What’s so special about a haircut you may ask? Well…February 24th, 2016 was the one year anniversary of my last chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. And it has taken a full year for my hair to grow back to a point that allows me to actually have a choice on the length. I’m kind of liking my shorter hairstyle, so after 18 months I had my first real haircut.
As my hair started growing back in, it was very curly – which was something new for this girl who has always had straight, fine hair. I mean, what do I do with it? My sister just laughed at me and said, “Welcome to the club!” She has had curly, thick hair always. Then, just as I was getting used to curly hair, and kind of liking it – it changed back…back to it’s original state of straight and fine.
Managing the changing moods of my hair was a reminder of how I can still battle with the world’s view of what a woman should look like. I can forget that the world’s definition of beauty is much different than God’s. “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight”. 1Pe 3:3-4
I think God is more concerned with my attitude and actions, and that His view of me is more important than the world’s. “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God”. 1Ti 2:9-10
Okay, back to my hair. I was told that it is fairly common for post-chemo hair to grow back curly. And that typically after about 6 months, the curly goes away and the hair goes back to it’s previous characteristics – not always, but often it does. I’m okay with that – I am going to be thankful for the hair I have, and I think I like it short…at least for now.
Through Him alone, Kam 🙂