So, rewind five months when I was diagnosed as having breast cancer and after the initial shock, it was not till I started the chemotherapy in January that I realised that maybe I would be going through a number of changes in my image and the biggest would be hair loss.
The Royal Marsden where I am receiving the treatment offered me a session with a make up company which I did and was chuffed with that as I met some really nice ladies. They also offered me an appointment with the wig consultant but that was not something I wanted to consider at that point and I lost the number.
So, off I went to see Paul at Kensington Hair care having been recommended him by my dear friend, Sarah D and I started my journey with him.
My initial meeting was after my operation when I couldn’t even wash my hair so I had a couple of hair washes and blow dry’s to make me feel good.
After chemo one, my hair started to fall out and in fact I lost 70% of my hair even though to the outside world it probably looked no different, as I had very thick hair and being tall not many people could see my bald patch. But I knew the bald patch was their and I knew my hair was thinning so it was not always overly helpful when people told me I was lucky with what I had – lucky but I was going through the treatment not them and I had always had thick hair so it was an emotional change in image that I had to deal with.
I do count myself extremely lucky in this journey as I am now half way as the only side effect that I have experienced has been the hair loss and not only on my head but I look at that as a saving on razors!
After chemotherapy two, I decided to have my hair cut and created the new look.
Then over a period of 7 to 10 days it all started to change, as I went from blond to dark grey, to light grey and then I went from straight to curly, to ultra curly so it was always a standing joke with Hubert and great excitement when I woke up to know what it would – the unknown.
My hair also changed as during all this I was advised to use baby shampoo so my hair is all soft, as I refer to bum fluff texture (no comments please). I also couldn’t use a hair dryer though I have to confess the odd time I did as my head got cold with the bald patch on top and I am not really a woolly hat girl though I have succumb.
The hair loss did it effect my chemotherapy and the use of the cold cap, well after chemo three and them changing my cap, I swore never again as the headaches were intense afterwards and the iceless that formed after it was removed on my head were unbearable. However, I did endure the cap again for chemo four last week but had a ceremonial goodbye or even good riddance to the cold cap as I will NOT be wearing that again, that side of vanity has run its cause with me.
So, I have gone to the next stage of hair cut.
I preparing myself for the inevitable and what Paul did say was that my hair on the neckline and top of my head was fine like baby hair and had not grown in the five weeks but the hair on the sides and front crown had grown like a weed as normal, so who knows what I am going to expect as I continue the next four sessions of my new chemo regime.
But what has helped me the most through this process, is that Paul is working with me to make me feel good and more importantly look good. I am lucky that I have had short hair before and in fact prefer it and by going short in stages, if I end up as bald as a coot I am not going to be freaked out. However saying that, I hope that doesn’t happen and have a few nice Hermes scarves on the ready that my Mum had.
In fact, when I was at the salon on Saturday we talked about dying it and covering the grey and I said that would have to wait till after Radiotherapy but if I have no hair maybe we dye my head anyway. He thinks I am mad but you have to have a sense of humour and his professional approach and knowledge of face shapes and what works has made this journey of hair loss a lot less scary.
So, if you are going through chemotherapy and don’t know how to go through the transition of the different looks, please take a look at Kensington Skincare and speak to Paul as he has been my hero and I still have a way to go.