In today’s Guest Room post, we want you to meet Nalie from Nalie.ca as she shares her hair re-growth story. A vibrant Montreal vlogger/blogger, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at twenty-four. “Like a lot of us in our twenties, I had big plans… and right now I have to sacrifice a lot to get back on my feet. But as soon as I do, trust me… this world has not seen the end of me!”
It is not vanity to become emotional over hair; hair matters to us – for many, it’s part of our identity, and so watching it grow back is almost like watching ourselves return after treatment. In this post, we hope you take away the same sense of resilience, vulnerability and joy we found in meeting Nalie. (She also wrote a great post on Look Good Feel Better, too!)
My Hair Evolution Post-Chemotherapy
It took me a while to want to go back and edit this video… because watching the old footage of my bald head and pale face made me feel sick again. I can’t believe that was ME! I swear I looked at myself in the mirror a dozen times a day, took tons of videos and selfies during my entire diagnosis. But only now, in retrospect… do I realize the damage my treatments had done. It’s like looking at a different person! Never did I see that reflection before. I always just saw… me!
A few things I did to accelerate my hair growth was to apply coconut oil and tea tree oil on my hair and scalp every night. I also juiced and ate a lot of greens to give my body the nutrients it needed to get back into shape.
My best advice for those going through it, never hide! Remember… it’s just temporary so be kind to yourselves! I was told to avoid mirrors… but instead I chose to face myself every day! I stared at my flaws and I’m happy they brought me down to a dark place. Because it is in this place that I was able to acknowledge my insecurities and confront them until they went away. And now, I see nothing but beauty…