George Bernard Shaw is known to have said; "Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die, do not outlive yourself."
This used to be a favourite quote of mine. That was before showering took an entire day's worth of energy out of me. Now I smile when I read that beloved quote. I use it as a reminder not to sweat the small stuff. A reminder that keeping a perfect house isn't worth being bedridden over. In some small way it reminds me not to out-spoon myself.
Many friends, partners and family members can feel helpless when it comes to supporting someone with an invisible illness. I know this well because before I dealt with my own cluster of invisible illnesses I grew up helplessly watching my Mother suffer with Chronic Severe Migraines.
( I did learn that being present without trying to change "what is" provides one of the greatest comforts a person can offer).
Today we explore one way to save your loved one a precious “Spoon”. Additionally this can be a playful way to pamper your spouse/friend/sister etc. and enjoy a bit of bonding time.
On board to teach us how to do the perfect Salon Style Blow Out is Railtown Studio's infamous Norman Lalonde (aka Norman the Hair Guy).
1) Separate clean, damp hair into sections and secure with clips. (If none are handy, these inexpensive clips can be purchased at places like Claire’s, Shopper’s Drug Mart and even Walmart. In a pinch bobby pins or barrettes will do.) Using clips will provide manageable sections of hair to work on while keeping the rest out of your way.
2) Angle the hairdryer away from the scalp and towards your body. Using a brush or your fingers, slowly follow your brushstrokes with the hairdryer. Extra points if you turn the end of the brush under while applying heat. This gives great shape to your Salon Blowout. And remember to have lots of fun with this…we are not saving any babies here..and in my books you are already a Rockstar Stylist, so enjoy~
3) Work your way around the head, letting down new sections and re-pinning the remaining damp pieces. You will notice Norman never applies heat directly to the scalp, but lifts the hair away from the head and dries in the direction the hair grows. As a owner of hair myself, I can tell you all this sectioning can be rather challenging to self-achieve.., making this Salon Style Blow Out a big energy saver.
Many women who work with invisible illnesses count showering and post-shower prep in amongst their top five energy obstacles. While not a mid-flare or migraine rescue treatment, we all know the saying.. an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And of course, a little fun and laughter can be an amazing cure for anything that ails the soul.
I want to take a moment and acknowledge the support and love that all you families, caregivers, sweethearts and friends provide. You are angels with invisible wings. Let me express gratitude for all the seen and unseen things you do. Thank you for being part of our Royal Family and always remember ; You are nobly born.
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*Warm Thanks to Norman The Hair Guy and his lovely model Judy!
Oh hey.. Have you entered to win our $115 Pamper Yourself Giveaway? We draw soon!