Eyebrow Tips

     Shapely eyebrows bordering on full have been “in” for several seasons now…and for good reason.  Eyebrows are, what I call, “eye frames”.   Well-shaped semi-full brows accentuate your eyes making them stand out more.  Brows also add interest to the face in a pair of sunglasses that just brush the bottom of them.  If you need help deciding where you should pluck and where you should let hairs grow many makeup books have illustrations to help you.  Another option is to go to a reputable salon that employs a makeup artist and have them shape your brows to get a pattern to follow. 
     If you have overplucked your brows or just have thin brows naturally there are eyebrow prosthetics that are affordable and easy to apply.  With the proper care a pair of false eyebrows will last through six weeks of daily wear.
     The color of your eyebrows should generally be just a shade darker than your hair.  The exception to that rule is if you have lost your eyebrows due to medical treatment like chemotherapy.  In that case the brows should be a shade lighter so that they still frame the eyes but do not call attention to themselves. 
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen    


Fall is in the air

     Fall is in the air and although it is fun to live in a place that has four definite seasons – it demands wardrobe creativity also.  
     Keep a couple of great little jackets around that coordinate with outfits in your closet  for these crisp mornings, warm days and cool evenings.  Try light-weight jackets in microfiber or knits.  Experiment with wearing stretch cotton long sleeve blouses open over a sleeveless summer top or camisole.  Patterns that mix with solids, solids that make a bold statement when put with a contrast solid or tone-on-tone where the top and jacket look like one piece – the options are endless.   
     So…enjoy the fall in style!
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Thinking about Sept 11th

     This week as our nation remembers the 6th anniversary of the horrific attack by terrorists on our homeland  I thought it would be good time to celebrate some heroes we often forget.   I certainly do not in any way want to diminish all the wonderful heroes of that day and the days and weeks that followed.  How blessed our nation was and is to have heroes who put their lives on the line. 
      The heroes I want to bring to mind today, though, are those who fought a brave battle against cancer and lost their fight.  These precious people exhibit incredible strength, perserverance, grace and beauty in the face of an ugly disease.  They have looked death in the eye and in their last moments on earth encouraged those of us left behind to let them go because they are ready to face death.
      Take a few moments to remember the lives of these heroes and how your life has been blessed, changed and made stronger by them.
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

What a wonderful life

     I’m off this weekend with my husband’s family celebrating his grandmother’s 101st birthday  Wow… what a blessing.   As I think about everything Sylvia Hansen has experienced in her 101 years it reminds me of how wonderful the gift of life is!  From the moment we breathe our first breath to the last – life is a gift.  Thank God today for this gift.
     I look forward after each blog to reading your comments.  If you have never written a comment may I invite you to today?
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen 

it’s ALL about You! part V

     For some of you working or not working during treatment is not a choice.  I know that your care team will be advising you to try to lighten your work load, if financially feasible. 
     My part is to have you think about work in terms of beauty issues.  If your work demands you be in contact with many people on a daily basis in a very professional atmosphere a wig, false eyebrows and eyelashes or a makeup regimen using eyebrow stencils and  eyelash techniques are as important as professional clothing.  If however, your work situation keeps you behind the scenes you can choose how much or how little you want to do in terms of these beauty issues.
     …and don’t forget that whether you are in the limelight or behind the scenes you will want comfortalbe, easy to care for clothing.  

     On a different subject – the final thing you will want to answer before beginning treatment is your level of  physical fitness. Do you exercise several times a week?  Do you work out at a health club or are you a “do-it-at-homer”?  Is exercise more of a hit-and-miss event for you?  Maybe it has been years since your did any formal type of exercise.  In my book Beauty During the Cancer Journey I address exercise from a health viewpoint. 
     For this blog I simply want to have you think about exercise in terms of comfort.  You will want to be certain to have loose clothing that breathes for times you may be swollen or have pain pumps, surgical drains or ports.  Additionally, you will want to consider headwear options based on the answers to questions two, four and five.  (if you need to check back to see those questions look at  August 31st and September 3rd.
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

