Rosa Emerald Fox

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Hair by Not Another Academy

On Instagram stories, I saw that Not Another Academy were looking for models for root bleaches so I messaged them straight away 🤗.

Not Another Academy is the training arm of Not Another Salon on Brick Lane. In my opinion it is the best salon ever – lively, bright, eccentric, fun and they specialise in brightly coloured hair. The salon is owned by girl boss Sophia Hilton, who was running the academy alongside hair expert Norman on the day I attended.

The stylists that worked on my hair @nicolakristel_hair from Portsmouth and @colourbysambluz from Scotland were very experienced and talented. They made the day really enjoyable and did a fabulous job.

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After:

I was probably there for nearing 7 hours, but it went fast and gave me some much needed time to relax and read my kindle. Despite it taking a while, mostly due to waiting for things to start and for the stylists (there were around 10) to view each others consultations etc, it was definitely worth it.

Putting yourself forward as a hair model is also much cheaper, which really helped me as I was paying towards 3 accommodations in London in September 😱. Looking out for these opportunities can really help if you have high maintenance hair and are on a bit of a budget. Otherwise, the regular Not Another Salon are very transparent about pricing and you really do get what you pay for.

It has been a couple of weeks now and the colour faded to a nice peachy rose gold colour. The salon gave me some pink dye which I can mix into my conditioner and leave on my hair to top up when needed which has turned out to not be too messy (my main concern with coloured hair… destroying the carpet with dye!).

If I do need to go back to having more conservative hair for any reason, then it will eventually fade back to a blonde. Some colours such as blue or green tend to stain the hair but pink it pretty easy to try out for a bit and then change if needed. I am definitely really enjoying it for now anyway.

uncodebar

uncodebar is codebar‘s annual unconference. This year it was hosted at Twitter and gathered 86 developers from our codebar community.

At an unconference there is no specified agenda, meaning that speakers are not booked in advance to present. Instead, at the start of the day, people that attend the event pick up the microphone and pitch sessions that they want to run. There is a show of hands to determine which room size the session will require and it is added to a time slot on the schedule on the wall.

The sessions usually take the format either of a talk with Q&A, a hands on coding workshop or a group discussion around a set topic.

Schedule which took shape as a result of pitches:

I took part in a session about running community meet ups, saw a talk about ‘the art of saying no’, learnt about the highs and lows of @thisisjofrank’s project in which she created a tweet controlled LED wedding dress (it was AMAZING, find out more in Jo’s post here), saw a thought provoking talk about software and ethics by @richardwestenra and finally a talk about coaching software dev 😀

Honestly, go along to an unconference if you can. You never know quite what you are going to get, but that is part of the fun. In this post about a Civil Service unconference, Claire writes about the value of moving away from having “speakers” and “listeners” as the collective knowledge of the audience is likely to be more than that of any one speaker.

Huge thanks to the codebar organisers that put this together (I can take no credit as I wasn’t involved in organising this… just attended!), they did a brilliant job. I left feeling very proud of the codebar community and look forward to next year.

Break Into Public Speaking

I had the pleasure of watching the final presentations from the ‘Break Into Public Speaking’ workshops that I co-organise at work for other people from minority backgrounds.

All the talks were brilliant and covered a range of subjects, some examples of which were the importance of including LGBTQ participants in user research, travelling alone with a a disability and using agile techniques to help to organise your home life.

Check out Lucy’s blog post to find out more about the workshop series.

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