Losing your hair to chemo is a pretty dramatic event. There is the huge sense of loss, the struggle with identity and beauty and then there is the great decision as to what to wear, if anything to cover your bald head. Perhaps if I had a really beautifully shaped head I would have gone around bald – some women do just look so darn good bald. But I also think it shows a lot of confidence to walk around bald. This article is about an amazing woman who went one step past bald. She lives in Arizona where the oppressive heat helped her to make her decision not to wear any kind of wig or head covering. But then she got creative and, with the help of her son-in-law, an artist, sported art on her head. He would draw on some beautiful design in non-toxic Crayola markers which would last a week before she would get another. I just love the creativity and confidence of this woman. Head art opened up a new way to engage with strangers that didn’t focus on her as a victim.
Of course once I twigged to this possibility, I started searching for more examples of this wonderful idea.
Apparently there are henna artists, who will create henna crowns for people who’ve lost their hair. These are elaborate and gorgeous designs that really make use of the head as a canvas. Here are a couple of interesting related links:
At the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan, they do head art with kids to help them cope with losing their hair:
And then for those women who just go bald and proud, here is a review of a beautiful portrait book of bald women called Turning Heads: Portraits of Grace, Inspiration and Possiblities