I wanted to give more this holiday season, so I cut off my healthy hair (14 inches) and donated it to Locks of Love.  Durham Chamber member Sheer Bliss Salon helped me find a style that was fun and not a lot of work. The owner, Marti Jenkins, specializes in cutting hair and wigs, so I knew my new locks would be in good hands as well.

Marti and her fiance, Jamie, decided to start a non-profit – Sheer Bliss Makes a Difference – to help women and kids with medical conditions get fitted for wigs. While at Sheer Bliss, she gave me a tour of the special private room they have for fittings, decked with beautiful décor,  a vanity and a number of trendy styles to select. The salon also works with children from Duke Medical Center’s oncology department, custom fitting and styling their wigs so that they feel  normal and can focus on getting better.

Did you know it takes five women to donate enough hair for one wig? The wigs themselves are constructed on lightweight breathable caps made of stretchable material. The caps are not detectable and will not shift. Each hair is sewn on the cap into a follicle, making this technique look like your own scalp. As you can imagine, it is incredibly labor-intensive,  so the wigs can be very expensive.

The amazing part is that Sheer Bliss Makes a Difference wants all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay, to have this option.  So, they offer  financial assistance with funds by individual, corporate and foundation contributions to help defray the cost to the client. If you know someone who may be in need or you would like to contribute or learn more about this cause, visit http://sheerblisssalon.com/wigs/

‘Tis the season to give back!

-Nicole