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Anonymous asked: HM is the shipping fee from taobao basically?

I don’t order directly from taobao, I use an agent. You pay 2 shipping fees. One to ship from the china merchant to your agent, and one to ship from the agent to you. You can see the in-china shipping fee under the taobao item title. The agent shipping fee is calculated by your agent. For about 1-2kg worth of items shipped from the capital region of the Philippines to my region, it’s around P400-500, especially if it’s bulky like shoes.

Based on experience, most in-china shipping is 5-10 RMB per item. Agent shipping depends on your country/region/agent.

Anonymous asked: Hello! I would like to dye my hair purple over my medium/ light brown hair. I would not be using bleach. Would this work? What hair dye would you recommend? This would also be my first time dyeing my hair a "unnatural" or "rainbow type" color. Thanks!

People give Directions Plum good reviews (it’s very pigmented and it shows well on unbleached hair). I’ve used it myself. It’s a kind of brownish purple, so google picture reviews first to see if it’s for you.

Anonymous asked: Hi Jad! From what Taobao Store do you buy your shoes from? Thanks

I think it was Queen City for the creepers, but I forgot what store I got the boots from (they’re in Engrish so I forget them quickly). But there are so many clones of each store, I’m sure you won’t have a hard time finding similar ones for the kind of shoes you want to buy. :)

Anonymous asked: what is your hair color?

There are several colors in my hair. The top layer is Lagoon Blue. The bottom is Cerise.

Anonymous asked: Hello, my hair turned out orange-ish after I bleached it and I want to dye it red (like Yeng, Hayley and Rihanna) should I wait a few months and bleach it again before dyeing or should I just dye it red now? (Also, it's been a week since I bleached it). Thanks. :)

Hello. Depending on how red you want it, your orange base will affect your final dye result. If your base hair is leaning more towards brown than orange, it’s not light enough. If it’s bright orange or yellow, it could work and you can try putting on the red dye. Also if rebleaching you need to deep condition for 2-3 weeks first before bleaching again. And deep condition/do treatments after. A salon keratin treatment would be ideal.

Anonymous asked: are you naturally fair? whats your skin regime?

I am naturally fair. My skin type is very pale with a tendency towards a yellow pallor, and I don’t wear makeup a lot because I have sensitive, dry and flaky skin. Skin regime mostly consists of wearing nothing when I’m at home and wearing this when I go out:

1 Moisturizing (The Face Shop Clean Face Mild Lotion)
2 BB Cream (SKIN79 Super Plus Triple Functions BB Vital Cream)

and once every 2 or 3 months, a dermarolling session (by myself) because I get persistent dark marks from passing / occasional acne. I use Vitamin C serum (anything I can get online) and numbing cream (Deep Numb) when doing my dermaroll sessions.

Anonymous asked: Hi Jad, Do you have a 9 to 5 work? Or are you a freelancer? :)

Freelance with full-time clients :)

g-ghosty asked: has anybody told you that you look like???? ellen page??? but with better hair

Haha yes! My husband says I look like a cross between Ellen Page and a tulip

Anonymous asked: as it was start of last year i dyed it red at a salon, so i dont really remember, its been a long time. but the end result was a mahogany red, so it wasnt a vibrant colour at all. so i dont believe the fading technique would work

So your hair wasn’t bleached at all before you dyed it red?

If your hair is virgin underneath that red dye, you need to bleach to at least a brassy blonde for the dye to take. I suggest using a blue dye after bleaching if your base is yellow. Blue dyes will not work on a brown base, so if it’s still something close to that, your hair needs to be lighter.

Anonymous asked: Hey! I have a hair dying question :) so I have asian black hair and I am wanting to dip dye it a seaweed green colour. The problem is that I dyed my hair a reddish colour (its faded to a dark brown). How would I approach this to achieve the colour that I want? Thanks!

how light did you bleach your hair before you dyed it red? If your hair was bleached blonde before all the dyeing, you can try fading your hair a lot before redying or bleaching again. I have a fading tutorial here: http://jadmontenegro.tumblr.com/post/78048014338/how-to-fade-hair-dye-without-bleach-recipe


Once your hair has been faded enough, judge the base color. If the base is reddish, putting on a blue dye over it will turn it purple. I would do a bleach bath until I am back to a moderately neutral blonde before dyeing blue over it. Dyeing a true blue over a brassy base will turn it a seaweedy green color. Take note the outcome will depend on

1. how bleached your hair was in the first place
2. how the base turns out after considerable fading.

