Sunday, 28 February 2016

Haircare Tips | Henna | Coconut Oil | Growing Hair | Cone Free | Lush Recommendations | Redhead | Pre-Raphaelite | Boho Hippie Chick | Natural Beauty

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I thought I would do a blog about hair growing basics. By trial and error I have found a lot out about the best and worst things I can do for my own hair. And hopefully some of this information will be helpful to others. So this is a haircare tips blog specifically relating to colouring and growing your hair.

I will punctuate it with some photos. I’ve wandered thru the flat trying to find good lighting to get a photo of my freshly hennaed hair…it’s not easy! Of a dozen locations I think only two give any idea of my hair colour…with moodlights and fairylights everywhere it’s easy to get cool selfies in here…not easy to get ones of hair colour though. Also, henna really looks different in different light. In artificial light it can look bright red, in candlelight almost black – and in daylight somewhere in the middle. (Though being a nocturnal hermit type, no one sees it very much in daylight!)

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Will post up some through this blog though so you get an idea can see how well conditioned my henna mix leaves my hair…and how it looks if left to dry naturally. Kind of wavy. V hippie, boho, preraphaelite – just how I like it!

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In my henna mix…150g henna (my hair is v thick. Most people would only need to use 100g tops for hair my length). Two table spoons of sun in (the peroxide makes the henna stain v deep – I don’t use it every time but found lemon juice, which is used for the same, dried my hair badly but the tiny amount of peroxide in sun in didn’t. I would not recommend it to everyone but it works for me!). Two tablespoons of coconut oil. This moisturises and conditions and also makes it much easier to rinse the henna.

Henna is a powder and the mix is like making runny mud and covering your head in it. Then in plastic. Then a towel. Then leave it for 6 hours before washing it out. The henna makes your head v heavy so I tend to apply it to sections and wind them around each other at the front of my head (like my marie antoinette up do for curls in another blog).

Some people complain that henna is so permanent. But that’s a good thing for me!

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Some get purple or blueish tones if they over henna…I think mine is less prone to that because of the sun in used in my mix and also there a big sections of white hair now…the front right of my hair is totally white and you can see it is much more orange than the rest after henna! So over time mine is liable to become more yellowy red/orange and less bluey red because there will be more white.

It does mean I have to my roots regularly though…white roots with red hair makes it look like your hair fell out if you leave them! White or grey hair is a “cold” colour and contrasts with red very noticeably. Some people say their grey hair doesn’t take dye or henna at all. To them, I would recommend testing different acidic additions in their mix – wine, lemon juice etc – because that may help. If you’re not anti peroxide, you could also try my sun in mix but do be careful…some people’s hair reacts badly to peroxide – do proper strand tests before you use it all over your head!

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Sometimes people report their hair changes texture – I am not really sure if mine has but it’s pretty strong and it’s had white bits that have spread since I was 15. But certainly post menopause women’s hair texture tends to change and you may need to adapt the way you care for it.

I am 42 now and for a long time I had very long hair – long enough to sit on – I never trimmed it but I never got split ends. I did henna it though and that improves the condition of your hair. The worst thing that ever happened to my hair was using serums and high performance conditioners. These eventually led to me cutting my hair shorter and shorter because I didn’t know why it was getting frizzy at the ends. The reason was…silicone. Some people can use it. Some can use it occasionally. I can’t use it at all. Silicone makes your hair look and feel softer by literally coating it. But that coating doesn’t necessarily come off with shampoo. And if it doesn’t, it essentially waterproofs your hair and you can’t moisturise or deep condition it. Look out for “cones” in your skincare products too. They can have a similar effect on your skin!

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One thing I would mention though is that if you are growing your hair (and I am), when it reaches the length mine is now, it’s best to wear it up because the friction of the ends on your clothes can cause breakage and leave some people thinking their hair simply won’t grow past shoulder length. It gets easier to protect the longer it gets. When you can plait it or put it up v quickly with a stick, it’s a lot easier to manage than short hair.

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Another problem can be friction from your pillow. Silk pillows will prevent that (also better for your face!) – but finding a comfortable way of wearing your hair in bed is a good idea. A very high pony tail that you plait is a good one – or two high pony tails because the weight of your hair needs to be distributed well so it doesn’t pull. If you wear tight pony tails you can actually end up with the hair thinning because it’s being pulled out. But what’s comfortable will vary depending on the position you sleep in. For example – if you sleep on your back two braids might be better. If your hair is heavy, a french plait might prevent pulling. I used to pull my bed 6″ from the wall and sleep with my hair hanging off the bed behind my pillow!  My cat used to hide under the bed and play with it sometimes…that’s probably not good for your hair!

