What is Alopecia?

This is a three-part series about Alopecia. This post is the first one in the series…..

Alopecia is a type of skin disorder. A doctor may refer you to a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis. It is a fairly common condition, and some doctors will make a diagnosis based off of a visual examination.

Alopecia is a type of skin disorder. A doctor may refer you to a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis. It is a fairly common condition, and some doctors will make a diagnosis based off of a visual examination.

Your doctor may check the pattern of hair loss. You could have other tests to confirm the diagnosis. Testing might include a scalp biopsy,  a skin sample is removed from your scalp and sent to a lab. You might also have blood work done to help identify an autoimmune disease or an underlying problem that mimics alopecia, such as a thyroid disorder.

There are three types of Alopecia.

  1. Alopecia Areata
  2. Alopecia Totalis
  3. Alopecia Universalis

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata causes hair to fall out in small patches. Some outside element causes the immune system to attack the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Sudden hair loss can occur on the scalp and other parts of the body. The condition rarely results in total hair loss or alopecia universalis, but it can prevent the hair from growing back. When hair does grow back, it is quite possible for the hair to fall out again. The extent of hair loss and regrowth varies from person-to-person.

There’s currently no cure for alopecia areata. But, there are treatments that may help hair grow back more quickly and that can prevent future hair loss.

Alopecia Totalis

Alopecia totalis is a skin condition that causes hair loss. It isn’t the same as localized alopecia areata. Localized alopecia areata causes round patches of hair loss on the scalp, but alopecia totalis causes complete baldness of the scalp.

Researchers and doctors have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of alopecia totalis, though it’s understood that the condition is the result of an immune system problem.

This type of alopecia can begin as alopecia areata. It could start off with small patches of hair loss. The patches spread until the entire head is bald.

Hair loss can happen quickly and occur rapidly. If you have alopecia totalis, you could have brittle, pitted nails.

Alopecia Universalis

Alopecia universalis causes hair loss.

This type of hair loss is unlike other forms of alopecia. It causes complete hair loss on your scalp & body. This is a type of alopecia areata, but very different.

If you begin to lose hair on your head and on different parts of your body, this is a key sign. Symptoms include loss of:

Symptoms include loss of:

  • body hair
  • eyebrows
  • scalp hair
  • eyelashes

Hair loss can also occur on your pubic area and inside your nose. You might not have other symptoms,  some people have itching or a burning feeling in affected areas.

Atopic dermatitis and nail pitting are not symptoms of this type of alopecia. Atopic dermatitis is inflammation of the skin (eczema).

Alopecia Universalis is an autoimmune disease. The immune system mistakes hair follicles for an invader. The immune system attacks hair follicles as a defense mechanism, and this triggers hair loss.Alopecia Universalis can run in families. If others in your family also develop this condition, there could be a genetic connection.

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My next Blog will be about possible treatments and support groups that are out there…

If you know of someone who could use this information, please share this post with them.



What is the point of Sulfate Free Shampoo?


I sure have.

So, what is the deal about SULFATE free shampoos?

Well, sulfates are aggressive detergents made of sulfur-containing mineral salts.They were first introduced into modern hair care in the 1930’s, they revolutionized the health and beauty industry.

Before their introduction, people relied on simple soaps and other methods to clean their skin and hair. In comparison, sulfates were powerful, inexpensive and easy to acquire. Best of all, they were responsible for the foaming lather we’ve come to associate with being clean. But now that it’s one of the most common chemicals used in our households, we are beginning to understand that sulfates have an impact on both our health and beauty. 


1  They lift the cuticle of the hair-

The outermost layer of the hair shaft is a series of hard-shelled, overlapping hair cells called the cuticle. They lay flat, like shingles on a roof. Owing to the reduced surface tension, sulfates work their way under the cuticle, making it lift and buckle and swell. This exposes the cortex of the hair to moisture, which causes frizz, or to arid air that can cause dryness. The compromised cuticle and cortex weakens the entire hair strand, making it dull and prone to damage, breakage and split ends.

