I have become increasingly attached to my little mullet-in-training. I never expected to like it this much, scarred as I was by my previous attempt at a pixie in middle school (as seen here). So obviously, my not hating it has come as a delightful treat to myself.
Because of my shameful obsession with instagram, and my desire to document my hair regrowth in a way that is cute, I have become a little nutty. I know it. But it needed to be done. There needed to be post-chemo pictures that looked Ok and not, let's just be honest here, as scary as some other sites have made it. Let's just say curly mullets, lots of bandanas and horrible poufs abound.
But I refused to accept this as my fate. And so, I approached the growth of my hair as I would any project of this high importance - obsessive, researched based pinning.
I feel like the last 5 years has truly been revolutionary, not only in the science of cancer treatment, but in the celebrities who went bald/short/pixie, paving the way for those of us who have no choice about it. With their sterling examples it has become easier to transition stylishly with the help of their exorbitantly- priced celebrity stylists. Thank you Charlize, Anne, Goddess Ginnifer, Pixie (yes, that's her name), Miley, patron St. Michelle, Carey and the founding mothers of the movement, Edie & Audrey.
With that in mind, I have noticed _both from pictures and from "empirical evidence" aka when people compliment me - that there are certain "tricks" which have helped me ease the transition from Mr. Clean/"You look like that model" Amber Rose to Pixie Fairy Princess. And today, my darlings, I plan to share these revelations with you. Not because I think those of you blessed with hair should join me in pixie land, but because I know some of you who read this will have little sproutlings of your own very, very soon. Also, if you want to know what my product regimen was, you can read all about it here.
Pixie Cut 101
Trick #1: Ear FringeNow, you will notice as your hair grows back in (or, if you are getting this cut on purpose, you brave soul you) that certain parts of your head grow in faster than others. It's like men with that friar tuck ring - the top of the head is thinner/grows slower. This can manifest badly (hello mullet) but in the case of the ear fringe it can be a good thing. Ear fringe is very femme. Men just don't go there. It's also a fun way to see how "long" your hair is.
Trick #2: The Cat Eye
There is something about the cat-eye that takes the pixie look from edgy/outcast to vintage/preppy that I like a lot. I think this combo is very pretty and femme, something you may have noticed makes me like my short hair more (as an exile from the land of long flowing locks, this clearly figures into my hair aspirations.) I have found this particular thing much easier to master since I acquired the Eyeko Liquid Liner Pen (buy it here) and after watching this video.
Also, never ever doubt the power of a heavy hand with eyeliner in place of eyelashes. Seriously, nobody notices the difference... This got me through 2 long months of eyelashlessness during chemo when using falsies can be an eye infection waiting to happen.
Your scalp is not the only hair up there that matters - the eyebrows and eyelashes are pretty crucial too. I found mine grew back in SUPER thick, which is totally awesome. And before they did, let's be honest, I had a pretty heavy hand with the Anastasia eyebrow kit, black eyeliner and lash extensions (once my doc gave the okay!) The combo of big, bold brows + fluttery lashes + hair abbreviated is a power combo.
TRICK #4: Start with a Clean Slate & Then Part it
People often compliment my "hair cut". I am still way to traumatized by the falling-out-of-the-hair to let a pair of scissors come anywhere near my precious baby mullet. It is just growing in this way. And I think it's because I made the leap and went shiny, hot-razor-bald, thereby allowing the hair to grow back in thick and even. (Remember this?)
As soon as you have a little, itty bit of hair you can start to "part" it. There is something about a part that is just innately feminine in nature - masking the masculinity of the shorter crop, and adding a deliberate style intention that can be hard when you don't have a lot to work with.
NSometimes two parts of my personality reconcile, the SF hippy bohemian meets the sporty, functional side, and the fall in love and make outfit babies. Sometimes I go to workout in the morning and forget to bring half of what a normal person needs to dress herself...
I have been dabbling in ayurvedic diet ever since my cancer diagnosis but recently I have become part of what is definitely, like a thing.
I started doing it about a month ago, but sporadically, in response to some chemo related mouth infections that kept coming back over and over. And then all of a sudden IT WAS EVERYWHERE.
All the cool blogger chicks like The Skinny Confidential and even brands like Free People were advocating for the teeth whitening, headache/hangover curing, skin-clearing benefits of this ancient practice.
And how do you do it? It's easy. You'll need Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
But, that seems so easy? So what's the big deal?
|From the Free People Blog |
And of course, I know the Dj (Plus 5 cool points??) from back in the day. Like, when I was actually 25. So I messaged him and was like "WHAT IS YOUR SOUNDCLOUD?WHAT WAS THAT SONG? TELL ME NOW" and he is a very nice man who was like, here crazy calm down (j/k that was just in my head)
headphones by frends
So, download THIS SONG now. It's a mashup of Ignition and Pheonix. BLESS. Then go check out DJ Illborn's steam on Soundcloud. You're welcome.
SF is a temptress who lures us in with days like today and then smothers us in fog when everyone else has "summer." But let's live in the present. Today was glorious. My yellow manicure was glorious and so with sun protection, temperature and spring freshness in mind the following ensemble was born.
You might recognize this hat, this coat, or even this amazing yellow purse which I scored on super sale at nordstrom rack (similar). But put them together and you have something special, that is also super functional and comfy.
Without looking like you are coming from/going to the gym. I for one, could not be more excited with this trend because I love anything and everything that is both chic and comfortable to wear. But there are some guidelines that can spare your look from being less Givenchy and more "gymwear."
When trying the sporty chic look:
1) Pick luxe sporty pieces with fun details, like this gold-embroidered cap from JCREW (similar) or a textured, boxy sweatshirt
2) Pair your sporty clothes with tailored, classic pieces like a camel coat.
3) Add clean, casual sneakers in fun, spring colors (these were bright white and mint green)
Smoothies are a staple in my diet. Blend, pour, go - that's how I roll. I am not what they call a "morning person." However, I have found that I need more protein in my mornings to keep me from bottoming out or eating my body weight in zucchini noodles at lunch.
And so this recipe was born. It's easy- almond flour is just blanched almonds that have already been ground up super-fine for you- so that's one less step. This recipe is also mild on tummies (I still sometimes struggle with a bit o'naus when I wake up) and the perfect way to ease into your day. It's like a smoothie with a hug built in.
1 cup of milk (almond, soy, cow, whatever you prefer, if you choose coconut you'll be sacrificing some protein but it'll taste awesome)
1/8 cup (2 tbsps) of almond flour made with just blanched almonds
(I like Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour)
Put all the ingredients in a blender, mix well until its' the creamy dreamy smoothie texture and enjoy!