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Tout est dans la tête. Ou plutôt, dessus./ How (fake) head tattoos sometimes help to draw yourself up.

In olden days African hairstyles worked as indicators for a person’s rank, age class, ethnic group or marital status. When I still had hair, I had my very own hair semiology: one hairstyle = one role.

Afro:                               Angela Davis: free, rebel and disalienated
French pleat:               the businesswoman –determined and successful
Ballerina bun:             the classical dancer: romantic and dreamy
Ponytail:                       the jogger – active, but easygoing
Braids:                           the Congolese – back to the roots
Updo:                             the 50’s jazz singer –elegant and feminine
High front bun:          the teacher – having a natural authority (or at least I hope so. I wore it to impress my students…)

I didn’t care that I had never jogged in my life, the simple fact of wearing a ponytail in the morning made me feel more energetic and gave me the illusion that I potentially could be the next marathon winner. But chemo suddenly ended this “autosuggestion-by-hairstyles”-method. Being bold, I can only play one single role: the one of the cancer patient: sick and weak. (well, and the one of the neo-nazi, but I don’t think my skin tone would fit…)

But that was before I discovered that eyeliners work pretty well on bald heads. Now, every time I go out in the evening, I draw flowers or abstract figures on my head. Not only are they beautiful, they also hide the fact that my hair-loss is due to chemo!

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