A Mansfield salon has become the first in the region to provide a service to help people who have lost their hair through cancer.
The Works Hair and Beauty has opened its CARE Clinic (Cancer,Alopecia and Regrowth Experts), in which they provide a service to fit and cut wigs for those who have suffered hair loss.
Staff at the White Hart Street salon have even undergone extra training so they can carefully snip and style the imported hair pieces that can cost between £200 and £500.
Salon owner Donna Munks launched the service after meeting the pioneers of the project in Manchester.
After mentioning that they wanted to branch out into Nottinghamshire, Donna - who is a keen fundraiser for cancer charities - was keen to get involved.
She said: “After seeing some of my very close friends and relatives being diagnosed by cancer and struggle with the terrible effects you can’t help but say ‘what can I do to help?’
“I have got four friends who have been diagnosed and there was nowhere that could do this, I had to go online.
“I suppose it can be different for men but for women to lose their hair can be heartbreaking,” added the 45-year-old.
However, the clinic can cater for men, women and children.
A private consultation area has been set aside on the second floor of the salon, with CARE clinic promising it would be ‘just like visiting the hairdressers’.
And there has been a steady take-up from those who have suffered with hair loss, whether it be through cancer or alopecia.
However, she has lined up a meeting with King’s Mill Hospital about meeting with patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, and face the prospect of losing their hair, often a devastating side effect of treatment.
“What a difference it can make to someone who is about to or has lost their hair due to cancer treatment, added Donna, who has had the salon for more than 17 years.
“It looks like real hair, you can spray it and style it, people are amazed at how real they are.”
Meanwhile, Donna recently completed the Nottingham, Half Marathon and raised over £400, money that will towards Maggie’s cancer charity.