Hi, I’m Natalie Shirlaw, a professional hair stylist on a personal wellness journey.
While my career has seen me sourcing and testing the best organic hair products for my clients, reaching 50 has found me using my research skills for an all together different purpose – embarking on a mission to tackle, (and hopefully embrace,) the emotional and physical changes all women face as they age.
Rather than life getting easier with age as I’d assumed, this new milestone has been a worrying, and at times surreal, experience. General feelings of unworthiness fuelled by an empty nest and the menopause loom large, alongside a sad awareness that my lovely mum was already terminally ill with breast cancer by the age of 50 and died shortly after.
Outside of my regular work, I studied martial arts for many years, developing an interest in Eastern practices that led to me to practise and become a Reiki Master. I have also practised Yoga, Indian Head massage, NLP, Angel therapy, EFT and Meditation.
So, as well as working at my hairdressing day job in my own studio, I’m working on an essential refocus; nourishing my soul, focusing on better nutrition, health and fitness, natural products, caring for our planet and trying to find more joy, once again.
As I seek and test out natural and organic alternatives to big brand products to find the best on the market, I’ll be sharing my research, results and most importantly my resolve.
Please join me on this journey. If I can help just one other woman to feel more fulfilled, happier and healthier my blog will have been worth publishing.