If you all remember, I don't like the idea of creating my own tutorial. I hope that one day I can, but for now, no. Also I have a personal opinion that, unless your are on an advance level of makeup, New gals within their first year shouldn't create tutorials. I've seen a few from beginners that were horrid simply because of the quality of the video. I won't mention them of course (I block ill thought media out of my mind), but I wanted to share my opinion of the following tutorial. Please watch first and then read my thoughts below.
After going to the video page - Okay this gal is wanting us to call her Ryn Cawaii. (FYI: Cawaii is a japanese magazine read by Gals who have Graduated and need a transitional look to stay fashionable. Lil sister magazine to SCawaii). Now, I know it's there an exception (ALWAYS an exception), but using common japanese words that you would seen in anime irks me a bit. It makes me uncomfortable because it makes you think whether or not this youtuber is going to be here for the long run.
Also, if someone uses "Gyaru" "Gal" "Egg" "Ageha" "Agejou" "Hime" "Kawaii" "Nya" "Meow" "Mew" "Weaboo" and other words that automatically scream, ANIME, WEABOO, OTAKU, or GYARU just by looking at the name alone, I suggest you do some research to check out legitmacy.
You may be upset with me, but if you've observed the same shit I have, you'll know that people who have those screen names are a high turnover rate when it comes to Asian Fashion and Lifestyles.
So with all that, I went to her YouTube account. Her screen name in the url shows "Ginnyteapot" Which I find intriguing. I assume she likes tea, and loves the Harry Potter Series. Since I don't know that much about her, I usually assume she's read all the books.
The next thing I see is her channel. I don't look at her "social activity" just the uploads. I don't want to get to know the youtuber personally. I only want to learn what she has to teach. But learning more about her, I would just find something I don't like and that bottle of haterade will tempt me to drink it. Keeping people you don't know on a somewhat professional level makes things more realistic in the long run. (It also stops stalker behavior.)
So the first thing I see is that her background is customized. And I admit I'm a lil jealous because I still haven't figured out how to design my own. I get reminded of all the frustration I went through, then I have to take a break (make sure my son gets onto the bus) and come back to properly review with a clear head.
Another thing you'll notice is that her bio says:
i like gyaru and other about japan, im from Indonesia, 18years old, i make tutorial every 2weeks, so you can subscribe me.
Seeing another gyaru fan from Indonesia brings a smile to my face. It reminds me of Stella Lee when we used to talk and I had gave her advise on blogging and such. She would mention how she was the only one in her area that dresses gal, and I would offer the support I could.That was a couple of years ago.
Also she's promising a video bimonthly. That enough time to film something, let it sit, and edit it before having to upload it onto youtube. It also shows that she has a life outside of youtube, and therefore the internet. Plus she already has six videos up since last week. This I like! It give me a few videos to watch and study until her next one comes out. Yay!
And this is all before even watching the video!
So now onto the video itself:
As I'm watching this, I notice that the instructions are annotations on the sides of the video. This isn't good in my eyes. If I wanted to download this video, I wouldn't be able to download the steps as well. I understand that this is important to those who learn visually, so that's the first strike.
I'm not about 1:45 into the video and she's still working on the first section of hair curling it with a 3/4" iron. I, understand a bit about time and styling tools, know that using an 1" iron will cut the time in half, and save your arms from unnecessary strain.
Now the ADHD kicks in and I started to fast forward the video to see what happens next. I noticed she used a heat protectant, so I'm happy for that. It wasn't mentioned from what I saw.
Now I've skipped up to 4:00 and noticed that she didn't finish curling the back of her hair. I understand that Ryn is getting used to filming, but I feel that watching all the famous Youtubers will at least teach you to edit your videos to where people like me don't get bored so easily.
lol... and then (at the 6:00 mark) there's a apart where she shows a photo of what it's supposed to look like after being curled. You can tell it's kind of slap dashed together. But it give me hope that there's something interesting later on in the video.... Although its just reminding me that we as gyaru take time in each step of putting on all our gal stuff, to camwhore like crazy.
(ugh, camwhore is such an ugly word to me, I'm just going to say selcas)
And the only thing that I learned from this whole video is at the 6:52 mark. She ties up the pigtail, pulls apart the section a bit at the root and flips the tail through. I have never thought of that before. i'm assuming it's to help your tails from drooping.
And honestly after that the video speaks for it's self.
The Summary of my thoughts:
Great for a beginner with long hair that doesn't know anything about hair. The tail flipping thing was new to me, but honestly the length is what killed my interest. I feel that this 9:08 video could have been cut down to 5min or less.
What are your thoughts?