Wedding Day Hairstyles

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Your wedding day hairstyle is a key part of your bridal look. Your ‘do will help complement your dress, frame your face and last forever thanks to all those gorgeous wedding photos. If you have no clue where to start, have never heard the word “chignon” or simply feel overwhelmed by all the beautiful options out there, we have a few basic tips to help lead you to your favorite look.
1. Coordinate With Your Dress and Overall Wedding Style
The formality of your outfit, venue and general wedding style are great places to start and can help dictate the direction to go with your hair. First and foremost, your hair should complement your gown (not compete with it). For a chic, modern ensemble like a pantsuit or a sculptural dress, a sleek ponytail, effortless low bun (a la Meghan Markle) or smooth blowout work beautifully. For a more relaxed, rustic look (think: a lace sheath, high-waisted two-piece or an off-the-shoulder boho number) try wearing your hair in loose, natural curls. Complete it with braids, small flowers, a flower crown or delicate, botanical headpiece, or tie it back in a half-up style leaving a few whisps in front. More of a ball gown bride? A sweeping updo with romantic touches, like an ethereal chignon, elegant French twist or soft Gibson tuck will show off your dress, accommodate a showstopping veil and stay out of your face while you party.
2. Find Inspiration Everywhere
Save magazine pages, follow hairdressers on social media, add favorite red carpet looks to your inspiration board and scroll through Real Wedding photos to find stunning hairstyles you think might work for your particular personality, hair type, wedding aesthetic and dress style. Consult a pro you trust, or ask your friends for recommendations, to start brainstorming the perfect look.
3. Get Your Shine On
The number one most important aspect of the bride’s hair is shine– especially for all your wedding photos. Straight hair by nature tends to look glossier, but any flyaways from dry air or static will automatically ruin the effect.
4. Work With Your Length
Obviously you’re limited by the length of your locks, but we wouldn’t exactly call it a limitation– there are some seriously romantic, sophisticated and glam looks for short-haired brides, even braided hairstyles if you’re looking for them. If you decide to wear your hair in an updo– a wise choice if you’re hoping to highlight the back of your dress, or in the summer if your hair is prone to frizz– you have tons of options, whether you’re looking for something piece-y and romantic, low and simple, or high and sleek.
5. Consider Your Headpiece
Wide-toothed combs just aren’t going to cut it with straight and fine hair (though you can replace them with finer, less heavy combs), and you don’t want to find out your vintage crystal and pearl comb won’t stay put the morning of your wedding. Unless you have the budget to have your hair styled twice (and quickly, the second time), make sure your style can actually hold your headpiece, and that it looks good with and without it in case you choose to remove it for the after-party.

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A Great Wedding Officiant

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I recently attended a wedding in Columbia SC. The man conducting the wedding did such a great job that I wanted to mention him on my blog. He is called the Marriage Notary and performs all kinds of civil ceremonies. He can also just do the paperwork if you do not want a ceremony. I recommend you call him for your marriage in the Columbia metro area.

You can find him here.

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Hair Loss in Women

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In both men and women, 5-a reductase reacts with testosterone to produce DHT, the hormone responsible for the miniaturization (shrinking) and gradual disappearance of affected hair follicles. This explains why both men and women lose their hair. One of the reasons why women seldom have the conspicuous bald areas that men do is because women naturally have only half the amount of 5-a reductase compared to men.

Women’s hair seems to be particularly sensitive to underlying medical conditions. Since systemic medical conditions often cause a diffuse type of hair loss pattern that can be confused with genetic balding, it is important that women with undiagnosed alopecia be properly evaluated by a doctor specializing in hair loss (i.e., a dermatologist).

In women who are genetically predisposed to hair loss, both diffuse and patterned distributions are caused by the actions of two enzymes: aromatase (which is found predominantly in women) and 5-a reductase (which is found in both women and men). Diffuse hair loss is most often hereditary, but it can also be caused by underlying medical conditions, medications, and other factors; therefore, a thorough medical evaluation is an important part of the management.

