Wow! Welcome to the very first posting of Babe’s “Mane” Blog!
(Ummm…well…hmmmmm, what should I type next that will be informative, inspirational, entertaining and relevant…YIKES!!! What in the world have I gotten myself into?? Ok deep breaths, relax, this is supposed to be easy. Just start typing…)
The first question you are probably asking is, “Why?” Of course, that leads to the next “why?” and the next…and the next…believe me, the list never ends!
“Why a separate blog for women?”
Although it’s highly unlikely that I can answer all of the why’s and how’s, I’d like to start by writing a bit about the three “Why’s” above. Hopefully, that will explain how in the world we ended up here!
Most of you reading this blog do not need to be formally introduced to “Babe”. I’ve been posting on Hair Direct’s website for many months. One of the first things I noticed on the message board was that there were very few postings from women about their hairloss and although I was learning a lot from the terrific guys that had posted, I craved more specific information from women just like me! Where were the postings from women who wear hair? Statistics say that 1 out of every 3 women in the United States suffer from some sort of hairloss. That's HUGE! So where are these women?? After mulling this over for several days while I scoured the message boards, I realized during an “AHA moment" that there must be thousands of women out there in cyberspace just like me who were waiting for other women to be the first. Well, in the State of Delaware, there’s this little saying they adopted as their slogan….
“IT’S GOOD TO BE FIRST!”
Of course I realize I’m far from the first woman to wear hair and I’m definitely not the first woman to post a message about it, but I decided right then and there that I would be the first to start a message thread on Hair Direct where women could post their stories, anecdotes, advice and even sob stories so that other women could easily find us and join in! My first thread was Women - stories and advice during the journey! The response to this thread and my initial stories was overwhelming! I was right!!! There were women just like us from all over the world reading this website and we all felt like we were alone! The more posts I created, the braver we all became. I took many of you on my journey from day one as a client of Hair Direct and I even took you on detours over some very bumpy roads of my past hair experiences!
I continued to educate myself on the Hair Direct website, devouring every tidbit of information I could find. I went through every thought process and questioned everything. (It can’t be this easy…I don’t believe it…but these people seem so sincere…how can this work…what if I order it wrong…are the pictures fake…what if it doesn’t fit…) Finally, I jumped. After all, the home office wasn’t very far away, why not drive up?
Ladies, I don’t mind telling you that I was scared. Actually, I was terrified. I remember pulling into the parking area and unwrapping my sweaty hands from the steering wheel. As I climbed the steps to the HD offices, I saw faces peeking out from the windows. I could almost hear the conversations…
“Is that her?”
“She’s Babe on the message board.”
“Her hair looks good!”
“She’s soooo young!!!”
(Ok, well maybe that one is a stretch, but a girl can hope for that reaction, can’t she?)
Seems like the entire company met me that day! I spoke with Bill, Sr., Bill, Jr. and Brandon at length. The ideas were flying back and forth and it was so nice to hear that the vision for Hair Direct was exactly as I had hoped. At some point during the next several months, the idea of me writing a ladies blog on the website was proposed by Hair Direct. I accepted. In my opinion, it’s a huge responsibility and an honor. I’m hoping that it will help other women discover us quickly so that their journey isn’t as arduous as ours.
This is the beginning. Come along on our journey. It’s going to be great fun!