Tesco is selling LOL Surprise Dolls for 35p each but you’ll have to be quick to get your hands on them

IF you know a child who is obsessed with LOL Surprise Dolls, you might want to pop down to Tesco. 

Savvy shoppers have spotted the supermarket giant has discounted the popular toy down to just 35p in some stores. 

A bargain hunter shared a photo of their basket stocked up on the purse-friendly doll during a visit to the shop. 

The sticker showed the doll, from the Fuzzy Pets range, had been discounted from £3.50 in the sale. 

The toy is contained within a shampoo bottle container, and kids are able to wash off the “fuzz” to reveal the character underneath. 

While each bottle contains one pet, there are 36 assorted characters to collect, according to the brand – meaning stocking up at a bargain price is a good idea. 

The photo was posted on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group, and parents were quick to say they wanted to snap up the deal. 

One person raved: “Our girls would love these!”

Another added: “What a bargain.. well done.”

Meanwhile, one person feared they wouldn’t be able to get their hands on one due to recent stock-piling mania, and said: “they’ll have sold as quick as hand sanitiser & loo rolls I’m sure.”

LOL Surprise dolls were created by California-based makers MGA Entertainment and they have been a Christmas best-seller in recent years. 

We previously shared how parents have been left outraged at unwrapping LOL Surprise male dolls to find they have genitals.

We shared how a girl, ten, has Britain's biggest collection of LOL dolls after parents couldn’t give her a sibling.

And DIY mums are creating their own incredible LOL Surprise doll houses to avoid spending £250 this Christmas.

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'I'm A Derm, And This Is Exactly How I Got My Hormonal Acne And Pigmentation Under Control'

Dermatologists prescribe products to their patients all day long, but have you ever wondered which ones they personally use? Welcome to Derm Diaries, a new series where dermatologists share their skin woes—and solutions—so you can steal secrets from their skincare routines.

Her family history of acne is what inspired Sapna Palep, MD, to become a derm in the first place. “I suffered from teenage acne, but as most women with hormonally driven acne, it got really bad in my twenties,” says Dr. Palep, who founded Spring Street Dermatology. “I was on and off antibiotics for many years, then decided to do oral isotretinoin (accutane) which changed my life greatly in a positive way. It became more manageable.”

While she’s still on an oral medication—spironolactone—she now has a strict skincare regimen to help with the aftermath of acne. “I’ve been battling with my scarring and hyperpigmentation ever since, but no one would ever know it because of the strict regimen I keep,” reveals Dr. Palep.

Luckily, she’s letting all of us in on secrets. Here’s the exact routine she uses to keep her skin clear.


She keeps her cleansers gentle.

“I use a gentle cleanser on a regular basis. My favorites are Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser, Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, and Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser. I often rotate with these three because they’re fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, non-drying and non-irritating. Cerave has ceramides and hyaluronic acid in it, which allows for cleansing while hydrating and protecting the skin’s barrier. EltaMD foaming cleanser is also ph balanced, which is really important for maintaining the skin’s balance. The key is not to over-dry the skin.”

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She doubles up on eye cream.

“I religiously use eye creams twice daily. I like to layer the Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment with the Isdin K-Ox Eyes for my dark circles. The Isdin one is great at reducing puffiness and improving the darkness under our eyes that makes us appear tired, thanks to haloxyl, eyeliss, Vitamin K oxide, and hyaluronic acid. The Alastin treatment does it all: reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves elasticity, reduces dark circles, thickens the eyelid skin. It’s also very hydrating, so it blends well with makeup around the eye too.”

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She targets dark spots a little more aggressively.

“If I get a stubborn hyperpigmented spot, I use Derm Advance Hydro-Q gel twice daily on the spot. It works like magic. It has four percent hydroquinone, but as a water-based gel, so it’s extremely non-irritating to the skin, which can be a problem with other hydroquinone formulations and prescriptions. You can find it at most dermatologists’ offices. Hydroquinone is the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation, and while you shouldn’t use it for long periods of time, it’s safe for short stints on problem areas.”

She swears by her prescription retinoids.

“I am religious with my prescription retinoids at night. I switch between Aklief and Epiduo Forte, depending on how my skin is doing. I probably use one or the other four to five days a week. Retinoids have changed my skin. They are the most used and most studied anti-aging compounds to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. They stimulate collagen production and the production of new vessels to the skin, which improves color. In addition to this, they’re also the best defense possible against acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts—and they help improve post inflammatory hyperpigmentation that can be associated with acne as well.”