Common baldness in women, also called female pattern alopecia, is genetically inherited and can come from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family. Female alopecia most commonly presents in a diffuse pattern, where hair loss occurs over the entire scalp. Less commonly, women exhibit a patterned distribution where most of the thinning occurs on the front and top of the scalp with relative sparing of the back and sides.

In the next sections, we will take a closer look at both the mechanisms of genetically induced female hair loss as well as the medical conditions and drugs that can cause diffuse hair loss in women.
Mechanism of Genetic Hair Loss in Women

It is this presence of aromatase which may help explain why hair loss in women looks so different than in men, particularly with respect to the preservation of the frontal hairline. It may also explain why women have a poor response to the drug finasteride (Propecia), a medication widely used to treat hair loss in men that works by blocking the formation of DHT.

The type of hair loss, diffuse or patterned, has important implications for treatment. Women with diffuse hair loss are generally best treated medically, whereas women with patterned hair loss may be good candidates for hair transplant surgery. Interestingly, patterned hair loss is the most common type seen in men and accounts for why a greater proportion of men are candidates for surgery compared to women.

As with hair loss in men, female genetic hair loss largely stems from a complex stew of genes, hormones and age. In addition to 5-a reductase, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT); which are also found in men’s hair loss; also present in women are the enzyme aromatase and the female hormones estrone and estradiol.

Below is a list of medical conditions that can lead to a diffuse pattern of hair loss:

Causes of Telogen Effluvium.

Localized Hair Loss.

A host of dermatologic conditions can cause localized hair loss in women. The pattern that they produce is usually quite different from the diffuse pattern of female genetic hair loss and is easily differentiated from it by an experienced dermatologist. Occasionally, the diagnosis is difficult to make and tests, such as a scalp biopsy are necessary.

Obstetric and gynecologic conditions; such as post-partum and post-menopausal states or ovarian tumors
Anemia (iron deficiency).
Thyroid disease.
Connective tissue diseases, such as Lupus.
Nutritional causes including crash diets, bulimia, protein/calorie deficiency, essential fatty acid or zinc deficiency, malabsorbtion, and hypervitaminosis A.
Stress from surgical procedures, general anesthesia, or severe emotional problems.

Non-Scarring Alopecias.

Blood thinners (anti-coagulants) such as warfarin and heparin.
Seizure medication (most commonly dilantin).
Medication for gout, colchicines, and alopurinol (Xyloprim).
Blood pressure medication, particularly the b-blockers (such as Inderal) or diuretics.
Anti-inflammatory drugs (such as prednisone).
Medications that lower cholesterol and other lipids.
Mood altering drugs such as lithium, tri-cyclics, Elavil, Prozac.
Thyroid medications.
Oral contraceptive agents, particularly those high in progestins.
Miscellaneous medications, such as diet pills, high doses of Vitamin A, street drugs (cocaine).

Localized hair loss in women may be sub-divided into scarring and non-scarring types.

Localized hair loss can be also be caused by constant pulling on scalp hair, either through braiding, tight clips or hair systems. The most common presentation is thinning, or complete hair loss, at the frontal hairline and in the temples of women who wear their hair pulled tightly back.

Scarring hair loss can be caused by a variety of medical or dermatologic conditions such as Discoid Lupus, Lichen Planus, and infections. Localized hair loss from injury or from medical problems are often amenable to hair transplantation.
Hair Loss in Women & Aging.


Alopecia Areata is a genetic, auto-immune disease that typifies the non-scarring type. It manifests with the sudden onset of discrete, round patches of hair loss associated with normal underlying skin. It usually responds quite well to local injections of cortico-steroids.

Many of the factors that cause the rate of loss to speed up or slow down are unknown, but we do know that with age, a person’s total hair volume will decrease. Even when there is no predisposition to genetic balding, hair across the entire scalp will thin over time resulting in the appearance of less density.

Causes of Anagen Effluvium.

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can cause a diffuse type of hair loss called “anagen effluvium” that can be very extensive. This hair loss is also reversible when the therapy is over, but the hair does not always return to its pre-treatment thickness.

Scarring Alopecias.

Drugs That Can Cause Diffuse Hair Loss in Women.

