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Dec 22, 2017 05:33AM
Happy early morning ya'll! TC #4 was Tuesday-- YAY! 4 down, 2 to go!-- so I've been chillaxin, but dealing with the usual messed up steroid sleep now, so wanted to check in on everyone!
To begin, I did have what seemed like some "extra shedding" the day or two before #4.... similar to right before #2 around day 21. Not sure if others experienced the same or not. Boy, if I only had to have 4 TC infusions, I would be ecstatic with the hair I have left, even knowing PFC would take some too. Pretty incredible, and my friends are dumbfounded by this process! I keep praying it holds on for another 2 infusions. I would say I've lost 25% of my hair if not a bit more. To a stranger it looks normal, even my teen children think it looks totally the same-- which thrills me since they are 1/2 the reason I did this process anyway. Fingers crossed as we keep on truckin! 🤞🏼
Alletan-- You are lovely no matter what you decide to do with your hair! It is only one time, so I think it would be okay to be gentle and have fun styling your ends....but I would be sure to stay away from sticky products like hairspray and such. And don't forget how lovely updos are for weddings-- especially when loose knots and braids are so popular-- all which would work safely for your hair. Just remember that a beautiful smile is your best accessory! Have a wonderful time & Enjoy all the love at the wedding!
Elastogirl-- Def suggest your friend purchase some hairnets! I bought some heavy duty ones from Amazon that have been working great! They have gotten stuck in the Velcro several times, and so happy it was the net and not my hair-- which is thick and wavy/curly/frizzy. Let me know if you want me to send you link to nets I chose. I sleep in them too....and wear them if cooking a big meal.... or if hot and simply want hair up especially a day or 2 after wash day when I don't want to put it in a braid yet. As for the chin strap, I pull it down hard with my hands while my "capping crew" get the cap all on and strapped down, and then I simply let it go. I have found that the cap is very secure in place and goin nowhere-- so I give myself a break on the chin strap.... but again, my hubby has got those 3 stretchy bands working hard to keep it down to my head! And love the pic of your dog by the way-- hilarious!! Thank you for sharing and good luck to your friend!
Magari-- proud of you for being so positive through your 1st shed! Sounds like you did great! On to #2! I love how you are having fun practicing your caps with friends-- You are going to have great results with your great attitude!
You all have had some chat about eyelashes/ eyebrows. Like Magari, I started using castor oil on mine, and attempting to go without mascara as much as possible. Such is usually my norm all summer, but in winter when I am more fair and tend to wear more makeup, I certainly miss my mascara. I did steal my daughter's faux glasses the other day and wore them walking around the store and I felt less self-conscious. I will probably use them when eyebrows fall out because the rims fall right at eyebrow height too. This all may sounds silly, but they were fun, and can easily be used if in a situation they would be helpful.
Off to try and catch a little more shut eye before the house awakes! Merry, merry to all!
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