Let’s Chat About Hair Bushes

Hair brushes. And or brushing. It’s worth a conversation.

If you are reading this blog I’m going to venture a guess that you read other blogs about makeup, hair etc. Then you have probably read somewhere that it is now frowned upon to brush your hair with a hair brush. Ok, so what do you do with unruly hair?

Here’s the deal. I still use a hair brush. Actually, I use two. Plus I use a comb. 

Oh heavens to Betsy you are all screaming. That is too much work AND you are yanking your tresses out of your head. To you I give a hair flip and say bye bye. Why do I ignore your screaming? Because it works. This method works for me because I have basically straight hair. As well as I prep my hair in advance of using any brush at all. Which brings me to the most knowledgeable part of this post. 

What is more important than a hair brush? Do you know? It’s the WIDE TOOTHED COMB. Say it with me now..wide toothed comb. I’m pretty sure I own 3 of them. Where do you get them? The Dollar Store. Yes folks the Dollar Store. One of the the best features of these combs is that they have a sort of hooked bottom. Why is that great? It’s great because you can hang said comb in the shower.  Oh silly me why would I want to do that? Here it is, the big secret…you need it in the shower to PREP your hair. There, I said it again “to prep your hair”. Prep your hair for drying, styling, brushing whatever you want to do to it.

When you are in the shower washing your hair (we’ll get into the whole no need to wash everyday thing some other time) you will do your hair a great service by using the wide toothed comb to comb the shampoo, if you can and then the conditioner throughout your hair.

I said comb through the shampoo if you can because I realize not everyone’s hair is combable (made up word) when wet.  One of my bonus daughters can barely get a comb through it with conditioner because she is blessed with some gorgeous curls. But, the number one best favor you can do for your hair is to use the wide toothed comb on it with your conditioner. You will thank me and your hair will thank you.

As for brushing, do not brush wet hair. Simple. Don’t do it unless you want broken, frizzy hair.

Before you blow-dry again, wide toothed comb. 

Personally I won’t blow dry without protection and my favorite has gone off the market and is now a black market item. I feel a lot like Elaine in Seinfeld when her preferred method of protection, the sponge, was taken off the market. My

supply is so low at this point I ask myself if my hair on a particular day “is it V05 worthy” and sometimes the answer is no and I throw the whole wet mess in a bun and don’t dry it. 

But back to brushing. Of course there are times you need to brush. I’m a fan of the wide paddle brush. But at night, before I go to bed I use a natural bristle brush to distribute the oils though my hair to the ends. Which brings me to the topic of our next chat…co-washing.

 

Tell me, do you use a heat protecting spray before yo u blow dry? Do you use a brush?

Be sure to comment below and share if this post.  It really helps.

Talk soon,

Ge-G

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Let’s Chat About Confidence

Let’s Chat About Confidence

Good Day to you all lovely people!!

I am so happy that you are here.

If you recall, last Friday I asked if any of you were familiar with the Rule of Three when styling an outfit and I mentioned that I was trained in retail styling that the rule was five, but that Coco Chanel’s rule overrode everything else.

What in the world was I talking about?

When planning an outfit for the day count your pieces. Top,pants or skirt and shoes consider as TWO pieces. The Rule of Three means that you need to add a jacket or sweater on top of this.  This is what I refer to as dressing with intention.  When you are getting older and your colors are changing/fading it is crucial to dress with intention. A woman, who cares, will dress using the rule of three in order to look like she gives a shit.  Why should you look like you give a shit?

Because, believe it or not, it is not for the folks who are looking at you as you stroll through Walmart, it is for you. Looking pulled together and chic gives a person confidence and again, believe it not, we all need confidence.  It’s one thing to say “Oh, I don’t care what others think of how I look!” Great that’s a super attitude if you can pull it off. But we all know that every single one of us wants to fit in, somehow. Even if you want to fit in with the non-conformists, you are still trying to fit in.

There you have it, the reasoning behind dressing with intention or The Rule of Three.  Now, my Rule of Five is exactly the same but you need to add jewelry to that and or a scarf. Simple, yes?

Now, picture yourself in your closet and you are in the process of growing out your hair to gray so not really looking fabulous in that department. Again I ask, do  you want to look like you climbed out of the dumpster? No, no one does.  So, you’re in your closet and you say, well I only need jeans and T to go to the grocery store. Yup, ok, put those on. Next look at your cardigan and blazers there on the rack. Pick a cute one. It doesn’t need to be fancy just a complementary color to your shirt. (every color goes with denim it’s a miracle of life). 

Ok, so you’ve got Jeans, a top and now a blazer. Nothing fancy, just pulled together. Now pick shoes. No, you are not going to the gym or the pool so NO gym shoes or flip flops. Weather dependent choose a boot, sandal or some other cute shoe. Do you like high heels? Flippin’ put them on. What are you waiting for? 

Now, go to your scarves? Anything look good? Oh, what? You say you don’t know how to tie them.  There’s a You Tube for that. It’ll take a second, go ahead and watch it, I’ll wait.

Ahhh, no time for that or no scarf you like? Then we move on to necklace, rings  and bracelet and if you are so inclined earrings.  Ok. You did it. Step back and look in the mirror. Take a good look and now remove ONE accessory. That my dears is the Coco Chanel Rule. Accessories also include hair barrettes and headbands so take that into consideration also.

Whew! That was a lot yes? But it is so simple. You are puling yourself together to feel confident and exude that confidence. And also to look like you actually give a shit that you are here, on earth and ready to load up on some damn fine groceries.

Please leave your comments, opinions and questions here so we can continue this chat all week.

Yours in technicolor

Ge-Ge

Let’s Chat About The Rule Of Three

Let’s Chat About The Rule Of Three

 

Alrighty gang, I believe that we have covered a lot of information in the las month or so. Don’t you agree?

We’ve chatted about eyebrows, moisturizer, mascara and watched a couple of terrible videos.

What we have not covered is fashion. How is an aging, older stylish woman dress? Does it matter is the greater question but that isn’t what we are here to read about. Am I right?

Writing these missives I believe I am writing to three different types of women. (I say women as a collective, I’m equally happy writing to anyone who enjoys reading about getting older, no matter what if any gender you relate)

These three are :

  1. Someone like me who loves makeup and has to embrace the aging process.
  2. Someone who doesn’t feel confident with makeup or fashion and wishes to learn.
  3.  Someone who is a certified expert in beauty, fashion and aging but reads these so that they can get a laugh. I’m fine with that. 

Okay, regardless of which reader you relate to I want you to know that I am here as a resource (or comic relief) to help you navigate the road of fashion and beauty as the years roll in upon us.

Today we don’t have a video but I’d like set up the stage for Monday’s post.

Monday, we will be here to chat about the Rule of Three in fashion.  I prefer to use the Rule of Five as that is how my work in retail trained me.

Do you know these rules? Do you follow them? How about the great CoCo Chanel’s rule? do you know that one?

Lastly, remember that it is truly easy to give up on one’s self as we age and things discolor and sag. DO NOT GIVE UP.  The worst thing you can do is allow yourself to look like you crawled out from behind the dumpster at Target just before you walk in the door.

Come back on Monday for an in depth look at these fashion rules. In the mean time…

Please comment below so we can continue this chat.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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