A new service is set to open in January to support people who are considering a wig because of a medical condition or medical treatments.
Tracy Harper, a stylist trained by Trevor Sorbie through the national charity My New Hair, is working with the St Barnabas Hospice Day Therapy service to open a Wig Bank, as part of a national network.
The service already has a number of new and donated wigs, but is keen to increase those available to clients, so is asking for donations.
Other Wig Banks nationally have reported a big demand for their services, and it is expected that it will be a similar case in Lincolnshire. Donated wigs are washed and professionally conditioned, and can then be styled to suit individual client’s needs.
The Wig Bank will provide wigs for a small donation to the charity, and will also offer advice on the types and styles of wigs, aftercare, hair and scalp care. People can also benefit from free personalised wig styling and can donate un-needed wigs back to help others.
Tracy, who currently holds advice and wig styling sessions at the St Barnabas Day Therapy centre in Lincoln, said: “This is a great opportunity for us all to work together to develop a new, much-needed service in Lincolnshire.
“Wigs can be an expensive outlay at a difficult time and we can work together to provide everyone with the opportunity to have a good-quality wig, personally styled in a friendly environment, which in turn will support self-confidence and esteem at what can be a challenging time.”
Mark Mumby, Team Leader for the St Barnabas Day Therapy service, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support Tracy in establishing this new
service for Lincolnshire.
“We know that hair loss is a significant issue for a number of people, and that being able to access this type of support will be very valuable. The work that Tracy already does with our patients is very well received, so when she approached me with the idea to start a Wig Bank we were only too happy to work with her in getting this started.”
As well as wigs, donations of hats, caps or scarves are also welcome. As some clients will choose to wear these on occasions as well as or instead of a wig, the Wig Bank will hold a supply of these so that Tracy can fully support the style choices of her clients.
Donations of these items can be made via any St Barnabas shop or Day Therapy centre, and a number of hair salons are displaying posters to say that they are also accepting donations.