Rave: Cancer Lesson #58: Prepare to be nicknamed Curly.
Great news! I’ve got hair! Okay, I admit, it probably only looks like that to me. In reality, it’s more like this:
Apparently, it’s not uncommon for hair to grow back dark and curly. In my case, it’s definitely more curly (used to only be wavy), some parts darker, and a whole lot grayer (darn!).
I’m not complaining (well, maybe a little). After all, I have hair again. I just wonder if it will stay curly, go straight, or go back to being wavy like it was before. According to one discussion board, it could go, er grow, a variety of ways. (http://community.breastcancer.org/topic/69/conversation/698807)
Funnily enough, I’m getting a lot of compliments on my hair these days. This is great, partly because I now have hair to compliment and partly because there’s not a darned thing I can do about the way it’s growing.
However, there are several articles online about how to care for “after-chemo” (such a nice phrase) curls. http://breastcancer.about.com/od/lifeaftertreatment/a/chemo-curl-care.htm will link you to About.com’s advice, and there’s a whole website called Naturally Curly.com (www.naturallycurly.com) with hints on handling curly hair. I learned about plopping, and I’m going to give it a try just as soon as my locks are long enough to plop.
I’ll keep you posted! Meanwhile, I’m getting used to looking like Little Orphan Annie. Hmmm … do you think I should dye my hair red?
mine came back solid gray & black (natural brown hair before), thinner than before, and sheep curly… I’m hoping the curl relaxes a bit as time goes by. The first photo expresses my feeling about it exactly! Well played, very well played.
Still, it’s hair!
Sheep curly is the perfect description. And you’re right. Although I feel like a bit of an oddball — like someone who got into her mother’s 1960s perm — I’m mainly just glad to have hair again.
Hey. Let’s watch those redhead comments.
Either YOU ARE a redhead or you aren’t… no in betweens
we have various…uh.. traits that are difficult for the UN-reds to acquire
and carry off with the same aplomb!
Oh, MaryLou, you know I’m just jealous! I’d love to be red!