Hi everyone

I’m a bit late this week – I’ll tell you the reason at the end of the post.

Hair! This is a tricky one as I am not an expert on hair, and furthermore have been blessed with my mother’s Scottish red hair gene, but someone asked me to do a post on hair so here goes! Yes, I had red hair once and here’s the photo to prove it.

That was a perm! Don’t you love the fire extinguisher with its blue pop of colour that matches my denim!

Yes, I do think I was lucky to have been born a red head as I loved my hair colour, which was at times strawberry blonde (in the summer) and a darker more auburn colour (as above, in the winter) but my poor son was a true ginger and while at the age of 40 his hair has darkened, when he was young he suffered a constant barrage of epithets like ‘ginge’ and ‘carrot tops’ from people including those who he considered his mates. This prejudice against redheads is very much an English thing as I can’t imagine the same attitude towards redheads in Ireland, which has the highest number of red-haired people at 10% of the population, or in Scotland with 5% of their population having red hair – actually you’d think that figure would be higher.

But I do feel lucky to have the red hair as the red hair shaft is thicker than other shades, which, I read, compensates for the fact that redheads have less hair. Apparently they have – on average – 90,000 strands while blondes have 110,000, and brunettes have 140,000. Well there you go, I hadn’t thought that through, that redheads have less hair than brunettes. But now that I have white/grey hair it feels as though I still have a lot of hair.

But what, as we age, do we dread the most with regard to our hair? I don’t think it’s going grey, it has to be hair loss. Of course, many different factors contribute to hair loss and, as you know, it is quite normal to lose anything from 50-100 strands a day, but over and above that can be worrying. A couple of months back I had a lot of hair in my brush, plus I kept finding hair on my shoulders and on the floor, but all of this was absolutely due to my illness in January and February. However, no matter that I’d read this up and reassured many women that it was completely normal to do this, because hair just shuts up shop during illness and 3-4 months later hair growth starts up again and you shed more than usual, even knowing all that I hated it when it happened – seems to have stopped now.

So why does hair loss occur?  It could be a genetic reason or, on the other hand, it could be a reactive reason. Perhaps you are just genetically predisposed to thinning hair or maybe there is an internal imbalance due to a hormonal endocrine imbalance and/or thyroid problems. Stress can play its part, and that’s stress from an illness, or work or major life changes, and then there’s weight loss. Or it could be iron deficiency and/or a Vitamin B12 deficiency.

I go to a very good medically trained nutritionist who takes bloods to monitor my vitamin and mineral levels. If you don’t have access to a nutritionist who is medically trained like mine do consult your GP and get your bloods checked. As a result of my levels (that are checked every two years or so) I take a multi-vitamin but no iron as that’s fine. I also take a zinc supplement.  But never overdo vitamins and minerals – make sure you are not taking too much. Indeed a good, well balanced diet with sufficient protein is really important for the quality of your hair.

If you do have serious problems with thinning hair there is a lot of good advice and help out there. In the first instance go to your GP, because you may be put on medication. But because there is no treatment for thinning hair that will completely resolve the loss of hair, there are other methods and help out there, including adding a mesh that will give you a complete head of lovely hair. I can’t say much about this as I haven’t any experience of this, but I do know a blogger who will give you such a boost if you’ve been thinking of getting a wig and can’t face it. This is Catherine of Atypical60. I love her as she’s nuts and very funny. She blogs about her clothes and her makeup, and life generally (and currently there’s a lot about the importance of voting) but for years she talked about her seriously thinning hair. She finally decided to wear a wig and as a result, she has a simply enormous collection of wigs. In fact she is so open about it every day she wears a different wig, with a different colour and different length – and they are stunning. Do have a look at her blog and/or her Instagram account (@atypical60) and you’ll see that those wigs are so good, really, if I needed it, I’d get one in a flash without a moment’s hesitation.  And if you haven’t encountered her vibrant spirit and genuine love for her wigs it will change your outlook on wigs forever.

