Many of us over-50 women are dealing with thinning hair. It’s mostly a hormonal issue, although if you have sudden or severe hair loss, please see your doctor. Mine is just gradually thinning at the temples and crown, although I am fortunate to have curly, fuzzy hair that “looks bigger” than it is. When my hair is wet, it could all fit onto a small barrette.
I don’t have the skills to fuss with my hair a lot, and create interesting ‘dos that hide the thinning. I have used the sprinkle-on thickening fibers, but they were just too messy and unpredictable for me. I have found my happy place in 1) accepting my hair for what it is; no more mooning over thick hairstyles I can never achieve; and 2) playing with wigs and extensions.
You’ve seen a couple of my favorite wigs here on the blog. I don’t pretend they’re my real hair because there’s nothing embarrassing about wearing wigs, toppers or extensions. Almost every female actor we see on TV and film is wearing a hairpiece – and many of the male actors are too. It’s a wonderful tool to change up your look, protect your natural hair, and play with a style you’ve always wanted.
I also enjoy using extensions, the easy clip-in kind. I’ve bought several small pieces from our local wig shop – human hair in lightest blond. They’re easily found online too, like these from eBay. Because they’re a bit too blonde, I soak them in purple shampoo – the kind that keeps your silver hair more silver – for ten minutes to get a cooler shade. I curl these with a finger curl and bobby pin, let them dry, then clip them in on the sides of my head, where my hair is thinnest. I get a completely undetectable but fuller ‘do.
Do you ever use helper hair? I encourage you to give it a go, even if just for a pink streak on a night out.
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