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1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 10/10/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, so here I am trucking along on the anti virals and feeling pretty crummy this past month on them.  One reason why you have not heard from me in awhile, as well as my husband had a sudden case of pneumonia, in hospital and for the first 3 days they were not sure he was even going to make it.  YIKES.  He is home and doing well now, thank god.
 
Anyway, throughout the past 3 years of sickness..I was still vain about one thing and that was my hair.  No matter how crappy I felt I always made sure it was cut and colored..as I got sicker I ended up with alot of gray.  My hairdresser told me abx can do that to some people..
 
I wear my hair in a shorter style as it is very thick and ALOT of natural curl/wave.  I am dark haired naturally and pretty much dye that way as well.
 
So today, my daughter who went to Beauty School for 4 years in High School, passed her boards and got her license tells me I am looking old.  Gee thanks.  She thinks I should be Platinum Blonde with low lights.
 
I agree..what do I have to loose. (How little did I know)
 
So, she slaps on the bleach ( I had not colored my hair in 4 months). Leaves it on for the alloted 50 mins...rinses and says...gee your tips are still a little orange, I am going to coat and leave on another 20 mins.  OK...I am having no burning or any other type of issue.
 
Well we rinse after 20 mins and she is estatic.  Color is perfect...then I hear OH NO.  I open my eyes under the running water....only to find.........HAIR and lots of it in the sink drain.
 
HOLY COW...my hair is breaking off.  And I mean BREAKING OFF.
 
She starts to cry (she is 25), my husband just stares (he always told me he would love me even if I was bald)...I calmly ask my husband to get me a comb and I start...It is really bad.  I am in shock, daughter is still crying (they all know how I feel about my hair).
 
By the time I am done...I look like Friar Tuck from Robin Hood!  I am still pretty calm (which suprises everyone) call my hairdresser and just by the grace of god she is still there at 5:)) on a Sat. night.
 
Zip over there...not a heck of alot we can do.  Buzz & cut.  By the time we are done...I am left with about 3/8" of gorgeous baby chick like fuzz.
 
Lord help...I have yet to holler or scream.  However, it is pretty bad when your hairdresser hands you a wig book.
 
Not sure what I am going to do....This weekend coming we have a huge car show our club puts on that I have to work and in 4 weeks we are headed with our old cars to Panama City Beach for a 5 day show...They are gonna think my poor sweet husband is holding hands with a guy!!!!!!!!
 
Just had to share


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Willowrose
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   Posted 10/10/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my. I'll bet most of us women have at least one hair horror story to share. Yours is a doozy. So, are you buying a wig from your hairdresser? Becoming a hat woman? I hope, at least, that you are someone who looks good with short hair. At least hair grows back - eventually.

Rose
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/10/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Omg Melody!!!! I am sooooo sorry!!! You must be crushed. I bet your daughter feels just as bad. You still sound so positive! I would have busted out crying.

Get you a nice little hat or bandana and wear alot of makeup and earrings! lol

I'm so sorry hun!
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1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 10/10/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I do happen to look good with short hair (thank god).

I am not sure if I will get a wig or not. My girlfriend told me to buy some scarves, they are all the "rage" right now.

I am trying to be positive. Normally I would have flown off the handle..bad. But for some reason I did not. I guess what is done is done.

Oh yeah Chantel a hat...LOL. I do not look good in hats.

I think I can deal with it for now...went out to dinner tonight and a man bumped into me and said...excuse me, ladies first...so at least I still look like a girl!

The only thing that has me worried, is my hairdresser said I "might" wake up tomorrow with some BALD patches. IF that happens...I will buy that wig!
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/10/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Ugh! I'm so sorry. I would be devastated. I truly wish I was more like you. Hey, who knows, you may just set a new trend! Wouldn't that be cool?

And at least you look good with short hair. I'd look like a pea head with a boudin body, lol. Seriously.
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Nicky D
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   Posted 10/10/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh no-I'll hoping you don't have bald patches! That being said- often people who can look good with short hair look freaking amazing with short hair, but most people are too scared to do it, and don't know. It seems you're being pretty positive with this so far, so I'd saying rock the short hair!

I shaved my head to raise money for cancer a few years back, and I think I got more complements on my hair when it was still "baby chick fuzz" than I did when it was long! You don't need hats or scarves- you can be amazingly beautiful with short (or no hair). And after the first little adjustment period, I found it really liberating. You don't NEED your hair- you're still beautiful and feminine without it! So get your chin up and start strutting your stuff!

Nicky

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   Posted 10/10/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I vote for a wig -- IF you can find one styled like you like. And you deserve a good one. So many people are wearing wigs these days and I have learned that people really can't tell!

Nothing wrong these days w/ wigs and/or extremely short hair. Do what you are comfortable with! If scarves and/or hats are not you -- don't do it.

btw, I am very sorry about your experience. I've gone thru more than a couple and I know the misery.