There is a lot of advice out there that I am sure you are all well aware of. Like, for instance, take care with those hair straighteners and/or curlers – using these too often could lead to brittle and breaking hair.  And dandruff. Do you think there’s a bit less of dandruff around?  I’m sure some of the dandruff that a lot of my friends, and me, used to suffer from came from the very harsh shampoos that were used in the 50s and 60s. Thankfully there are far milder shampoos available that are really effective that can sort any tendency to dandruff, and I believe that apple-cider vinegar is also a good remedy as it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Dandruff can also occur simply because the scalp is dry. I have a confession to make I don’t wash my hair all that often. Sometimes I go 7 days or more without washing it, and it’s OK and it doesn’t go greasy or limp. MrF who washes his hair very frequently cannot believe that I wash it so little, and says he washes his more often because his hair is greasy. Interestingly one can get greasy hair from too frequent washing. It is a conundrum, are you washing your hair a lot because of an oily scalp or is your scalp oily because you wash your hair too often?

And now the question of going grey. I was such a militant, ‘you can’t tell me to go au naturel’.  I would comment on other blogs saying, in effect, don’t you tell me to stop the dye!  I loathed the beauty journos who promoted white hair over dyeing and tinting.  But there comes a time when you know it’s right to let the dye go.  That happened to me when I had a slight reaction to my eyebrow tint and I thought hmm, maybe, let’s try, so I haven’t put any dye on my hair since October 2016. Here I am 18 months later – I hadn’t realised how very half and half it was!

But here’s the thing for a long time I used the shampoos especially for white hair because, you know, apparently one shouldn’t look too ‘brassy’. Consequently my hair was very white with it. One time I used quite a strong version of these shampoos and my hair went a dull grey, wasn’t happy with that at all.

 

But during the strict lockdown we had, I ran out of that type of shampoo, and went back to the shampoo I previously used and what do you know, my hair is actually multi-coloured with a ‘brassy’ streak that is actually the same colour as I always had, as in, it’s a reddish colour. Gosh to think I was covering that colour up with the blonde dye for like years! You can see a bit of the mix of colours here.

The hair products I use are good quality and can only be bought online or at a hairdresser. I wash my hair with Paul Mitchell’s Shampoo No 1, followed by Paul Mitchell’s Detangler, although as my hair has got longer I have started using Paul Mitchell’s Hair Repair every other week.  After I’ve rinsed out either the conditioner or ‘hair repair’ I towel the hair dry and put on another Paul Mitchell product, Flexible Style Super Sculpt. If I forget to put that on, my hair will be quite soft and flyaway – I don’t forget it all that often!  Btw, apologies for giving you an Amazon link to the shampoo but the Paul Mitchell website wasn’t loading either yesterday or today.  There are many other outlets for Paul Mitchell products and you can always look for them in any hairdresser in the High Street. Finally when my hair is completely dry I always put on a few drops of serum (my hairdresser said you can use any serum it doesn’t matter which one) especially on the ends. That really helps the hair to shine.

Here’s another selfie taken shortly after my hair had been washed and dried, which shows the multi-colours that I am now going to encourage rather than hide. I’m happy to be a brassy woman! Incidentally I try to let my hair dry naturally and only use a hairdryer in the cold weather or if I really have to because I’m going out.  My aim is to avoid the heat of the dryer.

That’s all for now, but do let me know about your hair and what you use on it.  I do think it’s interesting to hear what people use and what problems (or not) people have with their hair – we all learn from each other.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S This blog is a little late as I have written another piece for My Other Blog. To get to this, click on the icon at the side if reading on a PC or at the end if reading this on a phone, but only read if you are in the mood as it’s about Brexit – need I say more!

