Dressing Your Age

Hello Donna, thank you for your email…which I will share on my blog.
Your are dressing to young, to long of blonde hair, to short of dress at 65
You can still look Hot, with shoulder length wig….which is brown with lots of blonde highlights. The low color will bring out your eyebrows and lashes. Dark “roots” can really help also, as they keep one from having a washed out face when you go all blonde. Now, for in guy mode, the same. When we look at Anderson Cooper, few things are more noticeable about him than his perfect hair. While his personal style is excellent from the waist up, oftentimes his bottom half leaves a bit to be desired. However, his hair and desire to ‘age gracefully’ certainly helps him stand out. There is no denying that Anderson Cooper is the perfect example of people aging gracefully. What can this tell us about keeping up our image later in life?
Best of luck Donna, I enjoyed working with you.

Kertain Hair Treatment

Hello Everyone, I have very hard to control hair, and spend lots of time blow drying out my curly hair. I went to a salon today, where Larry Zellers at Inspire Salon in Santa Cruz, CA (fabulous hairdresser who occasionally dresses in drag) put a new product called Keratain on my hair. OMG, my hair was instantly smooth and silky, and I have had to try a million products and have had to deal with my difficult curly-frizzy hair for my entire life.

I had heard about this new Keratain product for frizzy hair for over a year, and since I have an important TG event coming up, I decided to try it;, but deep-down inside I was really thinking it would be yet more wasted time, effort and money. What a wonderful surprise. Smooth, silky hair, and the frizzy hair was gone! You do want to find a stylist who has worked with Keratin products before, so they can explain the process to you.

There are two types of Keratain treatments.
The first-(heavier treatment)- will help frizzy, or really curly hair straighten and be more smooth. The second type -(less strong)- is simply a hair “smoothing” treatment. This has to be done in a salon and is truly miraculous. This will last for several months. Yea!

For TG women, if you’re using your own male hair or hope to grow it out one day (and not wear a wig) and you also have frizzy, curly guy hair… check the yellow pages/or do a computer search and locate someone who does Keratin treatment (for men and women). You will not believe it is actually YOUR hair.
Also check prices, as every salon is different. Another plus, is I do not have to style my hair, the next day. The new, straight, smooth hair…stays for days! I love, love, this hair product! If you test out using Keratin on your male or female hair, do blog me and let everyone know how it looks!

Hair Solutions For The Full Time TG, Who Doesn’t Want To Wear A Wig

Many of you have emailed the blog, some great “comments” for others to read. Keep them coming, as this site/blog can be your site for tg image related questions and help.

Jasmine, you ask about “other” hair salons. Hair, is so difficult for ALL women, gentic girls (GG’s) and TG. I have many genetic women clients, who have “thin, fine hair”. And, most all TG women, will find they have thinner hair than most genetic women. When, the wig goes off, many of you see the “male” face. I am a broken record on this, but here I go one more time! Finding a good hair salon (not WIG SHOP) is 100% key to having your new feminine hair look natural and authentic. Some full time women, lose the interest and desire for spend a lot of time on their hair. The thick, heavy wig is often the first thing they decide to take off, and they believe growing out their “male” hair…is the best option.  NO. NO.  I have  only a “hand-full” of full time clients who can actually grow out their own hair…as they have

1. thick enough head  of full hair

2.with no balding spots and no

3. receding hair lines….

4. who know how to color and style their own hair.

5. they have hair, but do put implants in the front receding hair lines. This does work, but it also expensive.

6. have facial surgery, that lowers their receding hair line. However, if they are bald, this leaves a scar across the forehead. They must then have a parital made that glues on the top to cover the scar.

Now, this is very important for you to really consider, before tossing that wig.

Again, I have said the one thing you will wear every day and will determine how well you pass…is your hair/wig/partial and if you have to save for a year or two, then so be. Most gg’s over 40 yrs old,  spend about $125.00 every 6 weeks to color and cut their hair! So, get on board.

If you have male “thinning and some balding” find a good hair SALON that makes partials, and who carry quality wigs. You can pull your own hair, through the holes of a partial made to match your own hair and head.  If your completely bald on top, another type of partial can be made for you. You will shave the top of your head every 4 weeks, and then apply glue. The partial, will be applied to the top, bald area, and you will grow out your side and back…to blend in. Is this a lot to keep up? Yes. But, if you do not want to wear a full wig, this is the answer I have come up with, and have made for many blad, or severe thinning clients.

I have received so many emails, asking me where to go in your area for a hair salon. I don’t know, any area but here in the San Francisco area. Begin, with a web search for a salon in your general area. Ask others. If you research it enough, you will find someone! If you don’t, perhaps you can plan one trip to San Francisco and arrange to have one put together for you. Email me directly, if you would like me to help you with this, we can do a phone consultation and photos.

Next, find someone who will help you with cleaning and styling your wig/parital or glue on. The people who make this for you, should be able to have your wig shipped back to them for cleaning, and they ship it back to you within a week. With time, you will want to have two identical hair applicances, so you can wear one while you ship another.

Also, check with wig stores that do carry wigs for cancer patients, as they generally have a better wig. A better wig is thinner on the top crown, and you can see a little “pink” scalp through the crown and bangs. They are not expensive, and have both real human hair and quality rayon. Perhaps do a goggle search for this type of wig shop…. in a large city near you. This is your best choice, if you can not locate a quality salon. Good luck Jasmine, I hope this helps.


Thank you for all your comments

Hello Everyone- I just took some time, to read all your comments to me and to one another. I love that you can blog me or any other TG woman out there, and ask for advise or tips on any TG image related issue you’re not sure about. My girls know….I always say…go slow. Don’t impulse buy. Save up for a good, quality wig or partial. I just bought my first partial (crazy, but I love different looks). The partials now, look like wigs! But, they have NO pull down cap–and it actually makes perfect sense. It has the standard rubber top piece-with hair swen into it….but it lays flat on your head–and you can use the clips to hold it into any of your guy side and back hair OR push in bobbie pins.   If you notice Tyra Banks on her television show, she does not look like she has a “thick” wig on that is high on the crown and thick.  The reason is this partial is flat to her head with no pull down cap?  A partial.. can be very long ..and Tara’s is very long to her shoulders. Or, you can cut it Medium or Short or even blend it in with your buy hair (use same color)  So, its not your Dad’s old hair piece!! Its an entirely new partial for female hair!! I love them, and I am putting most of my clients into them now. No more bulky big, thich crown wigs!

If you’re stuck for now with a cap wig, ask a hair stylist to THIN out the top crown area, not cut. Thin will take out the bulk, of to much thick hair in the top crown. The wig makers put in more hair so your stylist can thin them out, but most of you probably order off the internet and take it out of the box and onto your head!

So, find a hair stylist you can confide in. (Wig salons sell more wigs to CDs than to genetic women, so not to worry). Thin, then cut bangs to fit your head. Remember, don’t pull the wig down to far on your head. Have the band of the wig, fit…exactly where your natural hair line would be. If your over 50, get a partial or wig that has some ash blonde or yellow blonde or reddish blonde highlights. Dark wigs on ANYONE over 50 will only make your skin appear more wrinkled. Remember Elvis, old with dark black hair…how awful his face looked…pale? So, lighten your hair applicance (as the professionals call them now) with lighter highlights–which are the same percentage of the gray in your natural hair. Then, use a pencil to cover any gray in your eyebrows, matching the new color. Always trim the eyebrows–on the wild long eyebrows.

I would love to hear from you!


PS Gold Rush is coming soon!