OKEMOS, MI (WLNS) – When a woman learns she has breast cancer one of the first things she thinks about is losing her hair.
She has no idea what to expect or how her battle with cancer will affect her.
A local hair stylist who helped a friend going through this process thought there’s got to be a way to make the process a little less frightening.
Our Sheri Jones tells us about a new salon in town called A Wig and a Prayer.
“Some women feel like it is the worst thing that’s ever happening to them, to lose their hair. And some women it doesn’t matter so much, so I want to meet them wherever they are and just really guide them and educate them on all the options available to them and help them make the best choice for themselves,” said Jessica Grienke, owner, A Wig and a Prayer.
Before she made it her mission in life to help women losing their hair due to cancer, Jessica Grienke made the brave decision to shave her own head. Jessica wanted to know exactly what it feels like to be bald and wear a wig on a daily basis, something that allows her a deeper connection with her clients.
“I think God just gave me a heart for these women, to really help them through the whole experience, so that’s why I love what I’m doing.”
Through Jessica’s love and compassion for helping women, her new business was born. She calls it “A Wig and a Prayer,” a salon in Okemos that specializes in helping women who are losing their hair. A Wig and a Prayer offers each woman a personal consultation, where fears and concerns can be discussed in private.
And for Wendy Hofman that was key.
“She guided me through the process. She helped me to understand what was coming next and really took that fear element away from me,” said Wendy Hofman, client, A Wig and a Prayer.
Wendy says she not only benefited personally, but professionally from her experience at A wig and a Prayer.
And wearing a wig customized by Jessica gave her the confidence she needed.
“I would say it’s pretty close to the way my hair was and when I walked into my work for the first time, I didn’t feel like people were looking at my hair, I felt they were looking at me.”
Jessica wants her client’s wigs to look and feel like their own hair or the hair they’ve always wanted.
Sheri: “You would hope that people come in before they lose their hair?”
Jessica: “That works best, so I can see what their hair looks like before they lose it.”
Sheri: “This is actually a lot more full than my hair… I like it!”
Jessica: “At this point I would be checking the shape and see what’s best for you, what we need to do to as far as cutting to make it look more like your own hair. It looks great on you!”
Sheri: “It looks pretty real doesn’t it? This is how I wear my hair and I like it better!”
And that’s the reaction Jessica says she hears over and over again.
“Hair loss, it doesn’t have to be depressing, it can be something that is just a new you, a new look, something different, but that you can look and feel like yourself,” said Grienke
If you’d like to learn more about A Wig and a Prayer, there will be a ribbon cutting and an open house on Friday, April 22 at 1 p.m.