She never goes a day without this sunscreen.

“I’ve been using EltaMD UV Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 40 on my face for years and have no plans of changing. It’s oil-free for acne prone skin, it doesn’t leave a heavy residue, it’s extremely lightweight, and it’s paraben-free. It’s also good for rosacea- and hyperpigmentation-prone skin.”

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She looks for a moisturizer with ceramides and lipids.

“I also use EltaMD’s Barrier Renewal Complex as a moisturizer both morning and night. It has a blend of ceramides and lipids to quickly hydrate the skin without clogging the pores, which is one of the biggest challenge for most acne-prone skin types. This hydration also helps improve fine lines and wrinkles, too.”

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She extends her skincare to her neck.

“For my neck, I alternate between Revision Skincare’s Nectifirm and Isdin’s Age Contour. I try to do apply it morning and night, time permitting. The neck has less fatty tissue and collagen, which makes it more susceptible to aging (sagging, creping, dryness, etc.). We take such good care of our face; we can’t forget about our neck. It’s also often the giveaway to our age when we don’t take care of it—It should match the skin on your face.”

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She exfoliates once a week.

“I also exfoliate weekly with Neostrata Foaming Glycolic Wash or Neova’s Serious Microderm Scrub. Neova is a physical exfoliant, and the glycolic wash is a chemical exfoliant. Exfoliating gives the face an instant glow by removing dead skin cells. It also allows your other products to penetrate more effectively into the skin. The best time to exfoliate is in the morning, because the skin renews itself overnight. In addition, exfoliating also prevents sweat, dirt, and bacteria from getting stuck under the skin. Just be careful, as over-exfoliating can sensitive your skin.”

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After Meghan wowed in ‘rebellious’ red, we look at why seven other celebs chose to wear the show-stopping shade – The Sun

IT was one of her final engagements as Duchess of Sussex – and Meghan Markle looked prepared to take on the world.

On the night before International Women’s Day, the rebel royal dressed in the strong colour for a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall with Prince Harry.

Psychologist Karen Haller said of Meg’s £1,295 gown by designer Safiyaa: “Red is the colour we notice before any other.

Wearing it on one of her last evenings as a royal means Meghan is going out with a bang.

“There is a rebellious side to red. Meghan is maybe showing her independence here.”

She is not the only lady in red. Here Karen, author of The Little Book Of Colour, tells Kate Jackson what statement seven other celebs made with the show-stopping shade . . .

Jennifer Aniston

INSTEAD of her usual subtle tones, the Friends actress plumped for this sweeping red Valentino frock for a glam night out at the Oscars back in  February 2013.

Six months earlier, she had become engaged to her ­second husband, the actor Justin Theroux.

Karen says: “For a long time Jennifer had a lot of what was probably unwanted attention following her break-up with Brad Pitt. She was pitied as ‘Poor Jen’.

“Here, she is choosing to grab attention. She’s saying, ‘I’m not Poor Jen, I’m OK’.”

Duchess of Cambridge

KATE wore this bright scarlet dress outside St Mary’s Hospital in ­London after giving birth to Prince Louis in 2018.

It was a touching echo of the outfit Princess Diana wore when she brought newborn Prince Harry out of hospital in 1984.

Karen says: “This is called a personal association, when we wear a colour that reminds us of another event or person.

“It’s very sweet that they like to make sure Diana is still part of important events in their story.”

Cindy Crawford

THE catwalk queen was one of the world’s top models when she dazzled on the Oscars red carpet in 1991.

It was her first appearance with her then-boyfriend, ­Hollywood superstar Richard Gere, who she would later marry and divorce.

Karen says: “Cindy is clearly not shy and retiring here. She is saying, ‘I am here and I am with him’.

“This was her first public en- gagement as part of a power couple.

“If you really want to market yourself, you couldn’t choose a better colour to wear at the Oscars with Richard Gere.”

Jennifer Lawrence

THE Hunger Games actress wore this scarlet Dior gown to collect her Golden Globe in 2016 for the movie Joy.

Jennifer said she had wanted to wear a “really tight” dress but it was her time of the month – so she opted for a loose-fitting alternative which meant she “didn’t have to worry about sucking anything in”.

