Category Archives: Hair

Hair Saga

Hello friends and happy Sunday!

I thought I’d share some of my continuing hair ideas.

Most of you know I have hashimotos and struggle with fluctuating hair loss. A few months ago I purchased a couple of Halo extensions.

One problem I have is that if I’m not wearing the extensions, I need to pull my own hair up into a clip. Some of my hair is long and some about chin length due to frequent hair loss and then regrowth; it’s a constant struggle with autoimmune disease.

My thought is that I will cut my own hair so that sometimes I can have my own hair “out and about” or wearing a hat (which I love to do but can’t with the extensions) and sometimes I’ll wear my extensions (have long hair).

What do you all think of this? I know many people that wear different hair pieces depending on their mood.

One idea is this type of pixie cut which I’ve had before and I like. Another is Cate Blanchett’s hair in Oceans Eight (a new movie with Sandra Bullock). I’m leaning toward the blunt cut (Cate’s cut). It’s different and fun and then when I want long hair I can put on my extensions.

Here are some pictures to show what I mean. (Pixie cut courtesy of Victoria Beckham) I hope this helps anyone else who might be struggling with hair loss too. (BTW watch this movie-Oceans Eight, cause I love Cate Blanchett’s style and will be trying to copy her in some ways IRL ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ)

Real Talk about Hair Loss

Hello friends!

I thought today would be somewhat different. I want to share my experience with hair loss.

In 2012 I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease and my thyroid surgically removed. Back in 2004 I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and I think things went downhill (health wise) after that, although the last couple of years have not been bad. I’ve struggled with low energy, low motivation, anxiety, depression, muscle aches, weight gain, digestion problems, menstrual problems, mood swings, hair loss, hair thinning, skin problems, insomnia, irritability….yada yada…seems like the list goes on and on…(oh and forgetfulness or brain fog).

In 2016 I started seeing a naturepath and eating gluten free. I also discovered being soy free has benefits; along with taking natural supplements and hormones. Early 2018 my hair started falling out and I reduced my thyroid medication a tad along with adding Zinc and Iron to my supplemental regime (along with special shampoo, which BTW DOES NOT WORK). For a few months my hair stopped falling out and I felt encouraged.

A few weeks ago, my hair began falling out again and who knows what the problem is this time. I don’t think I can go lower on my thyroid medication and it might be something nutritional IDK! Anyway I sort of felt like shaving my head, really it would be less stressful to worry about my hair falling out. I think it would be easier to wear a wig and just whip that thing on every morning. It sure would take the complication out of getting ready every day….:)

I told one of my cute IG friends about my ideas and she just happens to sell Halo Couture. It’s an easy apply hair extensions products. Human hair is woven into a type of hat thing that lays right above your neck with a invisible wire going over the top of your head. It really is amazing.

She just happened to have some at her house so I popped over and tried on two items: an 18″ Halo and a topper (fits on top of my head to create the look of fullness), both in dark brown. I was feeling a need to change, had been contemplating shaving my head and getting a wig but buying these two options would allow me to continue keeping my hair whatever happens and the two pieces together make my hair look very full! After I tried them on, I was hooked and my worry assuaged. (I was also super sick of curling my hair every day, cause my own hair is very fine and thin; doesn’t keep a curl and would not match my previous Halo if I didn’t curl it). These two new Halo’s are straight. Win for me, win for my hair! For right now I’m not shaving my head, I just got hair four inches longer than before!

So if anyone out there is struggling with thinning hair or hair loss due to aging or disease or hormones, please don’t be discouraged. There is a lot you can do these days to address or hide hair loss and it doesn’t have to devastate your life. I know the last few weeks I’ve been kind of freaking out cause I thought my hair loss was changing for the better. Realizing it’s not and that my disease will go back and forth between healing and attack (autoimmune disease) can be discouraging and feel hopeless.

Please if you have any questions for me, let me know. Don’t be overwhelmed by it all.

Hair today…?

Hello friends and happy weekend! I hope you’re enjoying wherever you are! Isn’t summer weather wonderful?? (Personally I’m very fond of weekends AND summer)

I had a scary experience on Thursday! I got my hair trimmed ๐Ÿ˜ณ! Years ago when I had short hair, I got it trimmed about every 4 weeks. Since I’ve been growing my hair long- I’m kind of afraid ๐Ÿ˜ฑ of getting it trimmed!

Now I know what other long haired women go through! It’s such an odd experience!

