Sneak Pink!

by admin on April 5, 2016

ys1EEEK (in a good way) my hair is pink! Well, pinkie purple :) The story behind this concept for the entire photoshoot (as a whole) that I shot last Monday, is longer than this post will delve into, but… I wanted to share a few of the pics with everyone because I was so excited with how they came out! Concept in short form for this photoset, all things being equal… Two girlfriends, same sunglasses, same jacket, same tank top and even same exact pants, nearly same color hair, could you tell who is wearing hair in the photo? Would you even think either one was wearing hair? Since all of you know me, it won’t be hard to pick me out of the photos, but if you didn’t, and objectively looked at this picture, could you really tell? In some of the photos, you’ll notice that somewhere along the way my tank top got lost, but I swear I had one when the shoot started! LOL

What I realized in the days following hanging out with one of my girlfriends (Sophie) who has tons of her own hair, was that my hair was on par with looking as good as hers. Our texting back and forth sharing selfies of the nights prior from when we went out, were about just us and reminiscing on the fun… not my hair, but for some reason one day, that stood out to me… like, hey, my hair looks as good as hers, I told her about that… and she replied, “Actually, sometimes I think it looks better.” :)

I wanted to capture and illustrate the beauty of wearing hair.

As you have seen I recently had purple extensions thrown into one of my wigs, and was excited with how fun it was, it felt special and different. I began losing my hair well before I had time to do anything fun with it, I was too busy dealing with the loss and just wanting to keep it in my head. My own bio hair has not been colored since I was 18 years old, when I had a run in with a box of store bought red hair dye in college, a fun experience that was not.

While Sophie and I were lusting over various pink/purple hair colors,  I decided I wanted to actually have a wig colored to that very fashionable and unique color, I mean why not? I told her I thought if she was into it, it would be awesome and amazing if she would do the photoshoot with me and that meant having to dye her own red hair, purple/pink too! She didn’t hesistat for even a second. I was only tasked with finding wardrobe, she had the challenging task of achieving the hair color we wanted, both on a wig and on her own hair! Yes, this Sophie is the Sophie who is one of the hair stylists at Follea, and apparently master hair colorist because what she produced with amaze balls and nothing short of spectacular.

…And, I want to thank her here. She works with wigs, and I wear wigs, but while that may be how our friendship started, she has since truly become one of my dearest friends. So thank you girl, for your friendship, for sharing my passion and love for helping women dealing with hair loss and for supporting my vision for this photoshoot, while getting your skin colored pink because no one was available to color your hair and you showered yourself in hair color getting yourself prepped for the shoot, and for of course producing the coolest looking hair color ( on a wig ) ! I have gotten an insane amount of compliments on “my” hair in the short time I have worn it.

It’s a bit ironic if you think about out, I hid for so long. My hair loss threw me into hiding, I was a hermit, developed huge social anxiety and was always self conscious someone was looking at my hair. Now I’m wearing pink hair, and I could not be screaming any louder to the public “Yo, look at my hair, it’s pink!” Life is funny like that.  So here is the start of perhaps a #pinkhairdontcare women’s hair loss empowerment campaign. Or just the start of me showing you lots of amazing and fun pictures. Either way, the point is the same…  no matter where you are today in your hair loss journey, or how far away it seems to be able to reach a place of acceptance, I am living proof it is possible. All the photos below are untouched, I applied a filter to the first two for fun, the last two have no filter applied, so you can see the hair color in true form.

Much Love To All!
XOXO

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Hair (Mine.. LOL):  Follea / Photography: Dimitry Loiseau / Makeup: Valerie Noble / #nofilter

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Fil April 5, 2016 at 9:23 am

You both look amazing and like you are having the time of your life! Love the color and no way you would ever guess this was not your bio hair. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the courage and inspiration you give to all of us. Please don’t ever stop. Sending much love and good wishes your way!

phyllis April 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

you both look so happy in every way. and yes I LOVE YOUR HAIR !!! Follea must be a good place to go. Im 64 and my hair is falling out and i have vitiligo got this gift at the same time. its very very very hard even when your old. Your the best thank you for all the things you do for us all. wish i had you as a friend.

