So I’ve been a bit shit – only I didn’t realise just how shit until I finished reading ‘Show your Work‘ by Austin Kleon.
I’ve eyed the book before, and whilst lunching in the London Review Bookshop cafe (which is friggin’ awesome! All the lunches are beautifully tasty and just damn beautiful) decided to grab a copy. It was the right decision.
I started it yesterday while making a cup of tea at work and finished it on my commute home this evening. It’s wonderful. It’s full of concise, useful advice that really resonated with me and likely will with you, if you’ve ever tried to do anything – creative or not – but some times find yourself a bit stuck.
The key to all of it (probs a bit obviously) is showing your work.
I’ve realised, I’ve been hoarding (as per page 73).
I’ve been working on a few things, but didn’t feel like I had anything post worthy, so tried to save it… All this has done, is lead to me showing bugger all and leaving average-eye-con barren and empty for all those checking back. Again, I’m sorry.
I started writing a post on ‘mermaid hair’ but was poorly motivated when it came to finishing it. Having read this book, I realised why. It’s bollocks. If it was any good, writing it wouldn’t have been such a struggle and I would have published by now. The bits of it that came easiest are likely the most useful so here is all I have to say about mermaid hair.
– the bleaching
I’m all for DIY but bleaching your hair can go horribly, hideously, wrong… Witnessing my mother accidentally dye her hair a brilliant shade of orange on more than one occasion has taught me one thing – I’m brave but I’m not that brave – if I fuck it up, I’m not sure I could live with it. So I left the bleaching the capable hands of my hairdresser. Once your hair is light enough, it’s a canvas for whatever rainbow shades you desire – but the better the bleaching, the better the end result.
That’s it. After it’s been bleached, you can do whatever you like with it… I did think of recommending a bunch of after care, but everyone’s hair is different. I was quick to find products that worked for me, so don’t have a whole host to review in detail for you. All I can say is don’t assume that the products you used pre-bleaching, will continue to work as well post bleaching. You might have to ditch old favourites and try something new. Other mermaid wisdom: hair oil. Which ever kind you go for, it will change your life/hair for the better. Just don’t go nuts with it. The trick is to start with a little – add more if you feel it’s necessary – it’s way too easy to pile it on and make your hair greasy.
The final thing I should mention – DON’T try to go back straight to brunette from blonde. I knew it was a bad idea. I KNEW you were supposed to go red beforehand and though nahhhh, it’ll be fine. It wasn’t. My hair was green. So if you’re going to brunette from blonde, and aren’t paying your hairdresser to do it for you. Go. Red. First.
Now that’s out of the way, what’s been happening?
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