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Jul 31, 2021 11:24PM
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I miss corn on the cob--especially the bicolor version so sweet you can eat it raw! It's a total no-no on even a low-carb, much less keto, diet. In 2015, just before my BC dx, we played the WI Sweet Corn Festival--and they sent me home with not just a paycheck but a dozen ears of corn!
Petite, really give arnica montana gel a try. Boiron or Arnicare are the brands I've used. Not only is it soothing, but it actually helps fade bruising,
Cindy, when I was getting Brazilian Blowout keratin treatments, I had to seek out shampoos that were both sulfate-and-sodium-chloride free, So many so-called "keratin" brands have salt--which dissolves the keratin! I ended up alternating between It's a 10 and Giovanni keratin shampoos & conditioners. I gave up on Brazilian Blowouts because of the possibility that even if it no longer contains formaldehyde per se, when heated to the temperature required to flatiron it in it may release formaldehyde. I made that decision not just because of my ocular melanoms dx (my onc says that didn't cause it, but still...), but because my scalp and neck sweat when I sleep. And sweat contains...salt. So the frizzies came back faster and faster each time. I tried gadget after gadget--even that pricy Dyson AirWrap--to no avail. Frizzy, frizzy, frizzy. Even if I managed to get my hair to look good when I styled it (unable to see the back of my head), if I slept on it without putting it up I'd awake with frizzy waves in all the wrong places (a style that may be popular now, as "beachy waves," but never looked good on me). And when I did put it up in a high ponytail with the ends secured by a "butterfly" clip, when I awoke I'd have a ridge or bump in the back that no amount of flatironing seemed to tame.
Meanwhile, I tried product after product--EverPure "cleansing conditioner," Elvive "8 Second Wonder Water," the entire Living Proof line, even the "K12" protein leave-in serum, to no avail. Then one day in June I went to Ulta to buy one of those Dyson Corrale straightening irons (apparently, the AirWrap doesn't do everything after all). The salesman, who is also a stylist, told me that the flatiron I have (CHI) is still state-of-the-art for my texture of hair and there was nothing wrong with my $80 Rusk dryer; and what I needed instead was better technique and one more product. He sat me down and demoed Drybar's "Liquid Glass" spray-on serum on a section of hair he'd moistened and then blew dry--it was sleek and straight. I asked him what I needed to do to get those results and he replied that a concentrator nozzle for my dryer, sectioning--and patience--are the keys. Unfortunately, they were out of stock on both concentrators and the kind of clips necessary for sectioning. (I then got both on Amazon).
The next day i decided to try going to a recently-reopened branch of the Drybar chain (due to the pandemic, drinks are no longer served), basically to see what makes them tick and try to get pointers on how to style my hair straight and keep it that way between shampoos. They used Liquid Glass shampoo & conditioner first, then the Liquid Glass serum. I watched the stylist blow my hair dry--she used more tension on a larger round brush than I'd been using. And she had the flatiron on a higher heat setting. I decided to buy that brush, the shampoo & conditioner, and a sturdier set of clips than what I'd gotten on Amazon. I also realized that the ionic heated smoothing brush I'd bought at a Manhattan Rite-Aid wasn't doing the job--so I bought the smaller travel versions of their "Crush Brush" and "Tress Press," which take up less space in my luggage and are dual-voltage.
Since my own stylist used a Dyson Supersonic dryer, I went on Dyson's eBay site and bought a refurbished one for half price, with all the attachments and the same one-year warranty. My first attempt was good--except the bristles on the big fat brush scratched my cheek. But when I woke up the next day? The telltale creases at the back of my head had reappeared. So I went on YouTube and watched a whole bunch of videos as to how to style long hair straight and keep it that way--and all of them said you have to be able to see the back of your head. (D'OH)! I ordered a set of stick-up mirror tiles and put them up opposite my medicine cabinet. (Being plastic, they're sort of distorted but if I move around I can tell when my hair is straight).
The videos also mentioned that for everyday brushing of fine hair, I should use the softest boar-bristle brush I could find, so I bought one; and that for sleeping, a high "momme" (thread count) silk pillowcase would cut down on frizz-producing friction. Found both on Amazon too. And flatironing after drying is essential--and for that you need to section and see the back too, as well as comb each tress, firmly grip the iron closed, and pass it in one smooth motion to the ends, not repeating. And always finish with a shine product for the ends (and a light-hold spray for humid days)
Finally, I learned that I was putting my hair up at night all wrong. The way to do it to avoid the dreaded back crease is to lean all the way forward, gather it all into a loose pony, very gently twist just the ends and secure it with one of those professional alligator clips. I've been doing that for a month now, and it works. The only problem with all of this is that for long frizz-prone hair it's incredibly time-consuming for an amateur like me. My biggest problem before was trying to dry and flatiron too fast, without sectioning, in a steamy bathroom. For my hair, from shampoo to final flatiron can take nearly an hour. So I obviously don't wash my hair more than every 5 days at the soonest. I use dry shampoo if it begins to look a bit lackluster; and I wear a good watertight bonnet-style shower cap each day. (One of the reasons your stylist can always get sleeker results? The shampoo stations are in a different part of the salon from the styling chairs--so the stylist doesn't need to contend with steamy air).
Postscript--when I went to get my roots done and hair trimmed a few weeks ago, I found my stylist wasn't using his Dyson--he had to send it in for repair. I asked what kind of dryer he was using in the meantime, and he replied, "a no-name, from the drugstore." It's all in the technique! (I guess that's why our moms went to the salon once a week for a "wash & set," and slept in rollers or a bonnet in between visits).
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)