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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hair Carnival - Breast Cancer Awareness


In 2010, nearly 1.5 million people were told "you have breast cancer". (Breast Cancer Statistics Worldwide). 

This is a sobering statistic. 

Many (too many) of my own friends and family members have been affected by breast cancer.  I'd like to dedicate this post especially to my friend K who passed away a little over two years ago, and to my amazing friend J who continues to beat the odds. And to my grandma, who survived 40 years post mastectomy and had a wonderful life after breast cancer.

Last year, around this time, big brother J and I did our first 5K together (Run for the Cure) to raise money for breast cancer. Here he is, at the finish line:

J finishes his first 5K!
Our team dressed as cats in support of our friend C, a cat lover
As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For this hair carnival, the challenge has been to incorporate the breast cancer awareness logo - the pink ribbon - into our hair styles.

I started by parting JJ's hair ear to ear and put the front in large twists to keep it out of the way.

Moving to the back section, I parted out the "middle" of the ribbon, and clipped JJ's hair away so I could figure out what to do next.


I then did piggyback ponytails around in a circle, criss-crossing at the bottom. I used pink ouchless bands, of course!

It's a bit hard to see, but I flat-twisted the middle section of her hair. I started at the bottom and made my way around counter-clockwise. I twisted the remaining ends and secured them in a twisted bantu knot.


I then did a large flat twist (into braid) at the front and secured the ends with a pink ribbon barrette (oops it flipped over in this picture).

I think she's watching TV here - thus the zoned-out face
JJ adored this style, and a few people even recognized it as being the breast cancer pink ribbon!


Later in the week, for a simple change, I did smaller two-strand twists in the front section, gathered these in a ponytail, and added a (homemade) breast cancer awareness ribbon to the ponytail.


I also took out the then-fuzzy piggyback ponytails, and flat-twisted the hair, again in the ribbon "shape". I added two small ribbons to the ends of the twists.


This hair carnival was a fun challenge. It has also meant a lot to me personally, to participate in a carnival that helps raise awareness for a cause that is very important to me. 

There are so many other brilliant and creative styles in this carnival - be sure to check them all out by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post! 

Also, this month, please consider making a donation to help fund education, screening and/or research programs for breast cancer. These programs have the potential to dramatically increase survival rates! 

A special shout-out to my blogger friend Mikimu, who is raising funds in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure this year. Good luck Mikimu!

Finally, I'd like to share link - this is an amazing, very moving film my friend J's young son made about her - called Mommy has Breast Cancer.


J- keep fighting -xoxo !!!!!
K - I miss your laugh and your crazy handwriting ):
Grandma - I wouldn't have met you had you not beat that cancer! I'm so glad we had all those years together!








17 comments:

  1. This was absolutely beautiful! A very emotional post...

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  2. Oh wow i loved the style you came up with!

    Im sorry for your loss. Breast cancer has affected my family, too. As long as we make people aware, thats one step!

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  3. Her hair is too cute!!! I love the ribbon you made and the pink in there!! Also, it's a very nice read!!

    Beautiful sentiments at the end as well!! <3

    Char~

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  4. Thank you ladies for your comments & support. I agree - raising awareness is really important! The styles for this carnival have been both beautiful and meaningful.

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  5. I love how you made the ribbon in her hair. I agree with everyone this was a great post, I am sorry for your loss and glad your Grandma beat it so that you could have her around. I love our Hair Carnival this month. It was great.

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  6. Beautiful and touching post. I love the piggy backed ribbon in JJ's hair and it's even more awesome that the design was recognized at the Awareness Ribbon!

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  7. I love those connecting ponytails :), I've been wanting to do something like that... And such a sweet video too, thank you for sharing

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  8. The style was beautiful and the words for your loved ones were very touching. What a lovely post! <3

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  9. Love this post very heartfelt!!! Her hair looks great

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  10. Beautiful hair, and beautiful post. Thank you for your heartfelt words!
    ~Karli

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  11. Hi...please accept my sincerese condolences for your friend K. My hope is that J will continue to fight the fine fight! It is definitely encouraging to hear experiences like your grandma's as well.

    JJ's hair is so stinkin' cute! I love the way you incorporated the pink ribbon into your styling.

    Thanks indeed for the shout out AND support!!!!

    **Go Pink!!**

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  12. Thank you everyone!! This was an awesome hair carnival!

    @Mikimu - your comment did finally come through (thank you). Sigh....blogger. Hope your run goes well on the 16th!!

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  13. Beautiful post, thanks for sharing, I love the style too, amazing job!

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  14. I love the piggy back style to make the ribbons! very unique!

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  15. Whew! Lets celebrate those great women. 40 years is AWESOME! wow. I love the styles you created. You got some BIG HAIR over there!! LOVES!

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