There is not much existing research surrounding henna crowns; however, I have linked to several resources and articles surrounding cancer, hair loss and social constructions of femininity, and uploaded a fact sheet below. I will continue to add to this list as I continue my research into the social connection between hair and femininity.
Academic Literature :
- Henna Heals - A Canadian-based not-for-profit society that facilitates henna applications.
- Vancouver Island Cancer Centre - Contact point for media requiring further details from the BC Cancer Agency.
- BC Cancer Agency Fact Sheet - A fact sheet outlining current cancer statistics in British Columbia.
Academic Literature :
- Hair Rules, by Rebecca Emlinger Roberts, published in the Massachusetts Review, Vol. 44, #4, 2003/2004. - One woman's reflection on losing her hair from chemotherapy.
- “Lessons to Learn”: Constructions of Femininity in Popular Magazine Breast Health Narratives, by Julia Mason, published in Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies, Issue 26, 2009. - A personal narrative by a female medical professional that challenges narrow gender definitions as they relate to women fighting breast cancer.
- Alternative Femininities: Body, Age and Identity, by Samantha Holland, Published by Berg Publishers, 2004. - A book exploring alternative definitions of femininity.
- Hair Loss Induced by Chemotherapy: An Anthropological Study of Women, Cancer, and Rehabilitation, by Hella Ploug Hansen, published in Anthropology and Medicine, Vol. 14, #1, 2007. - A study of Danish women's experiences with hair loss due to chemotherapy treatments.
- Anticipatory Coping: Taking Control of Hair Loss, by Marie Borsellino and Michelle Young, published in Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Volume 15, #3, 2011. - Breast health workers describe how women feeling in control of their appearance can lead to actions that improve quality of life during cancer treatments.
- How cancer survivors experience their changed body encountering others by Dorte Malig Rasmussen, Helle Ploug Hansen, and Beth Elverdam, European journal of oncology nursing, Volume 14, Issue 2, 2010. - A paper exploring how breast cancer survivors' are affected by their body-related interactions with others after treatment.
- Feminism and Culture: Theoretical Perspectives by Griselda Pollock (2008), in T. Bennett & J. Frow (Eds) The SAGE handbook of cultural analysis (pp. 249-271). - A textbook chapter outlining various perspectives of the place of women in culture.