I decided to embrace my hair loss as much as I could, instead of fighting it, so I shaved my head after my second chemo session. If you’re keeping track, that’s the day after my first date with Ilan and just after I started noticing hair loss. Taking intentional action definitely made me feel like I had a little more control over the situation.
In an intentional attempt to make it fun rather than traumatic though, I had two of my best friends come over to my house and set up shop with my mom there too. We laid a bed sheet on my kitchen floor, got the country music playing and set up a camera to capture everything.
It was a lot more fun than I anticipated. We decided to try various hairstyles throughout the process so we started with cutting my hair shoulder length, shaved a small part for that edgy look, made a mohawk and then eventually went all in with the final shave. We had a blast and I wasn’t even worried about the final result.
In the end, my head was shaped pretty well (thanks mom & dad for rotating me properly as a NICU baby!) but it was so incredibly white that I called myself a snow-capped mountain. Another possible traumatic experience turned into a fond memory and I’ll take that win!
Here are my top 5 tips to making shaving your head a more positive experience:
- Have your support system with you
- Enjoy your favorite genre of music
- Play around with different hairstyles as you keep cutting shorter
- Outfit changes to match the various hairstyles
- Capture the memories!
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