AFTER years of hairdressing Kim Bonaci had experimented with numerous styles and cuts.
But as she journeyed along the road from cancer diagnosis to cancer survivor, she learned a whole new dimension of styling.
Sporting a thatch of newly bleached hair, Kim is back at her Sunshine Beach studio - Lou - Lous - and keen to help others through the chemo-induced hair fallout. Two weeks ago Kim came to the end of seven months of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Now she's upbeat and ready to share her "amazing, positive journey".
"There's been moments of sadness or despair when I was incredibly sick and frightened but never felt anger or blame. I approached it in a positive manner and made sure when I went to oncology and radiotherapy I wore bright nail polish and red lipstick."
Then the thought took on shape. She had been working when she could, and one day three women at different stages of their cancer were there.
"They were all total strangers.
"Now I've been given this tool to help people feel good about themselves, I can talk about chemo, about the pain of radiation and recognise it as a preventative and I can let people know cancer doesn't have to be negative.
"I want to welcome people going through their cancer journey, to offer them complimentary head shaves when they are ready and or to have their eyebrows tinted when they fall out. I can tell them about the stages of hair growth and talk about it openly to someone who has been there.
"I learned so much, I'm blessed to have been on that journey and have come out the other side. I found peace within myself through my experience."