Need More Hair? Buy Some!
When they were passing out the hair, I must have been cutting class. So, after many years of losing hair, I added some with hair extensions.
Back in my life as a psychiatric nurse, I remember instructing my patients “When sperm meets egg in the fallopian tube, you are screwed.”
Thus, I have struggled to the point of obsession with my hair, or shall I say the lack of it. A little-known perquisite to living past menopause is that the diameter of hair gets finer and hair overall gets thinner. For a man, baldness is not that big of a deal. A bald man merely signals a wealth of testosterone; for a woman, however, it can be devastating.
Along with a lovely collection of wigs, I also came across a new method of hair extensions. This does not entail sewing or braiding the new hair into the old. When that is done, the risk is losing the eighteen or so hairs that you may have.
One woman told me years ago that she has names for each of her hairs. Upon moving to Puerto Rico, I exchanged some of the Anglo hairs for Hispanic ones. I thought that they would be fruitful and multiply, but I only gained three extra ones, Carmita, José and Josue.
So, I went to one of my favorite salons, Le Salon, located handily next door in the Intercontinental hotel and had Erika add about five hundred hairs to my eighteen, bringing my total to a whopping 518. Not exactly a carpet, but an area rug at the very least.
She did this not by sewing or braiding, but with a new technique using medical tape. This was not cheap; but it was absolutely worth it. With my new hairs, I may scuba dive, swim, jump out of an airplane, or just resume my forty -year career as a deck ornament on whatever yacht I am invited on. The hair can be washed, curled, colored and recolored.
To ensure the longevity of my investment, the only precaution is that I use a good leave-in conditioner before I jump into those turquoise waters in my backyard. Price of that? $25. Way less than we spend on health insurance.
The best part of this new process is that it will not harm your aging, fragile hair. Erika buys the hair for you, which ran me $240. Then her services, including color by the colorist, was around the $350 mark, without tip.
I remember buying handbags and clothing for less than that. We won’t even discuss facelifts—at least not in this post.