Wigs, Hair Extensions ‘All the Rave’ at 88 Mane Street
Pat W. is undergoing cancer treatment, and sure enough, one of the side effects is the loss of her hair. Her auburn tresses bolstered her self-esteem. She confided to a friend, Jan: “I should just wear a sign that says ‘CANCER PATIENT!” Jan knew Cheryl Bosworth had opened a salon — 88 Mane Street — specializing in wigs, hair extensions, and custom synthetic hairpieces for women with alopecia areta – an autoimmune disorder that attacks hair follicles as one ages.
Jan urges Pat: “I know this hairstylist who specializes in synthetic and human hair wigs and hairpieces. Her name is Cheryl, and she has over 35 years’ experience. I’ll even go with you to the appointment.”
A week later Pat is in Cheryl’s chair, having her head and scalp measured. The breadth of wig colors and styles is almost overwhelming. Cheryl explains to Pat and Jan: “A client can come in and select a wig that fits, decide on the hair color and style, and I cut around the hair lines so few would know the person is wearing a wig. An alternative is a custom synthetic, hand-tied wig that allows a person’s natural skin color to show through the wig. We can match your natural hair color, and give you a new look, or closely duplicate your hairstyle.
“We have human hair wigs which are also hand-tied and offer the most natural appearance. They’re also the highest in price. We show clients how to care for their wig or hairpiece, or they can come in about every six weeks to get their wig washed, cleaned and restyled.”
A Sense of Self
Pat has spied a wig that resembles her own hairstyle so closely, she can’t quite believe her eyes. It’s just snug enough against her scalp that it fits almost perfectly. Tears form in Pat’s eyes. Handing a tissue to Pat, Cheryl says: “It’s normal to feel emotional and understand how much your hair defines a sense of self. Let’s take some measurements and make a few small adjustments to its fit. Decide if you want to keep your own hairstyle or try a different look. Let’s make an appointment for next week, and I can fit and style your wig.” Pat was still wiping away tears as she and Jan left the shop.
Cheryl’s next appointment is with a 31-year-old with significant hair loss on the crown of her head. Like hair extensions, a partial synthetic hairpiece can be matched and cut to fill the area where hair follicles are no longer cooperating. Cheryl adds: “We have different methods to attach hairpieces by beads, surgical adhesives or braiding.”
Cheryl’s salon vision is this: “It’s long been my dream to help women claim their inner beauty with custom wigs and hairpieces that put an exclamation point on their outward elegance.”
88 Mane Street, 6358 W. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48917, 517-574-4910, Cheryl Bosworth, Owner/Stylist