When I found out that I was going to have to undergo chemotherapy and that my hair was going to fall out, it didn’t really bother me. I never had a breakdown or felt bad that it was all going away. I kind of wanted to embrace it. I figured this would be an opportunity to try new things with my appearance.
At first I didn’t think that I even wanted a wig, but my mind was changed after one of the oncologists that we met with pointed out why I should consider getting a wig. He said “let’s say the two of you just want to go out to dinner sometime and not be bothered with the looks or people feeling bad for you”. I could see how it might be nice to just be normal again. I do like the wig and feel it looks very natural. It’s just that sometimes it can be a little itchy and warm.
I have also been given a number of cute hats and caps. When I had hair I used to wear hats while doing yard work and once in awhile a cap while bike riding, but that was about it. I did get a scarf from a friend and I didn’t know really how to style it or tie it. All I knew was the regular babushka way, like when my mom would have her hair in curlers. Or the house painter, do-rag style. I wanted something a little more stylish.
I kind of feel sorry for all of you people out there with hair. Being bald gives me a blank canvass to play with. I get to have a different head look at various points of the day without having my hair getting in the way. I have been having so much fun with something I had never given much thought to.
I know that if there is ever anything that you want to know how to do, you can usually find a video tutorial on YouTube. I found quite a few very helpful demonstrations. Here are just a couple of them:
These videos helped me come up with the head wraps that I have modeled in my photos below.