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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!


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

  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!

  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


  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.

  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.

  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!

  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

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

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

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

  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!!**

  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!!

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

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

  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!