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Why I Should’ve Shaved My Hair Before it Landed on My Pillow

Thank you Cindy for sharing your hair loss story on our blog in support of our Brave Shave services for anyone facing hair loss to treatment.

 Here’s Cindy’s story..

Nineteen year ago, I, like so many of you, got the devastating news, ” I have Cancer”. I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and had an immediate hysterectomy. I was also told by my oncologist that I would go through chemotherapy and I would lose my hair.

I, being a vein women, whom liked her hair, found that to be as big of a loss as hearing the words   “You have Cancer”. What would I look like without hair? What would my husband and children think when they saw me? What was this all doing to my life? So many questions raced through my head.

I began chemotherapy, and chose not to cut my hair. After round one, I didn’t lose my hair and I thought “this isn’t going to happen to me, maybe it won’t fall out”. After round two I began seeing hair in my brush. It was a Saturday morning and I woke up to a pillow covered with hair. My hairdresser was out of town, and I was devastated.

After many tears and panic, my husband call my sister and she called Anne of Anne’s Wig Shop. She was very kind and met met at 8:30 AM to shave my head. As sad as I was there was a huge since of
relief, and now I could concentrate on my health and not my hair.

When I came home my family was sitting there and the first thing they did was rub my head. It was an amazing feeling to know they loved me for me and not my hair.

I wish there had been something like a Tenaciously Teal Brave Shave so many years ago. It would have been comforting to have a party planned by a group that had experienced what I was going through, and had advice for me going forward, which would’ve been one less thing to worry about.

The gift of a Brave Shave from Tenaciously Teal is something everyone should embrace to give you the freedom to take care of your health. T. Teal you are angels for throwing and sponsoring these parties for those facing hair loss to treatment!

My priest told me something so profound. He said, “take care of your health and focus on getting well and God will give you your hair back when the time is ready”.

May each and everyone of you be healthy and live this beautiful life we are given to the fullest. I realized that the blessing of living and fighting to be CANCER FREE is much bigger than our hair.

God’s Blessings,


*If you are interested in a Brave Shave email us at We provide venue, stylist, and appetizers, along with a cool shirt that represents your courage in shaving your head. You can also have your own personal stylist do the honors or we can come to your home. However you want to face hair loss with courage is awesome, we just want to support you!

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1 Comment
  • Collene Puterbaugh

    September 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm Reply

    There are various ways in which one can face such devastating realities and confront them head on. There are hair replacement treatments, if one must insist on faster results. But there's Brave Shave too, where it’s a collective show of support and empathy for a plight, by helping carry the weight and the burden that the stigma of hair loss entails. The important thing is that one puts up a fight, and you have done just that. Take care, and I hope that you get through this soon.

    Collene Puterbaugh @ Baja Hair Center

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