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40 thoughts on “Hair! Some common problems and solutions

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    23rd October 2020 at 8:44 am
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    Your hair is really gorgeous and so was it when it was red! Red hair is so beautiful! I use shampoo and conditioner without sulfates and silicones and always use a hair mask too. I try to wash my hair only once a week. I do use leave ins with silicones otherwise my hair looks very very dry. Have a great weekend Penny!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 8:14 am
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      Thank you Nancy, and interesting to hear you use a mask. I shall look into that as I am very aware with my longer hair that I have to keep the dryness at bay. Have a lovely Sunday xxx

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    23rd October 2020 at 8:46 am
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    Penny, you look fabulous, especially in the first and last pics! Lovely hair and makeup, and those glasses suit you so well! You have a great classic look. I am your age and my hair is long and blond. I am so wishing it would go grey!! It is starting to happen, but so slow I just hope I live long enough to see a full head of silver hair! Love your blog, always an interesting read. Cheers, from Australia in springtime!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 8:18 am
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      Hello and I bet it’s lovely weather right now in Australia! It’s raining a lot here.

      Yes, it’s a slow process going grey and if you like long hair it’ll be at least two years. But I think the mix of blonde and white will make your hair look really good. Cheers to you from Brighton!

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    23rd October 2020 at 9:01 am
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    I had long black very shiny hair. For a number of years we lived in Spain where the humidity made it curl, but just not enough. So like you I used to have one perm a year which made it curly as yours is in your first picture.

    I’m now 71 and back in the UK. 4 years ago I had breast cancer, and had everything thrown at me – a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and six 3 weekly injections of herceptin, as mine is a genetic breast cancer.

    And of course my hair came out. I was prepared and had it cut very short but was not ready for the day I stood in the shower only to be surrounded by all my hair on the floor.

    Now its grown back and to my surprise is still very black, but does contain some grey hairs. But it’s very thin! It was never this thing before. I use special thickening shampoos but am not convinced they do very much. I keep my hair short and sharp – I don’t want to look like one of those granny’s who can only do a boring short hair cut. I’ve just bought hair clippers, so I can do it myself as I dont feel the hairdressers is entirely safe.

    Friends and family tell me it suits mr, but that’s what they told me about the multi coloured wig I wore when I had no hair. Now they wont let me wear it as they say my own looks better. Which makes me wonder……..

    Its difficult getting older when ones hair has been ones best feature and its lost!

    I enjoy your Blog. Keep writing. X

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 8:25 am
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      Yes, apologies as I did not mention chemotherapy and hair loss – what a challenge it must have been. You’ve had to deal with a lot – kudos to you.

      Re: wigs. I know from Catherine’s blog (and my hairdresser confirmed this) that the wigs in the US are outstanding and very reasonably priced too. I know of US bloggers who haven’t lost their hair who wear wigs for the fun of it and just rigging the changes. UK wigs somehow are just not up the US standard – and that is such a shame.

      Thanks for the kind words about the blog. You take care x

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    23rd October 2020 at 9:40 am
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    Hello Penny, this is a very timely subject for me, thank you. Until late last year I’d been having highlights put in my darker areas every 4 months and was happy with the result, though had been wondering whether to stop. Well, of course lockdown took care of that. I had total knee replacement surgery in March and subsequently had massive hair loss as you describe (as I did after a heart attack in 2016, but this time it was much worse). I’ve grown my hair since 2017 so the loss was shocking, hair everywhere, coming out in handfuls. It stopped about month ago. I used to use Philip Kingsley silver shampoo and conditioner which gave a lovely gloss. Since the surgery I’ve been using PK’s Elasticiser, KMS volume shampoo, no conditioner but for the first time a drop of hair oil smoothed through my wet hair before combing through with a wide tooth comb. Wow, what a difference it’s made. Occasionally I use KMS volume mousse. My long (fine) hair now has some oomph to it. I used the silver shampoo recently and really disliked how it made my darker bit of hair seem duller, so no more of that and no more highlights either. I really like how your hair looks Penny, and like you prefer longer hair, so versatile. Keep the blogs coming, I look forward to seeing them in my inbox!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 8:34 am
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      Thank you Jane. Yes, that hair loss after an illness. I was just astonished to see so much hair on the brush and when I swept the floor. The vacuum cleaner too, got loads twisted around the bristles – actually I still have to take the scissors to cut those off. But it is better now.

