Finally came up with a plan for my hair

So in my process to transition back to natural the past months have been difficult. After bleaching my hair several times it became lighter, but still not light enough to match my natural color. The disparity between the color treated hair and my natural color is too high.

I did try to color my hair with 10G a while back but the color didn’t take. That kind of made me despondent. Since then I’ve used this spray-in color which is not ideal but is better than nothing. Still I can say that my self-esteem regarding my hair over the past few months is lower than it’s ever been in my life. I guess I kind of just got tired of it. I know that’s not the best attidute, but I’ve had so many other intense stresses occuring in my life and this was just one more thing.

Anyhow I went back to the beauty store a few days ago and got some 9G. I’m getting ready to do a treatment as soon as my hair dries (my hair usually takes forever to dry and no I never ever use a blow dryer).

I have thought about trying to lighten the hair further with bleach, but honestly using bleach scares the crap out of me. I don’t want to seriously damage my hair or have it melt away. So my plan is to color the uncolored part – which is now a few inches long! (kind of cool). It will hopefully be in between my natural color and the existing color. This then will enable my hair to transition more smoothly to natural later on by decreasing the contrast at the junction between the treated and untreated hair. Good plan!

UPDATE

Well, so here’s my update. This morning I applied 9G color but I also decided to add some drops of this cover grey stuff which is supposed to help the color cover grey. It says to use 10 drops per ounce of color. I used 2 oz. of color (before mixing with developer) so I put in 20 drops. I noticed that the cover grey is a strong orangish-brown color. I was thinking “Why am I adding this?” as I added it, but just went ahead with it. I started to apply it to the roots but inadvertandly a little bit of it got on other parts of my hair – the area where the color is so hard to remove – and that area just sucked the color up. It was almost instant.

I found out that this is called “grabbing”. Certain parts of my hair are prone to grabbing, while other parts – the roots – are extremely resistant to color. So I kind of fucked up my hair. But I didn’t panic.

I also noticed that after this treatment my hair was a lot less brassy and more neutral. That seemed like a positive thing. So I went back to the beauty store and got some 9N color – the natural series. I went home and did another treatment of the roots with the 9N. Then later this evening I did a color remover treatment on the dark areas. Color remover treatment is not that powerful – it’s not like bleaching and is more gentle. You leave it in for 20 minutes than then have to wash 3x, rinse for 5 minutes, and wash again 3x.

Did it help? Perhaps slightly. I guess my hair is better now than this morning when I started, but it’s still not where I want it.

So I decided to stop at this point and wait a few days. The roots are definitely not was white as before. But the fact that the part of my hair I wanted to lighten actually grabbed color and got slightly darker is kind of unfortunately.

But yes, I think overall I’m happy with the way it’s progressing. Am now thinking of bleaching the dark areas in a few days.

Really enjoying Pike Place Roast

I know maybe it’s cliche or something. Starbucks stores are everywhere. But anyhow a couple nights ago I went to a store and finally actually bought a bag of decaf Pike Place Roast pre-ground.

I’ve now made pour-overs of it at home several times and can easily say this is the best coffee I’ve ever made. I’m happy that I’ve been able to match if not exceed the excellent flavor when I buy a pour-over from a store. I would say exceed because not every time I get it from stores is it the same quality. Staff at stores often are busy and don’t have a lot of time to stand there and delicately pour the water slowly. I do. I have a timer to time my hot water to reach the right temp and I have time to pour it correctly.

Even though my stomach is highly sensitive to most coffee – I cannot tolerate it very well – I can easily drink multiple cups of my home brewed Pike Place Roast.

I’ve already made about 6 cups at home and, at $3 per store-made cup I’ve saved the cost of the bag of coffee which was around $15.

No matter what about Starbucks – how big they are or whatever – they do make really excellent coffee and also their website has a lot of cool info about coffee. In fact I just found out that one should not store coffee in the refrigerator or freezer.

If I were President I would definitely have a little setup in the Oval Office where I could make pour-over Pike Place Roast for myself and for visitors. That would actually be a cool way to have meetings with visiting dignitaries and heads of state – make a pour over for them while we have our meeting.

