Each month, four or five cancer patients come to Whittier Tech’s Cosmetology Salon to receive a boost. It is where, if needed, they can get fitted with a wig and have it styled, free of charge. The student-run salon added the American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank to its services seven years ago.
“It’s a wonderful way to give cancer patients the confidence they need through our hairstyling skills,“ said Suzanne Tozlowski, a cosmetology teacher who brought the program to Whittier.
Students work beside her on clients and, after being trained last month in the Look Good Feel Better Program sponsored by ACS, seven of them are now volunteering at area hospitals where they style patients’ hair and offer make-up tips.
As part of the wig bank program, the salon offers new wigs, valued at $40 to $70, at no cost to clients who do not have insurance to pay for them. ACS provides some wigs to the Whittier salon, but not enough for the number of clients who need them. To raise money to buy more, students in Whittier’s service clubs sell colored ribbons that identify the 20 different types of cancer.
Students studying Marketing, Cosmetology and Business Technology folded and pinned the ribbons onto cards, which are also sold in the school store.
Whittier’s salon is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Hours to call to book an appointment are: 9 to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. 978-373-4101 EXT 348.