Helen Weller, age 34 from London, England

Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer in summer 2014 aged 32, after finding a lump in her armpit. During her treatment Helen’s family were her rock and supported her through the gruelling chemotherapy. Helen’s latest mammogram has shown as all clear, although she’s still on a treatment regime including taking the drug Tamoxifen.

Helen said: “How I looked has always been massively important to me; I never wanted to have short hair, let alone no hair! I tried to hold onto my hair as much as possible during treatment, but I started to lose my hair after my second round of chemotherapy. Eventually I asked my friend to shave my hair all off. I was sat in front of the mirror and had a lump in my throat and shed a tear. I know that people who are not ill think that we wouldn’t want to bother, that we are too ill to think about looking and feeling good. But no matter how ill you get, you just want to look ‘normal’, to say I can look good, even when everything inside is falling apart. I didn’t care as much about makeup but I really cared about my hair. I’ve learnt a lot about wigs and styling from being part of this tutorial. Having your wig cut and styled at the hairdressers is apparently a ‘thing’; I wish I’d known!”

Behind the scenes of Helen's #NotDefined photoshoot

Zoe's Tips

Ask your hairdresser to trim your wig to suit your face shape
● Wear a wig cap to protect your sensitive scalp and keep your wig in place
● Natural hair wigs can be washed, blow dried and heat styled like your own hair

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