      Thanks again for the kind words about the blog! Take care 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 9:57 am
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    I’ve just started using a shampoo bar, finishing with an apple cider vinegar rinse. I’ve found it gives my fine hair body, I’m in the transition period at the moment,hair does feel a bit gloopy,it will take time for my hair to adjust but I’m going to persevere. I still have my hair coloured at the moment.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 8:39 am
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      Oh interesting you’re using a shampoo bar. I have been wondering whether they’ll work for my hair and have decided that I will try one when this is all over and my hair is a bit shorter. At the moment I’m finding that my long hair needs a lot more shampoo (obviously!) and that I have to keep on top of dryness to get that shine, rather than it being dull and dry. So the bar is for the future.

      Great to hear of a successful use of cider vinegar – thanks and take care 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 10:16 am
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    What an interesting post! I was also a proper redhead (as was my mum) which I hated when young but grew to love as I got older. Neither of my children inherited the red gene, but my granddaughter has a definite red tone to her hair. I am also embracing the grey that has appeared, and haven’t gone back to my pre-lockdown colouring, but instead just having a few extra tonal highlights put through.
    When I was in hospital after the birth of my son, I had an Asian nurse who had the most amazingly shiny, beautiful hair and she told me that she rarely washed it at all, she believed that the more you wash hair, the more you have to wash it as you encourage the grease! I think she was right!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 8:43 am
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      Greetings to another redhead! My son got that gene big time! And we’re wondering about his expected (very soon) son as apparently scans show he already has hair.

      And yes, washing the hair every 7-10 days has definitely improved the quality of my hair – you wouldn’t think, but it has!

      Thanks and take care 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 10:57 am
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    I too only wash my hair once a week!! I use a camomile lotion to brighten the mousey grey colour and a lovely mild camomile shampoo. After washing I use a conditioner on the ends only and then a cream heat protector because I have to blow-dry my hair to straighten it.
    Until yesterday my hair was a long as yours, not having been inside a hairdressers since before lockdown!! But ir was getting too long for me to manage so its a longish bob now and I’m happy with that, and my hairdresser comented on the colour, said it looked as though I had natural blond highlights, I’m happy with that too!!
    By the way your hair looks really great Penny, really healthy and natural which of course it is!!
    Always enjoy your blog, have a great weekend!!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 8:51 am
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      Ah yes camomile would be a great ingredient in any shampoo. Good for you going to a hairdresser – I just can’t bring myself to do it. One day…

      Thanks so much for your kind words about the hair and the blog – great to have that feedback. Have a lovely Sunday 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 11:03 am
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    My Scottish grandmother had red hair which I’m sad I’ve not inherited. When I was younger my hair was dark chestnut brown but I let the grey come in gradually about 17 years ago, managing the transition with highlights then a whole head tint. It’s now a variety of colours from almost white through to very dark brown underneath at the back. My new hairdresser was very impressed with all the tones and told me people paid good money for that effect! I use Aveda products and only wash my hair once a week. I do have a moisturising treatment when I visit the hairdresser every 8 weeks for a tidy up. The conundrum at the moment is whether to wear it long or short. Like many, I’ve let my hair grow this year and will probably continue to do so until I can decide whether I like it better longer or shorter! Meantime, I’m really heartened to see so many of us older women embracing the grey and longer length.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 8:58 am
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      Hi Julia, I’m so glad to hear from another who has multi-colours. I too have been asked whether I have had highlights added! You’re so right about this current tranche of older women embracing different hair styles including a longer length. Long may that last, so to speak! I shall keep my hair long for the duration and then see…

      Thanks so much for your comment – take care 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 11:39 am
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    I wish I had the problem of thick or frizzy hair, but mine is soft and fine and thinning. It’s a nice silver colour and if only it were thicker I could be happy. Shampoos etc will not cut it as far as the thinness is concerned and due to health, I’m very wary of trying anything like minoxidil. So I long for hair like yours, and your new varied tones look very modern. Fancy covering them up! I hadn’t realised those shampoos did this. Anyway thanks again for a very informative blog and for the introduction to Atypical60. Looks fun. Enjoy the last of Autumn. Trish S.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 9:07 am
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      Catherine is a great role model and ambassador for thin/balding hair and wearing wigs. US wigs though are very superior to UK wigs (my hairdresser confirmed this) so she has a great collection of wigs of all sizes, shapes and colours. But they’re very reasonably priced and perhaps some ship to the UK – not sure about this.

