June 2nd, 2016
More than 4,00,000 women in India die every year due to breast cancer. Today, one out of eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer. At a time like this, chemotherapy becomes the only option for women.
But chemotherapy comes with the price of losing one’s precious strands of hairs. And just three weeks after the first chemotherapy session a patient can lose every single strand of hair, sometimes within a matter of as little as two days. It is something petrifying for many women to see her own reflections on the mirror without hairs, eyebrows or eyelashes as hair becomes part of her identity over the years. Her only respite can be a wig.
But how to fulfill the demands of wigs for so many women suffering from cancer and losing their strands due to chemotherapy? A Facebook page on breast cancer called ‘Protect Your Mom’ planned a charitable drive called ‘Hair for Hope’, a hair donation event to help to make wigs for women.
A drive that started in Dubai successfully penetrated in India and has gained quite a popularity in Kerala, Gujarat, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, and Hyderabad. People from different age groups are coming forward and deliberately growing their hairs to donate it for the wigs for cancer-affected women. Hair for Hope is trying its best to make wig donation a movement.
You can also donate your hair
The Logical Indian requests its readers to make people aware of the issue and play a part in this by educating the parlors how to cut hair. Hair should be shampooed and dried without chemicals. Dyed /chemically treated hair cannot be used. They need a minimum of 15 inches but it is advisable to make a ponytail of 15 inches or more with a rubber band. (The shortest hair could be 15” long). It is better to place another rubber band at 16”. Cut between the two rubber bands. Place in a zip lock bag and mail to Hair for hope India.