcoming days.

What do you guys think of the new cut?

I think all girls should try having a boy cut once in their life!

 

March 18th, 2012

Eyebrow Bleaching

Since I started bleaching my hair, I finally had to do something about my brows.

I used to think that eyebrow bleaching can only be done at salons. How do you even bleach your own eyebrows? Can’t I just use hair dye (NO!! You’ll go blind!)? How do I get the color I want? But the only ‘hard’ part about it was actually just finding the product. Once you get your hands on something available locally or online, it’s actually real easy to do.

Warning: If you have very sensitive skin that irritates, burns, and reddens easily, DO NOT use bleach on your skin. If you absolutely must do it, at least do a patch test on your inner arms first!

 

 

Product

The first place I looked was my local supermarket and drugstore (Superstore in Vancouver). I only found facial hair bleach, but no ‘eyebrow’ bleach. I wasn’t sure if they were the same thing, so I wrote down the names of all the facial bleaches available in-store, and did some research online.

To my relief, one of the facial bleaches could be used as eyebrow bleach as well.

 

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JOLEN creme bleach, 1 OZ (28g), $10~ USD

JOLEN creme bleach is a mild bleach which can be used to lighten eyebrows, upper lip, arm, or body hair. It comes in two sizes, 1 oz. for facial hair, or 4 oz for body hair. As you can see above, the product includes a jar of bleach creme, a tube of bleach powder, a plastic spatula and flat ‘tray’, and instructions.

This product is sold at major drugstores and online.

 

 

How to Bleach

There are very clear instructions included, however here are some personal tips and photos.

 

Before Bleaching Tips

– DO NOT pluck your brows. Plucking can cause open pores or wounds. Pluck your brows a day before or after bleaching.
– DO NOT trim or shape your brows. Bleached brows are significantly lighter in color and looks much softer, like you have less eyebrow hair. You may not need to trim it as much as you usually do. It is wiser to do the shaping once you see how much hair you have ‘lost’.
– DO NOT wash your face or brows before bleaching. This is opposite of what the instructions tell you, but what I learned from bleaching my hair is that oil helps protect your skin from sensitivity and redness.
DO NOT ever in your life use hair dye or bleach to lighten your brows. Hair dye and bleach are very strong and potent products. Even using it on my hair can irritate and burn my eyes. Using it on your brows will cause blindness!
– DO NOT use a metal tray to mix the product. It will react with the bleach. Use a flat plastic tray or lid. The one they provide because it is tiny and will spill everywhere (but is good for travel).

 

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Product Instructions: With a spatula, measure about one quarter teaspoon powder and place on tray. Clean spatula. Measure about one half tea-spoon creme. Blend powder and creme well. Apply mixture with spatula covering hair completely. Keep mixture on for about ten minutes. Remove with spatula. If hair is not completely bleached, reapply the mixture for another five to ten minutes.

 

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Bleaching Tips

Apply enough to cover all of the hair, so that there is nothing sticking out. Hairs that are sticking out will not be bleached. If you want to be cheap, do one eyebrow at a time. The bleach does not ‘work less’ the more you use it.

Reapply and rework the mixture onto your brows every 5 minutes. The creme hardens very quickly and separates itself from your skin, so the inner hairs will not be bleached. Reapply in different directions to cover all hairs.

Check the color after ten minutes. Continue to check every 5 minutes until you are happy with the color. It should not take any longer than 20 minutes, maximum.

Remove the mixture with the spatula slowly, a little at a time to prevent dripping or dropping the product onto your eyes. Wipe off the leftover with a wet tissue. Wash your face with cleanser. DO NOT wash the mixture off your face in the shower — it will get into your eyes!

DO NOT keep the bleach mixture for another day. Discard after use.

 

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(I’m sorry you have to look at my messy brows, but like I said, I don’t trim it before bleaching.)

It may not look much lighter, but it’s really blonde in real life.

I usually re-bleach my brows once a week, every Sunday night. Do not bleach your brows right before you plan to go out. Your skin will be red and you don’t want to put makeup onto sensitive skin.

