Most women dread losing their hair and having to wear a wig during their treatment. It's really hard to accept losing such an integral part of your appearance and femininity - even if temporary. An added concern is how others will perceive that hair loss and treat you as a result of it. To add a fresh perspective to this important and sensitive subject, we conducted an interview with Cheri who's taken a refreshing attitude to wearing wigs, adding her own creative approach to making the experience more fun in light of a difficult situation.
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"In September of 2007, I married the girl of my dreams. Five months later, Jennifer was diagnosed with Stage 3B Breast Cancer." starts the story of an American couple's battle against breast cancer and how it changed both their lives forever. Following plenty of ups and downs in her cancer treatment, Jennifer unfortunately passed away but the photographs taken by her husband Angelo stand as a honest testament of what this part of their life was like and the beauty she has left behind to inspire others..
There’s truly lots of helpful information online regarding breast cancer awareness, but it often goes ignored for being either too deja-vu, medical or boring. We strongly believe in the role design plays in getting the right message across so we spent a few days looking online for the most creative samples out there. Below are a few of our favorites and feel free to share them with others or print them out to serve as reminders when needed:
Check out more from our collection of creative self-check tips and references here. We’ll keep adding to it along the way and if you have spotted some interesting breast cancer awareness flyers, campaigns or ads, please share with us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting directly on our Facebook page.
Poly, a talented singer and songwriter making a huge bang in the Lebanese music scene, knows how to stand out. Besides her vivacious stage presence, you’ll seldom catch her without one of her funky wigs – even on a regular day when she’s not performing.
One Wig Stand took a few minutes from Poly’s busy schedule to conduct this small one-on-one interview to get to know her (and her wigs, of course) a little bit better:
1. What’s with all the wigs? Tell us about your obsession with wearing them.
First off, I want to say that my wigs are not natural.
For me the point of wearing a wig is not about trying to make people believe that I have natural, colorful, awesome, funky hair – I wear them literally because I can. I used to get bored with my hairstyles very easily. I think having braids was the only hairstyle that took months for me to get over, so instead of messing up my hair every week with new colors and cuts, I figured, why not wear wigs? That way I can change colors and cuts whenever I want.
My wigs are an expression of my moods or what I’m feeling that day.
That’s why I’m called Poly; I have different sides of me and I have a wig for each of those sides! The wig world is a limitless one.
2. When did you first start wearing wigs?
Less than a year ago when I took out my braids.
3. How many wigs do you currently own?
Around 25, but I don’t always use all of them..
4. How do you choose which wig to wear during your performances?
To be honest, I rarely plan ahead when it comes to what I’m wearing, including the wig I’ll be wearing, which is something that really annoys my designer Farah Hourani! But I just want the way I look on stage to completely express the way I’m feeling that day (or week) so we usually grab a bunch of outfits and wigs and then we mix-and-match them backstage before the concert!
5. Where do you purchase or get your wigs from?
I get my wigs from Hair & More in Sin El-Fil but I always find a way to recreate them or cut them. My friend, and co-songwriter, Carl Ferneine once decided to play around with my purple ponytail and made it into my fauxhawk.
6. How do you take care of the wigs?
I brush and wash them, but I don’t take care of them nearly as much as I should..
7. Do you have a wig stand?
Yes I do! Waking up next to plastic heads wasn’t very pleasant in the beginning so I had to move all my wigs and heads to what we now call “The Wig Room”.
8. How do others respond to your wearing wigs?
Mostly I get people asking me if the wig is natural or not, and my typical answer is “It never is.. “ Or I’ll get people asking me why I’m wearing wigs and where I get them from. The intense staring never gets old of course, but that doesn’t stop me from experimenting with my wigs and fashion.
9. Do you wear them on a daily basis outside of your performances or public appearances? If so, please share why.
I wear my wigs whenever I feel like it – which is 80% of the time. It’s not just for entertainment purposes. For me, it’s like wearing a funky hat, or an accessory. I love my natural brown curly hair but I just get bored.
And basically, why not?
10. Have you met others who wear wigs for other reasons (such as breast cancer patients) and can you now tell when someone is wearing a wig?
I actually haven’t met anyone in person that wears wigs (for any reason), but yes, sometimes I can tell when someone is wearing a wig.
Don’t let all the wigs intimidate you – Poly’s one of the sweetest performers you’ll ever meet. Not only is Poly a singer and fashionista, but she’s a passionate human rights activist who supports causes close to heart. Who knows? Perhaps our unified obsession with wigs might bring forth an interesting collaboration for breast cancer awareness with the up-and-rising star in the future!
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“This October has a whole new meaning for me. October, as many of you know is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and up until 2011, it has had much less of an impact on me. I have always been a fan of pink but I am certainly more conscious of it now. Wearing my pink wig to chemo meant I was a supporter of all women (and men) going through breast cancer but it also represented me kicking cancer’s ass. Now, when I see someone wearing a pink ribbon, I feel supported or feel like I have some connection with that person because he or she has felt the effects, whether it was directly or indirectly, of breast cancer.” - Katie from The Bald & The Beautiful
We came across Katie’s recent post and had to share it. As October comes to close, it’s also a time to reflect about what all the pink ribbons and awareness campaigns are about. Why are we wearing pink and what drives everyone to support this cause? Is it a trend? Are we truly conscious of who the companies behind the campaigns are helping and why? Some food for thought as you put on a pink ribbon this month and make sure your doing it for the right reasons above all.
We highly recommend you read Katie’s (one of our newest favorite bloggers) latest post Pinktober where she goes more in-depth about the topic and how the pink ribbon phenomenon is affecting her as a survivor:
“Some think that the pink ribbon has taken away from the severity of it all, that being represented by a cute little, pink, perfect ribbon doesn’t represent breast cancer properly or the way it should. Wrapping breast cancer up in a pink ribbon can give the impression that it’s not as severe as other cancers.. The pink ribbon has a whole new significance to me but the way I see it; we need to educate the general public about the consumerism of the pink ribbon, the importance of knowing how your donation is being allocated and the true meaning of awareness.” - Katie
We couldn’t agree more. Thank you Katie for sharing your insight on the topic. For anyone reading this, we’d love to hear your thoughts too on “Pinktober” and how this month has affected you.
We’ll be posting Katie’s story soon on One Wig Stand. Keep posted!