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New “how-to” video

Here’s new video I created last week for people with either a permanent or temporary form of paralysis or hemiparesis.

This includes my cerebral palsy, stroke survivor gals and guys as well as anyone stuck in a plaster cast for a few weeks. I have recorded two different methods of using the 1-UP hair tie with two hands.

While I say the technique is for two handed people with some form of paralysis, I think the video may help some of my limbless followers to inspire a whole new way of doing ponytails that better suits their abilities.

New “How-To” Video

I’ve been asked a few times if a person with limb differences could use the 1-UP Hair Tie to do someone else’s hair.

Until recently, I’ve been unable to truthfully answer the question; I don’t have children, and no one asks me to do their hair for them.

Not that long ago, the daughter of a friend asked for her ponytail to be fixed. I took the opportunity to see if I could do it with a 1-UP Hair Tie. And was happy to say it worked!

I knew I’d need to put a video together so you could see if you could come up with your own technique.

At a recent lunch I pulled aside a few of my girlfriends daughters and got them to help me out.

Before going on camera, I did a trial run on each of the girls. So the video you will see is pretty much unrehearsed. There’s nothing perfect with any of the ponytails or bunches I make. You’ll be seeing the 5th, 6th and 7th attempts I’ve ever made.

I’m hoping that despite the imperfect results, you’ll see the possibilities and maybe a way that you can adapt to your own abilities.


One Handed Exercise

Have you met Paul De Gelder before? He’s a lovely fella. If you’ve read his book, you’ll know that he’s a bit of a fitness nut – he was exercising in his hospital bed while recovering from his amputations.

When I saw a Facebook post of Paul at the gym last year, I had to find out what he was using. It’s just a weightlifting hook that you can buy from the sports store.

I was pretty quick to copy him. And after a bit of a play, I’ve adapted mine by drilling two holes in the metal part and adding different size carabiners. The holes and carabiners add an extra level of security and functionality. I can loop the carabiner around a kettle bell, hook on to the cable systems, pull the rower and even do assisted chin ups.

Depending on the exercise, I wear it either on my forearm or, above the elbow.

This thing is an equalizer! Before I could not use half the stuff at the gym, now, the boys have to wait their turn until I finish my reps!

Last week Paul put out this video, showing all the stuff he uses at the gym.

The next morning, inspired by his video, I got my personal trainer to take a few snaps during our arm session.

I’m no where near as buff as Paul, but I’m working on it. Maybe you will too!

workout with weightlifting hook

One Hand Tip – Shoe laces

How do you tie your shoe laces? Check out this video from my favourite mixed martial artist Nick Newell.

One Hand Tip – Blow Drying Hair

Did you enter the Online Scavenger Hunt competition? You could win an InStyler!

In the mean time, here’s another handy modification that will allow you to brush and dry hair one handed.

One Hand Tips – Batter Scrape

Check out this handy tip, from another Holly, on how easy it is to get the last of the batter out of the bowl – one handed.

One Hand Tips – Hair Straightening

As promised, here’s the video of me, straightening out my bed head mop with an InStyler – one handed.

Hopefully this video will give you a bit of inspiration to experiment with techniques that match your abilities (or at least you can now consider purchasing a straightener – or adding it to your birthday present wish list).

I have not yet perfected my straight and sleek look! I will get better (and faster) with a bit more practice.

In reality I can use my residual limb to make the whole process go faster, but I wanted to show those of you that are truly one handed that this may be a new trick you could add to your bag – and gain another handful of independence.

If any of you have tips or tricks for hair straightening, please do not hesitate to add it to the comments.

Will it work for me!?

will_it_work_for_me?I am find myself constantly in wonder of the different people contacting me about the 1-UP hair tie.

When I first started selling these, I was only thinking of amputees like myself. I was so unaware of any other condition outside my lil sphere of life.

Over the years I’ve heard from many people with differing conditions and abilities. They’ve shared their many successes and a few, their disappointment. I actually want to address the disappointment in this post – in case you are considering buying a 1-UP hair tie. I want for everyone to have that handful of independence.

With the 1-UP there are a few things you need to be able to do, no matter your abilities and differences:

  1. Can you put a headband in your hair? (Part of setting up the 1-UP to make a pony tail)
  2. Do you have strength needed to pull the elastic tight? (Need to be able to pull tight to get the best hold on your hair)
  3. Can you reach the top or back of your head? (Need to be able to reach a little to guide your hair to the desired pony tail position – and to wrap or pin up the loose ends of the elastic)

Unfortunately that may exclude some from getting the 1-UP to work for them. I am happy to have a chat to see if a new design could be created – I’m all for being inclusive and creative!

I’m hoping however that you’re up for the challenge of making a pony tail your way with the 1-UP.

Hands Free Tips – Make-Up

Check out Stevie from BeautyButterfly89! The Butterfly Girl with a huge obsession for make-up!

Stevie has a heap of tutorials filled with make-up and beauty tips. In her videos, this little Butterfly shares how she makes her colourful and glittery looks – all handsfree.

Watching her get dolled up may give you some inspiration to get glammed up in your own way.


One Hand Tips – Jewellery

Here’s my latest video. In it I show you how to put on jewellery one handed, (sometimes I cheat, using my residual limb). The video includes: watches, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.

Hopefully this will help many of you, or at least give you ideas that you may adapt to your abilities.

If you do things differently, please share your tips with us.

Here’s the links to all the pictures I used in the video. (I’m not endorsing any particular brand, style or price range. I just used pictures that I thought would provide a bit more detail to you all.)

Blue cuff watch –
Black cuff watch –
Swatch Butterfly Dream –
Silver Heart elasticated watch –
Disco Ball elasticated watch –
Casio Ediface –
Plastic strap watches –
Fish Hook earring –
Latch Back earring –
Sleeper Earring –
Stud earring –