Archive for January, 2019

January 30, 2019

Help! Oven mits ?

Do you use oven mits? What material are they made of? What do they look like? Would you recommend them to me?

Here’s the thing. I never used any and I’m being punished for it. My arms and hands and fingers are currently full of wounds, blisters and scars, because I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen a lot lately and keep on burning myself. Every time I think “It’s not that bad”, the day after it turns out to be quite worse than I thought. I was even told I should have gone to the emergency doc a few days ago, but hey, I was in the middle of cooking a few courses and I’ve got enough experience by now  to not let the wounds get infected.

Colorful stirfried fusion DLCS rice & leftovers

Colorful stirfried fusion DLCS rice & leftovers

So. I’ve finally decided I need to buy myself some oven mits. Which kind should I get? (It’s probably wise if they reach until about or just under my elbows).

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January 16, 2019

Grey hairs.

When I discovered my first grey hair when I was beginning 20’s, I panicked and called my dad. He calmed me down by making me laugh with his unique sense of humour (Some of you might not get it, for that I apologise). I remember this moment clearly. I was in the bathroom at my job, looking in the mirror. I don’t remember what I was scared of. My dad then told me: “Don’t worry, when your pubic hairs start becoming grey, that’s when you are getting old.”.

Soon after this, he passed away. The only parent I had left. I trusted him, I told him everything. I was so close to him. After not being there for me when I was little, he made up to me when I was growing up, gave me a beautiful little sister and then he went. I’m grateful I’ve had those years with the better version of him while growing up, but I’ve been so angry and sad that she won’t grow up with him and his wisdom.

On other people I always find grey hairs charming. It took a while, but for this reason I learnt to accept the fact I was getting grey hairs too. Good, because I’m a dark haired person now closer to 40’s than 30’s (even though it doesn’t always feels this way) and from then on I got many more.

I’ve met a few men that dye their grey hairs and this to me shows their insecurity, makes them look weaker in my eyes. Is it a coincidence that these men always drive huge cars? Somehow I associate a man with grey hair as strong and wise, full of knowledge, not full of years. Those insecure guys that are afraid to show their grey hairs, do they not wish for more knowledge? Do they want to stay boys for ever?

This post started as an introduction on Conscious coloring with hair brownies from Instituut Haar en Gezondheid, but became a super personal post instead. On that note,

How do YOU feel about grey hairs? On yourself and on others?

dyeing my grey hair

Dyeing my grey hairs at Instituut Haar en Gezondheid (See my last post HERE). Curious about the result? Keep an eye on the blog! 

January 16, 2019

Conscious coloring with hair brownies from Instituut Haar en Gezondheid

Until meeting Dianne the Mebel of Instituut Haar en Gezondheid in 2011,  I’ve always dyed my hairs. Chemically. I did this to be different, to look different, because I wanted a change, not to cover up grey hairs (Started dyeing my hair when I was 10 or 11). As you’ve read HERE, Dianne introduced me to conscious coloring at her salon. This year I went back in search of Clean Shampoo  and Dianne introduced me to her henna hair brownies. She makes these by hand, so you can make your own unique colour compositions and naturally dye your hair at home. If you’re unsure of how to do this, you can also visit one of her workshops.

I was curious how red my very dark hairs could actually become with natural dye only, so I asked Dianne to prepare me the most colorful combination possible for my hair. She made me a unique combination of mahogany, auburn, apricot and golden blonde. Since I’ve got quite some grey hairs, the colour combination should give me highlights and I was really looking forward to how this would work out.

still video henna

The henna brownies are really easy to use. Since they contain shea butter which melts at 32c, you simply hold it above a candle and grate it (It’s all natural, so yes, you can use your cheese grater). Then you mix it with warm water and this paste is your hair dye! It’s definitely easier and less messy than the powdered henna I once bought.

grating henna

From the last time I knew that my darkest hairs would not become red from the henna paint, but the plants and spices in the henna brownies are so beneficial for the hair, that all my hair became healthier, shinier, curlier.  This time was no difference. My hair appears to be more full, even more thick and overall prettier. People around me did not see the colour difference unless I’d be in sunlight, but they did see I something changed in my haircut and they liked it, but couldn’t place their finger on it. I love it. My grey hairs are now golden red and the rest has a red shine.

While waiting for my colour to catch on, a new customer walked in, Valeriya. Dianne was very enthusiastic, because Valeriya was a hair-dye-virgin! She never chemically treated her hair, but wanted to cover her grey hairs and was recommended this salon by a colleague. Because her hair is quite a bit lighter than mine, I took some before and after photos with her permission, to show you what plant based hair colouring can do. Judge for yourself, what do you think?

Conscious coloring Valeriya before

Dianne made Valeriya a unique henna mix of nut brown, cinnamon, rust brown and golden.

Conscious coloring Valeriya after

 

Because of my bad photography skills you can’t really see how well the grey hairs are covered, but you can see that Valeriya’s hair now has a much warmer colour and is much healthier and curlier thanks to the henna and herbs. She was very pleased with Dianne’s work and pleasantly surprised by the effects on her hair.

So, whether you….
….would like to cover up your grey hairs,
….want to be more conscious about what you put in your hair,
….have decided to stop using chemicals,
….need to give your hair a boost,
….want to change your look,
….would like to have some highlights,
….are a blonde,
….have black hair,
….have chemically dyed your hair before,
….are a hair dye virgin…
The henna brownies from Instituut Haar en Gezondheid are for YOU!

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get Dianne to answer them for you.

You can find INSTITUUT HAAR EN GEZONDHEID’s WEBSHOP HERE and if you’re in Amsterdam, of course you can visit the salon: Amstel 186 (just behind Rembrandtplein and just across the Waterlooplein).

DLCS Management is now also on Instagram: www.instagram.com/dlcsmanagement
Keep an eye on the page, soon you can expect videos there of my last visit to Instituut Haar en Gezondheid.