Caring for your bald head

Last blog we discussed how to deal with hair loss but once its all out you say, “Now what?”

You may think that now that you don’t have hair you don’t have to take care of your scalp but boy are you mistaken.

Here are some tips on how to take care of your scalp

  1. Don’t get rid of the shampoo

Those tiny hairs on your scalp may be hard to see, but they still need some of your attention. Oil and dirt can build up on your head, so make sure to use a little bit of shampoo and conditioner to keep your scalp moisturized. You may think that body soap is a better option but it will dry out your scalp so it’s best to go with products made for your hair.

  1. Shield your scalp from the sun

This is the most important thing to remember, being bald and burnt is no fun!

Hair protects your head from all elements so now that your head is not protected you will notice the weather more. If it’s the winter throw on a hat or headscarf. In the summer use sunscreen and a cap.

On cloudy days your head can burn too so make sure to use sunscreen and don’t skimp on it…

  1. Keep hydrated and moisturized

Especially in the winter when your head can dry out make sure to stay hydrated by drinking a lot and use sensitive moisturizer on your head.

  1. Try a Scalp Massage

Massaging your head helps circulation and promotes hair growth.

How to do it: Starting with all 10 fingertips on your head, gently apply pressure and massage over your head. Start from your forehead to the crown of your head and down your neck. It’s pretty easy to do it yourself.

  1. Be proud of your bald head

Hold your head up! Being bald is beautiful, but you have to own it! You are a warrior and fighter. Be proud!

Dealing with Hair Loss

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Unfortunately, hair loss is usually a side effect of chemotherapy and it can be extremely rough. For a lot of women it is one of the hardest parts of having cancer. Most women begin to lose their hair 10 to 14 days after starting treatment.

The media today tells us that a woman’s hair should be full and beautiful. We are all supposed to be young, healthy and vibrant including our hair.

For many women undergoing chemotherapy it is difficult to shake their personal attachment to their hair so the process can be very painful and emotionally difficult.

As tough as hair loss is, it may be one of the areas where you can take back a little control by shaving it all off! It can take off some of the stress of watching it fall out and you can involve family members too.

If you do decide to let it fall out on its own here are a few tips to taking care of your hair

  • Go easy on your hair. Wash it only when it’s necessary and when you wash it make sure to be extremely careful and gentle. Only use gentle shampoo.
  • Gently pat or air dry your hair. Stay away from blow dryers or hair-styling tools since they may damage your hair.
  • Don’t dye or perm your hair since that will weaken it.
  • As your hair thins out wear a hat, headscarf or sunscreen outdoors. It will protect your head from the sun or the cold

Whatever you decide to do always remember that beauty is being comfortable and confident in your own skin. Caring, giving and loving others is the true meaning of being beautiful. Let beauty shine from the inside out!

Here’s to wishing you good health always!

Winter Head Scarves – Layer it Up!

headscarf-cotton-square-pileSome women just love their headscarves that they want to wear them all year round!

It may be that patterned head scarf that goes so well with your eyes, or that sentimental gift you received. Whatever the case, just because the weather’s turned cooler doesn’t mean you cant wear it anymore. You just need to know how to winterize your current headcovers.

One option is to bundle up under the headcover. 100% cotton undercovers make great scarf liners that will keep the heat in and yet still allow the scalp to breath. They are available in lots of classic colors so you can find one that suits your needs.

Another option is to layer different headscarves. You can layer with a solid colored complimentary or contrasting scarf, or if you feel really daring, you can go wild with different prints. Simply put the 2 scarves on your head together as you would regularly tie one. Leave a 1-2 inch space in the front so the bottom layer peeks through. If you leave the tails hanging, this has a really nice fuller effect. or you can twist the ties into each other and then twist them around the back or top as you prefer.

And as the weather gets even colder, you always have the option of adding a 3rd scarf to the mix.

So have fun and get creative as you layer your head coverings this winter.

The importance of wearing a sun hat

hat-lacebow-cream-modelEver stop and wonder why all the urgent talk about wearing a sunhat? We know that too much exposure to the sun can cause a sunburn. But not only is a sunburn extremely painful, the cells and blood vessels in our skin get damaged when exposed to too much sun. When exposed to more sun, the skin undergoes premature aging by looking dry, wrinkled and discolored and although the skin may appear to be thicker and leather like, in reality it is actually weaker and will bruise more easily.

