Hair loss related to chemotherapy is a devastating ordeal, especially for women who can experience it as an attack on their image and femininity. To help them beat the dreaded hair loss, Ann Retailleau, a former hairstylist and hair maker, created “Les Pas d’Chichi”: hair bobs made from the hair of cancer patients. Light on this precious and clever invention.
During the winter of 2020, while preparing to celebrate her 40th birthday, Anne Ritaio learned that she had double breast cancer.“Having a positive and combative nature, my first concern is how I will tolerate the treatment and how I can act to facilitate coexistence with it”the fighter tells POSITIVR.
“Keep a good selfie”
After this powerful announcement, comes the first chemotherapy sessions. Despite the difficult side effects to live with, Anne continues to smile and wants to fight for her Maintain a good self-image. “The inevitable hair loss becomes my obsession. Finding a solution to their disappearance will be my hobby horse.Eager to see her radiant image reflected in the eyes of others, she studies all the solutions available to her, such as synthetic wigs and hair compasses. But it didn’t work. “None of these solutions guarantee comfort in getting to know myself and finding my identity quickly.”
To come to terms with her image, Anne Ritaio decided to cut her hair before it fell out. Goal ? make a file natural hair suit. She accomplished the job since she managed to deceive her entourage and even suspect an oncologist who was surprised that her hair hadn’t fallen out yet. For the fighter, this piece of hair quickly became an essential feature to go through the ordeal of therapy more calmly.
“Hair prosthetics, made from my own hair, give me back my self-confidence, and the confidence needed to continue my adventure. The prosthesis is an element of identity, an aesthetic guru who reassures those around me and supports me on a daily basis.”
What is “Les Pas d’Chichi”?
Then Anne Ritaio came up with the idea of marketing her invention in order to restore a smile to women who, like them, lose their hair after chemotherapy or another disease (such as alopecia). A beautiful project that came to fruition after weeks of working with various textile and hairdressing professionals, as well as a pilot phase with models. Thus “Les Pas d’Chichi” was born, a Partial hair suit It is made of the patient’s hair and is accompanied by a turban.
“Les Pas d’Chichi” Made in Fendi, in the municipality of Les Herbiers. Once the hair is received, Anne and her team attach it to a headband made of Oeko-Text Fabrics, a label that ensures there are no harmful substances. The ears of hair are then sent to the customers with a turban of the color of their choice.
For Anne Retailleau and the entire “Les Pas d’Chichi” team, the goal isHelping women be themselves during the period of chemotherapy. “It is important to stay true to yourself and find yourself beautiful with your hair. That is why we wanted to make this invention available to all women who need it!”
Staying normal despite illness
You know you’re going to lose your hair and want to get your own hair piece? So, just order it here. Once you have completed this step, go to your stylist or cut your own hair by following these fun tutorials and/or this art sheet available to you. Next, send your hair using the delivery receipt provided upon ordering. Ann Ritayo and her team take care of the rest!
In terms of maintenance, “Don’t ask No specific or additional care. Continue with the ones you used to do on your hair” Ann explains to us. Wash, dry and style your hair as you always do (you can find a tutorial here). Recommendation only to avoid unpleasant surprises: never put the hair piece in the washing machine or dryer!
To learn more about “Les Pas d’Chichi,” go here.
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