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My plans for growing my hair out mean I use cone free products (Lush Rehab shampoo…and Lush conditioners – American Cream (contains lanolin), Veganese, Jungle or Happy Happy Joy Joy depending on how my hair is). Henna it and deep condition with coconut oil fortnightly. Have a silk pillow. Don’t use heat or styling products on it. Wear it up most of the time and especially if outside (sun, rain, wind…all can take a toll) or exercising.

So far, without any trims…it’s grown half an inch a month and has no split ends…and that’s after cutting it short 18 months ago. This meant none or my hair had been bleached, dyed or exposed to silicone…so I have a better idea of how my hair respond to being grown out. I have wrecked my hair several times from bleaching it too often and not knowing the perils of silicone and friction damage. We’ll see how it goes!

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Carter USM – Sheriff Fatman | Song of the Day | On YouTube

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Woke up w/ a random song fr the #90s stuck in my head. #SheriffFatman by #CarterUSM (sharing fr youtube).

Best lyrics ever?

“Then he somehow got himself on the starship enterprise allowance scheme, with a prince of wales award for pushing valium and amphetamines”

“At six foot six and a hundred tons – the undisputed king of the slums”

“If you flash him a smile, he’ll take your teeth as deposit”

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Bathtime Bliss | Henna | Preening | Work | Magick | Spells

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Epic #bathtime #bathbomb #relaxation. #Pink #moodlights make me feel v cosy. Today is admin day…my #teddyboy has an early start Sundays so we decided to make sure we don’t get too knackered or let our paperwork get behind, we’d do our own thing Saturday nights. Otherwise there’s the risk one or other of us will say “sod it, let’s have #pizza and watch #horror films on #netflix”. Both being self employed is good…means we can work around each other and see each other a lot…but because he lives a couple of doors down we have to be more disciplined precisely because our lifestyles afford us so much #freedom. I always work more when I work to a schedule. Besides, Saturdays are always the busiest for #spells for me. Reversals, cleansings & protection workings for www.mayamagickal.net clients :D Tonight I have two and they are both specific application spells so they don’t take as long as the more comprehensive #Tantric #Shamanic #Ritual options. So today I decided to bath and preen beforehand :) #Henna my hair, tint my eyelashes etc. General maintenance!

Hope everyone’s having a gr8 evening! Xxx

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Friday, 26 February 2016

Marie Antoinette Updo Lazy Haircare Styling for Curls & Big Hair ♡

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Why the #bighair #antoinette type #updo? Is this an elaborate #hairoftheday #selfie? Nooooo…this is the #hairstyle of the person who decided they wouldn’t wash their hair tonight because they should really #henna their roots & decided to do it 2mrw!

This crazy updo starts with me damping my hair a bit, twisting the front into a hairstick bun. Then twisting 4-6 other sections up to twist around it (secured with #hairsticks & scrunchies) and then getting into a steamy hot bath. Later, when it’s properly dry, I undo it and have big hair with random curliness…which looks like I took a far more active role in styling it than I did!

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Kundalini Reiki Course | Energy Healing | Healing | Spiritual Development | Meditation | Chakra Clearing | Exorcism | Protection | Yoga | Manifesting

Bathtime Blogging | Today, about Kundalini Reiki…

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I get many questions about this and whether it’s like Usui Reiki. Kundalini Reiki is a separate system but combines well with other energy healing systems (including Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki). It is an attunement based system and although can be used for hands on healing, it is very versatile in application.

It doesn’t “force” Kundalini Activation in the way some yogic techniques can. It’s important to keep balanced energy to achieve natural progression in this. Kundalini Activation is really a way of saying “Spiritual Development” – it’s often a process of clearing debris energetically as much as it is about increasing your natural basal vibrational rate.

So in that sense, the Kundalini Reiki can be used alongside yogic or any other spiritual development techniques. The Kundalini Fire Meditation takes 5-15 minutes a day and can be used for self healing as well as spiritual development.

It’s far more intention based than some systems; there are no symbols or mantras to learn to use this system and that also makes it popular.

