So yesterday I had a consultation appointment with the Winship Cancer Institute boutique about a “cranial prosthesis” (i.e., wig). I tried on several models and have come to the conclusion I really don’t think I’m a wig person. I think I’ll be exploring other options–like chemo scarves and, of course, hats. I never thought I was a hat person before either, though. Maybe I’ll end up going with “bald.” After all, Persis Khambatta as Lieutenant Ilia in Star Trek looked pretty hot…
One thing the consultant did say that hadn’t quite registered before: it’ll be over a year before my hair comes back. Of course it won’t just magically return at the length it is now once chemo finishes. It’ll take time to grow back and all. For some reason, I just hadn’t thought it through. Urg.
Here's what I did-- When my long hair started falling out I was more bothered by the hair everywhere than I ever expected to be, but maybe that's just me. That day I had my hair cut like it is in my icon. It took another couple weeks for it all to fall out. I used a lint roller a couple of times a day to "brush" my hair and pick up all that were falling out.
In the meantime I ordered six pre-tied cotton lyra headscarves from haircoverings.com . I've been really happy with them, but prefer to wear nothing-- my workplace is very traditional though and I didn't want to distract anyone. The tails on the scarves imitate the hair I'm used to having lying on my shoulders. I know that's a little strange, but for me it did help.
A friend of my mother's sent an untied scarf-- I'm not sure how she knew, but it's exactly the right size to tie it myself. So I think it would be easy to make headcoverings yourself if you had colors you wanted or fabric you wanted to use. I've tried a few sorts of hats and just didn't like them. I mean-- I love how they look but don't feel comfortable wearing hats at work or just around.
It is a huge thing to get over-- losing your hair. I've had long hair at least to the middle of my back since I was in middle school. I've been very surprised by a) how much I like the way I look with no hair and b) how much easier it is. I can shower in about 1/3 the time and don't have to dry or style... mornings are very easy which is good because chemo (and it turns out radiation) suck my energy.
My boss Mary had long luxurious hair. She went the long luxurious wig route with a baseball cap or bandana tied over it..but she also can't be seen without a fully made up face either.
Rock the bald, girl. Big flashy earrings. Red lips. That's what I'd do :D