The New ‘Do

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”    ~ Coco Chanel

It was time. Time to make a change. I have been feeling good (thank you, steroids!) and I really wanted to make a new impact on how I LOOK to reflect how I FEEL. How’s a girl to do just that? A new do!!

The New 'Do!
The New ‘Do!

I’ve been losing my hair on the sides and back ever since being on Sylatron, and it hasn’t seemed to slow down just yet. My oncology team tells me that the Ipi/Nivo combination is not supposed to cause hair loss, but let’s be real here…it probably doesn’t help the situation. So I confessed my thinning areas to my hairdresser – oh how nerve wracking!! I hate talking about my history with someone I really didn’t want to share with, but it was well worth it. I figure, hey, bite the bullet, she’s a hair professional. She can’t fix it unless you share.

I’m so glad I shared.

She asked me if my hair may continue to thin, for which the answer is unfortunately ‘yes’. So she not only cut my hair for my present thickness, she cut it for future loss. She created body with a fun summer cut that I can tell will grow out well. And it feels SO GOOD to have a fresh new cut.

Back of the Bob
Back of the Bob

But as humidity and summer conditions come around (read: FRIZZ) I really have to have a little help. My hair is naturally wavy, and gets quite, um, large with added moisture. I can use the body in my favor when styling, but with my patchy hair thinning, things get a little wonkie and I need more help in certain areas. That’s where Aveda Thickening Tonic comes into play. A few sprays on my roots, and it creates a huge difference. It creates even body that fills in the gaps. I also like the fact that what I’m potentially absorbing into my scalp is natural…and it still works!

Magic body in a bottle!
Magic body in a bottle!

To help smooth things out, I also have to add a bit of goop to the ends of my hair. I use a tiny bit of Bed Head Manipulator for smoothing and a little goes a long way! I’ve tried different oils and natural products, but I still haven’t found anything that works like this stuff. It absolutely DOES NOT melt in the summer heat, and it works all day. I’m still on the hunt for something more natural, but until I find it, this is the best you can get!

The Smooth Operator
The Smooth Operator

I wanted to share the products I use to help all the ladies out there with their hair woes. I know how frustrating it is to see your hair – literally – go down the drain. Seeing that outward change is hard to deal with mentally AND physically, so hopefully this may help others. If you have any other suggestions, please share with us!

I feel good due to the break in treatment. And now I feel better about how I look. I think we can all agree that our outward appearance reflects how we feel on the inside…and if that’s so, then I’m all new and spiffy!!

4 thoughts on “The New ‘Do

  • June 2, 2016 at 9:20 pm
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    Lauren,
    Your new do is adorable. I have tried some of those and they are amazing. You rock that style. I have a similar bob. You can dry it against your head…blow it all forward and the back from side to side. Gets rid of the waves. Then round brush it couple seconds. Poof perfection.

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    • June 3, 2016 at 7:48 am
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      Thanks, Karla! Great tips on how to style it! I’ll have to break out my round brush again 🙂

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  • July 14, 2016 at 11:52 pm
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    Hi Lauren, It was such a pleasure meeting and chatting with you at Boston walk!! Thank you so much for walking me to the train!! I really appreciate it!! Your new do is beautiful!!! I wanted to let you know that I had to cut my hair short because my hair thinned a lot while on Interferon treatment. I still have an area on the top-center that is damaged and doesn’t grow normal. But I figure it could always be worse. Wishing you continue health and many blessings!! Hugs!!

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  • August 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm
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    Thanks so much, Donna! It was so much fun meeting all the fellow warriors at the Melanoma walk – such an uplifting experience! I agree, the hair loss isn’t fun, but it could always be worse! Thanks for stopping by my website!

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