Karen says: “Even though Jennifer went with Plan B, she still chose this colour for a reason. If you’re lacking energy, then red can pep you up and give you ­confidence.

“She appears to be a nonconformist, likes to have fun and is a bit rebellious, so red would really suit her ­personality.”

Theresa May

A TRUE blue Tory, the former PM donned this red suit when she met President Trump in January 2017 – and she wore the colour again during that year’s ­General Election when a studio audience quizzed her live on TV.

Karen says: “It’s a really good strategy to wear red. Not only does the colour give the person courage, it also makes us believe this is someone in control of the situation.

“The psychological traits of red are stamina, motivation and a call to action. Theresa is saying, ‘I’m not weak – you can’t mess with me’.”

Michelle Obama

THE former First Lady wore this elegant Jason Wu gown for the presidential inaugural ball in 2013, ushering in her husband Barack Obama’s second term in office.

It was in stark contrast to the white dress she wore when he first won office four years earlier.

Karen says: “Michelle had found her place at this point. She had carved out a role and found her own interests and causes to pursue in the White House.

“ I don’t think she was ever not confident, but at the first inauguration she wanted the spotlight to shine on her husband. Second time around she didn’t mind shining out in her own right.

“It also says a lot about Barack Obama. Here’s a man who feels so confident in his position that he doesn’t mind his wife standing out.”


Cheryl Tweedy

AFTER a four-year absence from The X Factor, Cheryl rejoined the show’s judging panel in 2014.

It marked a high-profile period for the singer, with a single and album release plus a new relationship with French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who she married later that year.

Karen says: “This picture is from the X Factor auditions when Cheryl joined Mel B on the panel.

“The Spice Girl is a formidable force. To be seen and heard next to her, you need to bolt out of the gates and pull out every trick in the book.

“Cheryl is no pushover but she wouldn’t want to be swallowed up by Mel B.

“She wanted to stand out and show she could hold her own and wouldn’t be the shy, retiring one.”

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14 Comfy Pants So Versatile, You'll Wear Them Every Single Day of the Week

14 Comfy Pants So Versatile, You’ll Wear Them Every Single Day of the Week

Wearing jeans doesn’t always do it for me. I love nothing more than rocking a pair of comfy pants to the office or on the weekends. If this is an idea you can get behind, you’ve come to the right place. Ahead, we curated a list of the most stylish pairs at every price point and for every occasion. From glitter pairs you can rock on a night out to stylish trousers for the office, these choices are everything you need. Keep scrolling to shop our top picks.

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Parents trick son, 3, with hilarious viral Nutella prank and his reaction is priceless

A PARENTS prank has gone viral after the couple smeared chocolate on their three-year-old boy and convinced him it was poo. 

In the video that's been shared online, the young boy named Frankie was left gagging at the thought of being completely covered in the brown stuff – which his parents later revealed was Nutella.

Mum-of-two Rubee Adams, 22, caught the hilarious moment on video which showed Frankie's dad, Bobby Smith initiating the joke.

It started with Bobby, 24,  asking his son to fetch him some toilet paper, and upon returning he smeared the chocolate spread on Frankie's arm claiming it was poo.

Falling for the prank, the youngster quickly tried to remove the "poo"  by rubbing his arm on the nearby sofa, but his prankster dad wiped more on the little guys nose telling him to "smell it" – further adding to his distress.

It wasn't  long before the unimpressed Frankie started gagging at the thought of being covered in the brown stuff, which had his parents in hysterics.

But luckily for Frankie the prank only last just under one minute before he was told the truth, after his mum Rubbee decided it was time to end the joke, to which he just "laughed and walked off."

Speaking of the funny moment, Rubee said:"Frankie almost started crying when Bobby wiped the chocolate on him.

"He's always gagging at his little sister, Elsie, who is eight months old, when she has done a poo, so I knew this would be the perfect prank – he's such a funny character."

The playful parents got the idea from a new trend of pranks parents are pulling on their children, tricking them into believing that chocolate is poo.

Since Rubee uploaded the video to her Facebook, it's been shared more than 26,000 times and seen by over a million people – and has also been featured on the popular Tradesman Banter Facebook page.

She said: "I have been shocked by the amount of people who have viewed the video as it's now over one million which is crazy.

"We've both received dozens of messages from people who find it just as funny as us."

Speaking to The Hull, Rubee said:“It’s harmless fun, and you can see that Frankie is grinning in the video.

