Saturday, 31 March 2012

Protective Styling for Bald Heads #5

See below for previous posts: 

Protective Styling for Bald Heads #1

Protective Styling for Bald Heads #2
Protective Styling for Bald Heads #3
Protective Styling for Bald Heads #4





After my mixed feelings towards the first short cap weave I had, I decided to try making one of my own. I planned to use it as practice before attempting to make a kinky twist or sisterlocks wig. (Click here for my initial thoughts)

By the way - in case you didn't know a cap weave is where a weave or wig is created as a cap - allowing you to remove the whole thing when you want to wash your hair... or as in my case - allowing you to wear a weave/custom-made wig if you have no hair of you own to sew a traditional weave on to.

I like this type of weave cap best - I find it more durable than the stocking cap but most stylists I've met so far won't create cap weaves with them because of the glue - they prefer this type (net) for sew-ins.













Personally, I'd give this a 6 out of 10. It was kinda what I wanted BUT having made it while on the foam head it turned out to be just a smidge too loose for me ho hum - on to the next one


Personally, I'd give this a 6 out of 10. It was kinda what I wanted BUT having made it while on the foam head it turned out to be just a smidge too loose for me ho hum - on to the next one!




Cost: £10 (£1 for the weave cap/net, and then £7.99 for the Bump hair in colour 2, £1 for the bonding adhesive)
Frequency of Wear: Zilch. (slightly loose and hubby hated it lol)
Durability: It's still in my wig box a year later...
Overall Value: ???




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Friday, 30 March 2012

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

This post is for Ofo and relatives and sufferes of HG around the world. xxx

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a debilitating condition affecting a (small) percentage of pregnant women.

For most women, pregnancy is a time of blooming, eager anticipation and excitement. Sure there may be swollen ankles (and noses) and a smattering of morning sickness. Some may even experience chloasma (discolouration of the skin) or weird cravings - but generally speaking these are a flash in the pan, quickly disappearing into the sea of forgetfulness as you look forward to welcoming your little one.

For other women pregnancy is something to be endured, sometimes often feared. It becomes a battle of wills because you have to really WANT to continue your pregnancy knowing that this means 9 months of extreme discomfort and misery; every day you will fight against the desire to 'feel better'.  Many women terminate their pregnancies in order to gain relief from the debilitating symptoms - particularly when familial support is negligible. Others turn to powerful drugs or spend weeks confined to bed or episodes in hospitals attached to a drip having become so dehydrated and weak through their illnesses.

I know of three other bloggers (Yahvinah from Locs Down Under, V from Locs-n-Motion, and N'Joi) who experienced this condition.  Knowing there were others out there who had a) experienced what I was going through b) overcome and c) gone on to have MORE children was incredibly inspiring and encouraging to me throughout my own term.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is derived from three words - altogether they convey the 'gravity' of the condition:

Hyper:   acute or excessive
Emesis:  from the root 'emesis', related to the vomiting associated with the condition
Gravidarum:  I say it's related to the seriousness (gravity) of the condition, if unchecked it can cause severe dehydration and starvation but really it just means that it's related to pregnancy.

HG is a severe form of morning sickness, with "unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids.  It is considered a rare complication of pregnancy and what sets this apart from 'morning sickness' is the constant unrelenting persistent nature of the vomiting.

Sufferers routinely lose weight during pregnancy (especially during the first trimester) whereas their unafflicted counterparts steadily gain weight throughout the pregnancy. With my son I lost almost 2 stone by the time I was 16 weeks.

How Long Does it Last?
Each mother (and then each pregnancy) responds differently to the condition.

With my first child, HG eased off by the 7th month. From there it was almost smooth sailing in comparison.
With my son, the HG never eased up and I was a miserable cow right up until he popped out.
With my last child, the HG was so successfully controlled by the drugs that it was bearable until it abated in the 36th week (which is also when she popped out).

There seems to be no consensus on when the symptoms will subside. My first midwife said "Things should get better by week 16"... then she said "week 20"... then "Week 24".... so it's difficult to tell. And as you can see from my case history, you can't really judge by previous pregnancies.

I will say this though - it DOES get worse with each subsequent pregnancy. No lie. Be prepared for that. This is why some women will only have one child and others will opt to terminate any further pregnancies.

