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Losing Your Hair From Chemo

Last updated: September 2022

When I started chemotherapy back in 2014, I knew the possibility of losing my hair. I was so worried about losing my long beautiful hair. On December 24 of 2014 I woke up with my scalp feeling very tender, I jumped in the shower to get ready to go to my radiation appointment. While washing my hair chunks of hair started coming off and I remember crying so much in the shower.

After my shower, I got dressed and started combing my hair and more chunks of hair started coming off. I didn’t want to wake up my husband, so I left for my radiation, when I returned, he knew, and he was so sad for me.

Embracing my new look

At that time, I was going to the Cancer Treatment Center of America and they had a beauty salon to help patients. After my radiation, my husband and I went to the salon and they got me in. I sat at that chair while I watched them cut my hair really short and then shaved it. The tears just came down my face and how I hated what I was going through at that moment. I remember my husband doing a video of the transition of going from long hair to bald, he made sure to capture my journey through video blogging. I was crying so hard, I felt like a part of me was gone forever, but once I saw how great I looked bald I stopped crying and literally said, “Wow I look good bald.”

We all laughed and that is when I embraced my new look and began looking for hats and scarfs to wear. I also searched on YouTube for ideas on how to wrap the scarfs to get different looks. I became very good at that and received lots of compliments.

Now I love my short hair

Once my hair started growing out, I started to have a lot of fun with short hair. I embraced the pixie look and decided to add some colors. You name it I had it, I had blue hair with different shades of blue highlighted, I had green hair with different shades of green, yellow, orange, and red hair, purple, pink, and now I’m platinum. At one point my hair looked like the northern lights, the galaxy, a sunburst, and even a rainbow. It was such a fun experience and a fun thing to do too.

Losing my hair was rough but I took something that made me sad and turned it around and made it positive and fun. Doing all those different colors in my hair was actually therapeutic for me and helped me to adjust to short hair.

Now I love my short hair. It’s fun, sassy looking, and much easier to maintain.

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