I have officially been writing this blog for one month and I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I love putting together outfits to show you, exploring new ways to organize, sharing my favorite things, and most importantly sharing my triumphs and struggles. I don’t think that I have ever been so real and open with anyone like this. It is very therapeutic and eye opening at the same time. Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting me, and thank you for not judging my flaws. I feel truly blessed. If you like what you are reading, please share it with your friends. It would mean the world to me.
Now on to today’s topic…my hair…AGAIN! Sorry you guys but I am having so many hair issues lately. As you know we recently moved to a new area where I pretty much know no one, so I didn’t really have anyone to ask about salons and such in the area. I did my own research online and found a few place by driving around town. I picked this one salon that is not too far from my house that looked really nice online. I had already stalked them on Instagram to see some of their work and I was impressed. Yes, I am pretty picky when it comes to who does my hair. Ok, I’m pretty picky about everything. I know! It’s one of my faults. I can’t help it. Anyway, I called and made an appointment. The appointment was around 8 weeks ago. I went in and the inside of the salon was nice, clean, and seemed pretty cool. I got a good vibe. Good start! Then I met with the girl that was doing my hair and we talked a good bit about my hair, what I liked about it, what I didn’t like about it, and what I wanted done. I had some streaky blond highlights in my hair that I was tired of and wanted toned down, and I had some grey that I wanted to cover up. Yes, I am old enough to have grey hair. Shocking, I know! Unfortunately, more and more are popping up and I can’t stand it. Thankfully most of it is in the under layers of my hair so most people don’t notice it unless I have my hair pulled back which isn’t often. It’s enough, though, that it bothers me every time I see it while drying and styling my hair. Back to the point, the stylist recommended a toner versus doing my roots since (in her opinion) I didn’t really have that much grey. The toner would cover the grey and would tone down my highlights. I was totally cool with that as my previous hairdresser had done that before as well. So far so good, right? Well, she proceeded to apply the toner while we chatted a little more. Then we let it sit and then rinsed it out…the normal steps of doing my hair. When she rinsed and washed my hair, I was put in a reclining seat with my legs up and the chair actually massaged my back the entire time she was rinsing, washing, and massaging my head. It was fabulous! Getting my hair done is always a relaxing experience for me, but this was even more amazing. Then she proceeded to cut my hair. If you all remember, I have super thick hair, so cutting my hair is not an easy or fast job. Anyway, up until this point I was very pleased with the salon and my stylist. I was actually very happy until she started telling me that she wasn’t feeling well and that she thought she either had food poisoning from some lettuce she ate or a stomach bug. Now, if you know me, you know that I am a germ-a-phobe (however you spell it). She’s all up in my head and face, and I’m trying not to breathe because no one has time for a stomach bug and, well, GROSS! That was a little off-putting, but she honestly did a great job with the color and cut of my hair, and I loved the experience otherwise. I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and went ahead that day and booked another appointment for 8 weeks later.
Everything is good, right? WRONG! No, I didn’t get the stomach bug or whatever was going on with her, thankfully. Instead, I was up all night scratching my head. It was so bad! My head was super itchy. By the next morning my scalp and neck were so red and puffy. I believe that I had an allergic reaction to something that was used on my hair but I honestly really don’t know. Was it the shampoo? Was it the toner? Was it anything else that she put in my hair? Was it totally unrelated? I don’t know! It didn’t look like hives like I normally get with allergic reactions. It was just super red and puffy. I am allergic to penicillin, magnesium, band-aids (or really any adhesive bandage), and a couple other medicines. I highly doubt that any of those things would be in the products used on my hair. This has never happened before. I was popping the Benadryl like candy. Thankfully the redness went away after a couple of days, but I continued to be itchy for about a week. You guys, I even checked myself for lice (which totally creeps me out, by the way) because that’s how itchy it was.
It has been 8 weeks since that appointment. My next appointment is scheduled for tonight. Remember, I scheduled before I left the last appointment? Well, now I have the dilemma of whether or not to go back. I desperately need a haircut! My hair grows so fast. I was not really impressed with any of the other salons nearby from my search, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they aren’t good ones. I am torn with what to do. Maybe it was a fluke and totally not related to the salon. Ugh! I don’t know. Maybe I will go and give it one more shot and see what happens. I NEED a haircut.
Now, on to the next hair issue I am having. I think in my other hair post (you should check it out for a good laugh if you haven’t) I mentioned that my hair falls out in handfuls on a daily basis. There is always hair all over the floor in my bathroom and gobs of it in the shower. That is totally the norm. You could never tell where the hair was coming from. I have so much hair that loosing it has never been an issue until now. If I thought that my hair was coming out in handfuls before, now it is coming out in gallons. I don’t know what is going on, but I am now getting bad bald spots on both sides of my forehead at the temples. There could be more bald spots but that’s all I can see. This happened to me after having both of my girls, and I’ve been told that was normal due to hormones. The hair does seem to be growing back because I have all these short baby hairs sticking up everywhere but it is still coming out in gobs. I do have a thyroid issue, which I think could be the culprit along with some other symptoms that aren’t hair related that I am having. I had half of my thyroid removed 20 years ago and take thyroid mediation daily so my dose could need adjusting. I have made an appointment with my doctor to get it checked but in the meantime, my hair is a mess. My bangs cover the one side, but it is starting to get noticeable on the other side. I look like I have a receding hair line. Oh and the new hair that is growing in is making me look like I stuck my finger in an electric socket! It’s so bad. I really hope that it is as simple as changing my medication.
Maybe I can get some matching hair clip-ons like this Snapchat filter to cover up the bald spots! Do you think that would work? Haha!
On top of all that, I am having dry flakey skin right in my hair line just around my face. It looks like I have dandruff because it is all flaking off into my hair. People keep telling me that I have food in my hair! It’s so embarrassing. From what I have read this can also be a sign of my thyroid levels being off. I couldn’t get in to see my doctor for a couple of weeks so I am just going to have to deal with it in the meantime, I guess. To sum it all up for you, I desperately need a hair cut, I may or may not be allergic to the hair products that will be used on my head tonight, I am going bald, and I have lovely white flakes all in my hair. I am a hot mess for sure! Oh and I forgot that I am also turning grey! AHHH! Can someone please tell me that this is all normal and that it will all go away very soon?
Anchored and Balding,