Hairstylists Bring hope to Cancer Patients
Hair styling industry plays an important role with those suffering from cancer. Hair stylists touch the lives of cancer patients in a very special way. We literally touch people daily with the services we perform. I recently was visited by a client of mine and her mother, though I never knew the true extent of how far her cancer had spread, I knew the hair loss part had been a huge factor for her. As I helped her daughter get ready for her wedding she couldn’t fathom what to do with her hair because she had already been losing it already! However that didn’t let her down she was about to see her baby girl walk down the isle. Hair or no hair this woman was strong, beautiful, someone I looked up to and admired. Over the next few years she dealt with the cancer and is now at stage 4 colon cancer, my heart goes out to her and her family! Recently I was visited by this beautiful family, knowing that her daughter had been growing her hair out for a good cause. To have her in my chair with her mother right beside her with smiles on their faces and in their hearts it had made my whole day!
“My mother has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer, it has now spread to her liver. She has been struggling for about 5 years. I wanted to donate my hair to women like her who have lost their hair which is one of the most important things to a females identity in my opinion. My hope is to give my hair for a wig to a woman struggling just like my mother. ~Kelly
Working with her it reminded me of a story about a young cancer survivor that I had the privilege of meeting years ago. I had received a message from the front desk asking me if I would be interested in going to the hospital to cut a patients hair that had cancer, of course I gladly accepted. On the drive there I seem to remember every emotion running through my body, not knowing what to expect. I arrive at the room and their in front of me was a beautiful 15 year old, her room had been decorated with everything that she loved, her hair brushed below her shoulders as she looks up at me I can see the pain in her eyes. I mean how could you not, she was a dancer and her hair was her #1 accessory, at that moment she realized I was there to take away the one thing that that made her feel feminine. I had shaved many cancer patients hair before but for some reason this one hit home, maybe because of how young she was and I had children of my own, I saw the hurt not only in her eyes but in the mother and fathers eyes that stood across the room. Hold it together Tiffany, you need to be strong! As my clippers slowly glazed across her scalp, tears stream down her beautiful face and my heart hurts for a bit, until the last hair hit the floor she reached up and felt her bald scalp and with tears in her eyes looks at me and says, thank you so much it no longer hurts! As I got into my car tears stream down my face, its moments like these that we take for granted each and everyday, its moments like these that I hug and kiss my children a little more each and everyday! Reminds me again how the little things we do make a big difference in the lives of those afflicted with this terrible disease.
Sounds odd doesn’t it? Visits to a hair stylist, being the bright spots in a cancer scenario. But the intimacy of the stylist-client relationship is legendary; quadruple its intensity when the client is newly bald and the hairdresser is one of the few privy to the knowledge.
As a hairdresser, I know the blessings you receive in being an intimate part, in touching lives in such a healing way. It’s an AWESOME job!!