I haven’t got a trim since January and really want my hair to be healthy and bouncy (as much as possible- I lost a great deal of hair last year when my thyroid medication was off) so my ends are terribly thin but the middle and top are filling out- I wear a Halo Couture to fill in for the hair I’ve lost (at least that’s what my hairdresser says and she’s not typically a liar ๐Ÿ˜‚) so I knew it was time for a trim.

After my hairdresser dyed my roots and stuck me to BURN ๐Ÿ˜‚ under the dryer, she washed/conditioned/combed my hair getting it ready for trim. I had to look down or to the side for a few minutes as she trimmed (I’ve never had this long of hair since I started seeing her- it feels weird sometimes) but as she finished I realized I had been holding my breath! Worried she would cut off too much! I laughed at myself realizing all of a sudden I was part of the long hair club!

I’ve always heard my friends talk about this phenomenon but never personally experienced it as my hair was always short!

It’s a new day! Milestones and adventures abound I’m telling you! (Pics below of the great color job my stylist did! Love her!)

Haute for Pink (but does IT REALLY MATTER)

Hello friends!

Some times I have random thoughts such as “do I wear too much pink”? Normally I’m the last one to leave the house in the mornings and it’s even not a question I can ask my husband because he has no opinion on what color I wear LOL

But I have to remember….it is vital to remember IT DOES NOT MATTER! LOL I could wear pink or green or a dress or a skirt and IT DOES NOT MATTER!

I think I could probably wear pink pants, pink shirt, pink jacket, pink shoes with pink bag and earrings and IT STILL WOULD NOT MATTER!

These are my thoughts for the day, when you have those judgmental things pop up in your mind (such as: am I too fat, can someone see this zit, does my hair look funny, am I wearing too much pink, can someone see my wrinkles?)….say to yourself IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT I THINK and then wear what you want, ignore that zit, ignore what the media says you should weigh or ignore judgments about your hair or age or makeup or skin or feet. This will help, I promise.

Just to show it does not matter, I’m attaching photos of the day I thought I wore too much pink…I don’t think my thoughts about that mattered.

Hitting Snooze

Good morning Friends!

My alarm went off at 6am this morning. I set it early because there is a winter storm predicted, I need to wash my hair, I have a client at 9am, and I am driving 40 minutes north to work. Six am seemed a reasonable time until it actually happened.

I hit snooze four times….four! Each time I deducted important things on my list, like

1. washing my hair- nope not gonna do it

2. Taking a shower- I wasn’t sweaty yesterday…I can just sponge bath

3. Putting my hair in a bun is faster right?? I don’t need my hair down (really, let’s be honest…long hair girls have it so easy. I can wear a hat, put my hair in a bun, wear braids (that is even trendy) IT’S SO EASY TO CONCEAL DIRTY HAIR IF YOUR HAIR IS LONG! When I had short hair you bet I always did my hair…there’s no such thing as dirty short hair, you just can’t hide stuff like that.

So I didn’t actually get out of bed til 6:30….and adding together all of my deductions…I was ready in record time! (And I even wore something cute, pics are below! I love my leopard coat with my cute little gingham bag!) Score! Which is a good thing because it’s WINTER AGAIN.

Yes Tuesday was 70 degrees but today is a blizzard and it took me 75 minutes to get to work…slush on the road and low visibility….ahhhh this is Utah in the winter. The crazy thing is weather will be like this (cold/snowy and then 70) until around the end of May and then BAM it’s 95…Utah does not have transitions in weather….makes me want to move to South Carolina or California but then I would really miss the mountains.

Anyway, happy blizzard/snooze Thursday!

Excited Pink

Hello Friends!

I am finally feeling a bit better! Yay! I seriously have to consider getting the flu shot this coming fall, that hit me real bad…hope it doesn’t ever happen again!

I got to wear the pretty red/pink sweater that I got from Target awhile ago! I originally got this sweater to wear with a floral black/pink/red skirt but I have to wear it with other things right?? An item of clothing needs to be flexible to work in many different ensembles! I love this sweater because it striped, combines hot red/pink, and has some real pretty ruffles on the shoulder which makes it unique.

So I had to wear it today, but wanted to use some creativity in putting an outfit together…(black pants would be too simple right??) So I paired with my pink Express fitted jeans, my black OTK suede boots, and then in a moment of impulsivity grabbed my Desuigal bag (pink, red, camo, black-remember I snagged it at the Dallas airport in a frenzied moment between flights?? I felt so accomplished to find something so darling at such a random time and 40% off)-Score!