“This is the first time I have ever done anything like this, and it was so funny.

“I keep telling Frankie he’s famous and he just keeps saying, ‘Yeah’.”

In other parenting news, this mum shows off hand painted Mario Kart mural – but people think it looks like something MUCH ruder.

Plus, a children’s book explaining how babies are made goes viral for its bizarre explanation of sexual positions.

Meanwhile, this mum shares her fake tan fail which had her mates calling her ‘Worzel Gummidge’.

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British man makes the country proud by winning world's best mullet haircut title

What are World Cups and gold Olympic medals compared to the honour of having the best haircut in the world?


Rob Ayton, 31, has been flying the British flag for best hairdo and has just won the award for the best mullet in the world at a ceremony in Australia.

The graphic designer making us proud initially got his mullet cut three years ago while on holiday in Australia and at first he wasn’t keen.

He only had it cut for a joke, but over the years the style began to grown on him and he kept it long at the back – going past his shoulders.

Now, on a return trip to Australia, Rob, from Devon, has won best international mullet at the annual Mulletfest, held in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales.

Mulletfest is an annual event that honours the best mullet cuts in various styles and categories, including every day, grubby, vintage, and extreme, among others.

Their website states: ‘All competition entrants are judged on their haircut, overall presentation and stage presence.’

The winner of the illustrious ‘Best Mullet of them All’ category is crowned on the day.

Rob said: ‘I was coming out here for a skateboarding competition and it just happened to time with me being out here for that so I could go out to Kurri Kurri and see the mullet fest itself.

‘There was eight of us from all over the globe, it was good fun, a good laugh.’

He continued: ‘Three years ago. I came over to Australia got a mullet haircut, chopped it up in irony really.

‘I’ve never been a fan of the mullet or the rats tail, but I have to say I do like the mullet now so my point of view has changed dramatically.

‘It genuinely feels like it’s been a religious ceremony for me, Australia – you’ve been amazing.’

Rob’s hair is currently down to his shoulder blades, and he said growing a good mullet takes ‘time and patience, and being able to handle a s**t ton of negative feedback’.

Well done to Rob.

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102 Small Tattoo Ideas For Your First Ink

If you’re nervous or stressed about a permanent tattoo, you’re not alone. Removing a tattoo is no picnic, but committing to a single design among countless other letters, symbols, and shapes often has us feeling like Maggie Carpenter in Runaway Bride at the altar: terrified, confused, and suddenly doubtful.

If you’re stuck on where to start, we’ve got you covered with 102 small tattoo ideas. Whether you’re seeking a deep, spiritual symbol, interested in a colorful flower, or just testing the waters before committing to a full sleeve, these adorable mini tattoos showcase an array of abstract, typographic, and illustrative designs — except without all those scary strings attached.

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How to cope without toilet paper as supermarket shelves are left empty during coronavirus panic

FORGET face masks and anti-bac, toilet paper rolls are flying off the shelves — and people could soon be faced with a nationwide shortage.

And should you be caught short there are some dos and don’ts when it comes to toilet roll alternatives.

Newspapers and wet wipes are not designed to be flushed, but water is — and is the preferred method in many parts of the world, according to Metro, which got to the bottom of the dilemma.

Bidets are ideal for washing nether regions, but are hardly common in a standard suite, but luckily there is an alternative.

In the absence of a bidet, people can resort to using a lota, a jug that is a familiar sight in Asian households that uses water to clean one’s privates.

Metro has provided a hands-on guide on how to clean up after nature calls:

  • Fill the lota with lukewarm water.
  • After doing your business, remain on the throne and lean forward, back or to the side.
  • Pour copious amounts of water on the appropriate location.
  • Use your hand to aid in the cleansing.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and dry up.

And in case this grosses you out, there’s always the option of reusable toilet paper, which is euphemistically known as “family cloth,” Kelly Corbett wrote in House Beautiful.

A typical roll consists of 20 cloth squares usually composed of two layers of either cotton or flannel — that can be washed and used repeatedly.

“Some family cloth even comes in decorative patterns to help get your mind off the fact that this cloth has potentially touched the rear ends of numerous people,” she wrote.

This article was originally published in the New York Post and has been republished with permission.

In other coronavirus news, we told you how mums are buying reusable loo roll as supplies dwindle.

Andwe told you how to prepare if your kids are sent home from school because of the virus.

Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news and updates.

