Did you know that curly-hair diva Ouidad, founder of the eponymous haircare line, is a breast cancer survivor? She was diagnosed at the same age as her mother (who died of the disease), made a full recovery, and went on to create Curls for a Cure, supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Make a donation and Curls for a Cure will match it dollar for dollar. The organization has already raised $280,000, on its way to a goal of $1 million.
Ouidad shares her tips for women enduring cancer and chemotherapy below. "Most people don't know things like--when hair begins to grow back it is almost always the opposite texture it was because of the chemical reaction from treatments," she says. Check out the rest of her tips below, and please pass along to any cancer survivors in your life who need a little beauty boost:
- Skin will have a yellow tint from chemotherapy - use a bronzer with a pink tint to balance skin color.
- Hair tends to lose pigmentation, often growing in gray and curly. Wait at least six months post chemotherapy for color to prevent damage of new growth.
- Visually prepare for hair loss by cutting hair shorter to minimize the drastic effect of losing hair.
- With new hair growth, do deep treatments every two weeks to feed and strengthen hair. Frequent deep conditioning is necessary to replenish nutrients, allowing each strand to regain its internal weight and body.