Before and After Plaque Psoriasis

In August, I received a distressing message and group of photos from Aimee. She expressed her frustration, sadness and desperation for relief from Plaque Psoriasis. Along with her message, she sent some unbelievable photos:

Aimee went to a dermatologist, and was prescribed medicated shampoo and scalp treatment. They didn’t work.

Aimee was so discouraged and I felt horrible for her! We discussed various treatments and options. Aimee decided that for the next 30 days, she would only use the following Uncut Hair Care Products:

Heal Thy Scalp Treatment: To be massaged into scalp/scales everyday or as often as possible. Leave on area for as long as possible!

B+B Sea Salt Shampoo: Use once a week, alternating with Ethnique shampoo and conditioner.

Ethnique Shampoo and Conditioner: Use once a week, alternating with B+B Sea Salt Shampoo.

Here are the results 10 days into the treatment:

The transformation and healing exceeded ALL my expectations! But wait…there’s more!

Results just short of 30 days of treatment:

New hair growth!

Here is Aimee and her testimony:

I have suffered for years, since I was a teen to be exact, with dry scalp. I assumed it was dandruff and used different dandruff shampoos but it never really went away. Over the years it got worse and my forehead would join in with the flaky dry skin. I tried no poo methods and it would help only a little but still dry. I finally went to a doctor who prescribed medicated shampoo but it barley touched the problem. My scalp would itch and I started noticing the dry portion form patches that starting enclosing around the hair. It was worrying me, so I went to a dermatologist and he said it was psoriasis and suggested the same shampoo I already had and a medicated oil to apply overnight. Once my husband brought it home I took one whiff and said “There is no way I can use this. It smells awful!”
I remembered seeing Chris from Uncut Hair Care at the Wisconsin Ladies Retreat and thought to e-mail her pictures of my scalp and ask for a recommendation. She suggested the b+b Dead Sea salt shampoo and Heal Thy Scalp oil. Once I started using it the thick flakes started to fall off and some slowly disappeared. I unfortunately lost some of the hair because the flakes were so thick the hair was stuck in them. But within 2 weeks the skin looked normal and the hair felt healthy. It has been about a little over a month and I can see the hair I lost is now growing back. So happy to have beautiful healthy hair and scalp again.

 

 

Hair and a Lesson in Humility

Humility: The quality or state of being humbled.
(Merrium-Websters Dictionary)

 

Every Sunday, somewhere, a woman is praying, “Dear God, Please let my hair do what its’ supposed to do the first time!” (In Jesus’ name!)

Well, let me tell you: My Sunday had come! The Lord Jesus, the Most High and Wonderful God, Creator of Heaven and Earth smiled down on me this particular day, and answered my effectual and fervent hair-prayer.

A hundred fold!

My hair did not just ‘get it right’ the first time. It went up into this gorgeous mass of big, silky, perfectly placed curls and rolls. The outcome took my breath away! My hair looked so amazing, it made me look thinner!

I could not wait to go to church. I wanted to share the miracle! I held my head a little higher, I could not feel my shoes, and it didn’t hurt to suck in my stomach!

When I walked into church, Sister Peggy met me at the door, and said, “Chris, your hair looks so pretty today!”

I smiled demurely and replied, “I know. I know.”

On my way down the hall, I was met by my sweet friend, Jessica. She stopped, did that back-up-and-take-notice stance and said, “Girrrrl! That is some hair gone gorgeous!”

I smiled super big and said, “I know, right?!”

 

 

Finally, I made it to the Sanctuary. I sucked in my stomach extra tight, straightened my skirt and made myself ready for my grand entrance. I swept open the doors, and I heard the epic theme music from “Gone with the Wind.”

 

 

I floated down the aisle and found a place to sit. As I stepped into the pew, my toe caught on a speaker wire. In slow motion, I began to fall between the two pews. I could hear myself screaming in a deep, slow motion baritone, “NOOOOO!!!!” To this day I have no idea if I screamed out loud, or if it was in my mind. Honestly, I do not want to know.

My Bible flew one way, almost hitting a sweet elderly sister sitting a few rows up. My purse went in front of me, and I landed face first in a mini-pack of Kleenex sticking out of it. If not for my big purse, I know I would have ended up with a concussion.

There I lay.

My Pastor’s wife came to me and asked if I was ok. I started crying. I was hurting quite a bit. I knew I reinjured the elbow that I had broken a few months earlier, and I banged my shoulder pretty hard on the way down.

Oh. And, there was the issue of my pride. It. Was. Humiliating.

Once I got up, Jessica came over and brushed me off. She had found my Bible, and assured me the elderly sister was fine.

“Are you ok?”
“Yes, I am. How is my hair?”
“Well, it…is…okay.”

I went to the Ladies’ Room and looked at my reflection in the mirror. My hair stood like the Great Wall of Crushed Curls on the side of my head I had landed on.

I straightened my hair as best as I could and started laughing. It was such an object lesson in humility, it was hilarious! I laughed so hard, I cried.