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Choosing the Right Wigs When Experiencing Hair Loss

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When I was pregnant with my third kid, I lost my hair. Over the duration of a month, I observed large amounts of it falling out till almost all was gone; my obstetrician and skin doctor did a battery of tests and eventually I was identified with serious alopecia areata, an immune phenomenon where your body incorrectly attacks your very own hair roots.

” Alopecia” in itself means “loss of hair” and can take place for a variety of reasons consisting of hereditary issues, autoimmune processes, systemic diseases like anemia or thyroid conditions, hormone modifications, tension, serious health problem, or as a side effect to chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Sometimes, the hair will grow back and in other cases, regrettably it might not.

Whatever the reason for the alopecia though, it can change the method you view yourself due to the fact that the person you look at in the mirror doesn’t rather appear like the person you keep in mind seeing in the past. This can affect your self-confidence and self-confidence, and cause issues such as social anxiety as well as depression. Thankfully nowadays there are choices to help cover your alopecia and make you feel a little bit more like yourself, and one that I have actually found most valuable is a great wig.

Wigs are made from natural hair or synthetic product. Generally wigs made from genuine hair are longer and more pricey. They look really natural and can be styled in different methods. If cared for effectively, they can last upwards of a year. The major benefit to synthetic wigs is expense. The other benefit is they can be used right out of the box if you so desire; the product has built-in memory so will normally look styled even if you haven’t done anything to it. The life-span of an artificial wig is shorter– someplace around 4-6 months.

Whichever kind of wig you select, here are a few pointers:

Pick a size that fits your head comfortably.
Make certain the material feels comfortable on your head; wigs can be itchy.
Think about the alternatives for wig caps, a layer of thin material that can go under your wig for comfort and to assist with itching. Simply be aware that this can make it relatively hot under your wig.
Make sure to take your wig to your hair stylist to get it cut to fit your face perfectly. Very hardly ever does one come out of the box fitting you precisely right.
Buy a wig-stand to hold your wig and keep its shape.
Make sure you care for your wig routinely to preserve its life-span.
Lastly, use it happily. You are gorgeous!

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2 Kinds of Wigs and their Pro’s and Con’s

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You might be choosing a wig or hair piece for a range of factors. Maybe you are going through a medical treatment like chemotherapy, or you are genetically susceptible to loss of hair. Or maybe you are looking for an enjoyable, new hairdo without the dedication. Whatever the factor, using a wig ought to make you feel great and stylish, and picking the best wig for you plays a major role because. Wigs definitely do not be available in a one size fits all mold; there is a large variety of wig styles, colors, products and caps to choose from. Before you decide which wig is right for you, let’s review the different kinds of wig materials.

Hair Type– Human Hair or Artificial

Human hair is the option for the most natural appearance. While it is more costly than synthetic hair, it looks genuine because it is real. Hair originates from one donor or multiple donors and can be styled much like your very own natural hair. Human hair wigs do last longer and stand well to heat. Real hair wigs provide a natural look and are extremely long lasting. Styling a real hair wig is similar to styling your own hair, making them a great choice for females interested in altering their hair style often.


Synthetic hair wigs have actually come a long way and now look extremely natural, too. One benefit of synthetic hair: the upkeep of is much less requiring. Unlike human hair wigs, a synthetic wig quickly bounces back to the pre-set design. It does not respond to rain or humidity or ever lose volume. Some short styles are so simple, they’re called shake and go! While synthetic hair wigs make for easy styling, not all of them can deal with styling with heat tools like a blow dryer or curling iron. This decreases their flexibility, considering that the style you acquire your wig in is the way it must remain.

Select the Foundation

There are two kinds of wig caps. The monofilament or mono top is made from micromesh. The individual strands of hair are hand-tied or woven into the mesh. The mesh is soft and breathable, permitting the bare scalp to show through. This makes a monofilament cap a great option for chemotherapy patients or those with a delicate scalp.

The 2nd kind of wig cap is a lace front. With lace front construction, hair strands are hand-tied to the front hairline, giving the smooth look of natural hair growth. This building and construction is more natural and practical. It likewise permits flexible styling options, including parting and pulling hair up or away from the face.

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