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First hair salon for cancer patients to open

Dian Ward salon
The salon will offer specialist treatments for cancer patients

A hair salon offering treatments to cancer patients is to open in Edinburgh.

Hairdresser Dian Ward, 35, decided to open the salon, the first in Scotland, after a client began losing her hair.

Ms Ward, who owns three salons in the capital, said she wanted a service for women going through a "traumatic experience".

The new salon will open next month, next door to Ms Ward's existing Glasgow Road salon.

Ms Ward, who has been a hairdresser for 18 years, said she was amazed to discover that no other salon offered specialist hair treatments to women going through chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

She said other hairdressers provided a wig cutting and washing service, but that she wanted to give the women a relaxed experience in a private environment.

When my hair first started to fall out, I got it shaved and I did wear a wig. I wish I'd had somewhere like Dian's salon to go to when this happened
Anne Swanney
Cancer patient

Ms Ward said: "If you are going through cancer treatment, you should still be able to feel comfortable and relaxed.

"We will advise the women on the right hair products to use - such as follicle treatments that encourage the regrowth of hair.

"We will do their make up as well as wig-fitting.

She added: "As soon as someone finishes chemotherapy or radiotherapy and the hair starts to grow back, it does need to be looked after.

"We would help kick-start this process with our treatments."

'More confident'

Anne Swanney, 62, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.

She said: "It is great what Dian is doing, as you not only lose your hair but your eyelashes and eyebrows too.

"Dian is also offering make-up advice which will make people feel more feminine when they are undergoing treatment.

"When my hair first started to fall out, I got it shaved and I did wear a wig.

"I wish I'd had somewhere like Dian's salon to go to when this happened."

Julia Frater, senior information nurse at Cancer Research UK, said: "Hair loss during cancer treatment can affect people in many different ways - some people find it a very hard part of having cancer treatment.

"Anything that helps people to feel more confident and self-assured as a result of hair loss through cancer treatment is welcomed."



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