Hair Loss Update: I love my hair again!

Earlier this year I didn’t think that I would ever say these words again, but I love my hair! Hair Loss Update: I love my hair again! I really love my hair. It’s such a great feeling. And I’m getting my confidence back! And I am loving my short hair. Now that is something I never thought I’d ever say in a million years. And I went even shorter after the big chop (that you can read about HERE). If you’re not familiar with my hair loss story, you are welcome to pop over HERE. The following pics will also make a lot more sense then. Look at all that hair!! I still can’t believe that my hair is so thick and healthy. The ‘going-on-bald’ patch I had on my head is gone! (Yes, there are way too many exclamation marks in this post, but I am just so damn happy and excited. Forgive me.) I also have my curls back. And they are back with a vengeance! This has been quite a ride. Not a fun one. I know I’m extremely lucky that it all turned out the way it has. And it’s all thanks to the following… The Renewal Institute I told you about how Skin & Body Renewal helped me get to the root of my problem (I know; I love puns) in the hair loss post I mentioned earlier. Their love and care has meant the world to me. Plus they were the ones that taught me the importance of supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals, especially during times of extreme stress. I am now...

I had my eyebrows microbladed!

Microblading has been the buzzword over the last couple of years and when the kind people at Skin and Body Renewal asked me if I wanted to try it out, my answer was HELL YEAH! Microblading Microblading is an eyebrow enhancing procedure where tiny scratches are made in the skin using a manual handheld tool that implants permanent makeup pigments into the upper layers of the skin. The aim is to create hair-like strokes that mimic natural hairs to give you fuller-looking brows and/or alter the shape of your brows. I only learned exactly how microblading is done a day before my procedure. That tells you a lot about the faith I have in Skin and Body Renewal, hey? From my experience, all Skin and Body Renewal staff and therapists are highly trained and skilled, so I wasn’t very stressed. But I strongly advise that you do not make the decision to have your brows done without doing your research. It is still a tattoo. On your face!! And it’s permanent. You want to make a 100% sure that the person you entrust with your brows, knows what they are doing. I’ve seen a few Youtube videos where people DIY this procedure at home… rather save your money and have it done by a professional. I beg you! Today I want to answer a few questions you may have and also show you my before and after pics that were taken on the day of my first procedure. My touch-up is scheduled for 12 August and after that’s healed completely, I will do another post with pics. I had my eyebrows microbladed! On...

Short hair, do(n’t) care? Plus a hair loss update.

Two weeks ago I gave my husband the scissors and I told him to cut. I knew that if it wasn’t done immediately, I wouldn’t have the guts and I would drag it out for even longer than I already have. My husband took 3 huge gulps of red wine and started cutting … Short hair, do(n’t) care? Plus a hair loss update. If you’re not familiar with my extreme hair loss story, this is it in a nutshell: stress and trauma caused me to lose about two thirds of my hair. The hair that was left became dry and brittle and it seemed like I was losing my natural curl. A huge shock also caused my hair to weaken at the root and once my hair reached a certain length, it broke off. For the last 6 months or so I have been trying my best to hide the hair loss by tying my hair up in the most pathetic little ponytail you can imagine. I couldn’t wear my hair loose as I was sporting a super fabulous 80’s style mullet. The only long hair left on my head was on the bottom half of my head. Thankfully my hair started to grow again!! My hair is full and healthy and my curls are back with a vengeance. Thank you Trichotin!! Find my introduction to Trichotin over HERE. But that pony looked horrible. The dead hair had to go. I was extremely calm that Tuesday evening when I gave my husband the scissors. I sat at the kitchen counter and gave him instructions to cut everything the same length. My hair...

Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat Review

Oh my word! Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat shampoo and conditioner is fan-freakin-tastic! I know it’s early days, but I really think this is the budget beauty launch of the year. For me at least. Here’s why … Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat Review Garnier’s Ultimate Blends Oat Milk Delicacy creates its most caring formula for all delicate hair and scalp. Formulated with Oat milk and rice cream, Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat offers a complete routine that cleanses, soothes, hydrates and protects. OAT MILK TO SOOTHE & SOFTEN Protein-rich oats are among nature’s ingredients, easy to assimilate and valued for their nutritive benefits. Known for its various properties, Oat Milk is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin B1, calcium and iron. This milk is often contained in skincare products as it helps soothe and soften delicate skin. It’s the perfect choice for both soothing sensitive scalps and reducing the sensation of itching. RICE CREAM TO MOISTURIZE AND PROTECT Rice is the cereal that is the easiest for the body to benefit from and known for its wealth of proteins. Used in Asian skincare for its hydrating properties, this newest Garnier Ultimate Blends ingredient is ideal for moisturizing and protecting hair. Garnier’s Delicate Soother is designed to care for delicate hair and scalp. I don’t suffer from a sensitive scalp, but my hair needs all the TLC it can get after my hair loss. And oh my, it provides a lot of tender love and care. The shampoo is incredibly creamy and it isn’t stripping at all. The paraben-free formula leaves my hair feeling clean, soft and smooth. The conditioner makes detangling...

Review: Inoar Vegan Shampoo & Conditioner

Inoar recently announced their first ever vegan range and I haven’t seen a brand this excited or passionate about a product in a long time. I am excited with them about Inoar Vegan. What they say: One of the best things about this line is what it doesn’t contain. One of Inoar’s main philosophies is respect for life. All of our products undergo testing, but never on animals. The Vegan line has no ingredients of animal origin and was created to celebrate this attitude, to remember that you can – and should – choose cosmetics that maintain a respectful relationship with nature and animals. Products in the Inoar Vegan line are formulated using vegetable oils, such as coconut and olive oil, that penetrate deep into the hair fibres, caring for your hair with maximum performance. What we say: Firstly, well done Inoar! Cruelty-free for the win. The first thing you notice about the range is the fabulous coconut scent. When I cracked to seal of the shampoo, I wanted to reach for a spoon. It smells like coconut heaven. The real stuff. The shampoo and conditioner is packed with Coconut oil, Olive oil, Macadamia oil, Argan oil and Wheat Germ oil and is suitable for all types of hair. The nasties-free shampoo foams well (considering) and it leaves our hair feeling clean and soft. When it comes to shampoos and conditioners, I always test on Cara’s hair as well, hence the ‘our’. At first, the shampoo left my hair feeling a bit dried out, but after my hair loss my hair was extremely damaged and I may have over did it with the...

Trichotin Hair Regenesis Review & Hair Loss Update

I told you about my extreme hair loss in Feb and I promised you an update, well… MY HAIR IS GROWING!! I’m actually scared to say those words out load because I don’t want to jinx it. Losing your hair is pretty damn devastating. I can’t even imagine how ladies who lose all their hair must feel! From my previous post you will know that I take a hand full of supplements every day. I never used to believe in supplements. I would religiously take supplements for a couple of months and then give up as I felt that it didn’t make a difference to my health. This experience has changed my mind completely. Pop those vitamins people! What has happened since my extreme hair loss post? My hair has stopped falling out! Or at least it’s back to how it used to be and only a ‘normal’ amount is left in the shower after a wash and detangle. My hair is still breaking, but it seems that it is only the long hair that’s breaking off. They are basically just catching up with the rest. The way the GP explained it to me: when I went through an extremely traumatic experience last year, my hair probably weakened at the root and with time, my hair started to break off at that point. That is also why the long hair that I have left, is dry and brittle at the ends. Why not just cut it all off you ask? Hell no! I have curly hair and short does not suit me. I would love to get rid of...

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