Outfit: Winter Blues

It’s starting to get mighty chilly in Vienna this week. And knowing that there is only more coldness to come I decided to wear the last of a late summer outfit while I still could.

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A simple shirt & jeans and a dirty pair of converse would usually be a late summer fall outfit but by adding a coat, a wool scarf and a cosy vest singlet underneath I managed to stay a toasty warm and avoid another sweater. Because sweater after sweater day after day can be so boring and claustrophobic for someone who likes a little variety and lightness in their clothes.

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How about these converse. Too dirty? Or just dirty enough? Did I mention that 90% of my closet is in storage. And in a fit of trying to pack light I decided to 2 pair of shoes would be enough for what will be  now till the end of the year. And all my winter boots & shoes are in a box under a pile of probably 20 other boxes. 2 pairs of light type shoes in November & now December? What was I thinking?

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Thin Hair Tips

I often joke that I wish my thighs were as thin as my hair. But no cruel nature blessed with a headful of thin dishwasher colored hair and thick juicy thighs instead. Its been my cross to bear. My hair has always been thin and fine even as a child but the older I get the thinner my hair seems to get. Hair dressers used to tell me that yes my hair was thin but there was a lot of it. Now hairdressers just look at me with pity & reach for the volumizing spray.

How I envy girls with long thick hair that looks like it could be used for nautical rope if need be. And while I don’t take any magic hair pills because I think it’s snake oil and basically I am too lazy to swallow a pill every day I have learnt a few tricks on how to best deal with a case of thin/thinning fine hair.

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My star sign is a Leo the lion and my hair has always been my mane. As much as I love long hair I had to accept that my hair looks much better shorter in length. Anything too long adds too much weight. The advantage of shorter or medium length hair is that it is so much lighter and will afford you the opportunity to get a bit of volume and va va voom that long hair just wont create. This doesn’t mean you have to chop off all your hair like Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s baby. Opt for a bob or lob which can still be styled.

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Secondly styling wise there are a few things I do to avoid my hair looking limp and lacklustre. I always use a shampoo & conditioner specifically for fine hair. I rarely ever use conditioner on my roots and concentrate more on the ends.

With styling if blowdrying I always dry my hair upside down to begin with and then flip side to side to get some more volume up in there.

If you have fine hair dry shampoo is your best friend as it will thicken the very root of the hair. I never use a serum except occasionally on the ends. I also could not live without a volumizing powder which I put on the roots and ends of my hair for some texture. Also a new trick I just learnt thanks to You Tube is to use a toothbrush to slightly tease your hair at the part for a little lift.

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I love a middle part. My hair parts naturally in the middle and I adore a seventies centre part more than life itself – But- for thin or fine hair a centre part can just draw attention to a sparse hairline. Parting your hair on the side will give your hair much more volume and can even disguise fine hair into something fuller. Just be careful not to create a Donald Trump esque comb over.

I do wear my hair sometimes in a centre part still but a cool little trick is to use a little brow powder at the hairline to colour in any patches. Just like you would filling in your eyebrows.

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My last tip is my general hair philosophy. Keep it messy.  Frizzy hair hell yeah. Static can be a thin hairs girls best friend. The more tousled and bed headed the better. I do this sometimes using a straightener to get beachy waves or putting my wet hair up in a bun until it dries. But most of the time I basically just mess it up by tossing and turning and waking up out of bed. Forget the dead straight shampoo commercial hair. The messier my hair the thicker it looks.

Anyone else has any other tips on thin hair or worries they may be bald at 50 let me know.

Us skinny hair sisters must stick together.