It can be used to send healing to others distantly and also to send healing to a situation. So it could be used in that way to “heal”  a building where negative energy has accumulated by bringing balance. And there many ways it can be used to heal and also to manifest your intentions. This can be done purely by intention, or using visualisation but one of the most popular and simple methods is to write the target and intention on a piece of paper and hold it between your palms while performing the Kundalini Fire Meditation.

You can also use this method of Kundalini Reiki to cleanse, charge or programme crystals – very useful for crystals that can’t be cleansed in water or may be damaged if cleansed with salt.

Once you begin working with Kundalini Reiki it’s common for people to want to combine it with other systems and and the energy for KR is congruent with this; it combines very well with others. I use it daily with the Avalonian Trilogy Meditation – which is far more structured, using a combination of colour flow, symbols and mantras.

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Bathtime Blogging | Aspergers | Social Media | Spiritual Development | Mineral Makeup | Reiki Healing | Meditation | Spells | Mayastar Specials

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It’s me! #selfieoftheday showing Mineral Magic Mineral Powder (no concealer or anything…this is just the powder, appied with a kabuki brush over Creme de la Mer), eyebrows defined with wunderbrow & lush cosmetics strawberry bombshell tinted lipbalm. I am kind of testing the mineral magic. I don’t wear make up as a rule but when I do it is usually just powder, lipstain and a pair of sunglasses!

So I am wearing mineral magic when I sleep and over moisturiser, over serum, when exercising. Just doing as much as I can with it to see if it irritates around the eyes, dries the skin around my nose, causes spots etc. So far I absolutely love the stuff but am gonna continue my totally unscientific testing as I want to blog about it. I am sure I am not the only 42 year old woman who can’t be bothered with REAL makeup! So, along with my random blogs I think beauty tips and haircare is something that I consider enough to share with my followers.

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By the way, I know many people who follow me are current, previous or potential students & clients of www.mayastar.net and www.mayamagickal.net – but I know some follow my artwork too. Or are into similar things (henna, magick, ballet, dance, hiphop, corsetry, preraphaelite art, poetry, tightlacing, meditation – I think some  probably find a bit of a kindred spirit because of my autism – I’m aspergers which is a kind of high functioning autism – or maybe just like my style!), but I really do appreciate it!

On my various social networks I have 29000 followers at the moment and it seems amazing – and flattering in a way too. I’m not a natural when it comes to putting myself out there but because my work is online (teaching distance learning courses for spiritual development & self realisation mostly), it’s important for me to be as accessible as possible while keeping a balance.

I think my students and clients find it reassuring…they are able to get a “feel” for me as a person and my principles…and also my interests. I think that can help connect in a more personal way than I would be able to do in real life. Not because I am antisocial but more because my autism means I relate and communicate far more effectively through writing than through speaking. In most ways I am a natural hermit…but that’s a bonus in the work I do. I also think people feel more able to open up to me in a constructive way when it means they have to consider their words and articulate their thoughts and feelings in a way that encourages selfawareness far more than speaking does.

This can be an essential part of tailoring magickal work for people. I don’t advertise my magickal work as so much comes from recommendations…which is a good thing!  I don’t ask people to review my magickal work because it’s v personal. I am a psychotherapist and qualified in counselling which I think also helps…but I wouldn’t advertise that either. So most online reviews are for my teaching work. There are quite a few on http://ift.tt/HGoMzF and some of http://ift.tt/1aFsO87 (FB) too…and quite a few testimonials on the http://www.mayastar.net testimonials page. But for people interested in attunement work, I think the articles on MS – especially http://ift.tt/1mdhQ1d, help people to understand what I do and whether it’s a good fit for them. Likewise, the articles on Maya Magickal that explain what I do and my experience etc, are helpful to people considering whether my work may assist them in their personal goals.

Social media does seem a strange addition…my blogs are not exactly themed and pretty much cover my hobbies and thoughts. But I do think it’s an added dimension to online presence that’s helpful in a way that’s evolved with my work :)

Obviously if you work for yourself, regardless of how vocational you consider that work, advertising, marketing and letting people know you exist is important. An example is, if you wanted a new credit card you would put it in google and find the best fit for you. Whereas my services may sometimes be searched for but more often are found by people who didn’t know this kind of energy work was available – so people more often find me when looking for something similar rather than looking for me.

Gosh…that was a looong blog. I hope it makes some sense. In a nutshell, thank you to those who follow me! I really appreciate it. X

I better sign off…bubblebath blogging and the water is getting chilly…and my Teddy Boy is due for dinner and some Studio Ghibli entertainment soon.