What's It Like?
Blooming Awful !  I keep saying this but i mean it: every day is a struggle. Just getting through another hour can seem impossible.

For me - any movement was amplified and induced such feelings of nausea (like motion sickness) that vomiting was inevitable, prolonged and violent.  I would vomit whether there was something in my stomach or not. I have never been so familiar with the colour or scent of bile... TMI eh? But this stuff is real.

HRH could sit next to me on the sofa or the bed and it would feel as though I were in a boat being tossed about on the high seas. I could not go around roundabouts without throwing up (it felt as though I were in a whirlwind or tornado), even navigating over speed humps would cause me to empty my stomach. We kept a stash of plastic bags/nappy sacks and those cardboard vomit basins they give you at hospital to cater for the eventuality...

I couldn't eat. Sometimes it was the taste of the food, sometimes the smell and on the worse days it was teh mere thought of the food that would cause me to throw up. Afraid of being admitted to hospital (I really hate hospitals), I tried to drink sports drinks and beverages high in glucose and electrolytes. I was even prescribed diarolyte to help keep hydrated.

In addition to actually being sick, and feeling sick - lack of food (forced starvation) left me lightheaded, grumpy, dizzy and prone to headaches. I had very little energy and often felt as though I'd lost the will to live. The thought of facing 9 months in this state was depressing. If you're loved ones are feeling like this please be on the watch for that sneaky old depression, because despair can set in quickly and make you feel like there is no way out... other than terminating the pregnancy of course.

How Can You Help?
Recognise the condition for what it is - a RARE complication of pregnancy. It's not just your loved one being a wuss or failing to cope with a 'little morning sickness'. This is more than morning sickness - it lasts all day and all night ... it doesn't let up.

Please don't be belittle it or brush it off lightly - if you're loved one is suffering she is NOT exaggerating. Honestly - just think how bad it must be for a woman to consider ending the life of her much loved/longed for child in order to gain relief!!!!
  
Please don't suggest things like 'ginger'. Although these tradtional remedies are usually sufficient to relieve most pregnancies they gave me (and none of my physical friends - like Roseann-  who suffered from HG) any relief whatsoever... but if I had a dollar for every time someone said: "eat ginger/sniff ginger/ drink ginger tea..." (replace ginger with peppermint or chamomile or any other natural remedy normally used in pregnancy).
They don't work - and your loved one probably tried them long before she started to complain about what was happening to her...

Please find a doctor who is aware of and sympathetic to the disorder. With my son, my first doctor thought I was a right softie, exaggerating to get attention and my husband was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wonderful for putting up with me (rolling my eyes). She was one of those 'drink ginger' people... her replacement was much more concerned - particularly given my weight loss... she really tried to help me. Having a physician on your side is priceless.

My second doctor wasn't available when I fell pregnant with my third child but my third doctor was awesome - he listened to my story and prescribed the drug I asked for without putting up a fight.  This is important because the drug is normally reserved for cancer patients and is expensive. NHS doctors are notoriously reluctant to prescribe it.  While thousands of women in the UK and US have used it to combat the effects of HG, there is a lack of data (i.e. no controlled scientific studies) on the effects to the unborn so if you choose to go down that route you need to be aware of this and prepared for any consequences.

Research. You can join online forums and browse websites that give information that can be very beneficial and allow both you and your loved one to feel supportive throughout the entire ordeal.

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hyperemisis-and-NVP-Support-UK/189104147799790

Where Can I Learn More
Well you can contact me if you have specific questions or just want someone to listen while you moan about how awful you feel :) (Sometimes your family and friends just don't get it, or get tired of hearing about it lol)

You can also read these articles: 

UK Resources
http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/physical_health/conditions/hyperemesisgravidarum1.shtml
http://www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnancy/complications/hyperemesis/
http://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/
There used be a site at hypermesis.org.uk full of case studies and UK women's triumphs but it seems to be gone now :(

Global/US Resources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperemesis_gravidarum
http://www.hyperemesis.org/
http://www.helpher.org/hyperemesis-gravidarum/

See all my HG related posts here




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Protective Styling for Bald Heads #4

Here's number 4 in the series :)

See below for previous posts:

Protective Styling for Bald Heads #1

Protective Styling for Bald Heads #2
Protective Styling for Bald Heads #3




This was another Sensationnel Bump cap weave.

