OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy -- hair loss can be a distressing side effect. One local stylist, Kiki Dean, is making sure those who can't afford wigs get the help they need, to feel like the beautiful women they are.
Dean make wigs for cancer patients -- even patients without health insurance.
"About two weeks after the treatment had started, I could start seeing my hair falling out," said 26-year-old Glenda Sublett, whose mom passed away from breast cancer.
Back in April she felt pain, and noticed a lump on her own breasts.
"It was a tumor that started to get bigger," Sublett said.
So she went to get checked.
"I did a mammogram and a biopsy," Sublett said.
It was Stage II breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and started chemotherapy, her hair fell out shortly after.
"With my hair being gone, sometimes you don't feel as pretty as you used to," Sublett added.
"We want to be able to let them know that there is a resource, there is someone that's available to still help you as you're going through your treatments," said Dean, a stylist, and the owner of Hair Au Courant Salon in Overland Park.
Dean makes custom wigs for anyone experiencing hair loss due to medical reasons.
"Anyone, any nationality, any culture," said Dean.
Dean gets real, human hair from India from people who donate for religious reasons. She measures each client`s head, and sews each wig by hand. It takes her 24-to-48 hours to make each one.
"They want something that`s going to be as close to their real hair as possible," Dean added.
While wigs can cost hundreds of dollars without insurance, Dean will make clients free wigs depending on their financial situation.
"This insurance that I have just covers medical needs it doesn't cover cosmetic needs," Sublett said.
"It's the best feeling in the world, because a lot of times, when I turn them around, they cry, the outcome is what gets me, that`s why I do what I do," says Dean.
Sublett is going through radiation, and says her new 'do helps lift her spirits.
"I don't have to go out and worry about people looking and wondering what`s wrong with me," Sublett says, "This was something to help make me feel beautiful again."
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