I’ve always had somewhat wavy hair. I could make it effortlessly straight or easily let it have some body and bounce to it. But never this. Pieces I’ve read all mentioned that the hair will grow back a bit differently. A bit. When my hair started coming back 3-4 months after I had finished chemo, I actually shaved my head 3 times. Why? Well, my left side had a huge white triangle of hair coming in and the left had about half the size of white hair growing back. I already knew I had a great bald head, and I would rather be bald than have it grow back as some sort of Elvira punk gone wrong. Plus it was the summer, and at the time I was still having hot flashes so a shaved head was a welcomed comfort. I sopped shaving it once I saw it all growing back the same color. And then…..it didn’t stop growing. I had this great pixie cut for a while. As it grew, I was fortunate that I could keep it maintained. Until this past month.
The chemo curl has set in. Again, I never read this before. But at three of my follow ups this past month, every doctor, specialist, nurse, lab technician, receptionist – all said the same thing. Oh yeah, the curl. Seriously? It doesn’t help that this week in January in New York, it hits a balmy 60 degrees, which makes my hair completely out of control! I’ve tried four different products, clipping down, pulling it back. But I’ve given in. I bought the hair products for curly hair, and have started to embrace it. There’s a part if me that’s always wanted some curly hair in my life. My older sister’s hair is a curly mess. (Love you, but you know it’s true!) I tried straightening it for her once when it was short. After an hour of work, it was back to its normal springy self.