10 Reasons To Go Barber Shopping Post-Chemo

10 Reasons to Go Barber Shopping Post Chemo 

There are a ton of great blogs about how to help your hair grow back after chemo. Instead, I am going to talk about cutting it. I know…you want it to grow back as FAST as possible, why would you CUT it? 


My first haircut was two months post chemo. I barely had any hair at all, but the hair I did have made it look like I just finished chemo…which I did. The baby bunny fur that was growing out of my head gave away my medical history to everyone that laid eyes on me and all I could see was their Pity. 

First haircut. Two months post-chemo. Fade with a spiral part razor cut in. 


My spirit couldn’t sit through the months of awkward Mullet, Chemo Fro—I had already been through enough. 


In the midst of this emotional personal battle over what to do about my hair, Ruby Rose became popular. In case you don’t know who she is, she is the gender-fluid woman on “Orange is the New Black” who single-handedly made every straight woman question their sexuality. Seeing her hair inspired me to take back control over my own. 

Ruby Rose


The Barber SHOP.

A place very few women venture became my hair sanctuary. I went from looking sickly to SICK in 20 minutes and for $20, and it was the first time I felt sexy since my cancer experience started.

Why you should go to a barber:

Second hair cut. Three months post-chemo and eight months post-mastectomy. Fade with Hard Part razor cut in.

  1. Cheaper- $20 vs. $50 at a salon
  2. Faster- 20 minutes Start to Finish
  3. Experience- They KNOW how to cut short hair. 
  4. No more Mullet Chemo Fro.
  5. You will feel like a Badass (and look like one too).

Barber Shop Tips:

Men's hairstyle inspiration.

  1. Yelp Barber Shops to find one you like (look at reviews and photos).
  2. Younger Barber’s know how to cut in the hip line work.
  3. Pin Men’s Hairstyles you think are sexy (You will be attracted to yourself ;-).
  4. Wash your hair before (they don’t wash it).
  5. Ask them for styling advice.




Walt is my barber and we have been together from that first cut over a year ago. We met online…yelp to be exact, and he has been a huge part of my cancer recovery. He makes my short hair look like a CHOICE, not a side effect.

7 months post chemo. Blow out with Hard Part razor cut in.

One year post-chemo. Faded pixie cut. Chemo Curls on top.







P.S.-I hate to admit this, but there was a part of me that misses my bald chemo head—mainly the perks. I got out of a speeding ticket with a state trooper, people brought me food, and I could watch hours of Netflix with no judgement; but all good things must come to and end and I love finding the new me.


How long did you wait for your first post-chemo haircut? Comment below.