Colleen April 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

You look awesome!! And I want to hang out with you and Sophie as I have talked to her a few times and she is awesome!! I will come to Beverly Hills within the next year to have her work on my lifestyle!! I have the medium length one, I kinda want the long one, is that your fav?? Girl I gotta tell you this website and your confidence has saved my life!! I have been losing hair exactly 1 year this week and still have bad days!! I have 3 teenage boys and a husband who tell me I’m beautiful but it’s still hard!! I took progesterone cream that raised my testesterone!!! Never dreamed this would be my new life! Are you a personal trainer? Cause I am too and teach fitness classes which sucks cause I have to wear a ball cap every class!!! When I come to Beverly Hills lets go have a drink… Or two on me!!!

M April 5, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Hi Y,

That hair color is insane– I love it!!! Rock on girl!

Best, M.

Lina April 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

Dearest Y,

May I say not only do you look beautiful – and try as I might – I see no wigs!

The colour, the hair are the “bomb-diggity!

You look so happy and “sound” even more so. What a transformation – in every aspect. Hair wearing stigma continually broken by you and the fabulous women who wear hair and don’t let the hair wear them! Bravo

Thank you for always taking us along on this hair wearing journey – this life journey. There is hope for all – way beyond survival – you’re proof you can thrive! We all can! I didn’t say easy – but what worthy thing in life is?

Hugs to you and all my beautiful sisters

xo

katie April 8, 2016 at 1:07 am

Girls it is awesome

Angie T April 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

Wow, Y, you guys both look soooo amazing!! I wish I could afford to do this, unfortunately I can only afford one very high quality wig every year or so. :( And to get my hands on a Follea? Heaven sent!

I started lurking/slowly posting here right around your “screw it, had enough” phase and watched and learned from you through your posts and videos. It’s amazing how a person can be in such an entirely different place than where you were before.

I didn’t start wearing wigs until 2014, but you and Lina were my inspiration. And now I’ve got the “never look back” attitude as well. Even if someone made a magic wand to grow all my hair back….my bio hair was never all that anyway.

This campaign sounds like a brilliant idea! Except maybe think about the color, if you’re doing pink wigs everyone will think it’s for breast cancer awareness. Or maybe not, just putting it out there.

I’m sure it’ll end up fabulous like everything you do!! Thank you for changing lives and just being YOU. :)

Angie T

M April 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Love the hair color! U look awesome! I am experimenting with my hair color too and haven’t had the courage to go out of the ordinary. U are such an inspiration!

Kay May 2, 2016 at 7:48 am

Would you recommend having the CRP treatments, did it work ? I’ve had one appointment with Dr. Grecco, hes very nice. The shedding has slowed down, but I was hoping for regrowth. Have you had success with regrowth?

phyllis August 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm

hi does anyone live in Calif. near Norwalk , I would love to meet for lunch or just talk in person. This website is so nice to read always ,but to have a person close by to talk with or just go and look for new ways to deal with our hair loss would be great. So can this be done??? I hope so. Or maybe just to talk to on the phone , could u let me know this? Our family really doesnt know how to understand how we feel so it would be so nice to meet someone like us. Maybe even go to Follea.

Gail August 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

It is comforting to read about the mature way you are dealing with this hair
loss situation . I am praying that my diagnosis allows for treatment.
I do not know how I will afford a high quality wig.
I am scarred.
Gail

Tracey September 18, 2016 at 8:00 am

Hi! I live on the central coast and would love to talk to you! I come to Camarillo at least once per week. Not sure how far that is from you. Happy to talk on the phone, too. And I would love to have company in this journey!

Tracey September 18, 2016 at 8:03 am

I just responded to your post, not sure if it went through. If you receive this twice, my apologies.

I live on the central coast and I’m in Camarillo / Ventura at least once per week. I would absolutely love to talk to you and have a friend in this journey.

Anne November 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Just came across this site and I am so glad that I did. I just turned 26 and I have lost about half of my hair in the past 6 months. I have seen so many specialists; no one can pinpoint a cause. I’ve tried so many things – pills, supplements, topical solutions to no avail – and have been horribly depressed about it for a while now. But it is great to know that there is still a future ahead and your hair looks beautiful. YOU are inspiring and thank you for telling your story.

Megha November 16, 2016 at 2:45 am

i am so glad, i am able to read all these posts. its giving me a positive hope that there is Life even after hair loss. Please keep posting.

Lots of love from India

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