Xxxx

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Saturday, 20 February 2016

ALM (Maya) | Mayastar | Mixed Media Art | Pre-Raphaelite | Spiritual Teacher | Reiki Master | Bohemian

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Friday, 19 February 2016

BubbleBath Blog | Love | Aspergers | Spells | Elvis | Pimps n’ Gangstas | Royalty | Narnia | Aslan | Lions | Wild Hearts | Free Souls | Pagan | God | Allegorical Christ | Inspiration

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A Bubblebath Blog…written on my phone while I soak and do my best pondering with my pampering!

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Regular followers of my feeds will know, me and my Teddy Boy spend every evening today. We are both self employed so we organise our schedules that way. We did eventually decide to not see each other Tues and Sat nights cos Sat I have a lot of Spell Work and Wednesday he has a v early start. But this week I have been seeing my sis, he had a funeral and is out with his friends tonight.

Yesterday he had a really long driving job and by the time he got home I was going to bed…so this week has been all over the place! But thoughtful as ever…he picked me up a toy lion on his travels! (He knows me too well eh!?)

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I am calling him Aslan as that was my first thought and I am a fan of the books…weirdly my sister and I were discussing them recently. And weirder…around Xmas he came over for a joke in a huggybear 70s pimp style really massive faux fur coat. And after I stopped laughing, he realised my aspergirl brain hadn’t got the joke as it was intended (some jokes are extra funny if you share them with someone with aspergers – we hear horses and we’re as likely to think unicorns, zebras, coconuts all at once, as we are to think horses!).

So when he asked why I was laughing…I said “erm…are we going to Narnia”, “you’re a 1950s transsexual”…”a pimp”…”a gangsta”…and various outlandish guesses which seemed to make it even funnier.

So as soon as I saw the lion, C. S. Lewis came to mind.

But I looked up the symbolism associated w/ lions. From the Sphinx to Richard The LionHeart”. On my mind also was the fact that leo is my rising sign and my dad was a leo. The fact that the lion is called the king of the jungle & everyone calls Spider Elvis who was aka The King.

It seemed a very meaningful list of associations somehow. But Aslan had been my first thought so I did some research…ok…I looked on Wikipedia! And did you know, Aslan isn’t just a made up name? It’s Turkish for lion.

Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia is the allegorical Christ. I have always enjoyed them because of their more natural and almost pagan expression of Jesus in this way which is more in keeping with my personal beliefs.

My favourite quote comes from the Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe, where Mister Beaver informs Peter that “of course he isn’t safe…but he is good”. I have a strong belief personally in the purity of true wildness…uncorrupted. It may imply “unsafe” to some but for me it definitely emphasises the natural, uncompromising nature. And I find that very inspirational. I believe people are wild at heart…that our apparent domestication is superficial in many ways. But that the soul is wild, beautiful and therefore “good” in it purity.

I am not a Christian myself…and ideas of heaven and hell remind me that if we choose to deny our true nature, we may become restricted and damaged in ways that don’t condemn us to a hellish eternity, but which make it harder for the soul to aspire to its connection with “God”. God is such a loaded word, I tend to refer to “it” as Mother Father God, The Oneness, The Wholeness or (more poetically) The Power That Moves the Universe.

My main work, through Mayastar and Maya Magickal is the expression of my intention to help people remember that connection to Wholeness…not through religion…but through personal practices that form part of their individual path.

So…in my world, even a soft toy lion can remind me of what I believe and inspire me to share it…hoping others may find inspiration too!

Xxx With blessings x
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BubbleBath Blog | Love | Aspergers | Spells | Elvis | Pimps n’ Gangstas | Royalty | Narnia | Aslan | Lions | Wild Hearts | Free Souls | Pagan | God | Allegorical Christ | Inspiration

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A Bubblebath Blog…written on my phone while I soak and do my best pondering with my pampering!

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Regular followers of my feeds will know, me and my Teddy Boy spend every evening today. We are both self employed so we organise our schedules that way. We did eventually decide to not see each other Tues and Sat nights cos Sat I have a lot of Spell Work and Wednesday he has a v early start. But this week I have been seeing my sis, he had a funeral and is out with his friends tonight.

Yesterday he had a really long driving job and by the time he got home I was going to bed…so this week has been all over the place! But thoughtful as ever…he picked me up a toy lion on his travels! (He knows me too well eh!?)

