If you’ve stumbled across this then I’m assuming you’re going through the same thing as me. Dealing with life after cancer. I am 22 years old and read up like crazy during treatment about what my hair would be like when it started growing back. I read so much about the “chemo curl” but since my hair was fairly curly before, I thought oh maybe mine will grow back straight! Wrong- it grew back even curlier than before! So here I am, 6 months out of treatment trying to figure out what the heck to do with this fro ball of a head. So here’s what I did:
- Went to my hair dresser and had him trim up the sides and the back. I was in between having a grandma haircut and a mullet- so the trim was much needed. Be sure that your hair dresser knows what they’re doing though, and do not let them shave your hair or use texturizing scissors. That will completely mess up the texture of your hair and you will not be happy.
- Decided that headbands are my best friend. Although my hair looked SO MUCH better after the trim, I still feel like the sides get a little out of control when trying to grow it out so I love using headbands to shape my head a little more (pictured below).
- Find a good, heavy, styling paste. I am using a styling paste from a hair product called Monat and it’s working really well. It is heavy enough and I put that in my hair while it is still wet to help with the little frizzies.
- Mess around with it! I was so used to being able to leave my hair curly or straighten it whenever I wanted before, so I went on amazon and bought a mini straighter. Yes they do exist! It was only $12 and it works great so I figured why not.
So basically what I have learned so far is that messing with a mini straightener is fun and I love the look of a tamed wave from using it, but I don’t want to spend that much time trying to do short hair everyday. I’m practicing patience and reminding myself this is temporary and no matter how slow it feels at times, this hair is growing out. So for now, I’ll stick to my headbands with my curly hair and straighten it every now and then when I want a little something different.
First two pictures below are both sides of my hair after I used my mini straightener on it.
This is what my chemo curls look like (sorry only recent picture I had), with one of my favorite headbands (also found on amazon for super cheap).