And WOW, if you like short hair on yourself because it looks good -- DO IT, and GO 4 IT!!
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia,  chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/10/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Melody knows I'm teasing about the hat. We are friends.

Lyme, your post about wigs reminds me of something funny. When I was in phlebotomy school last year, we had to talk people into coming in and getting their blood drawn by us.....new students, lol. Well, this woman walks in with a wig. She was real proud of it too. She kept shaking the darn thing side to side, haha! I thought that was the funniest thing! She was doing it to make us laugh. I giggle everytime I think of that.
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Dagger
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   Posted 10/10/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Think of all the time you'll save! Your hair will dry almost instantly, you won't have to style it, you'll use less shampoo.

I can't stand having anything on my head, not even headbands, so a wig would be out for me. I only wear a hat when I absolutely have to.

Good luck!

1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 10/11/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the kind words!

Woke up with no bald patches, so I guess we will be OK.

I have decided NO WIG. Too darn hot here in Florida for one...and they will just have to take me as I am!
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   Posted 10/11/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Go get 'em, 1bitten!!!! =) =)
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/11/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
You go girl! You're a beautiful lady:) Go rock that short hair! You have a beautiful face and you can definitely pull off short hair. My face, on the other hand is round. I'd be the one wearing hats, scarves, etc.
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bablymers
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   Posted 10/11/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi 1bitten2xshy,

I am so sorry about your mishap but you have such a wonderful attitude!! You are right that they can just take you the way you are!! You go girl!! I am sure you will make the most out of this "opportunity" and have fun with it and "experiment" with all your possibilities! Great time to try out other colors and styles by trying on wigs just for fun, and a great time to try out all kinds of other ways to adorn oneself and just have fun. It may even open up opportunities to educate other people about lyme disease and/or chronic illness. Blessings to you, bablymers mom

alone&scared
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   Posted 10/11/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh no!!! The whole time I was reading that I just knew you were going to say it fell out. OOOOOH! After it grows back, if you want to truly go blonde there are stronger bleaches and whatnot that you can use that bleach it quickly and without ruining your hair. I have very dark hair and have done the blonde thing. Didn't look right on me!

I feel so bad for you! But, heck, get a wig! Have fun with it. Try a style that you always wanted to, but didn't have the guts. The good thing is that it will grow back and probably fairly quickly. I am still so sorry though! Your daughter must feel horrible!

You are so calm about it! I think I would stay at home for weeks if my hair was gone:(


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   Posted 10/12/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
1bitten2xshy

I feel your pain when it comes to the hair.
Thats on thing that everyone loves about me.
Everyone always asks me where i got my perm,
I just laugh and say Mother Nature gave me these
long curly locks.

I finally got the nerve to get my hair colored in Feb 08
for the first time ever.

I got a chemical burn all over my scalp. Itching like crazy! Driving me nuts!
She had no answer as to why this happened......

One month later I found out I had Lyme.
Expalined it all... I was so chemically sensitive to so much in the begining.

I hope your hair grows back even thicker and more lusturous than before.

I feel bad for your daughter, I bet she feels so guilty, Poor thing. All you can do now is
laugh about it.... Have fun with it....Tell her to look at is this way, there is no way she
could ever mess it up as bad as she did the first time. HaHaHaHa just a thought!

Good Luck at the Car show
 


Deejavu
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   Posted 10/13/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh my 1bitten2xshy!
 
You brought back memories of my "attempted" perm from the 1970's..  I have long baby fine hair and I so badly wanted "curly hair" so I went to a reputable place (Hair Literate Hairdressers or so they thought), they first cut my very long hair (it was almost down to my waist at that time) and then put in the perm rods.  Within minutes the rods started to fall out along with my hair!
 
I had a punk hairdo before punk came into style.. I was dating a guy that I thought I was very much in love with and he was waiting for me and my new "do"..  Well, I stuck a winter hat on (since I am in NY) and refused to take it off.. Yeah, I couldn't stop crying..    But it grew back (took a very long time)..
 
I did wear hats and scarves.... oh golly!
 
Let us know how the car show went, I bet you look just beautiful..   Short hair can be very sophisticated..  Wish I had the guts to cut my hair shorter.. 
 
Denise
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1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 10/13/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Again Guys...

No more hair breakage, so I guess I am at the worse now!

The car show is so much work. It is really tough on the body. At least this year I will have a golf cart to zip around in when selling 50/50 tickets.

We are an IRS registered non profit club and all monies raised from the show goes into toys for the Salvation Army christmas program.

Alot of work goes into this each year...we have about 300 cars show up for the show. It starts for us @ 6:30AM and ends about 5-5:30. I am going to be wiped out!
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/13/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Melody,

I wanted to tell you that I got the email picture of the car. I showed my husband too. It is sooooo nice. I love the color too. I think it's great that yall are doing this for the kids. Have fun and let me know how it goes.
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1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 10/13/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I will Chantel...and thanks for all the hard work you did on the Lyme Link for information. It is wonderful!
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 10/13/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks girl;)
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