Winter Park salon helps cancer patients ‘Look Good … Feel Better’
Sky-Hi Daily News
When women receive the news that they have cancer, countless questions run through their mind.
They wonder what will happen to their lifestyle, their health and their family. They also worry about the effects of chemotherapy, and what it will do to their looks.
Kut Above, a full service salon in downtown Winter Park, has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide a service dubbed ‘Look Good . . . Feel Better’ (LGFB).
The service, considered one of the latest cancer treatments available, offers free wigs and make-up advice for cancer patients, along with information on multiple resources a patient may be looking for.
Kut Above owner Ilizabeth Adelman of Fraser chose to offer the free service at her salon after she was approached by Jessie Trimmer, community relationships manager for the American Cancer Society in Denver. Trimmer said she had stopped by a few salons throughout Grand County, but no one seemed interested in providing the LGFB program.
Adelman and her co-workers were immediately interested.
“It just sounded like it was right up our alley. One of the reasons why you become a hairdresser is because you want people to feel better about themselves,” Adelman said. “And hair makes a huge difference on how people feel about themselves.
Losing hair, as a woman, can be so devastating.”
The Kut Above is the only salon in Grand County offering the LGFB program. Women can stop in and get a free wig fitting, and receive a booklet of “all the information they need during cancer treatment,” Adelman explained, such as health insurance information, where to go for counseling, locations of physical therapy clinics and advice on nutritional needs.
The wigs offered at the salon come in various styles and colors, but if a particular color is not available, the salon’s staff will make a special order ” also free of charge ” to match any color, Adelman said. And women don’t have to get a wig, she added.
The salon also offers various hats and turbans, and other accessories a woman may need during hair loss.
Eventually, Adelman also hopes to offer free make-up sessions and make-up kits for women who experience discoloring and skin changes during cancer treatment. LGFB offers a special type of make-up, and once the salon can garner enough interest (two to three women), a specialist from the American Cancer Society will come from Denver to teach how the make-up is applied
Once Adelman is certified, she will be able to apply the make-up to women herself, along with offering them the free make-up kits.
“We’re trying to give people resources. It’s a scary thing ” especially when you hear that word … cancer,” Adelman said. “And you don’t know where to go, what to do next. Our program not only gives you free wigs, hats, but also resources on all the places you can go to get any kind of help. And it’s free.”
Adelman encourages women who are interested in the program to make an appointment through the salon so that a staff member can take the time to work with them privately and get them what they need. If a woman wants a fitted wig to look natural, it shouldn’t be a rush situation, she said.
“They don’t want it to look any different. They want it to look like them,” she added. “We can make it as private and personal as they want it to be. We understand what you’re going through, and we really want to help.”
– To reach Stephanie Miller, call (970) 887-3334, ext. 19601 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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