This is a totally enjoyable essay from the New York Times. Hair and hair loss are incredibly difficult and traumatic for almost all of us (occasionally I talk with a woman who insists it was not such a big deal). Women find a range of ways to deal with the falling out part, but this is the first time I have heard of a group management system for the growing in. Love it.
By KAYLEEN SCHAEFER
ONE Friday afternoon early this year, in a limestone town house on the Upper East Side, the topic of conversation was "cancer things, like lymphedema," said Sherry Kreek, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
"We were discussing things that were pretty personal," she continued. "Other women were listening. Everyone knows someone."
The conversation wasn't happening in an oncologist's waiting room or at a luncheon, but at Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger, a homey six-chair salon where Ms. Kreek, 62, is the manager.
Three women with microshort hair, strangers before they sat down, had all gone to Ms. Dorram, whose clients include Christie Brinkley and Linda Evangelista, to have their hair dyed for the first time since it had grown back after cancer treatment. They weren't shy about talking about their new hair and what to do with it, whether they liked their wigs, or much else about the disease they shared.
"This was a more upbeat, happy place to talk than a treatment center," Ms. Kreek said.
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This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: March 6, 2012
A previous version of this article misspelled the surname of Sherry Kreek.