After having my excellent, American-made pour-over coffee, they would remember me and always want to come back 🙂

The body apparently does not absorb genetic material from food

A study from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, finds no evidence that genetic material from food is absorbed in the human body where it would e.g. be able to change the body’s ability to regulate the cholesterol metabolism or influence the immune system.

A major new study carried out by researchers from the National Food Institute has found no evidence that genetic material from the food we eat is absorbed via the intestine into the bloodstream from where it has the ability to change the body’s functions.

Technical Universit of Denmark: The body does not absorb genetic material from our food

This is guardedly good news for people concerned about consuming food products made from GMOs. It does not mean that other, non-genetic compounds in GMOs are not harmful though. For example, mutations in a soybean could lead to the production of bizarre compounds which could harm the body in multiple ways. And it is known that GMOs designed to resist pests basically integrate pesticides into their tissues, so while such foods may e.g. damage your liver or kidneys or screw up your reproductive system, at least their mutated genetic material will not merge with your genetic material to mutate you.

“Living” in my apartment

“Living” in my apartment, and even being outdoors, is like being in the middle of Baghdad during the Shock-and-Awe bombing campaign. There is a constant barrage of outrageously loud booms. One vehicle that parks in the garage of my building – two floors below my apartment – is so loud it shakes the entire building.

In between the shock-and-awe there are lulls when it is quiet. But the problem is that who knows when these periods occur? If I need to study it is impossible during the shock-and-awe. Entire days are wasted, destroyed by the abuse which is the noise caused by deliberate modification of motor vehicles.

The other day I was walking and happened to pass a bus of tech workers as they were disembarking. They exited the bus and were walking to their expensive, newly-built apartments with sound insulation that adheres to much stricter levels imposed by the city since the time my building was built.

So there are people who live like that, but then all the people who live in older buildings are unprotected and subject to continuous violation. I don’t even live next to the main thoroughfares. I can’t even imagine how horrific it would be for those unfortunate victims who live in the many older buildings which line those thoroughfares, which are constantly filled with outrageously loud vehicles – boom cars with their blasting stereos and cars, trucks, and motorcycles with outrageously loud exhaust systems. Some of these vehicles can be heard 1/4 mile away or more. Some motorcycles can be heard almost a mile away.

It’s so bad my body has shifted its sleep-wake cycle and I now usually stay up until around 4 – 6 a.m. since the late night is the one time I can concentrate. But obviously this is destructive. I have to do this though in order to study.

Am trying to save up for noise-cancelling headphones – want to get a pair of expensive Sony’s – but I wonder to what extent they can help, especially when much of the noise is causing the floors and walls of my apartment to vibrate.

I can only reflect on this all and think how fucked it is. In an area that is supposed to be conducive towards brahmanic pursuits – to cultivation of the intellect and arts, and the accompanying discipline which requires quiet study and extended concentration – it is becoming increasingly difficult to cultivate this energy because the environment is decidedly hostile towards it. And yet the lies and the bullshit continue – politicians claiming how great it is here, how the tech industry is so great here.

But that’s such a lie. Having a tech industry without being able to truly provide a fertile ground for brahmanic cultivation to occur is a lie, a scam. Maybe for a time as an anomaly there will be some flourishing of tech businesses, but over the long term, under such conditions that are contrary to what is necessary to really support true science, technology, and artistic pursuits, such businesses will eventually die.

No one is talking about this. Politicians don’t want to talk about it. All they want is for real estate values to increase. Tech companies aren’t talking about it. There are massive, fundamental incompatibilities between different groups of people competing to live in the same area. Some are ignorant fuckshits who abuse thousands of people by deliberately emitting loud noises while other are pursuing intellectual, spiritual, and artistic development with their lives.

Just like the floods of illegals, or the invasion of minorities into once sustainable, healthy communities, the lowlifes are the ones who will win out in the end as those who want and need healthy, peaceful, sustainable environments retreat.

We need to stop retreating. Nothing disgusts me more than cucked people who practice pathological altruism which creates suffering, not alleviates it. This is especially inexcusable for people who have status, who have wealth and the duty and obligation to make their voices heard and stand up for things. Such people are usually too decadent to give a fuck. When things are bad for them personally they can just move.

People have a responsibility to stand up for their community. The more money and status they have, the more responsibility they have. But most are happy to let things rot while they fuck off.

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