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Some feel...Your hair is who you are

Monday, July 18, 2005

Men and women can be identified by their hair. People notice whether or not they got a hair cut or whether their hair has been dyed or highlighted. Many times people have styled their hair the same for years and can be recognized by that alone. Some people believe that the style, cut or color of their hair represents them and their life.

Once someone changes their hair in any way, they become known for that new style. The old one really doesn't exist anymore. The new cut, color or style is who they are now. Of course everyone knows that when a person's hair looks good, they feel better about his or herself.

What if a person has a medical condition and the treatment causes him or her to lose their hair. Whether it be thinning hair, patches of baldness or complete baldness, does the person become known for the way that a disease has caused them to look? Should a person let a disease decide the styling options of their hair and further shape who they are on the outside and on the inside?

Recently a woman contacted The Brazil Times to cast light on a particular business in Terre Haute. Vicki Elmore of Paris, Ill., was treated for a medical illness by undergoing chemotherapy about a year ago. Unfortunately, she lost a lot of her hair, mainly on the crown of her head.

Desperately searching for a way to feel better about herself, she began looking for a place that sells wigs. After about six months, she found Pamela's Wigs & Hair Boutique, 1281 Lafayette Ave. in Terre Haute.

Pamela Blade, the owner of Pamela's, has been dedicated to serving the Wabash Valley in wigs and hairpieces for seven years. Pamela offers private consultations and sessions by appointment. In these sessions, she teaches people how to care for their hairpiece, how to get the right color for skin shades and how to decide what type of hairpiece is needed. She will offer a free clinic on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for people taking chemotherapy for any reason, anyone with alopecia or anyone who has had hair loss.

Vicki says wigs are not just for people who have cancer and are receiving chemo, it is for anyone who has had any type of hair loss. Also it is for anyone who ever wanted to see what they would look like as a redhead or a blonde, etc.

"It's fun to go into a wig shop and just try different ones on." Vicki said that Pamela's is a good place to find exactly what men and women are looking for, because she has such a wide variety of colors and styles in stock. If not in stock, an order can be placed. She has pieces for men and women, African American and Caucasian. She also has pieces that are made of human hair or synthetic fibers. The store sells wigs, integrators, pony tails, wiglets, crowns, brushes and other products.

Pamela offers a medical program, where prices are discounted and budgets are typically worked with for the first purchase. Even though full wigs can cost as little as $30, she realizes that medicines are expensive and sometimes people really can't afford a piece. Overall, Pamela strives "to make people feel better about the changes in their life."

Now, Vicki feels better about her appearance and really, she feels "human and feminine again," as she puts it.



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