      Also yes, it is great to have thick hair but it comes with a penalty – I have hair everywhere else! All my life I’ve had to battle with excess hair and I haven’t had an electrolysis treatment since March this year, and just about keeping the hair on my chin, upper lip and neck at bay but it’ll be a close run thing. I mean I couldn’t possibly have a treatment as one is in such close proximity to the therapist so, we’ll see what I’ll look like in another 6 months!!! Take care and have a lovely Sunday 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 1:02 pm
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    Hi Penny, a really good post. I’ve had alopecia arreata for years (loss of patches of hair) caused by an auto immune illness. I’ve got hardly any eyebrows and stumpy little eyelashes and small bald spots all over my head. No large bald spots at the moment. My hair is very fine too. On the plus side, despite being 65, my hair colour is still quite brown and fading rather than going grey. I use a shampoo bar (that contains apple cider vinegar) and I no longer need to use conditioner. I also had a vitamin check and was extremely low in Vit D, which is also a cause of hair loss/thinning. My Vit D levels are now normal, I take a daily supplement, and my hair is the best it’s been for years. So I heartily agree with getting a vitamin check up.
    I used to cover up any larger bald spots with a headscarf, however, this year I decided to throw caution to the wind ( a side effect of getting older I think 😂) and had my longish bob cut into a very short pixie cut. I’m loving my new look and if other people don’t like my bald patches that’s their problem.
    I always look forward to your blog.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 12:41 pm
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      Oh Mandy, what an interesting comment and it sounds as though the pixie cut is very suitable – bet it looks good. Totally with you about ageing bringing more confidence to do as one pleases! And yes, having bloods checked for vitamins and mineral is so useful and gives one the evidence for taking supplements. Thanks so much for the kind words about the blog 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 2:13 pm
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    I’m Scottish my father was blond from his red headed mother and my mother, from Skye, was black, my grandpa said it was from Spanish sailors shipwrecked in the Spanish Armada, whatever. My hair was Auburn and now it’s white I still use the very palest blonde hair colour as my husband is white too and we look like the Children of the Damned, if you remember that film. Funnily enough I think hair colour makes the hair thicker. I enjoy Atypical 60’s blog too. Have a good weekend.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 12:43 pm
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      I do remember the Children of the Damned – what a hoot but I bet you look good. And yes, Catherine’s blog is so good and often very funny. Have a lovely Sunday and take care 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 3:19 pm
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    Hello Penny You have lovely hair. Just wanted to say I’ve recently bought one of those towels that say they dry your hair quicker. I was sceptical,but you know it works for me, so less time with the hairdryer.
    Another tip from my hairdresser the drops of serum, when it gets near hair wash day I can stretch it out another day and I also use it on the ends
    Keep up the good work!!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 12:45 pm
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      Thanks for the tip – I shall look for one of those towels. Serum is great for the hair – wouldn’t without it!

      Thanks also for the kind words about the blog 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 3:37 pm
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    I had one perm years ago that looked awful! I think I should have had layers in my hair but didn’t! Enough said. Thanks for sharing and you look super with both red hair and grey Penny. Jacqui x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th October 2020 at 12:47 pm
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      Yes, I think it was in the 80s when those perms were very popular. I was always having them and then stopped. I love coming on your linky but so sorry about looking as though I never comment – my comments seem to just disappear! Take care and see you next week x