I have so much fun wearing something that’s a little out of the ordinary and it helps to make up for my still constant headache….(I’m sure it will eventually go away)…

Later today after work I got my hair done courtesy of my talented niece Bronwyn at Suggestions Salon in Orem Utah. While waiting for the dye to cure (?) I leafed through some magazines and saw some real fun and creative (styles) to combine for some interesting outfits. I love discovering new inspiration for clothes, it’s just really fun and then my brain starts whirring through all my clothes trying to figure out new creations to showcase my personality. Don’t you think each of our own fashion choices should give a clue to our personality? No matter a person’s age, I think yes is the correct answer! After a nice wash and scalp massage (maybe this is key to de-stress?), I realized my headache was gone, so that is such a blessing that I don’t even have a headache anymore or wobegone roots! What a great way to end my day! Have a happy Tuesday night/hump day tomorrow! We are halfway through the week!! (I added a link to this gorgeous sweater)!

Women’s Striped 3/4 Sleeve Shoulder Frill Crew

Fashionista goes on vacation?

Hey my friends!

In one day and 15 hours I will be leaving on vacation and I’ve been concerned….maybe you don’t realize that I’m kind of a high maintenance woman? It might be clear with all of the makeup, jewelry, clothes, shoes….yada yada yada along with other essentials like shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, moisturizer, eye shadow, hats, sunscreen, (maybe a swimsuit, one shipment hasn’t came in the mail yet, little worried) comb, brush, clips, q tips, blow dryer, curling iron….you get the gist right???

How does a fashionista or high maintenance woman go on vacation without packing the whole house along the way?? I have a stack of outfits in my closet I’ve planned to wear in the climate we are visiting, along with a stack of possible swimsuits that aren’t going to work…I’m trying to decide exactly what shoes to bring. I can’t bring them all but want to make sure I have a couple pair of sandals and some shoes for walking…is that all I’ll need?? Well no, there’s going to be a couple fancy dinners over this period so I need to bring a couple of fancy dresses along with shoes, jewelry, and the obligatory shaper (the only thing I DON’T think I’ll need is hose) LOL.

Are you starting to see my problem? I also wonder what I’m gonna carry my essentials in?? I have several (many) purses here at home but I’m not taking several purses. I think it would be best if I just took one, so will my straw bag work? And should I take my myriad of lipsticks and liners just in case?? Oh my gosh, you are seeing my problem aren’t you? Obviously this is a first world problem and really not a bad thing but there ya go, I’m a super high maintenance woman trying to figure out how to pack minimally while STILL having what I need. THIS IS GONNA BE TRICKY!

Stay tuned…. ๐Ÿ™‚

(The picture I shared is how my vacation SHOULD look) ๐Ÿ˜‚ high expectations might get me in trouble! And FYI I’m not even packed yet- just thinking about it!

The Blustery Day

Hello Friends!

Do you all remember Winnie the Pooh and The Blustery Day?? Well that’s how today feels to me! It’s windy and rainy and snow is falling in the mountains (kind of odd for Utah because there should be snow in the valley’s too) and it reminds me of “The Blustery Day” LOL.

Blustery day’s sure make for the best pictures though, it seems to bring out the colors of what I’m wearing and today is no exception although I’m wearing a lack of color along with all colors. (I learned that in art class a long time ago-white is no color and black is all colors mixed together).

I’ve discovered through the years that when my hair was platinum, darker colored hats looked really good on my head. Now that my hair is dark, lighter color hats look good. It’s the contrast that makes things pop.

My son spent two years in Moscow Russia on an LDS mission and brought me back this black fur hat which is gorgeous although hard to see now that I have dark hair. It looked great with my platinum hair (I’m enclosing a picture).

Today I wore my patterned embossed pants and striped/ruffled shirt both by Target along with my white coat (on clearance!) by Express and a cute pom pom beanie I snagged at Kohl’s. I love the contrast of the black and white along with stripes and patterns. This is a fun look for me and to be honest was somewhat hesitant at first in getting the coat cause it’s kind of trendy but who am I to resist trends?? I’ve found I really like my white coat (and it’s super warm, so out in the blustery day, I was cozy).