However, the stylist cut the bangs while the unit was fitted to a foam head (as opposed to while it was attached to me) and they were ridiculously blunt (and very weird).  I also had issues with the top being a bit pointy... made me feel like a cone head.

Despite my 'issues' I wore this one to work the most. The sides were very well cut, they fell naturally and moved freely - which added to the whole natural look and feel of the unit. Had the fringe not been so 'silly', this would have been my favourite.




Cost: £15
Frequency of Wear: Moderate. (The pointy top and blunt fringe spoiled it for me)
Durability: Lasted about 12 months with moderate usage. Still going strong!
Overall Value: Good.



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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Protective Styling for Bald Heads #3

This was a cap weave made for me in Barbados during my parent's 50th wedding anniversary celebration.
It took about an hour to make and involved Sensationnel Bump Feather Wrap (Human Hair) in colour 1B and a basic black stocking cap.





Cost: £15
Frequency of Wear: Moderate. (I found the feathered side a bit weird, can't put my finger on it...)
Durability: Lasted about 6 months with moderate usage. Curls went awol after I washed it lol. I wear it for swimming when 'cute hair' is not expected.
Overall Value: Good.

See here for
Protective Styling for Bald Heads #1
Protective Styling for Bald Heads #2

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Protective Styling for Bald Heads #2

I have about 12-14 wigs, some were 'better' than others lol.

After my fiasco with lacefront #1 I decided to turn my back on supposedly high end products and just pop down to the Hair shop on my local high street to see what they had on offer.

I was pleasantly surpised to discover that one particular shop actually had a back room full of all types of wigs: lace, traditional, synthetic and human hair, long, short, blonde, black, brown, pink, blue - you get the idea.  The back room has a large mirror and is sectioned off from the main store so you can browse and try in privacy - which obviously I appreciated MUCHLY!

Here was my first Sleek mid-length wig. (At least I think it was Sleek... can't remember now) - cost me £19.99









Cost: £19.99
Frequency of Wear: Frequent. (Especially to work)
Durability: Lasted about 6 months with almost daily wear. Still have it but it's a bit ratty now.
Overall Value: Brilliant (because I really wore it out!!!)



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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Protective Styling... for Bald Heads #1

Hey, if I can't laugh at myself I might as well just give up now eh?

What's triggering all of these posts all of a sudden? Well, I'm on vacation AND I'm in a much better space emotionally than I have been for at least a year.

Losing one's hair is DRAINING...  the constant battle to guard your emotions and prevent yourself from spiralling into depression and negative thoughts about your self image, beauty, attractiveness to one's husband etc etc etc - eugh! A fight I tell you... and through it all I took pictures... in preparation for the day when I was finally able to look back and talk about it without bawling my eyes out.

I know you're waiting for the hairloss update and it's coming - honestly - but it's taking a little time because, due to that unpleasant experience I had with people using my photos, I have to make sure ALL my pics are watermarked from now on... which is actually rather boring and quite tedious - but bear with me.

In the meantime - you enjoy pictures of me in my wigs! That's right... as a bald-headed beauty I had two options for protective styling*:

  1. head wraps using scarves and colourful material.
  2. wigs (including cap weaves, lace fronts, and full lace wigs).

*protective styling is required for bald headed people in order to protect the skin of the exposed scalp from sun and other elements. Take it from someone who suffered from scalp sunburn. Not nice!

It was my mother who initially suggested I wear a wig. At first I was opposed but it was rather cold outside and my head felt as though a vice was being tightened around it! I couldn't wear hats ALL the time and I wasn't as comfortable wearing my bald head out as I would become later. This was November 2010...

I went to a salon that supposedly specialised in hair replacement units specifically designed for alopecia sufferers. I'm a member of Alopecia UK and was given a 10% discount of the purchase and fitting price... I was not happy with the overall service or the end result so I won't mention the name of the establishment.

I actually cried when it was over. No privacy, no delicacy or sensitivity shown re: my harrowing hair loss... glue applied to the 26 or 27 locs that were still attached to my head (ie no protection) - after this experience those locs were lost too. I shudder when I remember this ... anyway - here's 'wig #1': the first full lace wig.  They did not have any 'natural-looking' curly types... and they struggled to find me a 12 inch (I guess everyone wants 18-21inches) - I just wanted to look like I had hair again.


