That was Oliveís yesterday. Rushing ahead to today, Olive and I are still long
time friends. We have turned gray together. Here is the problem. Olive now tints her
white hair, dark brown: that is, close to the same color she had when she was in high
school. She still has soft, fine threads of hair on the top of her head. When I look at her
hair under the sun, I see her white new growth that makes her hair look thinner than
ever, and I see pink scalp under the white hair. This is very unattractive to Olive. Iíve
told her, but she doesnít want to give up her brown hair.
Donít we all know someone like Olive?
What can a person do if they have Oliveís problem?
First of all, if you have white hair, do not tint your hair dark brown, because when
the white comes in and you donít make it to the Beauty Salon quick enough, your hair
will look thin even if it isnít thin! When people look at your hair, they will notice your
pink head! Nothing is wrong with the color pink except when it clashes on our heads
against our otherwise tan skin. Besides, dark brown is way too harsh for an older woman
to wear while covering her gray. A lovely golden brown would be very attractive on
someone like Olive. She could have the brown, yet with golden highlights running
through it. When it grows out and in need of a touch up, it wonít look quite as bad.
A smart lady discovers ways to style over the roots until she can get to the salon.
If you have extremely thin hair on the top of your head, you might consider
purchasing a wiglet with a small base. Go to a professional who will match your hair and
explain how to keep the wiglet on your head. Usually you can make two pincurls on the
top and then slide the comb that is on the wiglet underneath the pincurls. Then, place
two bobby pins over the comb to be a little more secure. Presto! It will stay securely in
place wherever you go and no one will know you are wearing a wiglet except you.
It would be best to buy two. Then, you would have one to wear and one to have styled,
and always have one ready. Wiglets are availabe in synthetic or human hair. The
synthetic is much easier to take care of and you might be able to style it yourself once
you get used to doing it. You will need to wash it in Woolite, rinse good, then shake
well and hang it on the line. Do not put it in the clothes dryer! With human hair,
remember it will fall or frizz just like your own. When you take your wiglet to the
professional, they should explain to you how to care for it and what is best for you.
They will also cut and style it for the dimensions of your head and the frame of your face.
Lastly, you can always have hair transplants. That is a painful and expensive
procedure. The surgeon takes your hair from the lower part of the back of your head
and places it in the front or top. The hair never grows, but it is there to stay.
Whatever way you choose after careful thought, it will be right for you and I know you can do it!