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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-03 06:03
Subject: [photos|cancer] Taking the hair off ... all of it
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Tags:cancer, family, health, personal, photos
Yesterday afternoon, tillyjane and I went to see John, my stylist and Hero of the Revolution. (It was he who washed the blood out of my hair last December, far above and beyond the call of duty [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].) Camille Alexa met us there, and davidlevine dropped by briefly.

Our mission? To remove my thinning hair from my scalp.

John's vision? Twisted, twisted, twisted...

Me in the chair

The hair begins to come off. Long tresses were bagged for the Potlatch auction this weekend, while some were saved aside for special requests.

First stop, the psychotic Dutch boy.

Next, the mullet. (Or as John called it, the "ape drape".) Where's my Firebird?

Then we went with the Cary Grant.

Followed by the Mr. T.

I react to the Mr. T.

When we went chemohawk, I lamented the lack of a crossbow, Road Warrior style. John said, "Oh, wait a sec," went into the back of the salon, and returned with a crossbow. This is why he does my hair. Because he is freaky, randomly, cool. Does your stylist keep a crossbow around?

Another view of the chemohawk.

John attempts to convince me to keep the chemohawk. davidlevine loiters in the background.

The bihawk.

Dinosaur spines.

More dinosaur spines.

The return of Anton LaVey, with a guest appearance by my tongue. Horny little devil, ain't I?

Sad devil is sad.

The new me.

As a coup de grace, and revenge for a dreadful chemo fart, John decorated the back of my scalp.

© 2010 Camille Alexa and Sarah Bryant.

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As usual, more at the Flickr set.

John is a Hero of the Revolution, I say again. He took what could have been an emotionally difficult fifteen minute clip job and turned it into an hour or so of shear madness. A lot of silliness, a lot of laughter, and I left smiling.

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User: barbhendee
Date: 2010-03-03 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Oh, Jay, I think you look good with your hair short like this. You look like a late nineteenth century science fiction writer!
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Mary Dell: mama
User: marydell
Date: 2010-03-03 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's awesome. I think the dinosaur spines are my favorite but the final bald look is very good, too.

Glad this went so well.
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User: anghara
Date: 2010-03-03 19:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's what I was going to say. That particular stage looked AWESOME.
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User: spinflight
Date: 2010-03-03 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
fun! the cary grant looked pretty decent btw. you almost looked respectable. :)
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2010-03-03 14:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Quite possibly a WWF look. You need a rasslin' pseudonym.
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User: markbourne
Date: 2010-03-03 14:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
See, told ya you'd look magnificent. I mean it, that's really excellent head there. Glad John treated it and you so well.
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User: rovanda
Date: 2010-03-03 15:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love the bihawk :)

John is way cool, and so are you!
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scarlettina: DrWho: Too sexy
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-03-03 15:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:DrWho: Too sexy
Weirdly, I saw the chemohawk and instantly thought it was an awesome look. But the bald look--just as great as I thought it would be. And honestly? It makes you look younger.

ETA: Oh, and John is fabulous. Never give him up; never let him down; don't run around... you know the rest. :-)

Edited at 2010-03-03 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-03-03 15:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The hawk was awesome. You shoulda left it that way until it was no longer viable.
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Rose Fox: hair
User: rosefox
Date: 2010-03-03 15:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Aw yay! Good for him.

I also think every single one of those styles looks good on you.

Edited at 2010-03-03 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2010-03-03 15:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think the first one's more I R SRS FOUNDING FATHER than anything else. I'm glad you've got an awesome stylist. That guy deserves a medal.
And to think I was tempted to avoid clicking on this so I'd be surprised when I saw you later today. (Or possibly tomorrow. We're not leaving till this afternoon. )
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User: zxhrue
Date: 2010-03-03 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

the chemohawk rocks. always trust your stylist.

and all in only an hour or so? and a crossbow?

a truly remarkable performance by all.

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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2010-03-03 15:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad John made it a much better experience than it might have otherwise been. A Hero of the Revolution indeed!

And I'll admit that I think the chemohawk looked kind of awesome on you, though the full shave looks great too. Now if you could just get the beard a bit pointier....
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robin catesby
User: deedop
Date: 2010-03-03 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Awesome. Sad devil is sad is my favorite shot, though the chemohawk is quite impressive. Great stylists make the world go round. (And you look great bald. All Gene Wolfe style distinguished.)
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-03-03 15:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What are you talking about? You have a perfectly normal shaped head. Besides, the thing that people notice about you isn't the hair, it's the soulful blue eyes. Those haven't changed.

Michael Jordan and Patrick Stewart demonstrated that bald is sexy, and you're certainly keeping up the standard.

I LOLed at the dinosaur spines. That was awesome!
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