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I am calling him Aslan as that was my first thought and I am a fan of the books…weirdly my sister and I were discussing them recently. And weirder…around Xmas he came over for a joke in a huggybear 70s pimp style really massive faux fur coat. And after I stopped laughing, he realised my aspergirl brain hadn’t got the joke as it was intended (some jokes are extra funny if you share them with someone with aspergers – we hear horses and we’re as likely to think unicorns, zebras, coconuts all at once, as we are to think horses!).

So when he asked why I was laughing…I said “erm…are we going to Narnia”, “you’re a 1950s transsexual”…”a pimp”…”a gangsta”…and various outlandish guesses which seemed to make it even funnier.

So as soon as I saw the lion, C. S. Lewis came to mind.

But I looked up the symbolism associated w/ lions. From the Sphinx to Richard The LionHeart”. On my mind also was the fact that leo is my rising sign and my dad was a leo. The fact that the lion is called the king of the jungle & everyone calls Spider Elvis who was aka The King.

It seemed a very meaningful list of associations somehow. But Aslan had been my first thought so I did some research…ok…I looked on Wikipedia! And did you know, Aslan isn’t just a made up name? It’s Turkish for lion.

Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia is the allegorical Christ. I have always enjoyed them because of their more natural and almost pagan expression of Jesus in this way which is more in keeping with my personal beliefs.

My favourite quote comes from the Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe, where Mister Beaver informs Peter that “of course he isn’t safe…but he is good”. I have a strong belief personally in the purity of true wildness…uncorrupted. It may imply “unsafe” to some but for me it definitely emphasises the natural, uncompromising nature. And I find that very inspirational. I believe people are wild at heart…that our apparent domestication is superficial in many ways. But that the soul is wild, beautiful and therefore “good” in it purity.

I am not a Christian myself…and ideas of heaven and hell remind me that if we choose to deny our true nature, we may become restricted and damaged in ways that don’t condemn us to a hellish eternity, but which make it harder for the soul to aspire to its connection with “God”. God is such a loaded word, I tend to refer to “it” as Mother Father God, The Oneness, The Wholeness or (more poetically) The Power That Moves the Universe.

My main work, through Mayastar and Maya Magickal is the expression of my intention to help people remember that connection to Wholeness…not through religion…but through personal practices that form part of their individual path.

So…in my world, even a soft toy lion can remind me of what I believe and inspire me to share it…hoping others may find inspiration too!

Xxx With blessings x
Maya

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Anna Louise May – Model, Mystic, Muse & Artist

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Fifties Dress | Red Roses | Pizza | Valentines | Lush Haul | Bath Blogging

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Dressed for a perfect Valentine’s Day (the dress was a couple of sizes too big…reviewers on Amazon said it “came up small” but I guess their bodies came up bigger than mine!). #Fifties dress wowed my #TeddyBoy.  Black with #redroses, red petticoat, elasticated belt (thank goodness as the dress did look too big!) & #redshoes (#stilettos) & a nifty #hairstick #updo.

Was a lovely night…ate #pizza & watched #BreakfastAtTiffanys. Then listened to #motown and chatted under the fairy lights in bed. I had planned for us to watch the dvd on the living room but the dvd player is temperamental. The one in the bedroom is reliable & since my bed is a #futon, a couple of big pillows make it into a comfortable “sofa”.

My honey (being to the sweetest), bought me the most enormous #LushHaul ever! He became a fan after I got him some #dreamcream to try on his dry skin. He often comes round early for dinner and if I’m still in the bath we chat in bathroom while I soak. (It’s an essential part of my day…I do my most frivolous #blogging from the bath!) But he pays attention to what I say…an amazing trait in a bf! So he had a list of all my favourites…#frozen #bathbomb, Guardian of the Forest #bathbomb, #rosargan body conditioner, #sympathyfortheskin, #butterball (like super moisturising bathbomb), #rehab shampoo, #americancream conditioner, rose jam #bubblebath and yellow fun. He got a few extras too…blue fun (smells lovely), #Vanillia #perfume and minty face mask too.

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I didn’t ask…but he must have spent a fortune. I sorted it all into a box with my current stash and the bedroom smells gorgeous!

Definitely feeling like the cat that godt the cream. The best #ValentinesDay I have had since I was a teenager!

Feel v pampered and princessy :D

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Loved up ♡♡♡♡ ALM (Maya)

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