To start with I need to set the scene for this blog post…
I live in Westport, and when I visit Galway (an hour and a half away) I tend to pack my weekend with lots of fabulousness. This weekend was no different. I was so excited to be have a Debenhams gift voucher, from the recent ITWBN event, that I was desperate to spend. I knew I would be heading straight for the Benefit counter. But before Saturday morning came I was delighted to be attending an art exhibition opening for my talented friend Ruth Cadden, on Friday night. It turned out to be a delightful evening with excellent company and a few drinkies! On the way into town the following day I looked in my rearview mirror, as you do, and I am telling you my wrinkles were bad – despite the make-up. My very kind (well trained, diplomatic) son had exactly the right answer to my gasp of horror. ‘Do you think my wrinkles are worse because I was out late drinking last night?’ ‘Of course Mom!’ Whew at least it wasn’t permanent. After a small detour to pick up some fabulous shoes we arrived at the Benefit Counter. Kelly-Ann was happy to help me choose a new foundation. The care and attention I received as so welcome and just what I needed to get my fabuliciousness back. And then ….. She said she was going to try out something on me. Looked a bit scary and medical with it’s metal tip, but the coolness of the swoosh swoosh happened and then I looked in the mirror. I promise, I am not exaggerating, the one eye was almost instantly less puffy and wrinkled. It was literally a magic wand. Real name is of course Benefit Puff Off. The little iron (and of course the goodness inside) literally ironed away the night before. Transformation complete about ten minutes later, I walked out of Debenhams, back to full Fabuliciousfifty with a little bag of goodies that included foundation in honey, and Coralista blush. Thank you Debenhams, and the lovely ladies at ITWBN (Into the West Blogger Network) for making my day. And thank you for reading. Kerry x
My hair has been something that I have always been proud of. It has been blond, pink, brown, fire engine red and is now a coppery colour lightening by the month to cover the emerging greys.
Unfortunately life throws us curve balls. I live with a number of auto-immune diseases, and a few of these have hair loss and thinning as a side effect. I am being honest here when I say that hair loss is one of my biggest fears.
A year ago I was prescribed Methotrexate for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. And yes, you guessed it hair loss is a side effect. Methotrexate is one of the drugs used in chemotherapy and although people with RA take it in a much smaller dose the risk is still there. I have an underactive thyroid and Pernicious Anaemia too, both of which can effect the condition and thickness of hair.
As this is a positive blog, and a positive post I am not going to dwell on the negatives, but will simply say that my hairdresser confessed that 2 months into the treatment, she didn’t tell me how bad my hair was (I did realise it on some level). She said she didn’t want to upset me.
Right onto the positives. Despite having a smaller ponytail, my hair is back to looking shiny and bouncy – so how did I do it.
Starting from the inside …
- I take Biotin – I treat myself to a tablet every day – and I know that this has made a huge difference, My hairdresser noticed after 6 weeks, and then she did comment and told me about the improvement.
- I also try to eat as healthy – lots of fruit and vegetables. I am also a great believer in the health properties of yogurt.
- I don’t wash my hair too often. Around once very 4 or 5 days. I have heard that this is a good idea as it protects the hair.
- I use a thickening shampoo. I have fallen in love with Elvive Fibrology Thickening shampoo. It has mixed reviews online, but I really think it makes a difference. I tend to swop my shampoo every couple of months, but I am on my third bottle of this now. I was away a few weeks ago, and used another shampoo. I could really see a difference – my hair was flatter and not as shiny.
- Linked to the fact that I wash my hair every 4 or 5 days, I love dry shampoo. It is my secret weapon. I have tried a few and keep returning to Batiste Dry Shampoo. I am convinced my hair sometimes looks better on day 3 because of this. A quick spray – massage the roots and a blast with the hair dryer and I am good to go out of the door in less than 2 minutes.
- I also trim my hair regularly and of course colour to hide those greys.
- For styling I dry my hair with a blast from the hair dryer and then use my trusty heated curlers. If I wear my hair up I protect it by using very soft rubber bands and hair pins.
A woman’s hair is her crowning glory and we all deserve to feel pretty. I hope that these few tips will help those struggling with thinning hair. I strongly believe that the Biotin is key to this routine. Much of my other advice is cosmetic, but it is all about feeling fabulous.
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The first time I came across the saying, Always Wear your Invisible Crown, I just knew it was meant for me and would, from that day forward be my motto (or one of them).
I have suffered from depression and a poor body image since my teens. It has taken huge strides (and a bit of therapy) to get me to where I am today. Most days I can see myself as a fabulous fifty year old, with a curvy body and a pretty face, but there are still days when it is hard. Tough days when thing don’t always go right or when someone makes a throw-away comment about size. Those are the days I really need my invisible crown.
We are all sensitive and being woman are victims of hormones and mood swings. There are also days when we simply have a down day. These are the days where we have to dust off those invisible crowns, place them firmly on our heads and know that we are special and to many people. These people love and care about us and know we are worthy of a sparkly head piece. Most importantly we need to believe it ourselves.
If I am being really honest, many of my crowns are not invisible. I have built up a small collection of crowns, from tiny hairpins that I can tuck into my french pleat when I am smartly dressed for work, to sparkly jewellery and even a few tiaras.
I honestly find that housework is much easier when wearing a crown. Spinning around the house with a dusting cloth and a crown dancing to music is much more fun that it would be if I was simply polishing surfaces.
The truth is we are all valuable and precious and sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of it.
Another one of my ways of reminding myself that I am a special and confident woman is with a good lipstick. I had the great fortune to get to try out the Wet n Wild Megalast lip colour at the recent ITWBN event in Galway. Now here was a ‘crown’ that lasted the whole day! Through many cups of tea and a few meetings, my lips remained pink. I had a little touch-up at lunch time and can honestly say that I felt good all day! It really does last and last.
One of my most memorable days was sharing my 50th birthday celebrations with my sister who had travelled all the way from Dubai with this special crown in her luggage. We spent 5 days in a swanky hotel and I wore my crown everytime we were in the hotel room, even in the bath!
A real princess treat.
Thanks for reading xx