Anthonys wife Bonnie is a breast cancer warrior and caring pink sister, currently in active treatment herself… battling stage 3 triple positive disease. As such Anthony knows and sympathizes with the outward and inward toll that losing your hair on top of an already stressful diagnosis can take and is experienced with the very best way to ease the initial stress of the process and give tips to maintain short haircuts until they grow back again, which it will… Bonnies hair has recently already started growing again even during treatment!
If you do not have your own scissors and/or clippers on hand and would prefer the assistance of a caring professional to help you through the transition Anthony is offering several mobile options provided in the comfort of your home from a short style to a head shave, or a cut taken down in stages.
It is a personal choice how to handle chemo hair loss, it can feel very powerful to have some control over managing it by taking control of your situation even before the first strands fall sporadicly. Losing your hair is hard, but having to visit a hair salon or barber to have your hair buzzed down in public with the prying eyes of others can maybe add to the stress, possibly making it feel more traumatic then it needs to be. A shorter haircut or head shave in the comfort and privacy of your own home can relieve some of the initial stressors of this change and give you time to accept the temporary loss. Some clients choose to include others and make and share as a memorable bonding moment or even host a small party together and this at home service accommodates having your complete privacy or having family and friends there for support if you so choose to.
Let safety and sanitation be of no concern… Anthony works very professionally, is fully licensed, insured, and follows all of the strict health department personal service protocols. He has a clear record and obtained a copy of his VSC vulnerable sector check that is available upon your request. All of his tools and instruments are completely cleaned and sanitized between clients… shears, scissors, clippers, combs. He changes into indoor only shoes, has received his Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters, arrives with clean sanitized hands and additionally wears a mask wherever one is preferred.
There is no mess left behind to clean afterward up as he provides all the tools needed to clean the workspace as part of the full white glove service. Anthony prides himself on our attention to detail and excellent customer service, and is committed to building lasting relationships with all of his clients.
***A portion of the profits from these particular haircuts for cancer services is set aside for a planned year end donation to support the cancer centre, that Anthonys wife Bonnie attends.
”Short Haircuts with Scissor or Clipper” your choice of either a short scissor style or a clipper cut that buzzes the hair down to one short more manageable length. Hair length is completely your choice. (30 min)
“Stages” is a one time visit that includes the barber offering you up to three different haircuts, cutting your hair down in stages. This is an option where you may choose to include friends and family to gather, take pictures, and make it a special celebration. (1.5 hours)
L@@K below for some hair tips to help get you through big changes as well as the transition times… need answers to other hair or wig buying or care related questions please email!
GST/HST TAXES INCLUDED. I keep my promises so please keep your appointments…but if you must, a 24 hour cancellation notice is kindly required
A Few Chemo Hair Tips From a Caring Pink Sister:
The best thing you can do... is take control!
In whichever way ”you”feel most comfortable.
Don't let the chemo force your hair to fall out in clumps within the first three weeks, do it for your peace of mind and cut it down ahead of time. Do not worry your pretty head, I know It’s a hard thing to when having so much stress thrown at us all at once, but hair grows back... remember that and getting rid of this poison trying to hurt us and take up residence in our bodies comes first!
You have options…
-You or a close family member could use a pair of clippers with a #1 or #2 clip to cut it down yourself at home or in stages starting with the longest clip with week or so in between if you’re more comfortable.
-Do not “shave” your head yourself too closely if you've already started chemo as there is more risk of infection if you happen to nick your scalp.
-Choose to cold cap, ask your oncologist if its an option for your chemo. (It does not always work for everyone or their type of treatment)
-Wear wigs…find one that reminds you of your natural hair colour and style if possible or go crazy and get a pink one or be a blonde for awhile, or don't wear a wig at all! (I have not worn my wigs nearly as often as I thought especially while in active treatment.)
If interested in purchasing a wig somewhere however budget does not permit please note that the Canadian Cancer Society lends out wonderful real hair wigs for free or check your cancer centre for what has been recently donated.
-Get a temporary, henna, (or real) tattoo on your head, wear scarves, hats...maybe have someone to teach you how to do some of the scarf wraps that have become so popular... wear a baseball cap...
Personally, I love to wear slouch beanie caps as they are very comfortable and over the winter my head got cold even inside. Sometimes when Igoing out somewhere I will put on some extra makeup and big earrings... or a colourful wig under my beanie cap, many other days I do neither and slouch around in my beanie cap.
Do nothing! Do what feels right and what works for you!
A lint roller is a very handy item to have on hand to catch the loose hairs as the hair sheds no matter the length. Sometimes you may feel your scalp is sensitive from the hair loss, baby shampoo is an excellent choice to use on it every other day as is rubbing your scalp with rosemary mint oil. I have also found sleeping with a silk cap or on a silk pillowcase is very comforting.
Just remember no matter what you decide: hair does grow back, it can feel really slow one day, then seemingly the next your in awe of all the hair that has already grown back so fast, try to take one day at a time and not think too far ahead. The break from shaving daily or maintaining the rouge facial hairs was a real treat for me. Headbands are a great accessory that work fantastic in the odd in between stages of regrowth or even as a trick to hold your wig on a lil tighter if you so choose!
I used a colour depositing shampoo to add some pink highlights to my hair as it’s growing back in a bit whiter then it once was… a little colour (if permitted) can instantly lift and brighten your mood whether its a wig or your actual regrowth!
Bottom line: Give your self some grace and remember you do not need to impress others by covering up your hair loss or how you feel …and do not be afraid to ask others for help when you need it! If any of you are like me, there will be times during your cancer journey that may be truly reflective and or triggering in many ways as well. I just want to encourage you through this time of healing during and after the effects of treatment so you can experience more inner peace.
It was one more thing I did not have control of so decided to have my husband Anthony cut it down in shorter stages each week until he finally just shaved it off. It was actually not as bad as initially imagined. I even cracked jokes and laughed along the way then cried like a baby a day or two later after the shock wore off; but for me it was the right decision. I felt so empowered and fierce like I had my power back and was finally in control of some aspect of myself again.
Wishing each and every one of you the same type of empowering moments along your journey in whatever you decide. Remember every one of us is different and what ever you do is right. Hugs sister.💗
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