19 August 2013

Growing out a pixie: Tips


On the 18th of March this year I decided that the time had come for me to bite the bullet & begin the long, laborious task that is growing out a pixie cut. If you have followed me for a while you will have been that my hair was super, super short for ages. To be honest, I didn't even realise how short it was until I looked back on it! I knew it would take a while to grow but now 5 months on my hair now has a little bit of length, I have a fringe & some length round my ears but it has been annoying getting to this stage - to say the least.

 18 of March 2013

Through the past 5 months I have hunted online for tips & tricks to assist me along my hair growth process but didn't find a huge amount of useful information so I figured a little list of tips to growing out a pixie might be helpful to those of you considering a pixie or growing out a pixie cut.


Tips for Growing out a Pixie Cut

1. Perseverance.
It is a long process & at stages you will think why am I doing this?! Keep going! The last thing you want to do is chop any growth you have achieved off because you don't like how it looks one day or it is annoying you. There will be days you absoultely hate your hair but just think of the end result.

I have attempted to grow out my hair a few times & always given up, headed to the hairdressers ending up back with my super short hair. You will only think 'Why didn't I keep going 3 months ago?! My hair would be so much longer now!'

2. Keep it Tidy.
You are growing your hair so why would you cut it, you ask. There will come a point when your hair will need a tidy up & given a bit of shape. For me this was around the 14 week mark. Partly due to my graduation being that week & I didn't want shapeless hair for my photos and partly due to my hair needing weight taken out of it & a little tidy up. Now in week 23, I am considering going for another little tidy up just to lose some weight & to get my 'mullet' tidied up.

3. Conditioning is Key.
Condition your hair as much as possible be it with a regular conditioner, a leave in conditioner or a conditioning mask. Slap it on! If your hair is in good condition then it is more likely to grow & will mean less trims of dead hair from the ends! An add benefit is of course that if it is in good condition then it won't be as annoying when it is in an awkward growing stage!

I haven't used any Hair Growth products such as the Lee Stafford or Mane & Tail simply because I don't believe that they will make my hair grow! I figure they will get my hair into a good condition but so will using regular conditioners & looking after my health.

4. Experiment. 
Dying your hair a different colour might be something you choose to do while growing out your pixie but be careful with this one. Too many chemicals could result in the condition of your hair lagging... Wash out dye are an option if you fancy a little change.

I hadn't seen my natural hair colour for years so for me this process allowed me to let that come back & to be honest I love my natural colour! Why I dyed over it for so many years is beyond me!

5. Hairdresser Plan.
With my Hair Stylist we have a little plan in our minds. We know my end hair goal, she knows where I started & each stage that I will have to go through to get to the fore mentioned end goal. This way when I go for a tidy up, she won't get scissor happy & leave me with a new pixie cut...

6. Vitamins & Diet. 
Eating well will not only benefit your hair but  of your skin & general health - nothing bad about that, now is there?! Keeping yourself full of nutrients that benefit the body won't do you any harm nor will it halt the process of hair growth. You want healthy, strong hair so make the rest of your body the same!

I have been taking a Vitamin B supplement over the past few months simply because it has hair benefits along with a Vitamin E supplement. E is good for your skin & I have really noticed a difference in my skin & the softness of my hair.

Do a little research into what you want from your Vitamin supplements.

7. Be Patient.
Patience is key. It will not happen over night, you will need to focus on the end goal & just give your hair sometime to work its magic! You will get there eventually.

Happy Hair Growing! x





13 August 2013

Orange.


When it comes to nail polishes I tend to favour deep browns, red or blacks or bright orange reds or true reds. Whatever these colours do to my senses is just too much for me to resisted adding another to my collection! This being said my reds collection is at 9 currently. For these colours all having pretty much the exact same qualities, 9 is a little excessive....



At the moment the Maybelline Colour Show off in Orange Attack & Rimmel Orange your life are my favourite. Orange Attack is a true red orange and Orange your life is a true bright orange both look equally good with a tan while adding a nice pop of colour to a simple outfit.

5 August 2013

21 Week Hair Update.


21 weeks into growing out a very short pixie crop and I am finally starting to see some length. The overall shape of my hair isn't horrific but it isn't exactly a sought for look, to say the least. I have got myself a little bit of a fridge and have some length around my ears but not enough for wearing out from behind my ears just yet.


Week 1 (18-03-13) and Week 21 (06-08-13)

I really just want it to have some length to pull down the weight now as it is getting annoying but hopefully I will start to see more length coming in soon... 


4 August 2013

Life: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.


This post is a bit of different post for me & for Erratic Glamour but it has been playing on my mind for sometime now so I figured biting the bullet & writing it is the smartest move. Basically, I want to talk about health & fitness which has been done time & time again however I believe that everyone has a unique story to tell that people will take different things from.

A little bit of background before I get into it. Growing up I was never particularly comfortable or confident in my own skin. I was overweight, not hugely but I wasn't happy. Team this with jibes about my weight & being compared to my older brother who was skinny (now a muscly, healthy man) my self esteem was at an all time low. I wasn't happy with how I looked or who I was. No confidence to take part or speak up I hide behind a loud persona that eventually resulted in some of the loneliest years of my life.

Wanting to do something about my weight with a bid to gain a little bit of confidence in myself I embarked on a fitness DVD programme. Coleen's workout DVD, Davina, Charlie Brooks, Natalie Cassidy... the list goes one! I started to see results slowly but surely & people started to notice and I felt good about myself but I still wasn't there. Working out teamed with healthy eating was helping but it wasn't enough to help me with my self esteem. In September 2009, I moved to a new city into student halls for my first year of University. My exercise halted all together & my eating habits weren't exactly great - think late nights clubbing teamed with convenience food...

Jump to second semester second year. I joined the gym & re-found my love for working out. Joining the gym was terrifying but doing it was good for me, it scared me but I did it & guess what I survived! I had some more confidence from this but due to a bad relationship & some bad circumstances I lost this confidence. I knew I had to do something to get back on track if you aren't happy with something change it, right?

So I got back to the gym, got my motivation back & embarked once more on my healthy eating mission. One more jump, the last one I promise, to second semester fourth year. Following an injured back, my weight had creeped up every so slightly. I wasn't comfortable as I was but couldn't afford the gym so I searched out a cheaper alternative. I found loads of videos online from Tone it up, Tracy Anderson, Valerie Walters... loads. I started working out in my flat & taking runs when I wanted a little variety.

Doing this method allowed for me to work out anytime I felt like it, 8pm seems to be a prime time or early mornings for me - time I couldn't get into the gym. I adopted a healthy eating lifestyle with regular workouts resulting in more self esteem & confidence. This had an impact on all aspects of my life from university, friends, work...

It has been a long journey for me to feel comfortable in my body. Sometimes I still don't & it has resulted in a critical frame of mind with regards to my body & how I look but stopping the nasty little comments in my head is something I have to do myself. People will criticize you for loosing weight whether it be out of jealousy, spite or they simply don't think you need to but if you don't feel happy as you are then go for it, I say.