Our appearance is a reflection of many things. It can reveal our sense of self worth, represent a culture, or even reflect a state of mind. But our hair? Our hair can be that, and so much more. In many ways, a woman’s hair represents her strength. It amplifies her sense of self and attraction. However, our conception of hair and its role has evolved to the point that even a lack of it has meaning. These locks do not bind us. Willingly cutting or shaving one’s hair and defying convention are ways through which we exert control over our lives, and influence the perception of what is beautiful.
One of the most crippling aspects of cancer is that it robs women of their hair. Chemotherapy treatments are harsh, and it seems like the worst part of trying to be a fighter through such an ideal is looking in the mirror and not recognizing the contender. It is one thing to choose to alter your hair, but to be stripped of that choice is one of the things that makes this ordeal one of the most trying experiences a woman can endure.
We have an opportunity to lend a helping hand to those that could use one. The Pantene Beautiful Lengths Fund has dedicated itself to helping women battle cancer by donating real-hair wigs at no cost to them. I am happily spreading the word about the Pantene Beautiful Lengths #8or8 Challenge, launching today, and hope you will too. A donation of 8 inches or 8 dollars can go a long way to restore a sense of normalcy and confidence to a woman whose circumstances have caused her to lose both. In partnership with Pantene Beautiful Lengths, we can do more than give our fellow sisters their strength back. We can remind them that they’ve had it all along.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
If you were diagnosed with cancer, would you be more concerned about your life or the physical effects of cancer?
What role does hair play in your level of confidence?