TBT# 4 Hair’s the Thing

In earlier posts, I encouraged you to color your hair if you need to and to make sure your hairstyle is updated and is a flattering look for you. If you are afraid to try something new, one of the easiest ways to get an idea of what style and color looks good on you is to try an online virtual hairstyle site.

I found a site that is a lot of fun and easy to use.  You just have to sign up and upload a headshot of yourself. One of the cool things about it is that if you find a style you like, you can print it out and take it to your stylist. Here is the one I found:

http://www.thehairstyler.com/virtual-hairstyler

Here are some of my looks using a virtual hairstyle site:

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So funny to see all the different looks! I will not definitely not be going for any of these.  🙂

I long ago decided that I want hairstyle that is quick and easy, so that limits me to something that I can wash and blowdry with a minimum of styling. That also means that I have to get it cut about once a month. Not to mention that I would probably be completely gray if I did not get my hair colored.  I say “probably” because I have not seen the natural color of my hair since about 1984!

I would LOVE to hear from you if you try this. Did you find a new style or color?

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MAKEOVER MAGIC

Several months ago, I had the fun experience of helping someone with a makeover. She has given me permission to share the photos with you.

She had several reasons for deciding to make a change, including having come through some serious illnesses during the year. When she started feeling better, she realized her outside did not match her inside.

Naturally a thin person, she had had to cope with weight gain caused by some of her medication, and did not know how to dress the larger version of herself. Thankfully, she was able to come off the medication that caused her to gain weight, and at the time of the makeover had started losing weight, but still did not know how to deal with her shape.

As so many of us do, she had had the same hair style pretty much since high school, and just did not have clue of what to do about that.

The first thing we did was make an appointment with a top-notch stylist. If any of you live in the Clearwater, Florida area, you cannot do better than Catie Giblin who owns Holy Chic Salon in Dunedin.  She is a magician!

https://www.facebook.com/HolyChicSalon/

Before I show you Catie’s magic, here is a “before picture” taken on the way into the salon:

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Catie indeed worked her magic with a fantastic cut and beautiful color. Don’t you agree?

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Now of course, when your hair looks that good, you have to go shopping! She had a budget, so we hit the mall. The process was that she stayed in the dressing room, and I browsed the store and brought her things that I thought would work.  She was very open to trying anything I suggested, and we came home with some very flattering outfits.

I don’t think she would mind my saying that the biggest issue was that her midsection was very much out of proportion to the rest of her body, so we tried to find outfits that minimized that.

I am going to share the photos, but please remember that these were just phone snapshots.  At the time, we never thought they would be published. LOL

If I had known, we would have had better lighting, and done a bit more with makeup and accessories, but I think you will get the idea. IMG_8383 (267x640)

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This photo was taken a few weeks later. She had lost more weight, and found and styled these outfits on her own:

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I just can’t leave without showing some side by side comparisons. It really is amazing to me what hair, clothing and makeup can do!

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IS THIS EVEN THE SAME PERSON???!!!

I am so thankful that she is kind enough to let me share this experience. She hopes that this part of her “fashion journey” may inspire some people who just don’t know where to start, or think it is impossible to find a nice outfit because they have gained weight.

Please know that you are beautiful.  My greatest wish is to inspire you to find ways to let your beauty shine through!

I would love to hear your comments, and would be happy to answer any questions.

 

 

LITTLE OLD LADIES

Hello friends. In my last post, I asked you to consider coloring your hair instead of going gray. I feel sure that I offended quite a few people, and if so, I apologize, but one of the cool things about blogging is that you get to express your opinion. My opinion is that women look younger if their hair is not gray, but if you have a different opinion, I respect that.

I know that some women are proud of their age and their gray hair, and have no desire to look younger than they are. I respect that also. There is no “right or wrong” in this area. Your hair is one of the things that portrays on the outside how you perceive yourself on the inside, and how you want others to see you. If you want to be perceived as a wise older woman, then your look should reflect that.

Most of my friends are over 50, and we have had some interesting conversations over a glass or two of wine. I can truly say that no one in my circle of friends and family feels like a little old lady, or even a wise old woman. We all feel young on the inside, and don’t want to be stereotyped as anything like a “senior citizen.”

In response to the last post, my grandchildren’s other favorite grandmother, made an interesting comment, and even sent these photos.

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Now you have to understand that Judy is one of the most stylish and put-together people I know. She is one of my biggest inspirations.  She always looks beautiful, and is very energetic, active and creative. She is one of those people who acts her “inside age”–about 30.   And I have to admit that she looked beautiful with gray hair.  LOOKED–as in past tense. The picture on the right is the most recent one. Here is what she said about why she decided to go back to coloring her hair:

“I decided to color because strangers were literally treating me like an old woman, complete with “little lady” comments. It didn’t fit how I felt.”

So really, that is the point of this post. Just make sure your hair reflects how you feel.

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HAIR’S THE THING Part Two

In my last post, I encouraged you to make sure your hairstyle is updated, and is a flattering look for you. If you are afraid to try something new, one of the easiest ways to get an idea of what style and color looks good on you is to try an online virtual hairstyle site.

I found a site that is a lot of fun and easy to use.  You just have to sign up and upload a headshot of yourself. One of the cool things about it is that if you find a style you like, you can print it out and take it to your stylist. Here is the one I found:

http://www.thehairstyler.com/virtual-hairstyler

Here are some of my looks from yesterday, and from a couple of years ago on a different site:

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I long ago decided that I want hairstyle that is quick and easy, so that limits me to something that I can wash and blowdry with a minimum of styling. That also means that I have to get it cut about once a month. Not to mention that I would probably be completely gray if I did not get my hair colored.  I say “probably” because I have not seen the natural color of my hair since about 1984!

And speaking of completely gray, I know that there are those of you who are proud of all the gray hairs you have earned, and don’t see why you should have to pay someone to give you a different color. If that is you, go for it.  Just make sure that you have a modern, pretty style. Personally, I believe that gray hair will ALWAYS make you look older. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. But at least try out the virtual hair colors and see what you think; in fact, ask a good friend for a second opinion.

I would LOVE to hear from you if you get a hair makeover using the virtual styler. It would be great to see before-and-after pictures, so send me some at Blog5020@aol.com and I will post them.

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HAIR’S THE THING Part One

Hair! It is something that almost all women think about. Should I grow it out? Is this the right color? Should I go gray? (NO) How often should I get it cut? And on and on. We all know that a “bad hair day” can mean a plain old bad day.

Having a dated hairstyle is one of the main things that makes us look older. Are you still wearing the same style you had in high school?  Please say no!

I bet you can guess the decade of each hairstyle below. If your hairstyle still looks like any of these, it is long past time for a change!

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I don’t claim to have the world’s best hairstyle, but I can tell you that it looks a lot better on me than some other styles. I found this out when I tried one of the virtual hairstyle sites.  Oh my!  It was so funny to see how the exact same picture of myself looked so different with different hair! If you are thinking about changing your look, I encourage you to try it. There are many out there, but here is a link to one that I have not actually tried.

http://www.hairfinder.com/hair_imaging.htm

In my next post, I will show you some of the hairstyles I “tried on”.  I hope you will enjoy laughing at my efforts!

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