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Kylie Jenner and 2-Year Old Daughter Stormi Twin in Matching Outfits

Kylie Jenner is the queen of coordination. Take a look back at one very cool and very bold style trend that she seems to take to a whole new level — twinning.

See All of Kylie Jenner’s Most Colorful Hairstyles

Typically her outfits range from sporty fun to casual chic to full-on luxurious glam. To also always look this amazing and similar, the beauty mogul must put a lot of thought into the process in order to find outfits that coordinate with everything around her.

We’re talking serious twinning here. Since her rise to fame on social media, the youngest Jenner has posted countless snaps to her Instagram account showcasing doppelgänger moments. She’s matched with just about everything from cars to couches to people — including her daughter Stormi. Sometimes she even coordinated with the exact print like she did with a stroller, for example.

Perhaps it was growing up with a family of lookalike sisters that had matching “K” names that started it all. Or perhaps it’s just her sense of style. Whatever the motives is, it sure is incredibly appealing to see.

To check out some of our favorite looks the Kylie Cosmetics founder has matched to her surroundings, keep scrolling.

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‘I get called The Lady With Grey Hair’: Our complex relationship with hair

Throughout time, a woman’s hair has been deemed her “crowning glory”. From the powdered vertical explosion of Marie Antoinette to the Katharine Hepburn bun and the waterfall tresses of Beyoncé, it signifies status, beauty, life force and sexuality. Yet beyond these signature styles, a woman’s locks signify power: who these women are, what they stand for and how they proclaim themselves to the world. Conversely, the shaving of women’s heads at Auschwitz purposely expunged femininity, fertility and individuality.

In her book Hair Stories, Los Angeles-based photographer Rohina Hoffman explores the complex relationship between women and their hair, what it means for women of different ethnicities, health, ages and backgrounds, and how its appearance extends beyond simple aesthetics.

Rohina Hoffman: “Hair is a language, a shield and a trophy.”Credit:Getty Images

“What I discovered is that hair is a language, a shield and a trophy,” writes Hoffman following several dozen interviews and portraits. “Hair is a construct reflecting our identity, history, femininity, personality, and our innermost feelings of self-doubt, ageing, vanity and self-esteem.

“Hair also has deep sociological roots. It can be indicative of a certain religious or political belief system and, like its genetic code, is complicated and touches our very core.”

For Muslim women, a headscarf is both a display of modesty and a way to be closer to God. Rose McGowan’s buzz cut, prior to #MeToo, acted as a force field to repel male advances in Hollywood. Such is the scrutiny of a high-profile woman’s ’do that when prosecutor Marcia Clark went from a stern perm to a sleek style during the 1995 O. J. Simpson murder trial, the Los Angeles Times reported on it.

Yet hair texture, colour and bulk change as women age. When asked about her unkempt look back in 2008, Patti Smith, then 61, told The New York Times Magazine, “I’m disinterested. Since I was child, I hated having to deal with my hair.”

Societal opinion also chips in. Is long hair appropriate for a woman over 40? Does grey hair on an older woman render her unemployable? Should a 50-year-old woman wear plaits? And what if illness means you no longer have hair to style?

Sunday Life spoke with three women about the relationship they have with their hair.

“I realised hair has power”

Shannon Martinez, 38, from Melbourne, is a chef who owns plant-based restaurant Smith & Daughters and Smith & Deli. She’s been dyeing her hair since she was 15.

Shannon Martinez.Credit:Benn Woods

"My mother never wanted children, but when she accidentally got pregnant and had me, she became super maternal. I think she liked being able to play with a little girl’s long black hair like it was a doll’s. My hairdos were extravagant, like the Princess Leia braided buns she styled.

As a teenager, I was heavily into the goth look. I didn’t want the same hair as anyone at school and had no desire to blend in. For my year 11 formal at Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC), Mum paid for me to get a full head of fluorescent yellow and black extensions: I looked like a goth Baby Spice.

I was threatened with suspension if I didn’t remove them. Mum was pretty uppity with the school. She said she didn’t pay all that money to take them out, so she refused.

In 2017, years after I’d left, MLC invited me back to do a career talk as I’m the most successful hospitality student they’ve ever had. It was ironic, as I always got in trouble for my hair. But I was able to dispel the stigma that someone like me, with green hair and tattoos, cannot be professional.