2  They make your hair take longer to dry-

When the cuticle is lifted, more moisture is absorbed into the cortex, which then takes up to twice as long to dry. If you are using a hairdryer, that’s twice as much heat exposure on an already-compromised hair strand.

3  Sulfates wash away the natural anti-microbial peptides, proteins, and water-proofing oils our biomes create-

Without these health-preserving substances, our hair and scalp are stripped of vital moisture, exposed to harmful microbes, allergens and environmental pollution and vulnerable to damage, infection, and illness.

4  Sulfates leave an anionic charge- 

Sulfates have a negative electric charge – and that charge remains on your hair and scalp when you rinse the shampoo away. This leaves a dulling residue and can cause static and flyaways. To neutralize this film, the hair must then be coated with a synthetic, silicone-based conditioner (more chemicals), which masks the damage with an artificial shine.

5  Sulfates cause scalp irritation- 

Since sulfates strip the natural lipids off the scalp, its natural water barrier is broken. Chemicals from products can then permeate the top layers of skin, causing irritation and inflammation. Meanwhile, the underlying layers of skin are exposed to pathogens (disease-causing bacteria) that otherwise wouldn’t be able to get there.

6.Sulfates cause follicle stress-

 Each hair follicle is covered by something called a “lipid cap.” Sulfates remove this protective cap, exposing the good microbiota that live within to the atmosphere. Since they are anaerobic, these good bacteria die, and bad bacteria have direct access to a now undefended follicle.

Sulfate-free? Think again.

Although many consumer products are now labeled “sulfate-free,” many of them rely on chemical compounds that are only an atom or two away from a true sulfate. This allows them to wear the badge “non-sulfate” even though they are as destructive as sulfates are. Check your labels for these most common forms of sulfates and their close chemical cousins “sul-fakes“:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Isoethionate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Taurate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isoethionate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isoethionate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate

Sulfates can cause adverse effects on your chemically enhanced hair!

The color can change or turn OFF.

Your curls can weaken or the straightening that has been done could reverse.


What a waste of your hard earned $! Going Sulfate FREE can actually save you money in the long run!


I hate to tell you, but if you use products with sulfates, you do. That outer layer of each hair called the cuticle get abused by sulfates! You can get split ends easier and your hair will lose its natural shine.

When the cuticle layer of your hair starts swelling and lifting, it is similar to your windows in your house getting all scratched up. The light does not shine as brightly when the windows are scratched like this.

So basically what I am saying is fewer sulfates is definitely better! If you would like more information about GOOD products to use, comment on this BLOG post and let me know!

BUT…you will need to re-condition your expectations about bubbles.

Foam/bubbles are not necessary to clean, they are basically a FUN factor for us humans to feel better 😉
Sulfate FREE products will not foam much at all if they do. There are some products with fewer sulfates, so they do bubble and foam a bit.

I want you all to remember the next time you are shampooing your hair, if you have a whole pile of bubbly madness, it really is not that good for your hair.


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Life has..wow..AHmazing stuff is happening!

First off, I apologize to those of you who might be out there following my lame blog 😉 My life has taken a rather exciting turn recently and blogging has not been my number 1 concern. I have quite a few posts that I wrote and have saved but have not published yet, I will get to them soon, I promise.
So, here is my big, NO, as our president would say… HUGE news….I am opening my own salon here in Nebraska! OMG right?

It all happened so quickly and now we are at the waiting junction. My new salon’s name will be “Legends Salon”. I had to take care of all the licensing and paperwork involved with that first. It is under my Tami’s Tangibles company as my DBA (doing business as). I have a partner who will be doing the boutique end of the business under her own business name. She is fantastic!

