Three out of the three chemo drugs I’m on list hair loss as a side effect. Now, although my thin, straight, fine hair may not be thick and luscious, but it was mine. I liked it. When it started falling out in clumps everywhere (after the 2nd session of chemo), I did the reasonable thing and had it buzz cut. I bought a wig, thinking I could still look reasonably normal at work. It’s a nice wig. It sits on it’s little stand on the table in my room, looking lovely. The problem is, I only lasted an hour with it on my head.
The part of my research I seem to have overlooked was that hair falling out can make your head very sensitive. By the time I got to work the first day with the wig (a one hour bus ride), I had a huge headache and knew the day was not going to work. I promptly went to the hospital gift shop, bought a scarf, and thanks to the YouTube videos I had already watched, tied it on as securely as possible and took my newly decorated self to the office.
I am blessed to work in a place where diversity is the name of the game. We have beautiful ladies with many different religious and cultural backgrounds covering their heads for a variety of different reasons. As a white chic, most people who are going to ask look at my scarf and figure I’m having chemo. Some of the other beautiful ladies have asked where I learned to tie these wraps because they like them.
I found a lot of ideas (most of them braver ones than I’m ready to try) on Wrapunzel Ladies. These lovely Jewish ladies cover their heads for religious purposes, and make it look feminine, beautiful, colorful, and kind of fun. They have many tutorials on You Tube, as well as a blog. I am grateful to them for showing me how to do this so it feels like a choice and not so much like a sentence.