Hair Tattoos As Pre-Transplant Prep

25 Mar

By SULEIKA JAOUAD 

In a little more than a week, I’ll be entering the hospital to begin the bone marrow transplant process.

This past Thursday, I headed to Astor Place Barber Shop to meet with Miguel A. Lora — barber and hair tattoo artist extraordinaire. My new buzzed ‘do is one of the many different things on my to-do list before this procedure (haircut: check; new pajamas: check; dry cleaning of “Sleepy” — my childhood stuffed animal: check).

Although I’ll be bald as an egg within just a few weeks, experimenting with my hair — purple mohawk, hair tats, and all — has been liberating and self-empowering. Hair loss may be something that’s out of my  control, but while I still have some of it, I call the shots.

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5 Responses to “Hair Tattoos As Pre-Transplant Prep”

  1. Isabelle March 25, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Un travail d’artiste…tu es magnifique, ma nièce, je me réjouis de te voir en vrai, et te souhaite le moins de stress possible d’ici ton entrée a l’hôpital. Je pense aussi a ton futur donneur, une aventure bien étrange, mais quelle humanite !

  2. Zoe March 25, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    I hope you got some really great stomping boots, because you are officially the most badass person I’ve ever had the honor to meet/watch digitally.

  3. Stu March 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    You are beautiful.

  4. Sylvie Poncet March 26, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    C’est le plus bel oeuf de Pâques de tous les temps!
    Bravo à l’artiste, bravo au modèle, et bon courage pour la suite!

    Sylvie

  5. Nicole Barka-James March 30, 2012 at 1:51 am #

    Awesome hair design! You look like Sinnead O’Connor, but more beautiful! I actually like you with this hairstyle a lot better than with your long hair. This short cut accentuates your gorgeous facial features, your lovely facial bone structure! Good luck with the bone marrow transplant! Please, please, pretty please, if you get a chance to get your hands on a copy of Anita Moorjani’s DYING TO BE ME and read it before your transplant, it will make a difference in how you view your transplant and its outcome. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, sending you loads of healing energy. Keep us posted, please!
    Shukran Gazeelan!
    Nicole

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