Anonymous asked: your blog has answered so many hair questions - thank you! Just a few about bleaching; how do you put the bleach on when bleaching your hair? (like do you start with the tips or?) Also, I have virgin middle-dark brown hair and I want to bleach it to a very light blonde or possibly white (I'm going for directions turquoise & many lagoon blue) how do you think I should go around bleaching it (like once then leave a day and use silverising shampoo and then bleach again or?) and how many times?

Hello!


how do you put the bleach on when bleaching your hair? (like do you start with the tips or?

I brush the bleach on with a flat tinting brush. I start at the area I want to be lightest when I finish doing my whole head. If you start at the scalp, that will be the most bleached when you finish. Myself, I like to start at the bottom or midlengths or my bangs first (because I see those as the areas where I want the most vibrant colors to go on).

Also, I have virgin middle-dark brown hair and I want to bleach it to a very light blonde or possibly white (I’m going for directions turquoise & many lagoon blue) how do you think I should go around bleaching it (like once then leave a day and use silverising shampoo and then bleach again or?)

Since my natural hair is jet black and I’m asian, the way our hair reacts will be quite different and I wouldn’t recommend bleaching yours as many times as mine. I bleach my hair a total of about 4-5 times over the course of a year. That means I wait 2-3 months between each bleaching session, with lots of deep-conditioning and keratin treatments (at a salon) in between. If you’re already middle brown to start with you may only need 1-2 bleachings.

I would say  bleach your middle brown hair full strength (40 vol or 12% developer + bleach powder, 40 mins) if you’re doing it for the first time. If your hair is a brassy blonde after, try a silver shampoo for a couple of weeks.

Then  for the second bleaching session make sure your hair can still handle it and do a bleach bath (full strength bleach mix + water + shampoo mixed to make a diluted bleach bath) or a middle-strength bleach (20 vol or 6% developer + bleach powder, 40 mins)

I would repeat this process above until I got the results I wanted, making sure to space out bleachings very far apart. I wouldn’t recommend doing bleachings one after the other and only waiting a day in between. That would fry your hair.

I recommend you soak your hair in virgin coconut oil for 2 hours before each bleaching session, don’t rinse, and bleach right over the oil. This seems to minimize damage.

When I get my hair as light as I want it is usually very dry and not pretty because no matter how many precautions I take bleach does a lot of damage. So afterwards I go to a salon and get a keratin treatment to bring it back to normal.

Anonymous asked: where did you buy the string that you used for your diy choker?

It’s colored stretchy nylon from the textiles department or school supplies department.

thehealerandthedestroyer asked: One last thing, do u remember what conditioner you put in, and how much ? Thanks !

the conditioner doesn’t matter, but I used Pantene Damage repair. I use about 1 cup conditioner for my whole head, and I add dye gradually, a teaspoon at a time to make sure the mixing doesn’t become hard to fix later. Think of it as similar to mixing food coloring or watercolors. The base color of your hair matters too. Hair dyes act like a stain, so the base shows through or mixes with whatever you put on top of it.

thehealerandthedestroyer asked: For ur turquoise diy, you said u mixed blue with turquoise, wouldnt that make it super super blue ? Also what blue did u mix in with the turquoise, what brand? It came out so perfectly, i want to do it just like yours, so thank you! Answer privately please?

You have to wing it based on your base color. A turquoise dye is made up of a mixture of blue and green dye. If you put that blue and green mixture on yellow hair, you will get teal hair (more green than blue). If you put that blue and green mixture on perfectly white hair, you will get a perfect turquoise.

Since my hair was not perfectly white, I added more blue to the mix. I use Lariche Directions dyes (lagoon blue and turquoise)

jasingwonderlust asked: Hi i love your hair and nailart <3 what haircolor brand do u use? :3

Hello! Thanks! :) I use La Riche Directions. I used to use a japanese brand called Prosil for a while, but that was a permanent dye and I prefer semi-permanent.