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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I’m not sure how I missed this post Patti! I learned a lot from it and though I currently have a full enough head of hair; I wouldn’t hesitate to enhance what I have as needed. When we met in Arizona I thought every darling curl on your head was your own. I guess by expanded definition this is still true!
You got me with the cat photos. Are these your cats?
I have 2 wigs that I absolutely love…but I haven’t been wearing them as much recently. One is a short haired blonde one almost like yours.
The other is a longer, brown hair one, which my husband doesn’t like because he says it looks fake!!
I would like to try extensions, if only I could find them curly like my hair!!
I hear you, my curly-haired sister! I sometimes buy straight human hair extensions, and either use a curling iron on them, or roll them up and clip them overnight. xo
I never thought of using a wig Patti but now you mention it I have to say they both look awesome on you. But the top one is my favorite – so natural!
I have been blessed with a strong head of hair, but a thinning crown can be a problem for a lot of older women and a wig would be a great solution.
I am tempted to investigate further in case I have more “bad hair days”.
you do have a wonderful head of hair! And it’s fun to play around with hair anyway, xo
The cat images are the best!
I luckily have been blessed with lots of hair.
There is a blog that I follow https://atypical60.com/ and she struggles with her thinning hair issues. She posts quite often about hair add ons and is quite knowledgeable.
Yes I follow her too – love her openness and positive outlook. xox
Both of these wigs are cute and flattering. This is the way to go, not just for thinning hair ( and mine has thinned a lot in recent years) but maybe to “try on” a new hair color. I’m a graying brunette who wants to be a honey-blonde.
go for it! It’s a lot easier than coloring your hair. xox