Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hair Evolution

Lately, the questions I'm most asked are about my hair. 

How long is it? About this long (using my thumb and finger to show a little over an inch).

What color is it? Mostly white.

Are you going to color it? I don't know. Part of me wants to leave it natural as a reminder of what I've been through and that I'm a survivor.

Is it straight or curly? Curly. Definitely curly.

Is it like it was before? Probably. I colored it before, but my roots were mostly white. It was curly before, but never this short.

When are you going without the wig? Not sure yet...

I'm experimenting with different headbands trying to find something that works with the awkward stage of my hair. I've ventured out with just a headband to a movie and to dinner at our friends' house. I show all the white curls around the house and around select people (like my friend who shaved my head). One of these days I'll ditch the wig and go back to messing with hair every day. Only this time, I think I'll find a way to mess with it less.

I've learned some lessons while dealing with not having hair. Vanity takes a hit when something so attached to appearance is gone! I'm not totally comfortable being so exposed, but it is what it is, and I'm okay with that. Life it too short to stress about hair, which is why I'm not in a hurry to color it or do anything besides goop it up and let it go. I'd be happy not messing with all the tools of blow dryers, curling irons, etc. I've actually found a new confidence through this experience. Who knew it would take cancer to give me some style - HA!

So, for all of you who are curious about what my hair is like after chemo - and also what I looked like bald - here's a scrapbook page I made...

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