 

As you are well aware, the most serious threat of those sunny rays of sunshine is Skin Cancer which is one of the most common cancers today. Doctors believe that most skin cancers can be avoided by preventing sun damage. Putting on sun tan lotion is great, however, there are often parts of the body which are forgotten when applying sunscreen. Most people just smear it on their face, body, arms and legs forgetting behind their ears, their scalp (can’t get lotion in there if have hair) and the back of their neck. Wearing the proper sun hat ensures you that your skin is well protected at all times.

 

But what about the positive sides of sunshine? Vitamin D is an important nutrient that your body obtains through the sun, as Vitamin D is not found naturally in most foods. Rest assured, because most foods today are fortified with Vitamin D so sunlight is not as important or necessary as it used to be.

Of course, the sun makes us all in a cheery mood and lifts our spirits which is why it is definitely recommended to spend time in the sun – just remember to keep safe and protected with sun screen and a sun hat at all times.

 

So now you know all about the importance of wearing a sun hat. Pull that wide brimmed straw hat around your head and smile at the sun! You’re protected!

It’s so important to keep your head protected from the sun

pretied visor capSummer is heating up. If you have a sensitive scalp, now is the time to start preparing for the hot rays of summer sun that can be brutal to a sensitive skin. You’ll need to keep covered all summer whenever you go out – but not to fear, there is such a variety of head coverings available for the summer that you will never get bored.

Sun hats come in lots of fun styles. Wide brim will give you the best coverage for your face and neck as well, but they can feel a little bulky and block your range of vision.

I love pretied headscarves for their ease of use all year, and come summer, this prettied headscarf with the sun visor makes a great all around headcover! It is made of soft cotton that feels great. And with lots of colors to choose from, you can always look put together. Its great for gardening, biking and enjoying all your regular outside activities.

Caps are another obvious choice which protect your scalp and face. The lighter color the cap, the cooler you will feel. Also be sure to look for natural fabrics such as cotton, viscose, linen, and straw for maximum breathability.

Have fun this summer and keep protected when you go out. There is nothing more important than keeping healthy…

Add Color to Your Head Covering this Spring!

Try out a new color this spring! And feel good 'bout how you look!

Try out a new color this spring! And feel good ’bout how you look!

Did you ever wonder if you should add a little more color to your wardrobe. But were worried about how exactly to do so? Maybe you weren’t sure if a particular color suited you and so you just stuck with the tried and true?

If that’s the case, try adding a pop of color to your head covering and see how it goes!

It used to be that women wore all types of snoods and headcoverings – in lots of plaids, prints, and paisley designs. Then styles changed and solid was in. Black, Navy, Brown. Nice basic boring colors. But now we see the trend going lighter, springier, floral and patterned. And oh, what fun it is!

But if you are still too shy to try going all out with color, you can start with a basic solid headcovering such as beret or pretied headscarf with a little colored applique on it. Then, go from there and see where your style takes you this season!

Enjoy!

4 Different Ways to Wear a Beret

Berets are great as fashionable head accessory, a modest head cover, or for hair loss. They are made with different types of fabrics such as cotton, wool or angora, all which are soft and comfortable to wear. They can also be found in many different colors, patterns and styles for different occasions from casual to dressy.
A beret can be worn as a full head covering with no hair showing. This makes it an ideal head covering for women with hair loss due to chemo or alopecia, and also for those who cover their hair for tzniut – modesty.

Beret full head covering

Another stylish way to wear a beret is perched at an angle on the head like a painter or an artist. It has a classy look and can add the finishing touches to that chic outfit. Smile daintily and wait for compliments.

Beret Painter style
Looking for some spunk? Try this style beret for some funk! It’s easy! Just simply tuck the back of your hair into the beret and leave the front hairs showing. Great way to cover up for a bad hair day! The secret’s between me and you! ;)

Beret spunk style
Here is another hot way to wear a beret. Let your hair loose and secure the beret on top of your hair on the crown part of your head. Let the beret hang down for a cool look. Now fly with the wind like a free bird! Bobby pins can help you keep your beret in place for looking good all day long.

Beret loose style
So, what’s your favorite way to wear a beret?