That there is my fake smile. I was NOT loving this look... too much straight hair... too much NOT MY OWN hair :(

And this is what it looked like a year later after I took it to the Jamaican salon and had it cut and styled.
It took me a year to learn to own whatever look I have to wear - whether I like it or not. lol.


trying to show you the shape of the back


(and I still didn't like it hahahhha)

Initial Cost: £180 (including discount and free fitting)
Cut & Style: £40
Frequency of Wear: Rare, I don't like the glue...
Overall Value: Poor (because I hardly wear it)



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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Bajan Baby is TWO!

Happy Birthday Baby!

From this

Day One

To This... 

Day 20

1 month
1 Month


To This


11 Months


 To This
18 Months



To This

2 years! (Loving my gramma)

2 Years! (loving my fro!)

Lord, we are truly grateful for every minute you've allowed us to share with our little pumpkin.

Thank you for her wonderful spirit, the way she embraces life and loves every plant and animal she can find.

Thank you Thank you Thank you that when those doctors were shaking their heads and telling us to brace ourselves... You stepped in and spoke LIFE into her little yellow body and called her back... and those same doctors shook their heads in bewilderment wondering how she made it.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Happy Birthday Pazzie Bear xxxx

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Saturday, 24 March 2012

Loc Weaves and Loc wigs

Hi guys,

I don't think I ever shared my experiences with the kind ladies who create wigs and weaves from locks in order to repair or cover large areas of hair loss for loc wearers: traditional or otherwise.

Gerrylocs were recommended to me by three of my readers and 2 close friends when my hair first started falling out.

When I began to explain my hair loss to her, the first thing Gerry said was: "I'm so sorry for your loss - it must be very hard for you".

Her empathetic response triggered a shower of tears from me as it was so touching to hear someone speak so tenderly about what was happening to me - she genuinely seemed and seem to understand how painful it all was and that is what singles her out for me...

She wasn't dismissive of the personal aspect of things, she was more than just interested in slapping some glue on my scalp and sticking on a (straight) lacefront without considering my desire to have a natural look. She took time to listen to me and find out what was causing the hairloss and what sort of look I wanted to achieve. THAT really mattered to me!

Unfortunately for me, due to financial constraints at the time, I wasn't able to invest in a replacement unit for myself but my experience with the owner of Endless Creations (Gerry Mayo) was completely pleasant and professional.

There is a South African blogger (Gerrylocs) who is a walking testimony to her work (note: this lady did not suffer from any hairloss) and one of our lovely UK bloggers has also made use of her services.

copyright Gerry Mayo, www.impactfolios.com/gerrymayo

Based on my experience and her references, I would personally recommend Gerrylocs for sisterlocks and micro lock wearers.
http://www.impactfolios.com/gerrymayo/portfolios.htm
http://www.impactfolios.com/gerrymayo/14315/index.htm

I came across this other company on facebook today and their portfolio looks good as well.

http://locrehab.com/Home_Page.html
Her name is Andrell Cox and the company is called Loc Rehab.

If I can - I plan to interview them both in the near future because I think that'd be a really nice article.

If you know of any other companies who are doing lock replacement units (not just lock repairs) let me know and I'll update this post.

Later!


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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Almond & Avocado Holistic & Hair Services


Almond Avocado Holistic has its own space

I've separated the blogs so that the Holistic therapies live in a separate space as although there is some overlap, the majority of my holistic clients are not also natural hair/loc wearers/clients.

I hope that those of you who are interested in holistic therapies will join me there.

http://feelbetterbewell.blogspot.com/


My sisterlocks and natural hair care business remains at http://www.almondavocado.com/ 



Best wishes,


Annette (bajan lily)


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Monday, 19 March 2012

Bald & Beautiful

Life with alopecia? Sometimes you have to 'own it' even when you don't like it :)



Me and my bald head,
at a friend's wedding, August 2011



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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Tips for Hair Growth

Secrets for Hair Growth
Drinking 1-2 bottles of Tiger Malt a day for 12 weeks will give you a good hefty dose of  Biotin and ‘cause’ your hair to grow longer and stronger. Try the Tiger Malt challenge today!