The inner parts of my brow has more hair than the outter, so sometimes I will just ‘spot bleach’, bleaching only the inner part of my brow.

Here’s my current brow and hair situation. I bleached my hair again since the Joker look. Since I took this pic, I bleached my brows again so it’s pretty blonde (eek!), but never shows up that way in photos.

 

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Product Review

At $10~ for 1oz, the JOLEN bleach powder and creme will me at least a year for only eyebrow bleaching, which is reasonable. During bleaching, there is a tingly or itchy feeling, but no burning. Your skin will be slightly red after bleaching, but it goes away in an hour or so.

The only downside of this bleach is that the color of your brows come out very brassy. Instead of a nice natural light yellow blonde color, you get a very shiny, metallic rusty orangey gold color (as you can see in the ‘2nd bleach’ picture above).

When I run out of JOLEN, I will definitely be looking into other facial bleaches.

You can read more personal reviews of this product on Makeup Alley.

 

 

Other Solutions

If you colored your hair, but can’t or don’t want to bleach your brows, it’s okay!

You could just get a haircut with bangs that cover your brows.

Another solution is trimming your eyebrow hair very thin, and then filling it in with a lighter brow color. Don’t confuse ‘trimming’ with ‘shaping’ though. I don’t mean pluck all of your eyebrow hair out! Just trim the hair with a brush and scissors.

 

 

Hair + Brow Color Combo

How light you bleach your brows really depends on your hair and skin color. Generally, you bleach it 3 shades darker than your hair color.

Bleached hair and brows usually look better on those with whiter skin. Asians with darker skin tend to look better with darker hair.

Finally, dying or bleaching your hair does not absolutely mean having to bleach your brows as well. Asians who bleach and dye their hair other exotic colors (red, blue, green, pink, etc) tend to leave their brows black, as no one will expect you to dye your brows the same color.

Let’s look at some examples while we end off with some fan boy photos ^^

 

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Key (Shinee) dark hair + light brows (looks like brow mascara)

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blonde hair + slightly bleached (but overall black) brows

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G-dragon (Big Bang) blonde hair + brown brows

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same blonde hair + thick black brows (probably want to avoid this)

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Zelo (B.A.P) blonde hair + thin black brows (very like G-dragon, except this works cuz his bangs hide a lot of his brows, and his brows are trimmed very thin)

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Daesung (BigBang) blonde hair on darker skin (as I mentioned, not really a good combination; I never thought this look suit Daesung very well)

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Junho (2pm) red hair + black brows

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T.O.P (Big Bang) fluorescent blue hair + wide black brows

 

There’s really no hard and fast rules, as you can see. In the end, just do what you think looks good on you, and what you feel comfortable with.

March 4th, 2012

Joker’s Back + Bleached Hair (Shinee inspired look)

Yes, this is the same Joker design shirt as my Lookbook Five: Joker look (argh, looking back, I kinda miss my old long red hair!! T_T).

I was going to buy the same T-shirt because I cut off the sleeves to my old one, but they weren’t selling the T-shirt version anymore. Instead, they made a sweatshirt version. All the better! I also found out later this shirt is actually a ripe off of a Givency T-shirt design. And the real one retails for like $200, which I can’t afford either way!

Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter have already seen, but yes, I bleached my own hair too!

 

Please support me by Lookbook hyping, Facebook sharing, Tumblr reblogging and Twitter retweeting this look~! Thank you everyone ^^

 

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Most of my outfit was purchased online! Click on links for product details

3 pom-pom beanie: 13,900 won ($13 USD) from limps0up at 11st.co.kr
Joker Sweatshirt: 14,900 won ($14) from daejineya at 11st.co.kr
Black Shorts with White Fluffy Pocket Lining; Black Tights: 6,900 won ($6.50) each from nolluwa2011 at 11st.co.kr
Black studded Converse Shoes: 159,000 won ($147) from April 명동 Accessories Haul
Black Front and Back Patch Studded Shoulder Back: $35~ from H&M in Myungdong
White Spiked Punk Wristlet: 15,900 won ($15) from limps0up at 11st.co.kr
Rusty Bronze and Gold Wristlet: 2,600 won ($2.50) from limps0up at 11st.co.kr
Rings: All old from various places — Vancouver jewelry stores and inherited from my mum

I totally love shopping online nowadays. It’s convenient, specific to your search, and free of tired shoulders and back from a day’s of walking around.