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    23rd October 2020 at 4:33 pm
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    I love red hair, especially that dark ‘titian’ colour. When I was dyeing my hair I liked having a bit of red in it. There is red hair in my father’s family and some Irish too where you get dark hair with blue eyes. Didn’t we all have curly perms in the 80’s? I look back and laugh at old photos – whatever possessed me!
    I’m sure I’ve written before about my hair starting to go grey in my twenties and being totally grey/white – and giving up on dyeing – before 50. My hair has always been fine and getting less of it I think. I’m trying to cut down on plastic so I’ve started a shampoo bar which seems fine. I use a tiny amount of L’Oreal Serie Expert Silver every 3 washes or so – I’ve had the bottle a couple of years so far. I use mousse for volume, Elnett hairspray, in memory of my Mother who always used it, and a shine spray in the evenings when cruising . (Oh happy days……) I wash every other day because I am a restless sleeper and my hair goes curly and strange at the back! Not very happy with my ‘style’ at the moment but not sure whether to grow again or go very short. Decisions, decisions! perhaps it’s worth spending a lot of money on products if you have long hair but a bit steep for me. I’ve heard lots of praise for Philip Kingsley Elasticiser – anybody tried it?
    Saw/heard an interesting ‘virtual walk’ tour today on Denman Home – you don’t have to be a WI member to access it. Worth a look at just £5.00. It’s my 50th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow- very ambivalent about it but glad we had not arranged anything for the day. No more party organising for me!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2020 at 8:34 am
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      Hi Lynda I loved having those perms! Interesting that many of you are trying the shampoo bars and that you’re finding it’s OK so will try a shampoo bar but not while I have so much hair! Yes, I think the secret of using those white-haired shampoos is to use just a little at a time.

      Thanks for the tip on the Denman Home talk/walk. Our Guardian evening class is coming up soon and I shall book more if this one goes well. Always good to have that extra cultural input.

      Happy Anniversary Lynda, you can have a big celebration next year, if you want to that is, but it’s so good to hear of these long marriages. Hope the day went well 🙂

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    23rd October 2020 at 9:21 pm
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    Hello Penny. hair is such an interesting subject. You look very well in long hair. I have tried over the years to grow mine but it gets so scraggly looking and I end up cutting it. for years I have had mine in a bob. about a dozen years ago I decided to see what would happen if I let my hair go gray. for many years I had colored it my natural dark brown shade. as time went on you could see the gray after a couple of weeks. my hairdresser suggested that I go a lighter shade and add highlights. this was a whole new look for me, not unattractive but gradually I was getting blonder and it did make my hair drier. I started out cutting it really short and letting the natural color take over. I have to say that now I get many complements about my hair, people have asked me if I color it to get the various shades of gray. it is still fairly thick but there are spots where I think it may be thinning. I just use a volumizing shampoo which I get at the discount drug and a conditioner called Nexus which is a very old product. also a styling cream, just a dab, called potion 9 which makes it easier to manage. I do use a blow dryer but let my hair dry naturally to where it is just a bit damp before I do this. Years ago when it was fashionable I did get a perm, I liked it but the second time I got one the hairdresser made a mistake and burned my hair. I had just had my 40th birthday and at that time it was traumatic! planning to hop over to your other blog, as you know things here are, well, unbelievable.
    Darby

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2020 at 8:39 am
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      OMG sorry to hear about the disastrous perm, that must have been ghastly!!! No matter whether one has thick or thin hair there’s always a slight worry around it as to whether it looks good or not. I see you do very similar things to me just with different products. And yes, now it’s winter like you I leave the hair to dry until damp and finish it off with a hair dryer.

      Fingers crossed for, you know, the day that is looming. I wonder if every American realises that the whole world is holding its breathe!

      Take care

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    23rd October 2020 at 10:17 pm
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    I think when it’s our choice to go grey vs. being told what to do, it’s easier to stomach. And you have such gorgeous hair. Thanks for including the old one too….it’s so fun to see the hair through the years!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2020 at 8:41 am
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      Yes, going grey should be an individual personal decision but it is amazing how many people try and get into the act! Ah, that old photo, yes I looked like that!!!