Almost two years ago I started creating my own hair, bath and body products (we’ll get to that later). The training I received was related to cottage industries, sole traders and small businesses but no matter which course I enrolled on – the importance of marketing and labelling was emphasised.

In addition to this we were warned over and over not to make ‘claims’ that cannot be substantiated e.g. it would be illegal for me to say “My handmade Hair Elixer will make your hair grow long and strong.”

Neither could I say “My whipped soufflĂ© avocado cream is great for eczema and dermatitis”.

I could however say “My hair elixir can help stimulate hair growth and improve length retention (as part of a protective hair regime and when combined with a nutritionally balanced diet)” or “This whipped soufflĂ© avocado cream might  be beneficial to people with skin complaints such as eczema or dermatitis”... subtle differences I know but unless I am going to pay a zillion dollars for medical testing to PROVE my claims - I cannot make them. Boots, Superdrug, Loreal, Johnson & Johnsons etc can.

This is why I am often amused when I see young entrepreneurs launching products and making claims: “miracle gro hair cream” for example. I am also amused at the misinformation we often find online – on blogs or forums where information is shared but not always moderated or verified. (Remember this while I move on).

Let me summarise general hair care science for you: 

If you look after your hair – treat it gently, protect the ends as much as possible etc – you will suffer from less breakage, and therefore retain more length. Overall result: Longer hair (your hair will appear to be growing longer).

If you look after your scalp – keep it free of dirt and debris (dead skin cells) through regular washing, and light oiling (if that floats your boat) – your hair follicles will remain healthy (i.e. uninfected by bacteria, unimpeded by surface debris etc) – healthy follicles support healthy hair. Overall result: More volume or thicker/fuller looking hair (More healthy strands of hair, less dandruff or gunky stuff on the scalp; fresh smelling hair.

If you apply essential oil blends or creams to the tips (ends) of your hair – they may penetrate the hair shaft (if they contain penetrative agents such as coconut oil or olive oil) or coat the hair shaft to provide a protective barrier against environmental debris. Overall result: hair is conditioned and may feel softer and look shinier.

If you apply certain essential oils blended in jojoba (one of the few carrier oils scientifically proven to penetrate the skin and potentially the hair follicles) the beneficial properties in the active ingredients  or essential oils can be delivered to the deeper layers of skin and in some cases to the follicle which may in turn stimulate growth. NB there is some debate as to whether or not the chemical compounds in these ingredients will be absorbed by the bloodstream when applied in this manner.

If you eat a balanced diet (very important to include something from all the essential food groups) and then supplement with hair loving vitamins such as Iron, Zinc, Vitamin Bs (including Biotin), Omega-3,   and Vitamin D you will be nourishing your hair from the inside out.  Your body will absorb the essential vitamins and the broken down compounds will be delivered to your follicles and the skin cells of your scalp etc via the circulatory system. Overall result: your hair will become stronger (from the root first and for any subsequent new growth)– having been fortified internally before it even appears above your scalp, and if your hair growth cycles were previously sluggish or retarded – growth can be stimulated, repairing your hair from the inside out (new growth only).

Applying creams and potions to your hair in order to enourage GROWTH will be ineffective if it is not combined with good nutrition and/or vitamin supplements.

So – back to what I told you to remember about claims and so on. Everyone loves Biotin right? Biotin is great for hair growth right? Everyone knows that, which is why some of our sisters are so concerned about taking Biotin supplements. However, you should bear in mind that the body will only absorb so much of something and eliminate the rest as waste.

Let’s pretend that the rda is equivalent to the amount out bodies can practically absorb within safe limits on any given day (plus/minus 10%). 

Now let’s say that the rda for Biotin is 100mg, and you take 200mg a day. Taking more will not improve your chances of improved hair growth, 200mg (double the rda) might actually be toxic to you as your liver struggles to cope with the excess amounts and this can have an adverse effect on other organs or systems within your body (kinda like when you’re poisoned). 150mg (slightly more than the RDA) might be ok  (notice i say MIGHT) particularly if you were deficient in this vitamin when you started taking it but just know that whatever you consume – your body will only take what it needs – and discard the rest, so you might take 100mg and your body only absorb 50mg... if you upped your intake to 200mg, your body would still only absorb 50mg because at that point 50mg was all you needed.