I hope you all have a great Wednesday (hump day)! You can make it through the week! Stay warm wherever you are, beware of the Blustery Day’s! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hair today (but I’m not gonna say gone tomorrow)

Hey all,

I thought I would share part of my struggle these last few years that maybe some of you will relate. Many women my age, through disease or hormone changes suffer from thinning hair or hair loss. I have struggled with this also; I have Hashimotos (autoimmune disease) that first started with hypothyroid (a thyroid disease). The last three years my disease shifted into high gear (I’m only guessing) and I started to lose a great deal of hair. I have a lot of hair but it’s baby fine and has been really distressing to lose hair. I also had other symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle aches, almost constant illness (sore throat, flu like symptoms), was irritable, emotionally up and down every day, constantly stressed, consistent weight gain, skin problems (irritation, dryness, breakouts, along with rosacea) and previously my menstrual periods were extremely heavy and inconsistent necessitating a endometrial ablation in 2008 which helped solve that problem. I had anxiety, depression, and quickly shifting moods. I never knew (and neither did my family) what would set me off and I’m normally a really chill happy person, that’s always been my personality in years past. My traditional doctor even recommended thyroid removal because the disease had attacked my thyroid so severely that I had unnumbered lumps and they were afraid of cancer. I had my thyroid removed in 2012, although my symptoms did not change.

Two years ago I went to a natureopathic specialist in my area (let me know if you want the name) and they did blood tests, adjusted quite a few of my hormones and added in supplements. I also went gluten and soy free. In the last two years all the above symptoms have decreased to almost minimal except for hair loss.

The last four weeks my natureopathic doctors decreased my dose of Naturethroid (a natural thyroid medication) and added an iron supplement which seems toย have slowed my hair loss which is so exciting!

The reason I’m explaining all of this is to share the hair extension I’ve been using since around May. It’s called “Halo” and it sits on top of my head sort of like a hat except it hangs down next to my ears and over the top of my head with a clear wire filament. It’s really helped me manage my hair loss without freaking out too much. My niece @brhaws @suggestionssalon helped me get the Halo extension and then dyed it to match my own hair. I think she did a great job and I get compliments all the time on how my extensions match my own hair perfectly.

If any of you are struggling with hair loss you are not alone, send me a message if you would like more information.

Happy Tuesday my friends!

Age Rules! or rules?

Hey everybody! Oh my goodness it’s Wednesday, halfway through my work week.

I got my roots dyed Monday evening and have been thinking a lot about hair, age, and fashion. When I was 45, I saw this book about women my age and fashion/makeup. I thought to myself “I need to figure out how to dress now that I’m getting older”, I know crazy thinking right? I’ve finally figured that out, thank goodness. So I’m not gonna throw this author under the bus, but there are some rules in his book that I thought were true for awhile.

One is “Long hair on an older face looks insecure, not confident, not sexy” and “As women age, most will look better with shorter hair”?? Really?? Says who?? I have a beautiful mother and she has the most amazing gorgeous long hair and I told her about the book I found. We both agreed that her hair is amazing and beautiful and why would she cut her hair? (I attach a picture of my beautiful mother below) That’s crazy talk, although I never considered long hair for me. I’ve had short hair most of my adult life (so far) and hadn’t taken the time to grow it out.

Over the last two years I have been growing my hair with a little bit of help with Halo (an extension that fits over my head) due to thyroid disease I go through stages of hair thinning, so the extension helps. As I’ve been doing this, I thought to myself: why did I listen to someone else telling me how I should look? Why does it matter to someone I haven’t even met (I’m directing this at the book author specifically, media in general toward women of my age and older). Why does my age mean I can’t wear clothes, shoes, or my hair a certain way? Why does someone else decide what is age appropriate for me? (I’ve always been kind of a rebel).

Another rule of this book is that women over 50 should not wear dark makeup. Now the models in his book looked as if they were made up like clowns; their makeup was dark, garish, and very unflattering but what if a woman were to still wear makeup artfully applied but it’s dark or silver or purple? Who’s to say that’s wrong or she can’t be herself? These are some questions I’m asking myself. Deep dark lipstick tones are very trendy right now and I love one particular #UrbanDecay CONSPIRACY…oh my gosh it’s beautiful but seriously dark and I feel real risky wearing it but I love it! So I will continue to wear my dark lipstick when I want! Boom!

Today was a cold rainy day and I finally got the chance to take more risks! I finally wore my velvet blue duster! You might have heard me say that velvet is a big trend and it’s seriously so soft that it makes my day better just wearing it. I’ve been waiting forever to wearย duster #NordstromRack along with my #express peach jeans and ruffle floral #jcpenney top! I added my studded #shoedazzle boots and boy am I having fun! Guys I even wore this to work and my clients reported that my duster looks like my “wizard coat”! Isn’t that the most amazing comment?!!