An Arizona woman who lost her hair in 2019, after undergoing radiation treatment due to the third reoccurrence of a benign tumor on her pituitary gland, has been gifted a wig by her son made from his own hair.
Melanie Shaha described losing hair as” a sore thumb and well-meaning people can say things that break your heart,”. She further stated that her main worry isn’t about her ailment but about the inability to be seen as a normal woman whenever she’s out and about.
Shaha recalled that the whole idea of making the wig, started off as a joke during lunch, when her 27-year-old son, Matt, made a suggestion of growing out his hair just to make her a wig. Matt whose locks were closest to his mom’s in terms of color and texture took the joke seriously and proceeded to grow his hair for the next two and a half years, according to local news reports.
Matt also paid $2,000 for a California wig-maker Compassionate Creations to make the hand-stitched hairpiece.
“Had to share these candid shots of our client Melanie rocking her custom-built wig!” the company wrote on social media earlier this month. “We had the perfect blond supplemental hair in stock to pair with their submissions and couldn’t be happier with the results!”
For Melanie, her new hair is a happy outcome.
“You know, I’ve lost my eyebrows, lost my eyelashes, I lost my hair, so it’s just been such a tremendous gift to be able to have a more normal appearance, to go places and not stand out because you look unusual, but to fit in and be beautiful,” Melanie told the Phoenix station. “It’s really great.”
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