In the mid-2000s I played bass in a goth metal band. We toured the US, where I wore hairpieces and had huge double ponytails. I loved being super feminine but over the top – my silhouette with huge pigtails looked amazing. That was when I realised hair had power. I wanted to come across as this confident, loud, don’t-give-a-f… sort of person. Hair does that without you having to say anything.

I’ve been bleaching my hair for more than 20 years. That entails hairdresser visits every seven weeks and two home dyes in between; my house is covered in green stripes.

Its condition has been good up until now, but managing a restaurant and a deli, being responsible for 50 staff and writing cookbooks, the stress has manifested through my hair and it’s started to fall out. This has upset me; I didn’t realise I was so attached to it. I’m taking supplements to fix it. Fingers crossed it comes back, as it’s super thin. My hair is like my security blanket.

As long as I can get away with it, I will always have coloured hair. There’s no age when you’re too old, you just have to change the way you do it. People know me for my Enchanted Forest shade green and black hair. It’s my visual signature as a person.”

“Not dyeing my hair is liberating”

Louise King, 55, from Melbourne, is a social worker. Her grey hair embodies her authentic approach to life.

Louise King.

“As a child, my hair was unruly. At six, Mum would cut knots from the underside of my hair on my neck. In the early 1970s, my dad was the press secretary at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. While we lived there, my aunt came to visit. She had beautiful long blonde hair and crazy hairpieces. As she did her hair I was mesmerised – I had never seen so much glamour.

At high school, everyone said I had amazing hair – long, mid-to-dark brown and wavy. At night, I tied my hair in rags to shape tight curls.

When I left school to study politics, I got asymmetrical cuts with lots of colour. I had three-quarters of my hair shaved, with one big lump hanging down. I thought it looked stunning, but when I see photos now, it was disgusting. I liked to push boundaries and I did that with my hair.

In my mid-teens I contracted hepatitis C. After my son and daughter were born, I had to have a treatment called Interferon. It made my hair fall out. I ended up with very fine hair and it’s never been the same since.

I began to think about going grey in my 40s. I met this woman who was grey and had this great haircut. She told me the name of her hairdresser and I started to get these cuts that I loved. But I was poor while studying for my master’s degree in social work and the cuts were expensive and the regrowth awful. I questioned why I was doing it, so I grew my hair out.

I get called The Lady With Grey Hair. People look at me and think I have so much experience, which is weird as I’ve only been a social worker since 2011. Not colouring my hair is more complex than a feminist issue. It’s a cultural and ageist issue. It’s been very liberating, as at this stage of my life my hair is just my hair.

I am really happy with how it looks. I know who I am: I am a woman, a partner and a mother. I also love my work. I don’t need to dye my hair to look younger and feel better.

By not dyeing your hair, you’re stripping back to your essence. So having grey hair is not incongruous with the rest of my life. It’s is an extension of me. I am part of my tribe: the women who don’t give a f… .”

“I can survive without it”

Meredith Holmes, 43, from Melbourne, is a zumba instructor. In 2017, she lost her hair during chemotherapy.

Meredith Holmes,

“When I was 18, I wanted to be like Jennifer Aniston, so I had my long, thick, mousey hair feathered, cut into bangs and highlighted. Hairdressers often told me I had beautiful hair.

My hair has been a huge part of my femininity, so when I lost it during cancer treatment, I didn’t feel feminine at all. When I looked in the mirror, the woman I saw reflected was just not me. I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2017. It was a huge shock. I’d just separated from my husband. We’d been together for 19 years and had three young sons. It was very scary.

Following the removal of a tumour, I needed four rounds of aggressive chemotherapy and 30 radiation sessions. I tried a cold cap, but it didn’t work, and within a week my head was bald and patchy. I’d wake to clumps of hair on my pillow.

I decided the boys and I would shave it off together, make an occasion of it. I knew it would be confronting, as they’d only ever seen me with long, blonde hair. The oldest, the nine-year-old, was really unhappy about it. He was quite emotional. “Do I have to, Mum?” he said. It was hard for them.

I wanted to look well, so I put a lot of effort into my makeup. I stepped it up because of the insecurity.

My hair has grown back. It is down to my chest. The texture and thickness are the same, but I have chemo curls on the ends. My hair means a lot to me, as it says how I present to the world. I thought recently, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting to shave it off for charity?’ So obviously I am not that obsessed with my hair. I now know I can survive without it.”

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale March 8.

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