In the end; I did reinjure my elbow, my shoulder was bruised, my hair was a mess, and by the grace of God, I did NOT have a concussion.

“But he giveth more grace.
Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.”
James 4:6

Excerpt from “Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Hair” written by Christine Carney

Desperately Seeking a New Hairstyle!

Next week, I hop on a jet headed for the Western District Ladies Conference, in Modesto, California. I need a new hairstyle. Preferably, one NOT from the 1990’s. I’d settle for Hairstyle, circa 2010!

What is it abut travelling that makes me wig out? (hehehe…)

Seriously. There’s something about going to new places and meeting new people that behooves me to up my style quotient. All of a sudden, I want to look the part of the beautiful, mysterious-but, not weird- well put together World Traveler with nice shoes and amazing hair!

I’m stressing out over this! Can you tell?

This morning, while I was applying my exfoliating mud mask, I looked in the mirror at my white-faced with a wild-woman-crazy-lady bun flopping off the side of my head reflection. The reality of my soon coming trip to California flashed before me like an end-of-life vision. A desperation swelled up inside and I realized: Something had to happen.

I looked myself square in the eyes, and said, “Christine Marie. You are the developer of the BEST hair care products on the market. You are a nerdy genius, who possesses the ability to create 100% natural hair conditioning oil with just the right blend of essential oils that works mad-miraculousness on hair.”

I silently rinsed my face, patted it dry and then stared at myself with a dumb look. I have to tell you: I  got pretty irritated and said in a firm voice, “Just DO your hair! Watch a video and DO your hair!” At that point, I wasn’t even listening. I turned off the bathroom light and walk out on myself.

Do you want the truth? I have no real knowledge or ability to DO my hair. There. I said it. Did I mention I have a layover in LAX?

ugh.

P.S. I eventually listened to myself and went to the land of YouTube. Here’s what I found!

An Epic Failure is Just What I Needed!

In 2007, I accidentally launched the Christian-based company,
Uncut Hair Care Products.

For years, I had made an all-natural oil to condition and strengthen my hair as it grew to its natural length. I got many compliments on my hair and requests for the oil I made. So, I’d whip some up for friends and family. Then, one day, a dear Sister from church suggested that I begin selling it, adding the fact that there’s a real need for quality products for those of us who do not cut our hair. I never thought about selling it, but-why not?

Thus, began Uncut Hair Care Products.

I made my first batch and took it to a “Help Me Heal” conference and SOLD OUT! After that, I began getting letters and phone calls for orders. I was amazed! I felt as if the Lord had incorporated my passion for knowledge, scriptural consecration and the right for all women to grow their hair into his will and ministry for me.

My business grew-within a year, orders were coming in every day and I began developing a complete line of shampoo, conditioner and some dynamite treatments! God’s hand was on Uncut-there was no doubt!

Fast forward to 2012:

I decided to open a local, whole food store, Leafy Greens. I sunk all of our savings, took out several loans and mortgaged our house for this business. It was what I had always wanted to do!

You know how “they” always say it’s ALL about, “Location, Location, LOCATION!? My sweet little store was a quaint, bohemian shop in a beautiful old building: a building in a location which no one could see.

Leafy Greens consumed my time: I rarely saw my husband, let alone any of my children and grandchildren! I withdrew myself from all my church ministries. And, I could no longer keep up with the orders for Uncut products.

It became apparent that I needed to trim some things in my life to insure the success of Leafy Greens. I borrowed more money; I opened for longer hours, 6 days a week. That didn’t work, so I opened on Sundays. It didn’t help. I was losing money at an outrageous speed. Then, I began baking and making different food items for the store. I was desperate to find that “magic bullet” which would set my tail-spinning world aright!

It was at that point, I quit making Uncut Hair Care Products. I made the announcement on Facebook, and received many letters of encouragement and admonition to continue! But, I couldn’t keep up. I was broke, and getting broker by the minute.

That was November, 2012.

On December 31, 2012, I fell and broke my arm. I couldn’t work for about a week. Everything came to a STOP! It was during that week, that the Lord asked me, “So, was it worth it?” I started weeping. NO. This business was not worth what it required of me. All at once, everything I’d sacrificed for Leafy Greens played through my mind, like a sad montage.

I didn’t know what to do. Failure was not an option. I couldn’t handle the shame of it. So, I continued to forge ahead, trying everything I could possibly think of to keep my head above water. And, still lost money, until finally, I could no longer pay my bills, take out any more loans or get another credit card. It was over.

By March, 2013, we were a quarter of a million dollars in debt. We had to file bankruptcy. Lost everything except the house we live in and the vehicle we drive. I was devastated.

In mid June 2013, the Lord whispered, “Are you ready to do what I called you to do in the beginning?”

I began to weep, “Yes,” I cried, “Yes, I am!”

That simple word, “Yes” began an upward swing toward the re-launching of Uncut Hair Care Products. I received a generous monetary gift and was able to get the lab in my basement back up and running. Plus, I’ve had the time to increase the product line to address the many needs of growing hair.

Out of the ashes of an epic failure, the Lord called me back to His original plan!