29 Weeks Post Chemo....Who Knew My Natural Hair Color Was So Dark?!

Certainly not me!  I’m continuously amazed at how dark my hair actually is as it fills in.  I guess I’m really not the natural blonde I’ve always claimed to be :)

It’s getting harder and harder to hide my fro new hair under my wig these days so I’ve started going without it more and more.  I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but the short hair is really starting to grow on me….a little anyways.

I don’t know if it’s the extreme heat we’ve been having in Charlotte the last two weeks.  I don’t know if it’s because I’ve gotten used to the short hair.  I don’t know if it’s because my self confidence is much higher than it was a few months ago (I feel like a normal sized human being again instead of the marshmallow man).  I don’t know if it’s because I receive no less than 10 “I love your hair” comments whenever I go without my wig (which is also a driver in building my self confidence….I’m not ashamed to admit I love receiving compliments!!).  Probably a combination of all of the above…but regardless…if I’m not at work, 95% of the time I’m without my wig now.

Every compliment I receive is almost always followed up by “your hair is so dark!”.  I’m no stranger to coloring my hair.  With my first set of highlights taking place in the 6th grade, my hair has been pretty much every shade on the blonde to brunette spectrum throughout the last 20 years….gravitating more towards the blonde end the last 5 years.

While I always thought my natural color classified me as a natural blonde….it is coming back much darker then I was anticipating.  I remember buying my wig and thinking how close to my natural hair color it was.  Now it’s a good couple of shades lighter then my real hair.  Which prompts the question, how soon is too soon to start highlighting my hair again??

Kidding!  I have no intentions of starting to color my hair anytime soon.  My hair still has an abundance of frizz as a result of my chemo drugs, so I’m not about to expose my new follicles to any unnecessary chemicals at this point.  I’ll just have to enjoy being a brunette for the time being.

And speaking of frizz, as my hair continues to grow and the humidity of summer in the south sets in, I’ve had to resort to buying some products to help tame it.  I was never a big fan of using products before chemo (outside of a few occasional squirts of hair spray), but without them my hair is more and more unruly as the days pass.  I’m on the verge of looking dangerously close to Richard Simmons if hair control measures are not put in place immediately.

With the threat of resembling the “sweat into the oldies” aerobics instructor, I made a few purchases this weekend.

My first purchase, and the only one I’ve tried so far, is Foxy Curls Hi-Def Curl Spray by Bed Head.  A product that is advertised to “upgrade your curls to HD and get highly defined, frizz-free, separated curls”.  While it definitely separates my curls, it also make my hair crunchy….much like hair spray would.  I guess the Curl Spray part of the product name should have given that away.  I’m not sure how much I’ll use this product….probably in situations where I’ll be in extreme humidity…or spending a day at a pool.

My second purchase was from the Aveda store and consisted of three different products.  The first was Be Curly Style Prep.  A product promising to add moisture and curl definition as it seals the cuticle, taming frizz all day.  It also makes styling curls easier and helps maintain them longer, while leaving hair soft, not “crunchy”.  I haven’t given this one a try yet, but it sounds promising!

The second product from the Aveda store was Be Curly Curl Enhancer.  This product promises to intensify curls, tame frizz, and heighten shine.  Reading through the description makes it sound very similar to the product above and now I’m wondering if maybe the sales woman saw my frizzy hair and the desperation on my face and took advantage of the situation!

The third and final product from Aveda was Light Elements Texturing Crème.  This product is designed to provide weightless texture with light hold for all hair types.

I’m going to try different combinations of my new goods over the next few weeks and will be sure to report back which ones work best for me.

I talked last week about how I signed up for the SkinnyGirl Fit of Bit online personal training program.  I’m really liking it so far.  The daily meal plans and work outs are so convenient!  And appear to be effective…I lost 1 ½ pounds last week.  It may be water weight because it’s been so darn hot here….but I’m going to think positive and attribute it to Melissa, my online personal trainer.

 Photos from 29 weeks post chemo are below…

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