The Mystical Forest (working title): A series of line drawings by Cynthia Loren

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Here is a little sneak peak of my line drawing,
planning to have an artshow in NYC this summer,
these are little postcard samples.
All images are copyrighted.

Stay tune!
The official website will be up in a couple of days, and it will also be in deviant art in a week.
XOXO

Secrets to having long shiny red hair: Q and A

Topic:
a.) Myths V.S. reality
b.) Simple Q and A to maintaining and having red hair
c.) How to get red hair naturally
Alot of people have asked me what my secrets are having such natural looking thick red hair that seems to never fade. In fact, it gets a little more vibrant everyone someone sees me! So here is it, my simple Q and A for having beautiful red thick hair.

A.) Myth V.S. Reality

1.) Myth: Red hair is hard to maintain

Reality: This is only true if you seek the “chemical” way to maintain your red hair. Usually the hair dye in a box, or salon red hair looks very un-natural, and it fades easily (sometimes into a pink.) But if you see it chemically and thru a painter’s p.o.v. , you will know that if you wash red pigment off , it usually leaves a pink hue to it. This is especially true, if your starting color is blonde/light hair. Many conventional chemical hair dye strips your hair shaft and then add it’s own pigment to it. But as you dye/bleach your hair more and more, the keratin in your hair because weaker and thinner, thus, it is hard for the red dye to actually cling on to your hair.
So the simple solution for maintaining your red hair is simple: Henna
A lot of people have said that be careful with henna because it is permanent and hard to remove. To me, that’s a myth. All you need to do to remove henna is either thru hot mineral oil (which I don’t recommend) or vitamin C/ shampoo hair color removal.
To maintain red hair, all you need to do is to apply henna once every two weeks and use sulfate free shampoo. If you want to go the extra length then go get the Shikai Warm Color Reflect shampoo.

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2.) Myth: Red hair is hard to find makeup

Reality: Actually red hair is itself a great accessories. Depending on the person, face structure and style, there is a lot we can work with here! With every hair color there are bound to be some “no nos”. Unlike brunettes, where they can basically match any makeup or accessories, that’s because brown is not a very bright color. So it serves more as a background, so the options open up widely. But with red hair, all you need to do is throw on something simple and you are good to go!

3.) Myth: Only people with fair skin can wear red

Reality: The fact is that this varies. But good thing is that there are many different shades of red that we can rock. For example, someone with tanner skin can rock some auburn to bring out their face and color. While someone with pale skin can rock the strawberry blonde look! So it all depends. But if you see the trend in Korean (Ulzzang) a lot of their girls/boys wear red beautifully!

4.) Myth: Red hair makes a person look “weird”

Reality: This all depends on the type of red people rock! If it is a punky unnatural red, of course, people are going to look at the person because they look different. But if the red look auburn, strawberry or any hues of the natural reds, people are turning their heads for another reason (positive)! In fact, red can make a person look younger, more vibrant and classier. i.g. Queen Elizabeth , Sophia Loren, Lily Cole…

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5.) Myth: Sunlight makes red hair fade

Reality: Yes and no. UV rays fades everything, but to benefit from it as a redhead. You want to make a hibiscus tea spray (purified water/coconut water/strong hibiscus tea/essential oils) before stepping out into the sun.
Q and A!

Q: Is it a lot of work to maintain red hair?
A: No! You can apply henna with hibiscus tea every two weeks to refresh your hair color + henna is a natural hair binder and can make your hair look thicker and shinier.

Q.) I have blonde hair and wants an auburn color, but I heard a lot of people say that my hair will turn pink or an awkward red, what should I do?
A.: No problem! First dye your hair red. Then wait a week, or if you can’t wait wait few days and apply henna on clean dry hair and keep it on for at least 4 hours, and rinse and condition. Then wait a day or two to use shampoo to wash your hair.

Q.) My roots came out, and it is extremely dark, so I need a touch up but I don’t wanna dye the rest of my hair, but afraid my roots will because another color then the rest of my hair, what should I do?
A: Don’t worry! Dye your roots with a high lift hair dye, keep it for only 20 mins until it turns lighter. Then wait a day, and apply henna. Henna will blend your roots and the rest of your hair nicely.

Q.) I applied henna over my dyed red hair to make it more natural, but then it is a lot darker than I thought…what should I do?
A: A lot of people recommend “hair color remover” but that’s a serious no nos!! Because henna doesn’t play nice with chemical/metallic hair dye. So what you want to do is to mix powdered vitamin c with a citrus organic shampoo and apply to your clean dry hair, and leave for an hour or two. You will gradually see your hair becoming lighter. But this time, to maintain a lighter red, you want to mix 50percent cassia and 50percent henna to achieve a lighter results.

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I hope this helps ya’ll with maintaining your red locks!
xoxo

More updates!

Okay, so guys and gals, here I am again!
I know it has been ages since I have posted, but I have been extremely busy with auditions, callbacks and making art.
Right now, I have a store in Etsy.com called Pale Butterflies, and everything you seen on there is made with 100% love and beautiful positive energy. So the products will surely make your home and self feel the best it can feel.
Also I am putting together a series of line drawing expressionistic drawings, which consist of 9 pieces of drawing and I am on the fourth piece.

And when the weather gets warmer in NY (finger crossed!!), I will make some positive zen yoga videos. So stay tune.

Meanwhile,
go outside and enjoy the sun with a cup of your favorite tea.

xoxo

Natural Alternative to Hair Coloring & Bleaching (Golden/Blonde Summer Locks)

Natural Alternative for Blonding
* Note that this maybe not be the fastest and drastic way to go, but gradually the results will be intense.
Give it few weeks to a month, and your hair will thank you for not pouring chemical on your hair to alter the color. I used to color my hair alot in a salon and box hair dye. But my hair felt so dead, and even though the color is right, the texture was not pleasing. So I started using henna, but then I needed to strip all the reds out of my hair, plus, my hair was dyed darker (not my choice, it was for a job) since my manager says it would be better if I have dark blonde hair. So I started my using vitamin C Color Removal, then a bunch of honey and chamomile hair rinse after every shower. I did this for few weeks, and I see huge different before my hair from before and now.
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So as you can see, my hair gradually got lighter and lighter,
note that this method will add golden highlights and tones to your hair. But you will not achieve cool tones with this, you will need to get the Shikai Color Reflect for cool hair. But this shampoo only does color corrects, and will not lighten or add highlights to your hair. It will just make your reddish/golden hair less brassy, if getting rid of the warm tones is what you want.

So here is the combination for hair lightening:
1.) Mix vitamin C with your favorite clarifying shampoo (natural/organic/no sulfates)
2.) Repeat this two times a week for two weeks
3.) After each shower and shampooing rinse with extremely strong chamomile tea mixed with raw honey. No rinse.
4.) After two weeks of this regimen, mix cassia+ chamomile+honey+ cinnamon and mix it into a paste, and apply on your hair, cover with a shower cap and wait for two hours. Max 4 hours.
5.) Shampoo or just condition with non sulfate products.
6.) Rinse with chamomile + honey after shower, no rinse

Repeat the cassia treatment every 4 to 6 weeks, and you will have beautiful golden locks!
I hope this helps,
xoxo

With patience,
comes beautiful gifts of rewards.
Remember, a great tree don’t grow in one day,
it takes years and years to become strong and supple.
So hug your dreams, and nurture them and let them grown.
One day, they will be your children of reward.

-Cynthia Loren