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Coping with chemo: charity customises wigs for patients dealing with hair loss

People devastated by losing their hair due to chemotherapy are being helped by a charity that trains hairdressers to style their wigs
Picture shows celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie styling a wig. People devastated by losing their hair due to chemotherapy are being helped by his charity, which trains hairdressers to customise their wigs.

People devastated by losing their hair due to chemotherapy are being helped by a charity that trains hairdressers to style their wigs

  • A good wig, properly cut and styled, can help boost the confidence of patients
  • Hairdressers at UK-wide network of neighbourhood salons founded by celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie learn to fit and style wigs
  • Nurses use role play to show hairdressers how to talk to vulnerable patients

When senior nurse Julie McDonald was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and faced the prospect of chemotherapy, what worried her most was not the prospect of sickness and tiredness.

Her biggest worry was losing her hair.

For many people coping with chemotherapy, hair loss is an especially bitter blow.

Cruel adjunct to the other physical and psychological effects

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