Our potential opening date is September 5, 2017. That being said, it will all depend on how the renovations and set up go. I have financing in place for my furniture but need some walls put up and the floor needs to be cleaned up properly.
This is a huge scary, exciting leap of faith! I have been dreaming about this all of my adult life though and I know I can run a fabulous Salon! We will have massage, facials, waxing, manicures, and pedicures (the legendary old school type of ones, not these lazy get your nails painted type things) and an abundance of hair services will be available as well.

I will also be doing monthly Premier Designs Jewelry parties at the salon and we may open it up to featuring a new Direct Sales company each month. I love all Direct Sales companies and their products!

My salon will be a Lan’Za salon. All about health beautifully colored and textured hair! We will also carry Qtica and Zoya products. So far that is the extent of the products I will carry. I am sure more shall be added.

Thanks for understanding and I will get back to my blogging but may take a bit of a break during renovations lol, we shall see…. God Bless!

Go for No?

Last night I went to a Premier Designs training in Lincoln, NE. We recognized those who were promoted and doing great in their businesses and played with some of the new jewelry, coming up with new fun ways to wear the pieces in order to make better CPW (cost per wear). It was fun reconnecting with other jewelers.

We were also told of a good book to read for our business.
“Go For No” by Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz.

I actually have this book and have not read it yet, lol. Our leader, Kate, told us a little more about the book and I am now going to find it and read it. This sounds like something I need to figure out.

I have always been afraid of failure and when I get close to failure, tend to drop the reins and run. Well, I have just been told that Success is on the other side of failure, not the opposite side. DANG! So apparently I need to get through failure to find success. I am super scared right now to do this, but I will be gathering ‘NO’s’ until I get on the other side to success. Wish me luck and pray for me please! This is s journey I am on, and I will share my progress…this journey starts tonight….I plan on gathering 5 No’s a day…yikes!

How we started to Homeschool …

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Our homeschool journey has been interesting to say the least. I was first introduced to the idea when we lived in England. Hubby was stationed there with the air force.I read a few books about it and was intrigued. Our son was 1.5 years old then.

I honestly did not realize that I was homeschooling him already. By the time we moved back to the good old USA he was 3 years old. That is when he was reading and we did a lot of simple math together. We joined a MOPS ( Mothers of Preschoolers) group and had fun there, however my MOPS friends did not embrace the thought of homeschooling and by the time he was ready to start kindergarten, I chickened out.

He started school and slowly lost interest in reading, his favorite books to read at that time were the Harry Potter series. He also lost interest in helping me do math when we were shopping together. That was one of his favorite things to do! He would challenge himself to add it in his head, then double check his math on the calculator.

Our first parent teacher chit chat did not ease my mind at all. I had asked his teacher why he did not seem to be interested in reading at home anymore. She told my husband and I that his comprehension was not where it should be so they were discouraging his reading right now.

I was speechless. As we walked home, I remember asking my husband a question. “Doesn’t comprehension come with reading?” He agreed. At this point, I was unsure how to pull him out of the school system.

My husband had just retired from the air force and was not finding employment right away. He got a job offer in DC. We needed the income to pay the bills plus this was our way to start homeschooling.

We were in DC for 1 year. The choices of curriculum was extremely overwhelming that first year. I joined a co-op on base in DC. They helped me to simplify a lot.

We then moved to Upstate NY. We found a great co-op there as well as a community that called themselves Classical Christian Academy abbreviated to CCA. We enjoyed this classical method of Teaching! It makes a lot of sense to me.

After 2 years in NY, hubby was laid off. He found a job back in NE. We had rented out our home in NE and were able to move back into our home. I also found a community, Classical Conversations, that our former community mirrored their curriculum after.

We have found our style of homeschooling and plan on doing it right through high school. I love finding free resources that I can use to supplement our CC curriculum. We love the freedom that homeschooling gives us. We encourage our son to follow his dreams. We tend to figure out learning paths through the daily life and we all seem to enjoy it together.

