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Crowns of courage

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Valentine empathized with their plight because for five years the University of Hawaii-West Oahu English and philosophy senior was the primary caregiver for her grandmother Audrey Swift while she endured chemotherapy for breast cancer, which is now in remission.
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    Tasha Bardon, who lost her hair during chemotherapy treatment for cancer, checks the mirror to see the temporary “crown” of jagua ink applied by Kelsie-Ann Valentine.
  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Valentine says the ink leaves a blue-black stain that shows up better on darker skin than the reddish-brown henna typically used.
  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Tasha Bardon, who lost her hair during chemotherapy treatment for cancer, checks the mirror to see the temporary “crown” of jagua ink applied by Kelsie-Ann Valentine.
  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    The cost starts at $5 for a 2- by 3-inch design, going up to about $130 for a full crown. The first design for individuals who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments is free.
  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    The nontoxic jagua ink that Kelsie-Ann Valentine uses for her crown designs lasts from 10 to 14 days.

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