Henna crowns

What do you do when you loose your hair from chemotherapy?  Get a henna crown of course!  I had it done twice during my chemo treatment in 2018.

Within a couple weeks of my first treatment my hair started to fall out.  Not wanting to have chess board patches I asked a friend to shave it off.  I was left with a slight fuzz on top as we didn’t want to get too close to the scalp. I attended a Headwrappers session and bought some hats, turbans and scarves but, like a wig, they just didn’t feel like me.

Inspired by a Benefit's Bold is Beautiful popup, I decided to shave my head and have a henna crown.  Feeling apprehensive about getting my head shaved at my usual salon I found a Toni and Guy salon that had signed up to the Strength in Style scheme.  From booking through to the appointment, they were great. There was no awkwardness, the lovely Nicole was able to talk to me about my treatment, how my hair had fallen out and give advice on how best to look after my bald head and about regrowth.  

Now for the fun part, the henna crown.  I was recommended fresh sojat henna cone with lavender essential oil, a henna for sensitive skin from Bharati at Artistchenna.  With the lavender, the henna smelt amazing.  I arranged for some girlfriends to come over one afternoon to make an event of it and for 90 mins I tried my best to sit still, while Bindya worked her magic and somehow designed a symmetrical pattern reminiscent of a 1920's crotchet cap!  I'm in awe at her ability to freestyle a design, how steady her hand was and at the intricacy of the pattern. 

Realising that my hair would start to grow back following the end of my chemo treatment, I decided to embrace the baldness and went as far as to commission a design for a second henna crown!  I drew on my kiwi heritage and Bindya incorporated the koru mangopare, a symbol of new beginnings and strength into the second design.  Once again her talent and skill blew me, and my mother, away.

You can contact Bindya directly via Pattern Lounge on Etsy, or add a comment and I can put you in touch with her.


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