It is not all sunshine and roses, but I am feeling good about it right now. I am positive that I will have some posts about the darker side of homeschooling. But, not right now 😉

What is Athleisure?

Good question. I am a mom who works out of my home and I embrace this look a lot. Yoga pants, sweat pants, workout wear. I always intend to get to the gym, so I dress accordingly. I also accessorize accordingly. 

You do not want to SWEAT while wearing high fashion jewelry. However, until it is time to sweat, what should you accessorize With? 

I say, keep it simple. Have 1 focus, like big fun earrings. Keep any other accessories simple.  

Make sure you have a small bag you can stow your accessories away if you ever do make it to the gym….I certainly don’t always make it. Good intentions and all that.

Now to add some bracelets,maybe something to camouflage your fit bit.

That would be plenty, but if you love accessorizing your wrists like I do. I would add one of these to my other wrist.

Those are a few choices, remember to keep it simple though. I,myself, tend to over accessorize my wrists a lot, I usually put extras in my purse when I realize my mistake :). 

You can stop here with Athleisure, or add a simple necklace…here are a few ideas from Premier Designs.

This is a great necklace that sits in the delcolet area. This is the area of the chest under your neck,between your collarbone’s and above the breasts. Mixed metals are fun to Wear!

Or, you can keep it personal with a charm necklace. 

Or, a fun colorful piece. You can wear them individually and flip them over to be gold  as well. This is a very versatile piece that can easily be dressed up or down.

Theses are but a few of the choices available in our catalog. If Athleisure is one of your personal style choices I would love to help you out with that. Message me, email me or call/text me.Lets get together to discuss the possibilities!
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Diabetes sucks!

I know it’s not a very nice title but it is true. This past year I have been very ill and a lot of that has to do with my autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes. First I was under undue amounts of stress which caused my body to react in a negative way. I found out I had what is called pancreatitis. I had never really heard of this before, it is really really really really painful. Since I am type 1 diabetic and my pancreas no longer secretes insulin I had assumed the my pancreas was just an ornament in my body apparently not.

I managed to get through pancreatitis without having to stay in the hospital. I have been taking a product called Plexus and I believe that this product has helped my body to fight things better.

Once the pancreatitis cleared up then I found out I also had an infection in my uterus. The good Lord only knows how that happened because the doctors couldn’t figure it out and neither could I. So I went on antibiotics and that cleared it up and I started feeling better. By now we were into November,this all started in October.

We managed to have a good Thanksgiving and get ready for Christmas. We traveled to Il for Christmas this year. Christmas Eve my poor son has the flu. I looked after him as a mom should, while trying to avoid getting too close, autoimmune diseases really suck at this point. How could you not be there for your baby when he’s ill. We were at my sister-in-law’s house and I spent the entire day Christmas Eve checking up on James making sure he was okay cleaning him up you know all that fun stuff that moms do.

Christmas morning we got up, James was almost 100% well.We opened  gifts and everything was fine. We had some breakfast and just before we left to go to someone else’s house I started feeling just not right. I mentioned it to my husband on the way. Once we arrived I just kept feeling worse and worse and worse. I ended up sleeping in the spare bedroom our niece’s house for most of Christmas Day.

So the next day boxing day December 26th we were going to head home from Illinois to Omaha, Nebraska. By this time I thought I was done with the throwing up.Most of the way home I  ate ice cubes and sleet off and on. My poor husband had to deal with children and the dog and a sick wife. So we get home and I had this flu for 2 weeks before I started feeling better.Finally I’m thinking that I’m done with all these illnesses and I get a head cold. My poor body’s immunity was not good.

By the way I forgot to mention we were also getting our floors renovated which started in October and ended in November sometime so my house was torn apart throughout my illness, not fun. So the head cold lasted me about a week and a half and recently I’ve been feeling better so I’d say late January into most of February I was feeling healthy again which is fantastic. So I have been working on getting the house organized finding all the things that need to be put where they need to be put.This house is just a disaster area. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done but it’s getting there it’s doing much better than it was so I’m quite happy about that.Then February 27th head cold again it is now March 1st and I am stinking cranky with being sick.

