I should start this post out with my before picture. Here’s my outrageously long hair.
I don’t mind long hair, but it’s not really that long by choice. It’s mostly that long because I dread going for a haircut. In addition to having problems when I eat gluten, I’m sensitive to gluten on my skin and I have to be very careful about which hair care products and cosmetics I use.When I do go to a hair dresser, I either have to read the labels on all the products they use, or I have to just do without a wash or style. And really it’s not quite the same getting a haircut without any style. That’s why I have to select the best products so I know how to grow black hair faster, after I get a haircut.
Last month that all changed. My gluten free daughter and I won haircuts from Shear Illusions! Owner Michael Flanagan has Celiac disease and reacts really badly to products that contain gluten, so he’s replaced all of his hair care and styling products with gluten free brands. In addition, he allows his clients to keep their own hairbrushes and combs in his salon to ensure they’re never affected by products that walk in on someone else’s head, they have some real salon pro equipment in there. I was thrilled. I could finally get rid of over a year’s worth of split ends, without reading labels or passing on the style. I honestly wasn’t that ambitious. All I really expected was a quick trim. After all, it was a free haircut. But Michael suggested this amazing haircut with long layers and lots of body. Great! It’s really the nicest haircut I’ve ever had. Of course if you want to look beautiful for a wedding or another event you need to have a nice hair styling to looking the best you can look.
My daughter, who usually cuts and colors her own hair, showed him a picture of a cute little pixie cut. He reproduced it perfectly, incorporating all of her changes to the picture (longer bangs, a piece right here etc)
We were so pleased with our haircuts, that my daughter nicknamed Michael the “Hair Magician.”
Should YOU use gluten free cosmetics?
The experts suggest that Celiacs can safely use cosmetics that contain gluten. See this article for more information The measure for “celiac safety” is the amount of damage done by gluten to the intestine. Gluten molecules do not pass through the skin and therefore can’t cause damage to the intestine. There are some people, however, that have skin reactions when they use products that contain gluten or airborne reactions when they smell products that contain gluten. Even without an obvious reaction, some celiacs find they just feel more secure using cosmetics and hair products that are gluten free. The real test here is to trust your own body. Only you know for sure if you’re reacting to a cosmetic.
An Added Benefit:
An added benefit of having a gluten free hairdresser, is exchanging recipes! Michael gave me his artisan bread recipe! He used this video as a base for his recipe and replaced the flours with rice flour and gluten free Bisquick. You can watch the video to get the directions, just make sure to use Michael’s gluten free ingredients instead. I’ve included the gluten free version of the recipe below.
Want Your Own Gluten Free Haircut?
If you’d like a new look for the holidays, you can find Shear Illusion Hair Salon LLC at 7942 Picardy Ave., Ste A, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, right off of Essen Lane by Med-Aid and easily accessible from both I-10 and I-12. Their phone number is 225-757-9118.
You can visit the Shear Illusions website at ShearIllusionsHairSalon.com.
Gluten Free No Knead Artisan Bread
Gluten free no knead artisan bread made with Gluten Free Bisquick.
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- 3 cups gluten free bisquick
- 3 cups rice flour
- 2 teaspoon red star yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 1/4 cups room temperature water
- Measure flour and yeast in a bowl.
- Add water to dry ingredients.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise about 10 hours.
- Vigorously stir down the dough.
- Preheat your oven to 450F.
- Place a 5-6 quart sized dutch oven with its lid in the oven and let preheat about 30 minutes
- Meanwhile pour the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper that is large enough to fill your baking dish, and smooth the dough into a circle.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rise while the baking dishes are preheating (30 minutes)
- Lift the dough with the parchment paper and set into the dutch oven.
- Cover the dutch oven with the lid and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove lid and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Let cool completely before slicing.
- I found this helpful tutorial for making artisan bread: http://www.simplysogood.com/2013/03/artisan-no-knead-bread.html
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