Year 2 week 33

13th – 19th August 2017

From a very early age I have always had a fascination with hair. I don’t know why but I was always amazed at all the amazing things you could do with it. 

When I was little I would spend so much time in my Mum and Dads bedroom. They had this mirror where you could see the back of your hair. I would practice putting my hair up, I would perfect one style and then I would try another. I would stand there for hours just trying new styles.

I don’t know why I was so obsessed but it was definitely one of the reasons I trained to be a hairdresser. I then learnt how to cut, colour, and perm. I learnt all the techniques and I loved it just as much. Once I finished my training I went on to specialise in cutting hair and I also did a course on putting hair up. 

I remember at the course the teacher was showing us techniques. At one time I remember saying that I prefer to do it differently because it’s easier and a better result. If I think back I always find it funny because it ended up with the pupil teaching the teacher. 

It didn’t take me long before I started doing weddings. I remember I was 19 and I hadn’t finished my hairdressing training at the time. My first wedding was 11th August 1990, it was my brother who was getting married and I did my sister-in-laws hair.  She had 4 bridesmaids – me, my sister, her sister and her 2 year old niece, Laura. 

After that the weddings came flooding in. I must have done hundreds of weddings, thousands of peoples hair and millions of bobby pins have past through my fingers in my life time. 

I have always found it a privilege to have been asked to be a part of someone’s special day. I have always loved it. It was always a challenge getting people finished in time but I have never made any bride late – well not yet anyway. 

There was one time I had to do a bride and 12 bridesmaids for an 11.30 wedding. It was for my sister so I was one of those bridesmaids too. I even did my own hair for my wedding!

I always prepare the day before by putting the rollers in and have fun listening to the stories about the funny looks they got throughout the day. One wedding party went to a nightclub in the evening with their rollers in. 

Always on the day before it’s like the bridal party don’t care what they look like because it’s all about the adventure on the run up. 

On the big day I am very often up at the crack of dawn and working tirelessly until I finish. It has always been very tiring, but to me I am glad I can help to make someone’s big day special. 

It would be nice though to go to a wedding when it hasn’t taken me 2 minutes to change, I don’t feel so tired and not be the last person to arrive at the church. Once I walked in late to the church, fell over down the aisle with everyone watching. I then stood up totally embarrassed and sat myself on a strangers lap to move out of sight. Obviously this caused lots of laughter. 

This week I have been preparing for another wedding. It was for that little 2 year old bridesmaid I did on my first wedding 27 years ago. I thought what an opportune time to make it the last time I do one. Finishing with a person who was at my first!

Hair from this weeks wedding

Letting go of something I have done for so long is actually quite hard. I am for now saying it is my last one but I know if someone else asked me I would still probably say yes!

In some ways that is how I feel about the journey I have been on – I had been doing something a long time which I’ve now stopped – eating badly.  But sometimes I think I am slipping back but I’m not going to let go eventhough it’s hard work. I have come too far to stop now. 


Day 246

Friday 2nd September 2016

When I was young all I wanted to be was a hairdresser when I left school. I got myself an apprenticeship and got myself qualified. 

I eventually got my own salon and I ran it for many years. I have always been able to do my own hair – it is about the only thing I have ever valued about myself. 

I have been seeing Jenny for about 8 months now. I have since then been sorting out my health. She told me a while back that I might have a few side effects. It could make my skin worse, though it has made mine better, or it could make my hair fall out. 

Some people don’t get any side effects at all. I just didn’t want my hair to fall out. 

However for the last few months that is what has been happening. 

This is what Jenny says about Hair loss: 

“When the body losses a large amount of weight, especially if you have been over weight during your 40s, our endocrine system needs to adjust to the size change.

As you can image the amount of hormones that are required to maintain a 20 stone body compared to a 16 stone body is quite different. Take into account that when the sugar consumption reduces too, the need for insulin, cortisol and estrogens to metabolise the sugars and balance body functions are suddenly reduced. 

Therefore our thyroid and adrenal organs can go into shock, and this often results in a sudden hair loss, which is quite worrying, however it’s a real positive sign the body is adjusting to the new levels of hormones required to maintain the body mass. 

I have a mind map that shows common symptoms and issues related to our adrenal and thyroid functions.” 

With the fact that I was expecting this  I have been doing my own little experiment.  I have been putting my hairdressing skills to the test. 

Your hair goes through a 7 year cycle. In that 7 years your hair has a resting stage, a growing stage and a falling out stage. Each individual hair goes through the stages at different times – if it didn’t your hair would all be falling out at once. It can however have more of the hair on one stage at one time. 

It just means that most of my hair is on the falling out stage at the minute. After the falling out stage is the growing stage. This hair grows back at an accelerated rate so it can catch up with the rest. 

I have noticed that my hair, after it has fallen out, is growing back a lot quicker. 

I have my hair coloured every month but I missed last month because I was worried it would all fall out. I have recently had it done though and I am happy to say it didn’t all fall out. 

My hair normally is really thick and it takes a lot of work. Now, though, it is thinner but it is so much better. It is growing back healthier than I have ever seen it before. 

So the side effects are not really side effects at all – they are improvements.

I am happy to say though that the hair loss is now slowing down. I hope this doesn’t mean it is going to get thicker again. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7.8lbs.    ⬅️➡️.     67.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105.1kg.        ⬅️➡️.          31.6kg⬇️total

Day 191

Saturday 9th July 2016

When I was a child all I wanted to do for a job was be a hairdresser. When I left school I got myself a job as an apprentice at a hairdressers and went to college one day a week. 

Once qualified I got my own business and bought a salon in a village in the centre of England. 

I was very busy. I would be on my feet all day doing client after client. Sometimes I worked late and often worked weekends.

Once I had kids I sold my business and I stopped hairdressing altogether. Since then I have not done much except cut Matt and the kids hair once a month.

I have been known to do the odd wedding too. For a long time I have not been able to do more than 2 people’s hair at one time and after a wedding I was always completely exhausted. 

Today was that time again when hair cuts were needed. Today though I did them all. Matt and all 4 boys got haircuts.

I was surprised that I had the energy.  I felt like I was back in the salon again. I didn’t even feel tired after. 

It’s these little things that I notice have changed and are making my life so much easier.

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 11.2lbs.   0.6lbs⬇️.    63.8lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

106.7kg.        0.3kg⬇️.    29.8kg⬇️total

Day 112

Thursday 21st April 2016

Today I want to tell you about my hair. 

I have always loved my hair .lt is thick and does whatever I want it to. I have always been lucky like that, however that is not why I like it. I like it because I can hide behind it.

I have always kept it long enough to use to cover myself up if I needed it to. I never wear it up, except for when I am in the gym or in hot countries. I always felt that if I put my hair up it exposed to much of my face, my double chin and made me look bigger. I felt I was drawing far to much attention to myself. You could say it’s my security blanket.

Once I had my hair cut. They cut too much off that I couldn’t hide behind it anymore. I cried until it grew back. So I never had short hair again.

Today though was unusual for me because I put my hair up and for the first time in years, I felt OK. 

17st 13.3lbs.     0.4lbs⬇️.      47.7lbs⬇️total

114kg.                0.2kg⬇️.        22.5kg⬇️total