Bear in mind I made up all those figures above just to prove a concept ok? Don’t quote me on them – they were for illustration purposes only.

Balance is better. By all means you should increase your intake of a mineral or vitamin to redress an imbalance but you’re probably better off not creating imbalances (by disproportionately increasing intake of something at the expense of something else).

So, in case you haven’t guessed, the Tiger Malt challenge was my tongue in cheek response to some of the things I’ve read over the years. However, there is nothing to say that it won’t work – seeing as it does actually contain Biotin, and vitamins are more readily absorbed in liquid form that solid form. So it’s worth a shot – if you try it, lemme know how it goes!

If you’ve found any other ‘everyday’ drinks or foods you could ‘market for hair growth’ weigh in below! (And I don’t mean supplements or tonics that have been specifically designed for their pharmaceutical benefits) – let’s be creative here J  




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Monday, 12 March 2012

Tiger Malt for Hair Growth

By now most of you will have heard about Biotin (one of the B vitamins also known colloquially as Vitamin 'H' as it is it so essential to healthy hair.) In summary - Biotin Promotes Hair Growth, and deficiencies can result in hair loss.

Biotin is a major component in the natural hair manufacturing process -- it is essential to not only grow new hair, but it also plays a major role in the overall health of skin and nails.

Biotin is a vitamin B and it is present in foods like eggs and liver. However, it would take a huge amount of eggs and liver to provide you with the 5mg. of biotin that you would need for healthy hair and nails. A biotin supplement can provide your body with the necessary amount of biotin it needs to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss without additional calories and without having to eat liver.

Biotin is a member of the B-vitamin family. It assists in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and protein. It serves as a critical component of several enzymes and is involved in energy metabolism. The major benefit of biotin however, is its ability to strengthening hair and nails.

Men and Women who are experiencing hair loss may be able to keep their hair longer and promote hair growth by taking a biotin supplement or hair vitamins containing biotin.

In addition to eggs and liver, you can find Biotin in 'Tiger Malt'


Source: Banks Holding Limited

Tiger Malt is a healthy, popular, non-alcoholic beverage made from barley and hops. It contains an essential range of B Vitamins including Riboflavin, Thiamin, Vitamin B6 and B12 along with Biotin, Folic Acid, and Niacin. Since its launch in 1963, this rich, full-bodied non-alcoholic beverage has won numerous medals at the Monde Selection Quality awards in Belgium. Endorsed by Doctors for its health attributes, it is celebrated by young and old alike and remains the number one malt of choice on the local market, enjoying considerable popularity overseas as well. This leading malt beverage is currently distributed within the Caribbean region as well as to Canada and the Tri-state area in the USA. In Toronto it is the most popular malt. 


Drinking 1-2 bottles of Tiger Malt a day for 12 weeks will give you a good hefty dose of  Biotin and ‘cause’ your hair to grow longer and stronger. Try the Tiger Malt challenge today!




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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Back in Barbados

Hello Beloved,

Just popping in to say that Bajan Baby, the Little Prince and I are back in Barbados for a month for some good  old R&R. 

It's not as hot this time of the year and in fact there is a pretty chilling breeze that keeps blowing meaning that I don't need the aircon let alone the fan  and the kids are actually quite cool (although Bajan Baby is still developing a heat rash *argh!*)

So far we've been reunited with both sets of grandparents and a whole bunch of cousins but have only managed one visit to the beach - probably because we are reliant on other people for transportation! I plan to pick up the pace next week and see if I can get back to our past regime of daily visits for the remainder of our time. 

I also plan to post daily (ok Monday to Friday) just to kick start my blog loving again :) and I'm basing it on a 'first words' theme - which will be a collection of words or a phrase that came to me on that particular day. 

Eg. Yesterday I was walking along the South Coast.

"Vibrant Reds. Lucious Greens. Salty Sea"

I passed ginger lilies, red crotons, hibiscus and a plant I used to call 'cat tails' but am sure has a proper name. I also saw a red flower that I used to suck nectar from.... I wonder if I was secretly poisoning myself? You know how sturdy we are as kids - I bet if I drank from it now I'd break out in hives lol.