Especially within Korea, shipping is super fast. You usually get everything you order within 2-3 days of payment!

I buy most of my stuff from 11st.co.kr because they are a relatively new, less established, and therefore cheaper seller.

In North America, all you get are eBay (which I absolutely hate for its inconvenience) and Amazon. In Korea, there are Interpark, Gmarket, Auction, 11st, and many more. More competition = better service = better shopping experience.

 

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To me, tights are the most comfortable kind of ‘pants’ to wear and so easy to match with anything. The only problem is that while you may have a nice bottom, you might not want your tight booties exposed if your shirt is not long enough to cover your bum.

The solution? Same color and material shorts on top. I recently bought a bunch of tights, shorts, and tights + shorts one piece combination from nolluwa2011 at 11st.co.kr.

I really love everything I bought and wear them all the time, except for one $2.50 pair of black tights that I thought were a steal, but turned out ridiculously short and small! Skip out on the cheap stuff. You get what you pay for : /

 

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I’m a sucker for studs.

 

 

Makeup

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The kinds of eye makeup that can go with glasses is actually really versatile and doesn’t always have to be natural.

In my Dorky Rocker Chic look, I am wearing heavy metallic gunmetal and black eyeshadow and liner.

Here, I am wearing a less heavy red, orange, and brown shadow combination (all from the NYX 21 rust/copper/bronze 3 shadow palette) and a thin line of brown eyeliner (Urban Decay’s Corrupt) on the top lids with no mascara.

Your glasses eye makeup should vary depending on the color, size, and shape of your glasses, hair, and outfit. Don’t think that just because you are wearing glasses, your makeup needs to be natural — it doesn’t!

 

 

Hair

Okay, so I bleached my own hair and it’s a controversial topic. I am planning to write a post on how to bleach your own hair and some of the problems and issues I have as an Asian with blonde hair.

For now, I just want to say two things. One: colored hair is colored hair, whether it’s brown, green, or blonde. I don’t understand why brown hair is acceptable on Asians, while everyone has to make a fuss once an Asian goes a little out-of-the-box with their hair. Brown is not any more ‘natural’ on an Asian as blonde is. And an Asian who dyes their hair blonde is not trying to be ‘white’ anymore than a white person who dyes their hair black is trying to be Asian -_-

Two: everything is still a work in progress. I’m actually planning to go lighter with my hair. And yes, I did already bleach my eyebrows (which I would like to do a review of the eye brow bleach some time), but only once because I just got the product before shooting this. I didn’t want to bleach it any more in one day, so I know my brows are a little darker than they should be!

There are just so many issues with this whole blonde hair on Asians thing that bothers me. I even get strange and dirty looks from older generations of Asian people. Personally, I think it’s just hair and everyone needs to relax, but I’ll refrain from rambling anymore about it!

 

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Left: lighter with more flash; Right: more orange in low light

Depending on the lighting, my hair will be either very yellow-blonde or orangey-yellow. It’s not exactly where I want it yet, but for now, I’m very happy with it ^^

 

 

Inspiration

The makeup for this look has two inspiration sources.

One, was a student who came to class one day with dark green hair. She had a really unique, slightly rock/gothic style (just very slightly), which I thought was really admirable because most Korean girl’s style is just very feminine and conservative. But more than her green hair, I loved the way she always did her makeup. It was a very vampire-y dark reddish undereye, and it was absolutely perfect with her green hair and gothic-ish look.

