In a BlaBlaCar: en route to Marseilles 

I cannot believe how quickly these past two months have gone by. It’s incredible how content I’ve been; I feel like it’s flown by, as if I’ve just arrived. But now I’m preparing to head back to Morocco, and I’m still a mixture of both super excited and super anxious. Continue reading

At the hairdressers: an update on cutting my own hair

I did it, guys! I cut it and didn’t mess it up! And it was so easy.

No sectioning, no perfectly straight lines. Just a ponytail and snip!

All thanks to the How-to Hair Girl.

I attempted to take some photos of the process, but realized quickly that not only that is very difficult, but it’s also unnecessary, because I am certain that it will provide no further aid than the ones in the original guide.

But basically, I went with style #2: a ponytail up high, raised it above my head, chopped off an inch or two, and called it a day.

And the only real difference now is that it just feels better. It didn’t take any noticeable length off, and the layers are still there (though maybe slightly choppier now! But honestly, you can’t tell.) I now have a series of photos to prove it, because they all look more or less the same, before and after.

The only thing I wasn’t sure about was whether to cut it wet or dry. I opted for wet because that’s when my hair is straightest (one day, blow drier, we will meet again), but most of her pictures look like it’s cut dry. And it turns out that it was fairly straightforward to brush the wet hair into the pony tail, but slightly more challenging to get the rest of it to stay straight once up. So maybe dry would have been better, or if not, at least the same. And with the layers this gives, who cares if anything is really straight at all?! 😀

Either way, I am so happy to have some new life in my hair. I’ve rid myself of those sad, dry ends, and I now think I can make it the remaining 2.5 months without driving myself insane!

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Before: don’t be fooled by the shine. That’s just the grease; it’s still a nest, in which you could lose a small child. Also I’m not naked, just to be clear.

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After: hello, natural highlights! No change in length or style, just an increase in sanity.

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Backpacker turned Hairstylist: Cutting my own hair while travelling

Up until a month or two ago, I was totally rocking a sweet messy/hippy/beachy traveller hair style. But now, the 7 months since my last hair cut have caught up with me, and with all the added sun, sweat, heat, and humidity, I am definitely suffering from the “unruly mop” syndrome described here. The natural volume mentioned is 100% a part of my reality, but it’s in all the wrong ways. So I am starting to seriously consider inflicting my unqualified self upon my locks (read: nest), and am looking for some guidance!

I love this post for the hilarious (and totally resonant), shameless honesty (though I totally resent how good she still looks), but I need more than just a bang trim. I need a serious overhaul, and have no idea where to start. If anybody out there has some experience and suggestions, send them my way!!

much love xo

Hostels and Hot Rollers

After 3.5 months, I came to the point where I could no longer stand the greasy strands, sandy scalp and all around unruly mop I have been sporting on top of my head.

A couple of weeks ago it all came to a head (get it..a head…no pun intended…actually no that is a lie…I thought of that pun way before I even started writing this post)

Anyways, we were back staying in Villas Macondo in Tamarindo, and I knew they had a hair dryer. This meant, for the first time, in a long time, I could check out the status of my bangs and give them a trim.

Now why on earth would I need to trim my bangs when they haven’t seen the light of day for months AND will likely not be seen again for the remainder of the trip?

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Sanity, pure sanity. As…

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