October Bloggers – hair care

Welcome to the latest edition of Where Bloggers Live. It’s kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…Bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes and lives.  Here is the “Where Bloggers Live” group – a group of ladies who live very diverse lives.  Be sure and check out their blogs –  Links to their blogs at the end.

So as the title says this month is “hair care”  Not something I really engage in most of the time. Between my age and my breast cancer fight back a lot of years ag0, those things have left me with gray and VERY thin hair.  I could live with the gray – but I sure hate the thin.  I do go regularly to have it trimmed

I try to take care of my hair – but am rarely effective.  I’ve always had difficulty.  It is VERY straight and very fine.  None of that lustrious hair on my head!  It has always been fine, but was really thick.   I had my first permanent before I started school in first grade.  It was a nightmare.  My mother was my  hair stylist in those days and she swore about home permanents (I did too, but my swearing was because it was always a nightmare getting one).  The stuff they had put on your head was awful.  It was put on after the rollers, I had a towel around my face and between the towel holding in the smell and it being terrible I always thought my mother was trying to kill me.  Fortunately I lived to fight another day.

I also dyed my hair not long after I left home – and that continued until I started chemo and I had my head shaved.  So, I had pretty full, lush red hair.  (And btw, that was another thing my mother hated – red hair – naturally I had that done after I left home.  I discovered later that my great-grandmother had red hair, and she & my grandmother did not get along.)

Here’s me lots of years ago.

So now I do take some vitamins for my hair – I use ‘purple shampoo’ because it keeps my hair for looking yellowish.

Bettye (our fearless leader) at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Leslie at Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After
Sally at Within a World of My Own

Be sure and check out my fellow bloggers to see what they do with their hair.  I’m  looking forward to reading them – just maybe I’ll learn something.


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I hear you about thinning hair. I wonder what to do about it? It just seems to worsen as I age. Your hair is lovely and I liked seeing the pic of you with the pretty red hair too!

Leslie Susan Clingan

You have such a cute cut and your hair is such a pretty color. I have thin hair, too, but not as a result of chemo. Your thin hair is a badge of survival and a battle well fought!! My thin hair is a badge for having survived the teen years with my daughters!! Weren’t those perms just dreadful? I had more than my fair share of them while sitting on a stool in our kitchen. That smell. I can recall it even now, 50 years since my last perm. I see parents these days who dye their young girls’… Read more »

jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo

I’ve always had thin hair too, and people with thick hair just don’t understand what we go through, do they??
Your photo is fabulous Iris. My mom had red hair and somedays I see it in mine too. Not that red, but still.

Sally in St Paul

Seeing your red hair photo was so fun – it looked great. You really rock the short hair cuts! My mom’s thin straight hair went *crazy* when it grew back after chemo with the wildest tight curls, so unlike her usual hair. It’s finally starting to get back to normal.

em dirr

🙋🏻‍♀️Fellow purple shampooer here! Wow did your perm tales bring back forgotten memories…woof that smell! It almost burned it was so terrible. Hair like Leslie’s was always my goal…but that was NEVER the result.
Your red is so fun! Was your hair red when you met your husband? It looks fabulous!!!


Ahh, the thinnning hair, yes, that is very…ugh. Mine is thinning so much, too….and that really makes me sad. I had just sort of hit a point where I had GOOD hair….and now it’s falling out by the fistful 🙁

Do you think the vitamins are helpng? I see many ads for special shampoos, etc, for thinning hair…but I feel like I never really believe their claims. I think hair loss/growth comes from within (said the hair expert).

Love your short red hair pic!

xoxo Bettye