      Take care Jodie and thanks for your comment x

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    24th October 2020 at 1:00 am
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    Penny, Your hair is lovely- not only the colour, but the texture looks great too. My father was a red head too, born & bred in Australia but of Scottish roots. Although his hair had gone a dark auburn when I was born he still had that fair Scottish skin that burned in the hot damaging Australian sun. As is very much the old Australian way he was called “Blue” by his mates ( I think that has gone now with the younger generations) even when he was much older & grey streaks had started to take over. Stay safe.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2020 at 8:44 am
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      I do love the Australian sense of humour and the naming of people with nicknames that are opposites!

      Yes, I think the Aussies were the first to recognise the dangers of sunbathing – good for them. I got an allergic reaction to my 50+ so will be looking out for a more zinc type barrier cream for next year.

      You stay safe too and thank you so much for your comment.

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    24th October 2020 at 11:45 am
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    You have beautiful hair Penny. I love the colour. It was a surprise to see you with red hair! When I was young I wished I had red hair, and that was the main colour throughout my teens and 20s. Great post!,

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2020 at 8:54 am
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      Thank you Gail re:the red hair! All courtesy of my mother. Take care and looking forward to Tuesday 😉

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    24th October 2020 at 8:11 pm
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    OMG. Penny. I actually had a “moment” while admiring your hair. I started to tear up because your hair is so freaking beautiful and I LOVE your hair longer! It’s definitely so ridiculously flattering and stunning. For that one teary moment, I missed all the hair I had!
    But..I want to THANK YOU SO MUCH for addressing the issue of hair loss. There are those of us who will never have that hair back–no matter what and it’s important for women to not fall prey to mumbo-jumbo companies (can we say MONAT) that run after vulnerable women like a rabid dog.
    In my case, the Trich took over–a form of self mutilation that went on for decades due to hair pulling and picking and my doctor diagnosed it when we were having a conversation and I started pulling right in front of him!
    Wigs are a wonderful way to have fun. You buy them, therefore it IS your hair-LOL!
    Thank you so much for the mention too! Hope all is well on your end. Our Paris trip next month is cancelled and my husband is beyond upset. His fear is that he will never be able to return home. I hope to God this pandemic ends soon. I also hope to God that thing in the white house is ousted! XOXOXOXO

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2020 at 9:01 am
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      Oh Catherine, what a great comment and thank you for being such an ambassador for hair loss and wearing wigs, although if you see one or two of the comments above, you do have great wigs over in the States. Wigs here in the UK do not have a good reputation as they’re often very artificial and wig-like and just not anything like the ones you wear. My hairdresser confirmed this that US wigs are very superior to ours. So that is why I urge all UK women with thinning hair to look at your blog because you are a revelation to us.

      And OMG as I said to Darby above, do Americans realise that the whole world is holding its breathe!!!!! There is so much more I could say, but I’ll stop, instead you take care and take care all of you over the pond – you live in challenging times. And truly let’s hope you can both get to France next year! Lots of love Pennyx

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    26th October 2020 at 7:51 pm
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    Your multi coloured hair is beautiful! I also love your glasses in the final photo…

    My daughter is a Paul Mitchell hair products devotee too – and she has beautiful hair as well.

    As you know I stopped dying my hair in 2014 and haven’t looked back; but thinning hair is a problem for me. I have alopecia areata all over but particularly on the top. I noticed hair falling out and felt small bald patches all over my scalp more than 10 years ago. When I went to the doctor at the insistence of my hairdresser; he said it was stress related. As my mum had been ill and subsequently died; I can pinpoint that as the stress I was suffering. Unfortunately, the hair hasn’t really grown back and the top has thinned out even more; probably due to the ageing process. Often I wear headscarves so the problem isn’t always apparent!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2020 at 3:56 pm
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      Paul Mitchell products are pricey but very good. And you wouldn’t know about your hair loss at all, so sorry about the stress you were under. Actually I think the scarves you tie around your head are the height of style and sophistication!

      Take care xxx

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