September 17, 2014

Hair Transplants: Everything You Need to Know


Although you might have heard about the advances in hair loss treatments recently, you might now know exactly what happens during a transplant. The procedure is actually very straightforward and provides good results. You should know several important things about hair transplants today.

What Happens Before the Transplant

Your doctor will run some tests before scheduling the
hair loss treatment in order to make sure you are a good candidate and that there are no medical problems that could cause complications. You will receive injections of a local anesthetic around the areas where the procedure will take place. You might also receive minor sedation if you need it.

How Hair Is Harvested

Your doctor will start by harvesting the hair needed for the transplant. This is called the donor hair.
The process is done by cutting out small pieces of your skin. The pieces are just deep enough to capture the follicles on your head responsible for growing hair. This type of hair loss treatment will remove a few follicles at a time in order to preserve the natural growing pattern. The areas where your hair was removed will be closed with sutures if necessary.

Why the Donor Hair Grows

The donor hair is selected from areas along the side and the back of your head. This hair is specifically chosen because it contains genetic programming that keeps it growing. These follicles will produce hair regardless of any balding that is occurring on the top of the head. The only exception is for men who have a certain type of thinning scalp.

How the Donor Hair Is Transplanted

Your doctor will start to make small incisions along the top of your head. The donor hair follicles will be placed into these openings. Doctors will try very hard to place the transplanted hair in a natural pattern so that it matches the rest of your hair. This can take some time. A complete procedure could last for as long as eight hours. It could also take as little as two to four hours. The follicles will eventually become a natural part of your scalp over time and start growing normally. The areas where your hair was harvested from will be concealed by your existing hair.

What Happens Afterwards

Your doctor will cover the transplant area with a sterile dressing. You will probably have to wear this dressing for a few days. You will be able to go back to a normal daily routine in anywhere from 48 hours to five days. You will be fully recovered from the transplant in about three to four weeks. You might need to take some medications to deal with potential infections, swelling and lingering aches after the procedure.

How Long Until Hair Starts Growing

The hair that was transplanted will initially fall out as the follicles become established. New hair will start growing in slowly over the next few months. You can expect to see full growth of normal hair within six to nine months after the hair loss treatment. Your new hair will be just like the hair on the rest of your head.

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I'm Running A Special on Advice

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Just kidding! You know my advice is always free!   But I just had to have a little fun and hold up a sign that said otherwise!

Do you love my floral pants?   I love the pastel colors and I topped it off with a light weight mint cardigan from New York & Company at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster.  They had enormous sales I had to take advantage of.   If you pop over to the Rockvale Outlets Facebook Page you can keep up with all of the latest sales and specials. 

I decided to add some extra fun colors in my statement necklace even though none of them were in the rest of my outfit.  Sometimes we get preoccupied with coordinating colors when really we should just have fun with our outfits!

So What I Wore:
Shoes - Just Fab; Cardigan - Rockvale Outlets Lancaster; Pants - Romwe; Cami - Express; Photography by Leslie Walburn.

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September 16, 2014

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need At This Age? aka What I Learned from a Robbery #IAmProtective

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Do you remember my blog post about when my beloved Chihuahua Pixie was stolen?  I was like 21 years old and never thought anything as scary as a break-in and robbery could happen to me.   I also knew nothing about life insurance.  To me, the term "life quote" had nothing to do with insurance, in fact I thought it meant a famous quote about life!  And as a 21-year old I have never once sat down to say " How much life insurance do I need at this age??" God forbid anything as scary as that would happen to me again, at least I can be more prepared. That's also why a life insurnace corporation like Protective Insurance is a good idea. 

You really need to be prepared for anything at any age!   I mean, i lost all of my jewelry, my digital camera, and my sense of security.  Had I known a little better and taken precautions like getting expensive items insured, or locking them up correctly I may not have been so caught off guard.   Fast forward to right now, I have an inventory list of all the things I own.  

When it was all said and done, I did get the most important thing back... Pixie!   But it taught me a big lesson about properly preparing and protecting myself for the future.  It is now extremely vital for me to protect my home  and everything in it.  That includes my finances, my family, and my life.     

