I remember waking up to strands of hair on my pillow only a week after my first treatment. The AC combo was doing it’s job, just as my oncologist had predicted. I dreaded losing my hair. I think it made the diagnosis more real for me. I know everyone is different with their journey and for some losing their breasts is more impactful during the process of trying to fight breast cancer. I found losing my hair to be more emotionally disturbing. The morning I found the strands of hair I made a quick phone call to my friend and long time hair stylist Mia. She was at the salon that day and was able to get me in for a quick cut. I got dressed and drove over to the salon where I spent many past Saturday afternoon’s sipping sparkling water, reading gossip magazines, and chatting with the ladies. This day was quite different. It was a cold cloudy winter morning, perfect for my mood. I sat down with tears in my eyes and Mia, always so strong, said, “It will be ok.” I stared at my face in the mirror, not too long ago I sat in this chair to discuss with Mia hair do options for my wedding and now I was cutting it all off. She lifted a strand and as she did part of it fell out. We both looked at each other. I could tell she was trying to keep herself composed. She cut it off and at one point she said, “It is really falling out.” The hair was falling out of my scalp as she kept trying to cut it shorter. I felt terrible and I could tell this was a stressful thing for her to experience. I apologized profusely when she finished and she gave me a big hug. I made my way out the door of the chic salon and as I left I called, “Well..I will see you later!” Wait moment, it hit me that I was not sure when I would be back to see her. Would I ever step into a salon again? The idea sunk in and I felt an intense wave of emotion flow through me. A sense of who I was seemed to disappear. It seems odd to be so upset about having to be bald for a short time while fighting an ugly disease, better to have your life than a head of hair some might say. As I mentioned before, it made the entire process too real for me. I went home that afternoon and sulked in bed and watched television although I felt quite detached from the world depicted on the tv screen. I truly hated cancer. My hair did fall out pretty soon after and I would find myself wearing a wig with a hat on top since the top of the wig did not look ideal. Of course by the end of treatments I was wearing a scarf and did not care about the looks from people in stores or restaurants. It may have been needing to go to a medical supply boutique that made me feel quite separate from the world, and I did not feel trendy or hip to say the least. Today, after experiencing cancer twice, losing my hair twice within a year I feel that if there were more fun products to choose from maybe the shock of losing our hair will be not as tough to bear.I decided to write this blog about a very fun, California based company who makes headbands and turbans. I stumbled upon them while pursuing the internet. I fell in love instantly. I think it started with the name, The name of the brand is called, “I’m With The Band”. The idea behind the brand is to exude love, light, and beauty. The site has a whimsical vibe depicting long hair bohemian beauties adorned with turbans or headbands. Why do I want to introduce a company to women who are fighting breast cancer and are losing hair while the models on this site have long luscious locks? Well, this company is not geared specifically towards breast cancer survivors. I approached co-owner Kailee Steward and asked her if the headbands and turbans can be worn by survivors and she said of course! In fact, she said they are working on creating a scarf that covers the entire scalp. She did say how some could even be worn with wigs by wrapping the scarf or turban around the top. It will hid the odd areas like I had with mine. Of course a survivor can wear the headbands around the house to soften the look of having no hair. It would be wise to watch sun exposure outside but as hair is growing in the headbands can be worn to disguise the buzzed GI Jane look. I also had a point where my hair looked a bit curly and crazy during the growing out phase and there was nothing I could do about it, I think one of these would have worked well during that odd stage.
The unique quality about I’m with the Band is each headband is handmade and so a customer has almost a couture piece. The fabric varies from a chiffon to a stretch material and even includes velvet. They offer regular headbands that can be worn for working out at the gym to turban’s that can be worn to the beach, movies, or around town. I fell in love with the prints immediately and some are even sold out. The prints are chosen by the ladies who run the business and each piece shows the print in its own way. Each headpiece is almost made just for the one individual purchasing them and that is what every woman wants, to be an individual and not to see the same exact piece on someone else. I know that when I go out and I see an article of clothing on someone else that I own, it takes away the magic of that piece. These pieces are ideal for those who are going through breast cancer because they can help cover up the scalp and enhance a woman’s appearance in a fashionable bohemian way. The pieces are reasonable priced, they run about $28. Please check out their page and if you are interested in reading more about this brand check out their press link. The company has been featured in multiple blogs and even the Today Show! Here is their link and tell them d’curve sent you! www.im-with-the-band.com