But since chemo stopped it's been left in peace to grow. And it has! Phew. And now, on 27th May, I am booked in for my first post-cancer and post-chemo hair cut.
To be honest, I'm feeling a bit stressed about it although it desperately needs to be done. I took these photos a couple of weeks ago. I tried to make it as best as possible. I even smiled in one photo! But I'm really not happy. I don't want short hair and I don't want to look like a boy.
I have decided I've fallen in love with Natalie Portman.
In 2005, for the film V for Vendetta (which I have not watched because it sounds mean and scary) Natalie had her head shaved. Full on buzz cut. Here it is! I expect that this act has made her (or her hair, at least) an object of obsession for many a chemo-girl around the world since.
The thing about Natalie Portman of course is, she's absolutely stunning. And it turns out she has a nicely shaped head. (One of the reasons I knew I couldn't EVER go out as a baldy and why I stuck with the cold cap is because I know I have a wonky head.)
Anyway, back to the point. She had her head shaved! Which means chemo-ravaged women like me get to search the internet for photos of what happened next with her hair.
First it was fuzzy. Because she is Natalie Portman though, she still looks beautiful. (Also, of course - she didn't lose eyelashes and eyebrows to chemo - always helps with the whole "not looking like a cancer patient" thing.)
Ooh looky - it's getting longer here......
And then.... I can't find any more. She suddenly seems to have long hair again. So I guess she didn't bother with the awkward in-between stage and got hair extensions instead? Good for her. So might I.
Although if anyone finds any pictures that show otherwise I'd love to see them!
So, I'm going to print these off, take them with me to the hairdressers on the 27th, and demand they give me whichever Natalie Portman haircut they can manage with what I've got. And then if it doesn't stress me out too much, I might ditch the wig and go out in public with my actual hair from now on. I honestly don't know yet which is going to be worse, but I really am sick to death of the effing wig.
So now I am going to start shopping for lots of pretty headbands and slides as part of my efforts to look more Pixie and less Boy.