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The Blue Hair Dye Saga + Streamfest + Curling

Sometimes usually simple things are hard for me. Like this blue hair saga I've been going through for months. I wanted navy blue hair. It looks sleek, professional, and fun. There was a salon that could do it, but it was going to be $281. That's a bit much to spend on my hair. That's more than having someone change and store my tires, so I don't have to.

Anyway, that place also usually sells the Joico DIY option, but were out of stock, so I ordered some online and had my usual salon put it in. Well, my first appointment was cancelled because of the 2023 Ice Storm that knocked power out all over Ottawa.

So after doing some errands, I wanted to wait a moment to grab groceries since the parking lot was full. I dipped into the salon with the product. The stylist was available and set to dying my hair blue. I was so excited! 

We waited. Nothing. It didn't take at all. She had even worked with this product before and my hair is light coloured. I've also never had issues dying my hair. We were all surprised that it didn't take at all. Not even on my greys. But it was thicker than she remembered it being and so we wondered if the product itself was on sale because it was expired. I couldn't see a date on the package. Perhaps needless to say, but I gave the store a one-star review and detailed how it didn't work at all.

Having one's hair dyed isn't usually a difficult thing in life. It's a sit-in-a-chair-for-awhile-and-wait-patiently thing. It's akin to waiting for the washing machine or dishwasher clean your things for you. It's not something that should take months to schedule and have happen.

I guess I'm not allowed to have navy blue hair according to the universe. 

So we made a new plan for blue black hair with royal blue highlights because it was the next best option. I WAS trying to get away from black in my hair, but at least it is product they use all the time and not the box dye that I used to use myself that isn't good for the hair.

When Wednesday came around, I wasn't sure if it would even work and I didn't want to get my hopes up. But it did and it's wonderful! Though it's hard to take a good picture of because the blue needs light to really pop. 

For the record, a friend who is a stylist and has dyed her hair blue many times, recommends the Ion blue rather than the Joico one. Also lightening unless you are already a light blonde.

And I was supposed to post this before Saturday, so I could encourage people to stop by my Twitch channel since I was participating in Dinosaur Streamfest 15. Clearly I'm excellent at this marketing thing. I had technical difficulties anyway and there was no sound for the first 45 minutes I was streaming before the Streamfest mods were there and told me. Luckily, that was fixed before my time slot. The dinos came, chaos ensued, my follower goal was crushed, and I had my first ever hype train! 

What a day that Streamfest was! I tried not to cry all day. The streamers were all so lovely and there were so many wonderful covers of Dani's songs at a time when she is fighting Covid and can't sing to us. I was feeling very emotional, but tears hurt my eyes sometimes. With Sjogren's my tear production can be low or poor quality, so crying isn't the release it used to be.

It's an emotional time for me too because today is the last day of curling. I'll see some people in softball eventually, but I won't know who is on my team for awhile and I don't know if anyone I already know will be. 

An extra reason to want to cry may be that my car is unhappy. The shifting is really tight, so I might be in store for an expensive repair. I'm hoping it's something really quick and inexpensive to fix, but it's rare that that is the case with cars. Especially ones that are older. So I'm having to rely on No See Transpo, which can't manage a Friday schedule, so I'm leaving really early today since Sunday is already a reduced schedule. I'm taking Lyfts too, but usually I try the bus first since it's about $10 cheaper.  All this being said, I have no idea how this week will go or if I will be able to make it to the Doe & Doe Party slated for Saturday as it's on the outskirts of Ottawa.


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