It’s really pretty incredible the capabilities God gave our bodies.
A year ago I couldn’t have really predicted what state my hair would be in at this point. But here I am exactly one year later and I have very curly hair that is quite a bit darker than it ever has been before.
I have yet to need a haircut, but have done a lot of research on who will cut my hair when I finally do get to that stage.
I began using the curly girl method for taking care of my hair as soon as I realized it was going to be curly and have really enjoyed this method. If you have curly hair and struggle with it, I definitely recommend starting with the book “Curly Girl: The Handbook.” The book is very well written and easy to follow. The authors, give us an up close view of each different type of curl (yes, there are several) and the methods to which each responds best. The biggest changes curly girls usually need to make are ditching conventional shampoos and conditioners, in favor of those that are natural and do not contain any non-water soluble ingredients, switching to a non-terry cloth type towel (I actually use an old athletic shirt), and no straightening. My scalp and hair haven’t had a drop of shampoo or conventional conditioner on them since I lost my hair to the effects of chemo 14 months ago. My new hair is healthy and I can tell! I am learning to really embrace this new me.
I guess since this new hair is probably here to stay, I should update my avatars all over the internet at some point!
Short, curly hair is actually a bit deceptive. It’s quite a bit longer and fuller than it appears. I tried to capture some of that in these photos. The bulk of my hair is actually about 5 inches in length when curls are uncoiled from my scalp!
The status of my eyebrows is a sad affair, though. I really think they are about at their max for returning, but they’re not what they use to be. Still quite thin and so light in color they they are almost unnoticeable. So, unless that changes, they get painted on (it’s actually just eye shadow!) everyday.
My eyelashes seem to also be about at their max, but they’ve come back in fairly well. I’m happy to just throw some mascara on my natural lashes now and not have to take time to apply false lashes.
I am so incredibly thankful that I no longer look sick. I think that was one of the hardest parts of this battle I’ve been fighting, looking like I had cancer even on the days I didn’t feel like I had cancer.