it’s ALL about YOU! Part IV

     Today will be the most fun series of questions to ponder prior to starting cancer treatment.  That is because this one truly is ALL about YOU!  You have several choices you can make when addressing these questions.
     What kind of hairstyles look good on you?  Do you like hats?  These questions will lead you to choose a wig (if the other factors are right) over a
wig or hats, turbans and scarves instead.   Wigs are beautiful, natural looking and safe because they offer a bit of privacy regarding the cancer journey you are on.  Hats, turbans and scarves are beautiful and they make a statement about you and your fashion signature.   Additionally these choices generally let others know that your are on a cancer journey.  If you have a very small head and you do not choose to go with a wig you will want to be certain to purchase a few hairpieces and wear a shoulder pad at the crown of your head to give the illusion of hair. 
     Are you a risk-taker with your wardrobe and accessory choices?  Are you trendy and love the latest styles or are you more comfortable in classic styles of clothing and accessories.  I am certain you are beginning to see some patterns in how you answer these questions.  The more daring and dramatic you are the more you will be ready to make a “cancer treatment fashion statement”.  On the other hand, if you are more classic you will choose things that are very similar to your pre-cancer journey outfits.  Neither is right or wrong, they are simply your choice…and isn’t that wonderful?!
     Do you love very simple natural fabrics, patterns and accessories?  Then you will tend to choose scarves of soft cotton in solids or with a simple pattern.  You will surround yourself with clothing, headwear and accessories that are no fussy and require no special care.  I suggest that each of you (even if you are over-the-top dramatic) adopt a comfort  policy during your treatment.  You do not need anything extra to deal with at a time when you may not feel your best.
     Do you always wear makeup no matter the day?  If not, then you can follow a very simple makeup regimen during treatment making certain your skin is getting the
moisture and nutrition it needs.  If makeup is as important to you as wearing clothes then you may want to take a few extra steps with your makeup during treatment.  I have a simple makeup regimen in my book Beauty During the Cancer Journey that might be helpful.  
      It really is about you…so look at your choices and choose the ones that will make you the happiest with your appearance!
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

it’s ALL about YOU! part III

Hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

     I am going to take just a couple of minutes to address questions 4 and 5 of the things you need to consider before you begin treatment for cancer.
     These questions are basically asking the same thing, but in a different way.  For some of you, your treatment will take longer and so it is important to look at each of those seasons your treament will span.  If your treatment is only going to be during one or two seasons your considerations will be different.
      Question 4 is posing the question from the standpoint of what special days and holidays your treatment period will encompass.   Consider whether your anniversary (and what anniversary it is), birthdays (and again what birthdays they are) work related conferences and so on will take place during  treatment.  Although you may choose not wear a wig for everyday you may want to go ahead and get a wig for these special occasions.  There will be other things like clothing, false eyelashes and eyebrows to consider.
      If you live where it is going to be cool to cold the majority of your treatment time and you are going to lose all of your hair you will need a sleeping cap for nights and warmer hats or a wig during the day than those in warmer climates.  However, if you live where it is warm to hot th emajority of your treatment time and you are going to lose all of your hair you may want to consider options to wigs for headwear.  Wigs are quite warm so lightweight scarves and cotton turbans may be a viable part or full-time alternative to a wig.  Clothing choices need to be made that are both for comfort and ease during treatment in addition to seasonally comfortable. 
     Do not become overwhelmed with these questions and issues.  At a time when most every part of your life is out of control these are areas you can have control over and have fun doing it!  You are not alone.  There are some excellent reasources available in most major cities.  Many cancer coaches offer phone consultations also.
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

it’s ALL about YOU! part II

     Today we will look at the first three questions from those on Wednesday’s blog.  Monday’s blog will address question s 4 and 5.   Wednesday’s blog will address questions 6-10  and Friday we will finish up with questions 11-13.

     For some of you  surgery and/or treatment will not affect your external body much.  You may deal basically with some swelling that will call for looser fitting clothing and elasticized waistlines. 
     However, others of you will have external body altering surgeries and/or treatment.  There are many resources you can plug into to help with these changes and choices for clothing that will make you feel feminine and yet be simple and comfortable.  My e-book, Beauty During the Cancer Journey is one such resource.  Another is a book called Beauty and Cancer.   I am sure there are also many local resources available.  Finally, I am available for phone consultations.

     Different treatments and drugs will dictate if or how much hair you may lose during the cancer journey.  Ask your oncologist what to expect based on the treatment and/or drugs in your treatment program.  We will look at this issue more in depth next Wednesday, but for this question I am wanting you to simply be aware of what amount of hair loss (alopecia) you will experience.  Once you know the answer to this question you will be able to make headwear choices that suit you and be aware of your need for potential replacement eyebrows and eyelashes.

     …more on Monday.  Check back tomorrow for a light-hearted, encouraging message.
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

It’s ALL About YOU!

     The first step of the cancer journey as it relates to beauty issues, concerns and questions is to evaluate yourself.  You will want to answer some basic questions.  The answers to these questions will help you make good choices for yourself on the journey. 

1.   In what ways will my body change with surgery and/or treatment?
2.   Will I keep my hair, have partial hair loss or complete hair loss?
3.   What about my eyebrows and eyelashes? 
4.   What time of the year will my treatment be?
5.   What type of climate do I live in?  Is it generally hot, cold or moderate during the months I will be having treatment?
6.   What kinds of hairstyles look good on me?  Do I wear my hair very short or do I like having a lot of hair around my face?
7.   Do I like hats?
8.   Am I a risk-taker with my wardrobe and accessory choices?
9.   Do I love simple, natural clothing or am I more dramatic?

10. Do I always wear makeup no matter the day?
11.  Will I work part-time, full-time or not at all during treatment?
12.  If I work am I in front of groups of people on a regular basis?
13.  Do I exercise moderately, aggressively or not at all?

     I have posed the questions today…I will begin working you through your answers on Friday’s blog. 
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen