Gothic Curly updo for Foundry launch night

Last Friday night was the lauch of a new alternative club night here in Sydney – the Foundry.

As luck would have it, it’s at the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville, just up the road from me! We heard old dance classics like “Where’s Your Head At?”, “Insomnia” and “Voodoo People”, as well as alternative/Industrial classics such as “Dragula” from Rob Zombie, “Du Hast” from Rammstein and Ministry’s “New World Order”.

I decided to put my hair up into huge buns..made possible by the little round doughnut things I brought back from Japan. Once I’d done that, I added the gothic lolita hair rope (this time the curly version), and wrapped it around and around the buns, and leaving a tail hanging out. It ended up looking a bit like a gothic version of the B-52’s girls. What do you think?


Jacket: JC Penney (Ireland)
White corset with fan-lacing: Ebay
Studded armor: Bebe
Black camisole top: somewhere in Reading, UK
Black pvc slashed skirt: Camden Markets
Black skeleton tights: Black Milk
White platform booties: R&E (Japan)
Studded cuffs: La Foret (Harajuku)

As you can see, we have a fairly paltry looking little Xmas tree – we used to live in a small flat and it looked fine, but now we’re in a big house, it’s just WAY too small! Maybe next year….

This day a year ago – DIY Leopard Print Hair

On December 8 last year I posted this DIY, and since it’s party season again, I present to you – How to get leopard print hair!

Here’s my DIY video where I show how I did the leopard print on my hair, by demonstrating on a wig.

It’s great for parties, clubs and gigs, whether punk, rockabilly, psychobilly or goth. Give it a go! It’s easy…

Did you try this in the past year?  Why not try it now?

The dark roots trend and me

Most of you will no doubt be familar with the dark roots trend (related to the ombre trend), whereby the roots of lightened hair are left dark in a grungy fashion.  Witness these examples:

I’ve had brightly coloured hair for over 15 years now, which for me with dark brown hair, requires bleaching to a light blonde for many shades.  Every 4 or 5 years or so I need to give it a break so it can get healthy again..and right now I’m at that point. Not wanting to part with my beautiful turquoise locks, I eschewed the going all-over-dark look while the hair grows out. Instead I’m opting for the dark roots trend.

Left naturally, there’s an abrupt stripe between the light coloured hair and the dark unbleached roots which is VERY unattractive and most obvious – a bit like the demilitarised zone of North and South Korea. Or the scariness of Geldof  regrowth:

Oh, the horror. So, one has to find a way to soften the zone.

What I’ve done is to use a brown semi-permanent hair colour in the Zone, and faded it a few inches out, so that there is no clear demarcation. OK, so there’s now a dark oil-slick bluey-greeny-brown area before the brighter turquoise kicks in. But I kinda like it. (I have been growing out my hair at the back for longer, and need to do more shade work there).

(Yes, under eye bags and broken capillaries r’ us here, as I haven’t used photoshop). And now the sides:

If it could be said to look more natural by the absence of stripes, when the hair is bright blue, is perhaps debatable. But *I* think it does.

Today when I was looking at articles on the dark root trend, I came across this hilarious article from the Daily Mail with a theory as to why celebs in their 40’s and 50’s are going in for the trend:

As a look, it used to be the ultimate fashion faux pas — nasty black roots spreading over your scalp like a dirty stain, screaming to the world: ‘Look at me, I’m a bottle blonde who’s too poor and lazy to go to the hairdresser for a touch-up.’

Hair like this was previously confined to students, bikers and teenagers going through particularly bad break-ups.

But, recently, this style has been spotted on the heads of certain older, well-turned-out and affluent ladies who could easily summon a stylist to their side with a click of their manicured fingers.

Here the author cites Madonna, Elle and Gwyneth.

..these women have been photographed at premieres and award ceremonies boldly showing off their Lily Savage-style roots with pride.

Why? Because these stars want to show the world they don’t have grey roots. And they are going to great lengths to prove it. After all, despite her age-defying body and taste for younger boyfriends, shouldn’t Madonna, in her mid-50s, be showing roots of a far different shade? Grey, for example?  Instead, these canny celebrities are deliberately dyeing their roots dark to help maintain that veneer of eternal youth.

BWAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! Why didn’t *I* think of that??  Oh dear, much like the Victorian well-to-do’s who put a pineapple in their window, not to eventually eat it, but to show their wealth, so these mature ladies are showing how young and un-grey they are.   Well, although I do certainly have a few grey hairs peeking through, they hardly exist in such quantities as to make the roots visibly grey. No, I just have bloody dark roots.  And as I want the quality of my hair to improve, some shine to come through, and get hours of my life back by not sitting in a hairdressers for hours each month, I’m going the dark roots route (if you’ll pardon the pun).

The piece continues:

According to celebrity stylist Richard Ward, having their hair ‘dip-dyed’ is appealing to more and more women in their 40s and 50s. They come into salons asking for their roots to be dyed a much darker shade than the rest of their hair, with a gradual lightening of the colour towards the tip.

Note that “much darker shade” comment. Whereas I just leave my roots natural and use a neutral matching shade to blend into the lighter hair. I do love how I’m comforted at the end of the piece with this thought:

So next time you look in the mirror and see those dark roots growing through, don’t despair.

You’re not lazy. You’re just bang on trend.

Wahey! What do you think of this? Is the author bonkers? Is this REALLY why Mads etc are doing it? Am I, by tricky reverse-psychology here, aging myself by association with a group of women going to great lengths to HIDE their age? Really, it’s enough to turn your hair grey.

Alternative Vintage Hair & Mexican Boy Beaters

I haven’t posted many pics of myself in recent months, but thought it might be fun to show some of my semi-vintage hair looks. I say semi, as I think the blue  coloured hair and weird lenses give the looks an alternative edge. In one, I have victory rolls, in another, a rolled fringe (which I achieved by rolling around a synthetic hair dreadlock).  These are both cab-cam pics, as often I only have time to snatch snaps on the way to events:

Vintage hair look, victory rolls in blue hair rolled fringe on blue hair

I’m the first to admit the fringes are a bit messy, not least because it’s often so hot and steamy in Sydney (and I’m often running late)!  But I will be trying these techniques again when I have more time. I did buy a hair rat when I was in japan once, but have mislaid it, so it’s definitely time to buy a few more to enable me to do all manner of vintage hairdo’s more successfully.

As it was so hot on Saturday night and I was seeing legendary German psychobilly band “Mad Sin”, I just wore a psychobilly tank top, my beloved bones necklace and some bone hairclips (oh, with the odd eyeball thrown in there).  Blue leopard lenses, eyeshadow from Maybelline’s new “Hyper Diamonds” pallette and big Japanese fake lashes completed the look.

The fab tank you can’t see very well here is from Hellwear in Camden Markets, and it is the Darkside Mexican Boy beater (as they call it) that I chose:

Darkside mexican tank

See more of the goth, monster and horrorpunk ‘beaters at Hellwear’s site, or at Darkside’s site.  And do try an alternative vintage look in your hair some time!

Cute gothic/gal hairdo’s

Looking for a cute and easy hair-do you can do at short notice with not too much trouble? Try the double topknot, or its sister, the teased pigtail.

I’ve noticed the double topknot hairdo quite a bit, not only in Japanese gothic mags such as Kera, but also in gyaru mags like Egg, Popteen etc.

Kera Jan 11, page 14;  Egg Jan 2011, ad by Co & Lu;  Party at Trump Room


In the latest Kera, Feb 2011 (which alas, I haven’t scanned in as yet), there’s a hairdo section where a lot of creative hairstyles are shown. Three show girls with long hair with partial topknots in their hair (ie with some long hair still hanging down, like the red-haired girl above).

The ‘do is possibly inspired by Gwen Stefani’s mad topknot adventures of the 90’s and early 00’s:


I myself used to wear this back in 2003, when I last had red hair:


But the other week I was about to do this hairstyle…but decided to just tease the pigtails either side of my head, and leave them, instead of then securing into buns either side.

I then added some flowers on a hairclip I got at Grimoire in Shibuya, to finish the look.

The ‘do was easy as, it kept the hair off my neck during a very hot, humid night, and stayed in place all night. The only problem? People kept calling me Red Fraggle. Hurrumph.

But I do recommend it as a cute hairstyle for summer, as well as the double topknot ‘do mentioned above. I’ll be showing soon how you can get bigger topknots than I managed, by making your own. Long haired girlies with thick hair can naturally get big high topknots, but those of us with fine, bob-length hair struggle.  Stay tuned. 

Got any links to cute hair-do’s you like?