I thought my son had doodled on my head – but my hairdresser ended up saving my life

I thought my son had doodled on my head – but my hairdresser ended up saving my life

A WOMAN who mistakenly thought her son has doodled on her head had her life saved by her hairdresser.

Lee King was having her hair done when the stylist noticed a 10p-size mark on her scalp.

Initially she thought her boy, Lucas, had drawn on her, but her hairdresser, Ricci, urged her to get it checked out.

Doctors told the 43-year-old she had a type of mole called a blue nevus, which are generally benign.

But Lee thinks she could have ended up in a far worse situation, as it grew so quickly she suspects it would have become malignant eventually.

The mum-of-one needed three surgeries to remove the entire mole.

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She said getting the all clear was the "best news ever".

Now she wants to raise awareness of the importance of checking all parts of your skin.

Lee, from Perth, Australia, said: "The haircut saved my life.

"Blue nevi generally aren't malignant but saying that they're normally the size of a pin prick and anything that grows that big and that quickly is not good.

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"So it probably would have turned [got bigger and become malignant] and I'm just lucky that it was seen.

"Wear your sunscreen every day and check your body including your head, especially if you live in countries like Australia.

"Most people don't check their scalps. It's quite funny, my friends are now checking their scalps so if that's one thing I can get people to do, it would be a good thing.

"Just look after yourself because prevention is better than cure, if you can prevent something you don't have to go through the surgeries and other sorts of stuff that could come with that."

Doctors revealed that blue nevus are caused by intermittent light and that the mole formed on the side of her head that's exposed to the sun while driving.


Moles, also called nevi, can appear on your skin in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. One type of mole is the blue nevus. This mole gets its name from its blue colour.

Although these moles may seem unusual, they’re generally benign and not a cause for concern. But like any mole, you’ll want to keep an eye on it for changes over time.

In extremely rare cases, a blue nevus may be malignant. Cancerous nevi may appear as a common or cellular blue nevus but develop at a later age and may start to look like ulcers. They may also have a more nodular or plaque-like form.

Moles that develop in adulthood may be a cause for concern. If you have a blue nevus or other mole appear after age 30, see your doctor. It may be a sign of skin cancer like melanoma.

Changes to blue nevi or other moles may also be cause for concern. Keeping an eye on any abrupt or subtle shifts on your skin and moles will ensure that you catch early signs of skin cancer.

Lee said: "One of my best friends is my hairdresser and she did my hair back in November 2020 and there was nothing there.

"In May 2021 I had a bit of an updo and she did it again and said to me 'there's something on the side of my head' and took a picture.

"I thought my son had drawn on my head, which is quite possible but she'd just done some skin studies and knew that it wasn't right.

"The dermatologist took one look and said it was a blue nevus and that he'd never ever seen anything like that in 30 years. It really scared me.

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"I'm sort of getting over it myself as well, it's been nearly 12 months but I'm ready to get it out there because it's such an odd thing.

"If it helps someone else, then it would be a good thing."

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