The colours in everything just looked so much louder! I dipped my toes in the ocean and just sat in peace while awaiting my ride home. It was my first day off in over a year - it was so weird not having to 'mind' a child every second of every minute - I really wasn't sure what to do with myself! My mum treated me to a day at the spa - I'll talk about that in a different post.

For now here are some pics - hopefully I won't find them in some off-key place.

They were taken on my iPhone so not the best quality but I just wanted to share them.

I used to work at an environmental company at the end of this tree lined road. I had the most fantastic time ever. The business is no longer located here hence my distal shot :) The company was owned by a fellow graduate of Cambridge university (B) who employed me after my other summer internship fell through. My bestie (also a Cambridge chick) used to grin because she would wear suits and head off to her law internship and there was me, riding with B in the back of his truck while he showed me the ropes or dressed in shorts and t-shirts doing paperwork in the office - same university - two very different internships!  The best part of working here - apart from the stimulating company of course - was what was across the road...

 THIS!
We would knock off around 2:30 and I would be a beach bum for the rest of the day before making my way home. BLISS! Best internship ever I tell you!

The picture below is me wearing my Beshe Drew wig from ElevateStyles.com. One of my lovely clients suggested it and actually helped me order from the US. I have not regretted it... and for those of you who've been tracking my story ... yes that is my OWN hair you can see right at the top at the front WOOHOO! (updates to come heheh). Goofball expression courtesy of my parents lol.


And my last pic for today - a pic of the Little Prince and Bajan Baby in grandmum's garden.  The prince turned 3 in December (2011) and old Baby Big Hair will be 2 in 3 weeks.





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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Housekeeping - Photos, Sisterlocks & Hairloss

I know we say it all over the place - these pictures are copyright ME unless otherwise stated... and for the most part - I don't mind people using a photo to show their hairstylist or perhaps show a friend how your/their Sisterlocks might look.. but seriously, I don't think it's very nice to people to take other people's photos WITHOUT PROVIDING CREDIT... particularly if those photos are then used as the basis of a presentation or seminar or to (incorrectly) prove a point...

It took a helluva lot for me to post about my hairloss, to show those horrific photos of gaping scalp and falling hair...  It took everything I had to share that with others and I did it not so you could laugh at me and point fingers - though doubtless some of you will do that anyway - but I did it for the person(s) who read this and who know what it feels like to wake up with hair on your pillows and have no good explanation for what is happening to you other than 'it's stress' or 'it happens sometimes'. Hopefully my posts have encouraged you and at the same time - some of my readers have blessed me profusely with words of kindness and encouragement and I will forever be grateful for that. 

If you feel that asking permission is just too hard for you to do then - assuming you are human and have a conscience - please do two things: 
  1. Credit me as the source. Bajan Lily of Lovelifelocs.com. That way people who genuinely wish to know more about the condition can ask me about it or read about for themselves. 
  2. List the correct condition. SISTERLOCKS/LOCKS/BLACK HAIRSTYLES DID NOT CAUSE MY HAIR TO FALL OUT.  

Seriously - let's think about that. Traction alopecia is normally confined to the edges of the hairline from excessive ponytails or tight braiding. I hardly wore either and my hair was retwisted every 8 weeks - neither of those things would be excessive. 

I lost ALL of my hair - not just my edges or the hair on my head but the hair on my arms, legs, armpits etc as well. How could that possibly be traction alopecia? The logic doesn't add up.So don't use me as the poster child for why you should not get locks or sisterlocks or microbraids or why Black people's hair falls out etc.

I keep saying this and I will say it again - my hairloss was:
  • triggered by a significantly traumatic event and elevated stress levels (stress & trauma)
  • exacerbated by severe anaemia and depleted iron stores (low iron causes hair loss)
  • accelerated by severe telogen effluvium (post partum shedding gone mad)
In laymen's terms - my hair loss was the combined result of 
  • pregnancy, low iron and stress
Of course I am probably preaching to the converted because I know that the vast majority of those who read my blog are genuine and good people just looking for information and frequently happy to share experiences and advice - beloved - you know I am not talking to you... but the cretins who trawl through here and have nothing good to say? Well - you're probably not even reading this at the moment because there was no pretty picture for you to steal - but if you are here, remember this:

God don't like ugly. 




WELCOME TO THE TAPESTRY OF ME.... These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'! My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs. http://lovelifelocks.blogspot.com

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