Personally, I think that if you are going to dye your hair a really different color, then your makeup should be just as unique. Leave the natural makeup for the natural hair.

My second inspiration is actually Taemin, the maknae of Shinee. I could never put myself to really ‘liking’ Taemin since he is freakin’ young T_T, but I admire seeing him growing up into a fine, handsome young man XD Blond hair seems to suit him really well, and I always notice the way they do his makeup.

 

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The second inspiration to this overall look is my current, absolute, top-of-the-list, squeal-and-melt-every-time-I-see-him beloved bias, Key from Shinee.

 

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Source: Key Facebook fanpage

I saw this picture and realized that I could put together a similar look. And, it’s a secret, but you know I will use any chance to fangirl on my blog XD Can I insert too that I saw him perform in person before, and loved him even more after? He looks EXACTLY the same in real life as on screen, if not more beautiful! ARgh!!

 

Now, please don’t go off the track and think I’m a freaky stalker type fan trying to BE Key. I’m not. I just loved how he looked in this photo and wanted to take a similar photo myself, especially since we have the same hair color now XDD (and NO, I did NOT dye my hair just be BE Key ok -_- I’ve always wanted blonde hair but never had a job that would allow it).

Somehow, one photo just turned into a whole look, because, well, might as well, right? ^^

 

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How is it? Similar look, similar feel? Fangirl mission accomplished? XDD

 

February 18th, 2012

Hair Salons in Seoul

*edit 2014, Oct 12: Aka Hair, the salon I recommended, is now closed (I went recently!). I will make a new post for a large hair salon area very soon.

Here’s the post I promised (I often promise posts and get side tracked, but I was determined to do this one!) — a complete guide to finding and visiting a hair salon in Seoul.

Many people want to cut their hair when they visit Korea, as it’s cheaper and caters more to their hair style tastes. I’m always asked the same thing from readers and friends about it, so here we go!

1) Where to Go
2) FAQ
3) Korean Hair Salon Vocabulary + Common Phrases

 

Where to go 찾아가~

 

Where should I go?
University areas offer the best price for quality (just think students on a budget). There are lots of salons around 이대 (Ehwa Women’s University, subway station). Color dye + cuts are around $30 there.

If you want middle to upper scale, try visiting 강남 (Kangnam; also good for night life, drinking, and clubs). Expect $40~ for a cut; $100~ for dye. However, most people on a short trip to Korea don’t usually have time to visit Kangnam, as it’s not a common touristy area.

You can also find all ranges of salons in 명동 (Myungdong), the most touristy shopping area so you don’t have to make a separate trip for your hair. You can easily tell from the outer appearance of a salon what the price range is.

Hair salons are almost everywhere. Just keep your eyes peeled!

 

Where do the celebrities go? I want to visit my Kpop band’s salon!
Most celebrities go to luxury beauty salons located in 압구정 (Apgujong). Apgujong is the high class area of Seoul, where the rich and famous usually dwell.

Side note: I rarely visit Apgujong, but of the few times I did, I actually saw 신애 (Shinae) from We Got Married (as Alex’s “wife”) at a pet store with her dog and real husband. If you walk around the area while looking for a beauty salon, it’s very possible to even run into a celeb!

 

Where do you go?
*edit 2014, Oct 12: Aka Hair, the salon I recommended, is now closed (I went recently!). I will make a new post for a large hair salon area very soon.

I go to Aka Hair at 천호 (Cheonho) station on the pink #8 line, exit 2, walk straight about a block or two and it’s on your left, 2nd floor, with the main street on your right, across from Hyundai Department Store.

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www.akahair.com – click for a Korean map

Above is their business card, with the name of the hair dresser who did my hair once, and the times he works. However, I am not recommending any specific hair dressers because there has never been one I liked enough, but overall, I like the price, service, product quality, and hair cut results.

I’ve dyed and cut my hair about 6-7 times over 3 years at Aka Hair, always making an effort to go out of my way there. They claim to be a celebrity hair salon (though I doubt it), with a clean and spacious interior, both young and older hair dressers and customers, and is usually quite busy, especially during peak hours.