I feel undependable. I volunteer to do things like supervising the youth at church on Wednesday nights and then I get sick and I can’t.  I try to get my house organized, get it like I don’t know, I’m probably at about 60% of the way right now still have a lot more to do. But I’m stuck again because of my autoimmune disease and my lack of good immunity.
I want you all to know, if you know a diabetic who is insulin-dependent type 1. Please be kind and considerate and if you have a cold or the flu don’t hug them, don’t touch them stay away from them.Sharing your illnesses with regular people who have a good immunity isn’t as bad but sharing it with those of us who have an autoimmune disease it’s downright scary. Once you spiral into this illness tunnel/funnel whatever you want to call it, it’s scary and it’s hard to get out.
I bet this is something that a lot of people who are not diabetic don’t hear about as the struggle to stay healthy when you’re diabetic. Thankfully most of my diabetes life since 1984 has been fairly healthy for a diabetic. But this last little bout of illnesses has really really scared me. It makes me realize that life is fragile.

Well that’s my rant for now sorry to spill it all out on you there but like I said this really freaked me out this past year and I don’t want to have to continue to deal with illnesses every month/every week. I went for years without any of these illnesses and I don’t like it so please just think about that when you’re around other people with autoimmune diseases. I’d say most importantly don’t let your children go to school sick don’t you go to work sick please please please please. Think of those whose health could suffer terribly!

How many New Spring Trends will you try? 3 more

I love fashion! I get so excited about what will be new in the spring! One of my favorite times of the year. I like to gleen my fashion trend info from Glamour I think that they are very realistic with their predictions of what will come off the runways and into our normal lives. I find a lot of the runway fashion is unrealistic to wear as a homeschooling mom in Nebraska.
This is the second and final in my Spring 2017 Fashion trends. I hope you enjoy my ideas.

Pink Passion

I think that these hues of pink are going to be all over this spring! I would accessorize with silver or pearls or both.

One Shoulder

I do remember this look in the past. Gone are the little frilly ruffles. It looks like they are much bigger now. I will accessorize this one with Big Bold earrings, possibly a fine necklace, depending on how much of the delcolet is showing. If there is one long and one short sleeve, I would be having an arm party on the short sleeve wrist.


This is not a look I see myself wearing. I do see the younger generation embracing this though. I would lean toward some bold chunky pieces with the iridescence.

Well that is it for Spring Fashion of 2017, please let me know what you think. Do you have any other trend predictions? Fashion is so personal! If your ideas are different than mine, that is OK. We all have our own and can borrow ideas from others, or not. The jewelry that is pictured is Premier Designs Jewelry. I am a jeweler with Premier and you can view my catalog here, there is also a Style Quiz that you can fill out and I will send you the results which can help you to see where your personal style fits in the real world. I look forward to connecting with you!
God Bless
Tami Grgas
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My Couponing Journey 2/26-3/4

This is the last week of February, and I may have spent all of my grocery money.

Our grocery needs this week was deoderant for the hubby. So with this in focus, I went to Walgreens and got these items. I will be grabbing more of this week’s paper later in the week for some of these great coupons!

My Walgreens Shopping Scenario for 2/26 – 3/4

To get the biggest savings at Walgreens, you’ll need to take advantage of their Balance Reward Deals (BRs) AND Register Reward Deals (RRs) PLUS use coupons!
The Best way to save the MOST is to alternate between Earning BRs and then using those BRs to buy items that generate RRs.