I am going to be buying my own house next year and  long term home next year and I need everything in it including my money, the money I invest in it, my belongings, and my family to be safe.   To do this I need to properly educated myself and make sure I'm always prepared for unexpected occurrences in the future. 

Have you taken a look at Protective Insurance yet? What are you protective of?   Now, imagine that you were able to see the future and prevent what you are protective of from ever being harmed or taken from you.  I learned so much about benefits of something like Protective Insurance and now I am proud to say I have an emergency fund saved up to cover any kind of job loss, temporary inconvenience from a robbery or identity theft, and I am much smarter about how I spend my money both online and off. I also have begun researching life insurance so that my loved ones are taken care of in any circumstance!

Oh and sports fans, you will be happy to learn (I learned thanks to #CollectiveBias) that There's a special promotion during the Alabama/Florida game on 9/20.  Protective will actually donate $1 (up to $10,000) to the Nick's Kids charity whenever people simply tweet #Iamprotective or use the hashtag with a post on Instagram or Facebook!

So tell me...What Are You Protective Of?

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What to Bring to a 5K

Last month I ran my first 5K and I couldn't be more proud of myself, not only for how I performed, but how I prepared as well.

Here are 5 things I brought with me that really helped!

1. LA Fresh Female Hygiene Wipes
These are great for right after a run when you don't necessarily want to change clothes but you want to freshen up.
2. Chill Towel
My magical towel that makes me cooler instantly.   This helps prevent any headaches I normally get when I run too hard and get too overheated!
3. LA Fresh Instant Body Soother
Sometimes my skin gets itchy from sweat and the 5k was no different thanks to the rain and sweat.   This is perfect for a quick wipe down of my skin.
4. Shower Pill
The Shower Pill is an enormous wipe that helps you freshen up and is big enough to use on your whole body.
5. Go Sport ID Band
This is engraved with a motivating quote that I chose (What does not kill me makes me stronger) and on the back is my ICE (In Case of Emergency) which has my mom and dad's names and numbers.  This is great for when you go on a run or hike by yourself but I always felt it would be important incase something were to happen during the face.  I also changed out the band from my usual green to purple!
What do you bring along when you go to a race?

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4 of the Biggest Budget Myths You CAN'T AFFORD To Believe

I love blogging about budgets, but when I talk about it in person, it seems there are a lot of myths that people bring up in regards to budgeting.   So I am here to address them.  
Here are some common budget myths that you really CAN'T afford to believe.
"I can't get on a budget, I don't even make enough money as it is."
You don't make enough money because you AREN'T on a budget.   A budget  is a way to address your finances and make a spending plan.   So if you think you don't make enough money, a budget can actually help.
[] When you write everything down you can see where your expenses go.  Maybe if you cut out your bar visits, dining out, and daily Starbucks you actually DO make enough money to pay all your bills.
[] Budgets allow you to control where your money goes so that nothing gets out of hand.  

"I don't have to time to budget."
Um, being on a budget takes no time at all.  It's the initial process that take a bit of time but once you are set up and ready to go the hard work is done.   I even made a blog post about how to get on a budget.  
"I don't need a budget."
Technically everyone needs a budget.   People don't realize what a budget is. It's a system of managing your money.  So if you say you don't need one or you don't use one as it is, then you must be saying that you literally don't track anything, and you don't even keep a running count of bills in your head.    Everyone can benefit from a budget. 

"Budgets are for people that can't manage money."
This is my favorite misconception about budgets.   Even the wealthiest of people are on a budget.  How do you think they manage their money?
What budget excuses do you hear?

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I Finally Tried Palazzo Pants

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Typical me, not trying a trend until it's old news.  That's how I've always been and this time was no different with Palazzo Pants. 

Last month I went on a shopping spree at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster and I found these beauties at deb. I figured I would give them a try since they have an elastic waistband and I knew they would be comfortable. 
And now I'm hooked.  They are so light and airy and they go great with so many different colored tops.  They also are a great statement piece. 

So What I Wore:
Cami - Express; Palazzo pants - deb at Rockvale Outlets Lancaster; Wedges - Just Fab.

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