As you guys know, Iv been doing PRP Hair treatment for a while now, and I’m constantly bombarded with questions about hair fall and about hair thinning etc etc. I thought its about time we put our life (and hair- as thin and falling it may be)  into perspective and hear from someone close to me who has bigger battles to fight than the trivial  stuff we go through . Over to someone I call Gunna Maasi ( if you have been following my blog you may remember my ‘Ladies Sangeet‘ that she organised for me and is labelled Maasi #1 in the photo there :) )

Second from right: Before the Chemo began

“Hair – probably the most advertised, talked about or discussed accessory for women.  I have been living with and without this accessory for the last 5 years through 7 lines of chemo. I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in November 2012 at the age of 46 and a very regular client of my hair-stylist!

As any other woman, hair has had its place in my life – I have spent enough hours cutting, preening, colouring and even applying magical concoctions (Kamini Aunty!). The experience of seeing it all go in a short span of time is indeed one that requires deep-breathing. Personally, it has not bothered me so much- I can still chat about bad hair days and blah blah in a roomful of women. Sometimes I even forget that I don’t have hair so technically can’t have a bad hair day . The rare occasions that I visit the parlour, I notice women shying away from eye contact even as they spend hours getting theirs coloured or styled. Wish I could say it aloud , “It’s okay! I am ok with my bald head and I think your streaks look great too!!”

Hair begins to fall

And its gone

Strangely when you are told about the ‘terrible’ side-effects, the first one to be mentioned is ‘hair loss”. And I have seen co-patients distress over their missing hair much more than their life-threatening disease!! It’s amazing to overhear long discussions about the return of the locks. Most women plead with doctors to ‘save’ their hair rather than life! It’s a documented fact that hair loss as part of cancer treatment has the most devastating effect on patients. Now what makes us get so attached to –hair? While the attention is always on the bald pate, one loses ALL body hair during chemo.  Eyelashes are the most cumbersome – as eyes feel watery and sticky all the time.

Whilst I have never ever had healthy or thick hair – the no-hair look does take a while to get used to. But I was sure of one thing – I was not going to wear a wig! I found them too wearisome and kind of constricting- so I embraced the bald head , travelled the world whenever chemo would allow and ignored the unusual looks people usually give.  .

Hair Returns

Anyways, the other big change that happened when the hair did return was a completely white mane. For someone who has been told their entire life how young they look,  having an all white head took a while to adjust to but I decided to keep it the way it is mostly driven by the fact that beginning to colour would add a headful to the already ‘heady’ life ! After all its Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow !!!

 

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