I’m finally posting about shaving my head during chemo – apologies it’s taken so long!
My last post was on the hair cut I had before I started chemo. I’d decided that since I might end up losing all of my hair, I would cut it as short as I could bear so that there would be less to lose.
During my first and second chemotherapy treatments, I did have a go at the cold cap which is used to try and prevent hair loss. It worked for the first cycle but by the second one, a lot was coming out on top so I decided to bite the bullet and get my head shaved.
It felt good to do and made me feel like I was keeping the control – I was losing my hair on my own terms rather than waiting for the day the final strand fell.
I’ll be honest though, it’s still taking some getting used to! I don’t feel upset about it though and it’s lovely to spend less time getting ready in the morning!
I decided not to shave it myself but to go to see Rick and Peter who run Wig Boudoir in Georgetown, Newcastle NSW. They are fabulous – just the loveliest guys who work with an array of clients including those who suffer hair loss through chemo and alopecia.
I had already had a consultation with them (they don’t charge for this!) and had purchased a wig so now was the time to get my head shaved which also meant I could get my wig cut to fit and suit me properly too.
I shook all of the way to the salon and there were tears that morning. I sat down in the chair and told them both how upset I was and to expect a meltdown. They were amazing, so lovely and gentle and allowed me to take my time.
Rick got the clippers out and explained that he would shave the back first, then the sides, the top and finally the front – so that it was a slow process I could gradually get used to it rather than have a big shock of being suddenly bald.
Something a bit weird happened. As the shaver touched my head it seemed to stop my nerves in a flash. I felt empowered and…happy! I was excited to see what I was going to look like with a shaved head – I was actually looking forward to it!
As the shaver did its work and the hair fell to the floor, I felt freer with every drop.
It took about 20 minutes for me to go from Mim, to Miley Cyrus to Sinead O’Connor and finally to the new Mim. The Mim for now – the Mim who will face this treatment with a smile and a little less hair!
Mr M was there to video the shave and complimented me through the whole thing. We all laughed and I didn’t feel like crying once!
After that, on came my new wig – it’s the Amore Stevie wig. I bought it to be cut shorter as it was very long but I wanted a style and colour that was as close to my natural hair as possible. It’s a double-monofilament wig and looks very natural at the roots and can also be parted any way I want it and it will stay in place.
Peter is an amazing hairdresser with so much experience in cutting and styling wigs too and he knew exactly how to cut exactly to my requirements.
It was a bit weird to sit there with a new head of hair – but I loved it!
I left Wig Boudoir with less real hair, a lovely new wig on and a million times happier than I felt in ages.
This was all down to the absolute loveliness and kindness of Peter and Rick at Wig Boudoir and I just cannot recommend their services and themselves highly enough. I was recommended to see them from so so many people, including my Oncology team – you don’t get a higher recommendation than that! You can find out all about their fabulous services here.
So, for those of you who would like to see the big shave – click here!
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Disclosure: I paid for my beautiful new wig myself and I cannot recommend Wig Boudoir highly enough!