4.26.2016

You'll Never Use Chemical Hair Coloring Again After You Read This

Natural Hair Coloring: How to Use Henna and Other Pure Herbal Pigments for Chemical-Free Beauty
by Christine Shahin (Author), Rosemary Gladstar (Foreword)
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Health, Beauty, Alternative Medicine
Print/Ebook (184 pages, STOREY PUBLISHING)
Commercial hair dyes contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic -- but you don’t have to choose between gorgeous color and good health. Natural hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic natural plant pigments -- henna, indigo, amla, and cassia -- to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity, with beautiful results! These pigments are readily available at natural food stores and online, and they’re simple, safe, easy to use, and cost-effective. With clearly written instructions and step-by-step photography, Shahin shows you exactly how to apply these pigments, alone or in combinations, to achieve a full range of shades of brown, black, and red. She also includes instructions for transitioning from chemical dyes to natural ones and for using chemical and natural dyes together.
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You'll Never Use Chemical Hair Coloring Again After You Read This (5 stars)

I've been going gray since I was 23. Back then I thought it was silly to dye your hair once you got really gray. Why not embrace it? But let's face it... we don't all love how it ages our appearance when we start getting it so early. So I dyed for the first time and hated it. Trying to find a color that matched my natural hue was impossible. Once I finally found one that wasn't too bad, they stopped making it. But all along the one thing I knew that I hated the most was how horrible the chemicals were. The stink. The stains. The dry mess my hair became. But what was the alternative?

Fifteen months ago I dyed my hair for the last time. I decided I just couldn't take the damage it was doing to my hair any more. The idea of trying to find an alternative was daunting. Could there really be a natural way to dye my hair that actually looked good? Then I stumbled on this book.

It's so informative and educational! The photos prove that this isn't some hippy-dippy nonsense and I am sold. The major differences between the method here and the chemical options are sourcing the right materials and time involved. I'll admit the idea of having my hair mudded for 8 hours is daunting, but as an alternative to the chemicals? I'll take it. What appeals to me most though, is that the colors achieved here are very natural looking with depth and highlights that look so much better than anything I've seen come out of a box of drugstore hair color.

I haven't had the time to tackle sourcing the henna and indigo I'll need to try this for myself but I am very eager to do so. I will update my review once I have done so.

4.12.2016

This woman is a Wonder...

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison & Yanick Paquette

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Comic Book, Graphic Novel, Superheroes
Ebook/Print (144 pages, DC COMICS)
From the masterful minds of Grant Morrison (FINAL CRISIS, THE MULTIVERSITY) and Yanick Paquette (SWAMP THING, BATMAN, INC.) comes the most provocative origin of Wonder Woman you’ve ever seen—a wholly unique retelling that still honors her origins.
For millennia, the Amazons of Paradise Island have created a thriving society away from the blight of man. One resident, however, is not satisfied with this secluded life—Diana, Princess of the Amazons, knows there is more in this world and wants to explore, only to be frustrated by her protective mother, Hippolyta. Diana finds her escape when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the first man she has ever seen, crashes onto their shores. With his life hanging in the balance, Diana ventures into the long forbidden world of men. The Amazons chase after her and bring her back to Paradise Island in chains to face trial for breaking their oldest law—staying separated from the world that wronged them.
Thought-provoking yet reverent, thoroughly modern but still timeless, the power and courage of Paradise Island’s greatest champion—Wonder Woman—is introduced in this new addition to DC Comics’s New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel series.


Lots to like! (4 stars)

In recent years I've been making a pointed effort to seek out and read comics featuring comic book characters I've enjoyed in movies, TV shows, and cartoons for ages. It can be a little intimidating to know where to start with a character so this particular book really appealed to me.

I was overall really delighted with it even if I felt a little bit like it was written more for a male audience than for female readers. It was a weird mix to sort of have this "girl power" thing going on while it felt like it was a man's idea of what female empowerment is. Still worth picking up if you're a Wonder Woman fan or looking for a place to start.


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