 

Can you suggest any more specific salons?
I am not very adventurous when it comes to salons, so I cannot personally recommend any more salons.

Instead, I can only recommend that you keep your eyes peeled, walk into a salon, and don’t be afraid to ask for the prices. If you don’t like what you see, it’s perfectly fine to walk back out (that’s what I did before finding my salon!).

If you live in Korea with a phone, and are too shy to walk in, call them instead to ask for prices. Their phone number is often listed on the hanging store name signs.

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random hair salons in Myungdong (명동)

Would you be able to spot all the salons without the yellow star to indicate? XD

Just look for the word “hair” or “헤어” in English or Korean (more vocab below).

 

 

FAQ 궁굼해!

How much does it cost?
It depends on where you go and the length of your hair.

I always go for middle-scale salons, so hair cuts are 15,000 won ($14 USD) and color dye, essence treatment, or perms are around 50,000 won ($45).

About 10,000 won is added per 2 inch for hair below shoulder length.

More on hair dye costs below.

 

Can they speak English?
Foreign based salons like Toni&Guy probably can, but why would you go to Korea to get your hair cut at Toni&Guy?

Upper scale Korean salons like Juno Hair might speak a little.

Chinese mandarin or Japanese speakers may want to hit up 명동 (Myungdong) salons as the area caters largely to Chinese/Japanese tourists and many employees can speak it almost perfectly.

My advice to you is to just choose the salon you like, bring a few photos, and be very descriptive, use simple English, and a lot of body language. Try to ask for a stylist who speaks a little of your language when you enter the salon.

You can also use the vocabulary + common phrases I offer at the end of this post!

 

Can I perm my hair like the celebrities?
The wavy hair you see on most Korean actresses are actually not perms, but curls created by a curling iron. It is a temporary curl, not a permanent perm.

Consult your stylist to try and get the closest perm to what you want. There are many kinds of perms, wave perms, volume perms, etc.

I’ve never permed by hair before, only asked about it and seen my Korean friend’s hair, so I’m not really an expert in this area. I’m more of a hair color girl.

 

What services does a hair cut / dye / perm include? Do I pay extra for wash + dry? Does it include anything else?

Korean salons charge separately for wash and dry. Aka Hair charges $3 for hair wash + dry.

All color dye jobs includes cut + wash + dry + curling/styling. I’ve never permed my hair before but it will include at least a wash and dry.

A really special service offered at Aka Hair (I’m not sure if it’s same everywhere) is that after a 50,000+ won dye job, they will curl your hair for free.

Even when my hair was super long, and it took an extra 30 minutes after a 3 hour dye + wash + cut + dry job, the hair dresser still offered to curl my hair for me using a curling iron (NOT a permanent perm!).

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Top: pictures taken shortly after a hair cut at Aka Hair
Bottom: after hair dye + cut + curl at Aka Hair

 

What hair dye products do they use? How do they charge for longer hair? What is the price range?
The salon I go to offers 3 different costs and dye quality — 30,000 won ($27 USD), 50,000 won ($45) and 80,000 won ($72). I always go for the 50,000 won, which is L’oreal. I’m not sure what other salons use.

Remember, these prices are just minimal costs. About 10,000 won ($9) is added for every 2 inches for hair below shoulder length. When my hair was the length of the picture above, top right, it costed 80,000 won to dye.

Root touch-ups for hair dye is the same as the minimal cost. So, root touchups cost the same as dying your hair if it is above shoulder length.

 

Do hair salons also do makeup?
Not the lower to middle scale salons. If you want to have your makeup done by a professional makeup artist, you are probably looking for a higher end beauty salon, not a hair salon.

High end salons in 앞구정 is where all the celebrities go to do their makeup and hair.

 

What other services do hair salons offer?
Basic nail art prices are usually decent at hair salons. They may also do eyebrow bleaching. Wedding or special occasion hair styling is often available as well.

