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Positive designs on cancer

Filed on May 24, 2014

For most cancer patients, especially women, the loss of hair following chemotherapy, is one of the most traumatic part of facing the Big C.

Some patients have said that while they somehow survived the pain and suffering during the bouts of radiation and chemotherapy, it was difficult to face the trauma of having their hair come off in clumps till, one day, there is nothing but the bald pate. It is that loss of feminity that eats away at the morale of most cancer patients ..

In what is evolving as a world-wide support initiative for cancer patients trying to deal with their hair loss, Henna Heals, a support group of henna artists, are helping patients with Henna Crowns on their bald pates, that make them view their hair loss in a positive, beautiful way.

What started out as a group of five artists in Canada creating henna patterns of flowers and vibrant, positive messages and imagery on the bald heads of survivors is now a fast-growing group of 150 artists with volunteers in USA, Australia and Europe. In parts of Asia henna has traditionally been used to drawn intricate natural tattoos on female arms and legs and also to lend exotic shine and luster to women’s hair. The henna artists affiliated to the group, set up in 2011, have looked beyond their skill with henna to raise funds through henna-related events that have then gone to help cancer patients get themselves healing henna crowns.

“For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience,” Frances Darwin, founder of Henna Heals said about the initiative. “This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.”

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