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When Dipika Patel was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 40s, she faced the twin battles of fighting the deadly disease and coping with the hair loss from her treatment. Added to that, she felt that breast cancer was ‘brushed under the carpet’ by some in her community and wasn’t talked about.

So, in a bid to raise both Dipika’s spirits and awareness, world famous henna artist Ash Kumar spent over an hour giving Dipika a cranial makeover. The crown was created by Ash for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in partnership with the Henna Heals project. The project works with women who have lost their hair to promote empowerment, confidence and beauty.

As Dipika explains in the video, this was how she wanted to tell the rest of the world that she had cancer. We think she looked stunning!

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