Tag: Women and Hair

Friends supporting friends

It is mental health awareness this week and it is so good to see lots of the lovely women (and Men!) supporting this.

I wanted to share a picture of my bestie, whom is a lovely lady that has supported me, without her my mental health wouldn’t be what it is today. Since aged 11 she has been my go to.

She has seen me through many an up and a down, she would stay with me when I wouldn’t leave the house, she picked me up when I fell down (literally). When my asthma was bad she would check I was breathing in my sleep. When I had to visit a psychiatrist, she walked me there and waited for me to come out. She listens to my troubles even though she has some of own. When I made bad choices in life, with hair, clothes, men, films she still stood next to me as my friend.

She still makes me laugh till it hurts and hopefully I will be able to be as good a friend to her as she has been to me.

Be like Sam, have a friend like Claire xx

#metalhealthawarenessweek

Photo: This was taken at Newmarket Races a few years ago, Claire and I were making our hair bigger so it looked like a picture from the 80’s.

10 of the best blog posts and articles about Grey Hair.

After my serious allergy to hair dye (thanks to the black henna tattoo) my doctor and I agreed it would be best that I never coloured my hair again.

Now that said, it is fine to agree to no hair dye in your 20’s, but as you head further into your 40’s the grey hairs start to come thick and fast (well for me). So you start thinking about your options or try to come to terms with your grey hair.

I have read a lot of articles about how other women feel about having grey hair and here they are some of the wonderful articles and blog posts on the subject.

Women In Consulting

Anne Kreamer – Going Gray

Boom By Cindy Joseph – 5 tips for embracing natural hair

What I have learned from my gray hair experiment

The Guardian – Why women dare not go grey, The politics of hair

The Telegraph – I’ve had grey hair since I was 16

The Change Guru – Lessons from a year of growing gray hair

Silver Style Life – Grey Hair Lifestyle

Make Up and Beauty Blog – Graceful way to gray

Andrea Bonawitz Styling – Aging Gracefully how to go grey

Just about to start reading Anne Kreamer’s book – Going Gray, will let you know my thoughts.

Hair to dye for

I first spotted a grey hair in my early twenties and was a little bit shocked to say the least. It’s not that I hated grey hair or anything, it was the fact that I hadn’t even thought about it happening.

It’s not something you usually think about in your twenties…Have I got enough money to go out tonight – check, Do I have grey hair? – check!!

Dark Brunette

Being a very dark brunette, pretty much jet black hair, that grey hair stood out a mile and what with it’s different nature stood up very proudly on my head, but not for long as I yanked it out. Over the next few months I spotted more and I just wasn’t ready for them.

Low Maintenance

Being a low maintenance kind of girl, I popped along to Boots and bought some hair dye and applied it to my head. To be honest I really couldn’t tell the difference and the colour hadn’t changed either. My head got very itchy very quickly but just thought the dye had dried my hair out.

I woke in the middle of the night with what felt like a very stiff neck, I couldn’t move my head very much and my head was burning and weeping. I went to the mirror to check myself out. I got quite a shock, the reflection starring back at me looked like I had swallowed myself. My head and neck had swollen to twice their normal size and my eyes had swollen too. I looked like I had gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson and hadn’t move from my bed.

Luckily I was at home with the parents for the weekend and I sheepishly knocked on their bedroom door at 4am in the morning (like I was 5 and going to tell them I don’t feel very well). I remember saying to my mum “Don’t worry and don’t turn the light on but I have a very swollen head” bang went on the light and I scared the living daylights out of all of us.

A&E

We drove to A&E straight away and got seen very quickly (I do love the NHS they have saved me on many an occasion.) The doctor was brilliant and put me on some very heavy steroids via a drip, and antihistamine and other medication to apply to my scalp. I was very lucky as my throat had started to swell and my breathing had got more restricted but we acted quickly and so did the hospital. It took about 2 weeks for all the swelling to go down and for me to be able to wash my hair.

The allergic reaction had occurred due to the allergy I had from the PPD’s in the Black Henna Tattoo I had a few years previously.

The moral of this story is:

Don’t get a black henna tattoo and always have a patch test done first when colouring your hair.

#Avoidblackhenna #alwaysgetapatchtest

Not for the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin…

Who knew when I read that line aged 6 that is was ever going to relate to me! Know aged 41 nearly 42 it does. Eurghh. No one told me when I was merrily plucking away at my mono brow aged 17 that they wouldn’t grow back in later life and just start to fade away even if you don’t pluck them anymore but yet I would get a bucket load of hairs on my chin.