Hi, I’m Christine Heinen, creator of Chemo Diva. Your “Chemo Diva” halo wig is made by my talented staff in sunny Tampa, FL. My background is in product and clothing design.
Christine Heinen wears pink hair for breast cancer awareness.
In the Workshop
Each hairpiece we make is part science and part art. We use a systemized approach. However, the hair comes to us in so many different colors, lengths, textures, etc. Each piece is also part art.
Our First 5 Year-Old Chemo Diva!
In 1998, Christine was making Hats With Hair for children with cancer. A social worker from St. Jude’s called and asked, “I have a 5 year old who wants a hat made with her OWN hair. Can you do it?” “Of course.” Christine said, even though she had never thought of that before. It was a great idea, and Christine was determined to make this wish come true. Within a couple of days the hair arrived. Christine unwrapped the precious hair from a wad of Christmas paper.
“Oh No!", Christine gasped. The hair was a matted pile of loose blonde locks!
She 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 Christine was going to let this little girl down. She was our first little “Chemo Diva.”
Over the next several days, Christine hand picked and sorted through each individual strand of hair. She had to make sure that the root end was all in the same direction. She 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.
We have perfected our craft.
We have learned a lot since those days. We have perfected our craft! We are ready to serve all the Chemo Divas who want to wear their own hair.