Hair care at 60

“I love fashion, and I love changing my style, my hair, my makeup, and everything I’ve done in the past has made me what I am now. Not everyone is going to like what I do, but I look back at everything, and it makes me smile.” Victoria Beckham

I just love this attitude and everything it stands for. It’s interesting to me how certain things about you come to define you. A positive attitude, beautiful outlook on life, good energy that extends from your heart to touch another can make all the difference. A healthy look, a healthy body, healthy hair shows self care, which fuels my confidence.

I think healthy sexy hair is the crowning jewel. I never really gave my hair much thought as a child. But when I turned around 16, my hair started to turn grey, I thought, you’re kidding me! I started pulling them out, but they kept coming. I had to stop that, bald spots were going to happen! I was too young to color my hair, and my parents said no anyways. So when I was able to color my hair I did the foil highlights thing for a very long time. It was costly and time consuming, but it looked good for the time of 80’s big hair. After, I had my children, I didn’t really have any time to do my hair. I had my son in 93 and after he was born, I decided to transition to natural hair.

First, I cut my hair short and stopped doing the highlight thing and colored it as close to my grey hair as I could. As it gradually grew I started to embrace the transition. I knew if I was going to be grey I was going to have to stay young in every other way! Sounded like a fun challenge, little did I know my hair was going to be a focal point in so many ways at 60. During a very difficult time in my life, I didn’t have money to spend on my hair. I made fabulous hair conditioner at home. I would use ripe bananas, olive oil, coconut oil, eggs and store conditioner. That concoction worked beautifully and I looked forward to my weekly science experiment, I made facials too! Since I didn’t get my hair cut often, I tried not to blow dry and really limit the heat style tools. I braided my hair and put it up wet, a lot. Today I get regular trims, salon conditioning, cellophane treatments and toner when my hair looks yellow.

“Loving oneself isn’t hard, when you understand who and what yourself’ is. It has nothing to do with the shape of your face, the size of your eyes, the length of your hair or the quality of your clothes. It’s so beyond all of those things and it’s what gives life to everything about you. Your own self is such a treasure.” Phylicia Rashad

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