Hi, I’m Christine Heinen, creator of Chemo Diva. I took this selfie in my workshop! Your “Chemo Diva” halo wig is made by my talented staff in sunny Tampa, FL. My background is in product design.
My First 5 Year-Old Chemo Diva!
In 1998, I was making Hip Hats With Hair for children with cancer, when a social Worker from St. Jude’s called and asked. ” I have a 5 year old who wants a Hip Hat made with her OWN hair. Can you do it?” “Of course.” I said, even though I had never thought of that before. It was a great idea, and I was determined to make this wish come true. Within a couple of days, the package arrived. I unwrapped the precious hair from a wad of Christmas paper. “Oh No!” I gasped. The hair was a matted pile of loose blonde locks! I didn’t think to tell the social worker, that the hair ought to be cut in ponies, and not scooped up off the floor. What a mess. But there was no way I was going to let this little girl down. She was my first little “Chemo Diva.”
Over the next several days, I hand picked and sorted through each individual strand of hair. I had to make sure that the root end was all in the same direction. I knew that if they were not, the hairpiece would tangle. Hair has scales, like a fish. If some of the scales are up and some of the scales are down, the hair will catch on itself. Four days later, it was done; each hair in perfect alignment. The finished hairpiece was beautiful.
I’ve learned a lot since those days, and perfected my craft. We are ready to serve all the Chemo Divas who want to wear their own hair!