Introduction by Dena:
I've been lucky enough that when my hair grew back after chemo it grew back in approximately 14 times thicker than it was before. I did a little research and discovered that it may be because only about 1/3 of your hair follicles are ever active at one time. Chemo therapy damages the hair follicles (causing the hair to fall out) and also sometimes activating some of the dormant follicles. Then, the follicles that were damaged by the chemo recover and voila! Thicker hair! While this may not be worth going through chemo (j/k - DEF NOT WORTH IT)
With that in mind, when I read an amazing list of cool tricks on The Listapp, I knew it would be something I should share on Leo with Cancer. Abigail was generous enough to write it up for me and let me post it here. She is the cutest! Not only are these tips amazing, I know other women who use them AND they also work great for women who are growing back/recovering from chemo hair loss, hormone related hair loss (pregnancy, hormone therapies, menopause - all can cause hairloss FML) and, damage from over-processing hair.
People ask me a lot about the method that I used to get extensions in my super short hair, so I also wanted to start this list with my own addition, because it's very similar to the "the fall" that Abigail talks about. However, I am a spoiled rotten princess with a mother who is a hairdresser so I got a custom one made just for me. Then, I had her attach that piece onto my head using non-damaging silicon beads, supplementing the bottom with more bead-in extensions. It also looks amazing for a shorter look, like these before and after shots I took. In addition to making the piece, a good stylist will also give you a better cut (no layers for thin hair!) and highlights to add visual weight and dimension (all one color looks flat, and can make hair appear even thinner...) The difference is startling.