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Hair Show funds wigs and scarves for Cancer survivors

20121102 HairShow IMG 4996 featureMCALLEN—What do colored extensions, LED lights, glitter, Kool-Aid and Slinky have in common? These were all items used in hairstyles at the 3rd Annual Care for Hair Show: BATTLE of the DECADES on Oct. 24 at Metropolis Night Club in McAllen.

The event was a joint effort between Sassy Lady Event Productions and the American Cancer Society of the Rio Grande Valley. The BATTLE of the DECADES theme allowed the 13 participating hair salons to cover hairstyles from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and other decades.

The two groups shared a common goal of funding the program Look Good Feel Better (LGFB), a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

Over 150 people were in attendance and multiple local organizations were involved. The event included a silent auction, dance groups, body painting and the chance to meet breast cancer survivors.

The Sassy Lady Event Productions Director Lluvia Linda Perez said they had a great turn out and loads of support from local businesses and cosmetology schools. She explained there are nine members in the group and each played a significant role in planning, choreography, promotion and direction.

20121102 HairShow IMG 5063“We wanted to bring awareness to this program that not a lot of people know about…and how these patients feel,” Perez said. “Of course, everyone worries about the cure and we want to raise money for that…but it also starts with feeling good about yourself.”

The models that participated sported crazy hairstyles with lights and vibrant extensions. Some hairstyles managed to go feet into the air, while others had Kool-Aid packets pinned in and Slinky pieces expanding out. There were also a few hairstylists who incorporated alternative fashion-dos for cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, including hats, scarves and hair wraps.

Though the LGFB program is a national group, all proceeds from the hair show went directly to local patients. The community manager for the American Cancer Society Melisa Tejada explained that since January 2012, 830 beauty kits and over 2,000 wigs have been given to local cancer patients through this program.

“The local program provided hypoallergenic cosmetic kits as well as wigs, scarves and turbans,” Tejada said. “Two of the salons that competed in the event work directly with our program, Hair Trix in Weslaco and Beauty Secrets in McAllen.”

Perez and Tejada were both overjoyed with the success of the event.

“It was an incredible turn out, people are slowly but surely getting the message and getting involved,” Tejada said. “I can’t wait to see how much money they raised because I’m sure it surpassed last year.”

First place went to the Pac Man-inspired ‘80s hairstyle created by Xotic Hair Salon. Two participants at the event also cut their hair on stage and donated it to the LGFB program. Tejada said there are a few guidelines to follow when donating hair.

To donate hair, the length must be at least 8 inches and should be held together in a braid. It also doesn’t matter if the hair is in its original state or dyed. People who would like to donate hair can mail it to the American Cancer Society at 5413 S. McColl, Edinburg, TX 78539 or drop off the hair at this location. For more information on the LGFB program and the American Cancer Society call 682-8329.

More photos online at Sean Downey Photography on Facebook

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