It is not every day that you get to meet a celebrity – let alone be given advice by them.
But for Colne stylists Joanne Wright and Leona Loftus, a day in the Big Smoke saw them mixing with one of the biggest stars in the hairdressing world.
The duo, who own Colourbank for Hair, in Church Street, were given a special training session by BHA British Hairdresser of the Year Trevor Sorbie MBE.
The pair were taught the art of professional wig cutting as they prepare to support people having to deal with medical hair loss. It is a skill close to Joanne’s heart, after she had to shave off her mum’s hair, following chemotherapy to treat breast cancer.
Recalling her personal experiences, she said: “We cried, talked, cried some more and then laughed. In a strange way, the process had provided some kind of therapy for us both.”
In the years that followed many friends and customers would go to Joanne for advice when they lost or feared losing their hair. One included Ailsa Woodvine (54), of Hollin Hall, Trawden, who described her once long brown hair as “a giant fuzzy and curly brillo pad” following her chemotherapy.
She recalled: “It was awful and I didn’t know what to do with it. I had my daughter’s wedding coming up in America and wanted to look nice.
“Joanne suggested just going for something completely different and making what was very much a negative into a positive, so set about colouring my hair blonde and cutting it into a style I would normally have dared try. It really gave me a spring in my step and made me feel like a woman again.”
After learning that Trevor had launched a charity for women with medical hair loss called “My New Hair” Joanne decided to sign up for his nurse-led course.
Today, Colourbank will be donating money from every cut to Pendleside Hospice as part of Hair for Hospices month.
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