Banish hair loss with a wig

Claudia Schnuriger and Jenny Della-Vedova have opened a wig styling and headwear salon for people who suffer hair loss through cancer treatment. Picture: Marcus Whisson d411860
Claudia Schnuriger and Jenny Della-Vedova have opened a wig styling and headwear salon for people who suffer hair loss through cancer treatment. Picture: Marcus Whisson d411860

Breast cancer survivors Jenny Della-Vedova and Claudia Schnuriger are using that mantra as the impetus to start their wig styling and head- wear salon for people who lose their hair through cancer treatment.

‘We know what it is like to have your head shaved, to find a suitable wig and headscarves when you certainly do not feel great,’ Ms Della-Vedova said.

‘It is our dream to create a sanctuary where women and children can feel comfortable, receive personalised one-on-one service.’

Ms Della-Vedova, of Mt Lawley, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 after having an angiogram to examine the health of her arteries.

By chance, a small lump was found and Ms Della-Vedova underwent a lumpectomy.

But more tissue was needed to be removed and Ms Della-Vedova had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and two breast reconstructions after the initial procedure did not work.

She has been in remission for three years and said starting the salon was the next step in her journey.

‘Getting your hair cut off in a hair salon surrounded by people is not a very nice experience,’ she said.

‘We are offering a more personalised service, and we will be able to help people when they ask how long the hair will take to grow back.

‘We will probably have a make-up artist who can work with us. If someone is going to a wedding it would be nice to get it all done at the salon.’

The pair is using crowdfunding to help fund the Stylish Wig Emporium, to be set up in Mt Hawthorn early next year at the back of Ms Schnuriger’s hairdressing salon.

They have so far reached half of their $10,000 target to buy sample wigs and products. To donate, go to pozible.com/wigsforhairloss.