Beauty contests in Venezuela

In Venezuela, machismo is a big part of the male culture, yet beauty pageants such as this are taking place, celebrating femininity in different forms.

Did you dress masculine or feminine today?


Collection of images from 100 years ago

I have a large collection of images from 100 years or so ago ... and many of these include some wonderful details of grooming and the world of hair before the chemical industry got ahold of it. 

I also have a collection of old pictures of people with red hair (just for the heck of it, and just because red hair is a world of its own)

I'll post high resolution scans and details if this is something peopel would like.

Here's an example:

Would you like more?

Collection of images from 100 years ago

I have a large collection of original photographs showing women's hair grooming from about 100 years ago.  I can post high resolution scans here if people are interested ...

Let me know if this is something you'd enjoy.

Here's one:

HELP - henna with green dye in it

Help! - I prepared 300 gr of henna with lemon juice, camomile tea and some amla for a friend that had a very bad reaction to PPD. Waited about 12 hours for dye release but almost nothing. On the other hand I can see some green spots in the mixture and I remember reading about green dye  mixed with henna to make the powder look better.

Is is safe to use this henna ?

Is it good for something or should I throw it away or better get refund....

Amla After Henna

One of the major things that has kept me from trying henna has been my concern about curl retention.  I know amla can help to reverse the effects a bit, but I don't want to add it to my mix as I don't want it to come out brown.  If I apply some sort of treatment with a small amount of amla after I henna, will it turn the color brown?  If so, how long should I wait to minimize the risk of that happening?  My hair is already dark brown, I want the red from the henna to show, not blend in with my natural color.

Can I save my weak staining batch?

So I have figured out quit a bit in the last couple of weeks trying to mix henna but I do have one question.


african American hair with gray roots

I have gray roots and the remainder of my hair is light brown with dark brown ends. My hair is damaged from coloring and over pressing. I woud like my hair to be a dark plum color and healthy. My natural color is dark brown. What kind of henna or combination should I use.?

Blue mid-body stains

Blue does best on skin that is not exposed to the sun.  Sun damage and suntans inhibit blue staining. 

Bellies and thighs take blue beautifully!

Old shares, new shares

I have a heap of work from the last few summers to put up here.  Summer is wonderful for blue!

This was a demo piece I did while teaching a woading class: it took about 15 minutes to do, pausing for explanations.  It took two applications, two rinses, and a little sparkle at the end ... and she was ready to go!  The stain lasted several days. 

Everybody covers something

Once you roll out of bed in the morning, you make choices about what you reveal and what you conceal.  You know every one who sees you is going to make judgements about how you arrange this.

What are you revealing today?  What are you concealing today?

Do you ever have nightmares about being naked in a public place?



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