 

Do I have to pay tips?
Usually, you never pay tips in Korean restaurants, for food delivery, or most other things.

I usually never pay tips at Aka Hair because I never have a stylist I like and will return to (and I’m cheap, bleh =p). However, I have seen a guy pay tips before. Also, the hair dresser always unnecessarily stands behind the counter with the cashier as you pay. It’s part of the payment procedure and they are most likely hoping for tips.

Tipping is not a common custom in Korea, so you won’t get any dirty looks if you decide to go tight on your wallet. However, for a stylist I want to return to, I would tip for better service next time. Remember to get a business card and ask for the name and working time of the hair dresser!

 

 

Vocabulary + Common phrases 배우자 ^^

Here is just a list of very basic vocabulary and simple phrases.

There’s really no way I can teach you how to describe all the possible things you can want in a hair cut, but hopefully with a few main vocab & phrases, pictures of the hairstyle you want, and good body language, you can get the point across.

If you have absolutely no Korean ability and don’t think that you can even pronounce these phrases properly, I suggest you just print the chart out (Save Image As), bring it along with you, and point to it!

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Good luck, and do share with me if you ever have a chance to cut your hair in Korea or uses any of the vocab or phrases ^^

January 12th, 2012

New Haircut

I was going to do a post on hair salons in Seoul, but maybe that can come as a part 2. I’m going back to Vancouver in 2 days (and so freaking excited!), so I only have time for a quick post!

 

I’ve been playing around with the idea of cutting my hair, which I’ve been growing out for around 2 years now.

Finally, I set my heart on doing it since winter is here. I just hate the look of long drapes of hair over layers of thick clothes, scarves, and hats.

 

These were the exact photos I showed the stylist:

 

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sunny short hair

I fell in love with GaIn’s hair cut since the day she debut with Abracadabra. I heard it’s a wig but it’s beautiful anyways.

I later stumbled on Sunny from SNSD’s haircut (which I heard, is also a wig… >.<) and quite liked it as well.

 

A really annoying thing I can’t understand about hair stylists is every time I show them pictures of what I want, they always just quickly glance at it and say “Okay, I got it.”

Then, they always do something totally wrong. I mean, just because you take a longer look at the photo doesn’t mean I will think you are unprofessional.

In fact, it’s just the opposite.

Why do they always have to act like a know-it-all??

 

After a lot of confusion, the woman giving me a totally different and wrong and ugly hair cut, me having to show her the pictures again and ask her to ‘look clearly’, me having to explain the exact details, and her admitting she ‘misunderstood and didn’t see clearly’ (or just didn’t look at all in the first place -_-), I finally got something similar to what I wanted.

 

short hair

short hair

(um please excuse my messy room >.<)

When I walked out of the salon, I totally loved it (and the color). Then I got home and got a closer look, and was totally disappointed because it wasn't what I had in mind. Now, it's kind of grown on me.

It's more like an A-line bob. Bobs are pretty and all, but it was exactly what I didn't want. A bob. I think I got Gain's bangs, but Sunny's side/back hair bob.

I'm sorry the pictures are not so clear. I took them intending to show the makeup more than the hair (it's an upcoming lookbook post ^^).

What do you guys think? Short or long hair?

 

Here are more hairstyles I considered or may consider next. Any suggestions?

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short haircut

Top: Myolie Wu (Hong Kong actress). Maybe when I feel like going girly.
Bottom: T-ara. Really, really, really love this cut.

 

Next time I got to the salon, I might trim the front and sides and have a more boyish hair, but for now I’m happy with my cut.

The good thing too is if I clip the sides of my hair behind my ears, it looks like a boy cut when I’m feeling tomboy.

 

Next time I write will be from Vancouver! I can’t wait to pig out, sleep, and play computer games all day (hey, I work hard during the semester =p)!

And I haven’t been doing Lookbook posts not because I’m lazy (well, I am…) but I’ve been using what time I have to shoot the photos instead. Lookbook post will be coming soon!