Buy: (2) Speedstick Overtime Deodorants, 2.7-3oz @ psa $3.99 BOGO 50% = $5.99 {earn 3,000 BR wyb (2)}
Use: B1G1 Speed Stick Overtime or Irish Spring, exp. 3/18/17 (SS 02/26/17) [Excludes 1.8-oz. and 0.5-oz.; Up to $3.49] (If Included) {minus $2}
Buy: (3) Pantene Shampoos or Conditioners, 12 or 12.6oz @ 3/$12 = $12 {earn 3,000 BR wyb (2)}
Use: (1) $5/3 Pantene Products, exp. 3/11/17 (P&G 02/26/17) [Must include shampoo and conditioner or styler; Excludes 6.7-oz. and trial] {minus $5}
Pay: $17.99 (product total) – $7 (coupon total) = $10.99 OOP
EARN: 6,000 BRs + 180 Every Day Points (= $6.18 in Rewards) Plus, earn $17.99 toward your next 5k Beauty Enthusiast reward!
Final Price: $4.81 for all (5) products or 96¢ each after coupons & BRs!

Next transaction: USE BRs (earned in Transaction #1) and EARN Register Rewards:
Buy: (2) Colgate 360 Toothbrush or Total Toothpaste 4.6-6oz @ 2/$5 {earn $3 RR wyb (2)}
Use: (2) $0.75/1 Colgate 360 Adult Manual Toothbrush printable [Excludes colgate plus, extra clean & classic]
OR $0.75/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste printable [3-oz.+] {minus $1.50}
Buy: (2) Stride or Trident Gum, 14-18pc @ $0.79 = $1.58
Subtotal: $6.58 (product total) – $1.50 (coupon total) = $5.08 Subtotal
REDEEM: 5,000 BRs (minus $5)
Pay: $0.08 OOP
GET BACK: $3 RRs + 60 Every Day Points (= $3.06 in Rewards)
The Total of All Products Before Coupons or RRs would have been $24.57!
Transaction #1 = $10.99
Transaction #2 = $0.08
Price OOP is $11.07, BUT you still have the $3 RR PLUS the $1.24 in BR Points to use later!
Final Price: That’s just $6.83 Total! For all (9) items! Only 76¢ each item!
This Deal ends when the sale ends on Saturday 3/4/17!

We plan on donating the Pantene to the pantry at church. The rest we will use in our family. I may or may not get some more deals once my grocery budget re-stocks on the 1st.

How many New Spring Trends will you try?

First Spring Trend Accessorize with Rose Gold

Fashion is so personal and so fun! I don’t know about you, but I am loving this rose gold spring trend!

Another word for it, Blush! This is such a soft feminine look!


Another spring trend in fashion is vivid stripes. When you wear stripes your jewelry should not be to bold, as the stripes are suposed to be the bold look. I would not recommend delicate jewelry, nor chunky. I would go with something in the medium range, like this….


I love this next spring trend! Slogan Tees! As an 80’s girl, I grew up in jeans and slogan Tees. I feel most comfortable in them. Most like me.

Now, with these tees, you might not want to wear a necklace. Statement earrings and some FUN arm parties might be the way to go!


They are calling this spring trend New Sport, but I prefer Athleisure myself. As a mom, I wear this look a lot! I try to keep my jewelry simple with this.

These are a few fun options for that athleisure look!

Romantic Patchwork

Spring just makes me feel romantic!I love romantic looks and this calls for fun frilly type romantic jewelry for sure! Here are a few options for this look!


Now, this spring trend just seems wrong to me. I do not see myself embracing this look. If you do see yourself wearing robes in public and as a fashion statement, what kind of jewelry would you wear? I am thinking statement earrings and a simple necklace with a great arm party.

I will have 3 more spring trends for you tomorrow! I hope you enjoyed this fashion trend forecast of mine. I gleen my trend information from Glamour. The jewelry is Premier Designs Jewelry and you can view a catalog here. I am a jeweler with Premier and you can go to my site and fill out the fashion quiz! I will send you some information about your fashion style. Please tell me what you think of my ideas, I would appreciate it a lot!
God Bless,
Tami Grgas
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