Chemo hair is really #annoying – and don’t we know it! Chemo hair refers to hair that has been meticulously preserved by using what’s called the ‘scalp cooling system’. To be thinking about one’s hair regularly throughout the day is somewhat a tedious and emotionally consuming job.
Is it windy outside? Bun it. Raining? Hat me up! And be sure to tell me when you plan to close the sunroof so I can wrangle in my ‘wild hair’ that I might add, enjoys some good old peddle-to-the-metal action! Yep, I’ve lost some precious strands of hair in the most ludicrous of situations – not in the shower, and not while brushing or styling as one would expect.
Here are my tips to save your strands!
- Beware the gloss girls! I created the mantra ‘it’s all about gloss’ many moons ago. It was the one item in the makeup bag that was always ahead of the queue. ‘Beware the gloss’ seems much more fitting these days. Going in for the hug and ‘mwah’ upon greeting your glossed-up friend can be quite the hazard! Upon instant lip-to-hair contact the hair succumbs to the claws of gloss, leaving you to try and salvage those few precious strands that are coated in what seems like some unrelenting glue from your craft classes back in the late ‘80s.
- Keep It Clear! Always remember to clear your shoulder of any hair (strand by strand if you have to) before placing your bag strap over, otherwise, unsuspecting hair will be literally, locked down, and like me, you’ll have that mortifying moment when you realise that a few strands of hair have ‘pinged’ from my sensitive scalp and are sunning themselves freely across my back! The bag culprits are usually the big ones, which I like to refer to as my ‘workhorses’, the contents of which would keep not only myself (but a friend too) alive and happy in the jungle for at least two weeks.
- Be mindful of the big, the bad and the BUSHY! Overgrown rose bushes have recently had my full and undivided attention! These unassuming, delightful bushes that are home to my favourite flower, enjoy ‘hanging out’ and snatching hair from all angles (and I’m not joking!). On a recent lazy, Sunday morning stroll along a narrow footpath with my best friend to break our fast turned into a scene from a comedy skit, as my hair become entangled around some thorns. Who would have thunk it! That flora would be on my hair preserving black list?! It might only be a few strands here and there but it all counts, believe me. City of Stonnington – get pruning please!
- Zip it! I LOVE wearing a high neckline, but there can be danger associated with this in the way of small buttons and/or zips. Many a time I’ve had the oh-so-fine neckline hair caught in a zip or entangled around a button which has required some serious microsurgery, with more times than I care to say, having to call in a random assistant for some much-needed help! Another could-have-been-avoided encounter!
I’d love to hear some of your hair-today-gone tomorrow stories and any tips you have!