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So I went out and did some errands today. I got my hair cut, it's back to an above the collar/chin length bob. While the cut itself isn't really "cute" it seems to be making me look cute. This is a profoundly strange thing to me.

After getting the hair cut I wandered over to Payless, no real reason to but I wanted to see if I could find some decent, cheap, slip-on shoes for traveling. Being able to get your shoes off/on quickly is a bonus when traveling by air these days. They had one pair of shoes like the ones I wore for about 5 years (before the soles gave out) and they fit! Turns out that Rugged Outback (the brand of the pair I wore to death) changed their name to State Street. Guess the brand of the new pair. :)

I also chatted with the woman working there about the hassles of finding larger shoes, which lead to transvestites, Trash (an "alternative" shop on Main Street), the surprising weirdness in Gaylord, piercings, and hair dye. It was fun. :)

Then I figured I'd check Fashion Bug for jeans. Despite the number of larger women I see around town there's not a lot of larger size clothing. Walmart, last I checked, topped out at 26, Kmart had a few 28s, so it was Fashion Bug or Dress Barn and I never have luck at Dress Barn. Fashion Bug tops out at 28. I figured, what the hell, I'll try some of the 28s. The last pair I tried on (at Kmart) I could button so maybe I'd get lucky and one of the stretch designs would work. I didn't expect it to work, and for the two pairs I tried on first it didn't, in fact I'm pretty sure those brands have to run small. When you find yourself trying to suck in your butt you know it's a lost cause. But the last pair...

OMFG. They make my ass look good.

They're some variant of low rise but not dramatically, they're some variant of bootcut bordering on bell bottom... but they make my ass look good.

They're designed for someone with less belly and fewer years than myself but... they make my ass look good.

So I bought them.

Awesome studded belt (that actually fits) included as an extra bonus.

So I'm feeling very broke now (even compared to my normal very broke feeling) but at least my ass looks good. :)
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I've been chatting with someone about cosplaying Kaede (from Inuyasha) and came up with this idea for her friend with lots of long dark hair.

Diagram behind the cut )

The basic idea is that for a person with a lot of hair a wig might be a bit of a hassle. Since Kaede (and several other characters I can think of) ties her hair in a very low ponytail there's theoretically room for a snood (a cloth or net sack to hold a person's hair) above the tie.

Now if someone were cosplaying Kikyo and already had long dark hair (long in this case being sufficient to bind into a tail at the appropriate point) this is overkill. If their hair is dark and long enough then all they really need is a (possibly modified) Halo frame (if they don't want to cut fringe) and some wefted hair to match their own hair to add length to the ponytail.

Getting back to the snood-wig, it could also be used by someone with shorter hair if they wanted to have something lighter than a full wig (since even old lady anime characters have huge amounts of hair it seems). They could just add some stuffing to the snood (and possibly a small weight in the bottom to make the hair behave more naturally).

Disclaimer: I have not built a snood-wig so this is all theory based on my knowledge of things like wigs and sewing.
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One of the errands to be completed before Anthrocon was a haircut. The wait at the salon inside the super Walmart was about 45 minutes so I scooted over to Fiesta. Now I used to get my hair cut there a few years back (before I went back to Massachusetts for a couple years and got spoiled by Leigh at Connie's Salon) and I was okay with them, they just aren't as conveniently located as Walmart these days.

Anyway, I said I wanted an asymmetric bob, longer in front, severely stacked or wedged in back because I hate hair that flips out.

This is not the cut I got.

What I got was shorter in the front, and reverse stacked so it would flip out.

Now as you may recall from a previous post, I can't see without my glasses. I didn't know that my hair was being cut this way until it was far too late. I did get the back shortened up though so the front is nearly as long as the back but other than that there's not a lot to do about things until it grows out some.

Fortunately the new cut is cute, even when it is flipping out. Also fortunate is the fact that my hair laughs in the face of The Flip and wants to roll under anyway. Once the styling products are washed out it may roll under with little help. There is an upside as well, it cut a lot of the old bleach and dye damage out.

In the mean time I must deal with the fact that someone managed to make me look good with cute hair.

I don't do cute.

I am not cute.

But my hair is. For now.
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Well I'm browsing around to get an idea of the cost of already wefted synthetic hair (that likely being the cheapest practical solution for my nebulous halo frame project) and came across a site that might be of interest to [livejournal.com profile] jirris_midvale

Custom character wigs, anime styles possible

No idea on the cost, but I've already babbled my ideas on making your own in his journal. :)

Oh, an addition on the make your own front, apparently RIT liquid dye will color synthetic hair, but you can only make it darker. A white or pale blonde wig could therefore theoretically become "Jirris Red".
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As regular readers of this LJ know, I really like unusual hair color. And for a time I was regularly bleaching out streaks and dying most or all of them deep red. Unfortunately this is a costly habit, requiring touch up every 6 (better) to 8 (at most) weeks.

I don't have the money for this so I stopped doing it. In fact I've also taken to having my hair cut a bit shorter than I may like in order to stretch the time between cuts. An above the collar asymmetric bob (shorter back, longer front) can last me 3 or 4 months before reaching the stage where it stops curling under nicely for me. And I must admit, I do look better with my hair no longer than brushing shoulder length. Even if I do miss putting my hair up into interesting scroll shaped buns like I used to.

Anyway, I think I have come up with a way to enjoy funky streaks of color and longer hair. Cost is prohibitive but one time. And I'm a crafty sort of person so I might be able to significantly reduce cost on the more extravagant alternatives.

For your viewing pleasure:

Halo Frame Hair Addition Bang - This one would probably be nearly as expensive to make, though with my large head size making my own might be the only want to get one that really works (though I'm sure I could extend a purchased one)

Halo Frame Plus - Take a look at the price! O.O This one I think would be cheaper to make, and I already have ideas how based on the description.

Both of these could take funky streaks easily, and with the addition of a few clip in hair extensions in the hair "inside" the halo frame I think I could manage a passably "real" look.

All of this post inspired by the fact I'm wearing my fake longer ponytail today. :)
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Been busy the last couple days, most of it uninteresting.

Jeeps and Hair and Stuphâ„¢ oh my! )

On a completely unrelated note, has anyone else noticed WinAmp 5.03 doesn't seem to pick up OGG files if you tell it to add an entire directory (recurse into subdirectories) to the playlist? Is there a solution to this other than remembering what music you have in OGG format?

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