Thursday , February 22 2024

For Valley Fever Survivors, A Growing Need: Wigs

In a small boutique in downtown Bakersfield, Brenda Blanton donned a styling gown and settled into a salon chair facing a mirror. Shop owner Kelly Giblin approached, not carrying scissors or a curling iron, but a small hairpiece resembling a dirty blonde bob with dark roots. “This is an amazing hairpiece,” Giblin said excitedly, clipping it onto Blanton’s thinning, shoulder-length hair. “We can put it on, trim it in, and it will blend with your hair and no one will ever now.” Mannequin heads in wigs of brown, blonde, pink and purple gazed over Blanton’s chair. The realtor has been coming for years to Giblin’s shop, called Lemonade Locks, after a successful first fitting: A brown bob with blonde highlights. “I was giggling,” Blanton said, “and my mom was going ‘oh it looks so good, it looks like your hair!’” Lemonade Locks is located within a cancer center. And while Giblin said most of her clients lose their hair to either chemotherapy or hormones, Blanton’s story is different. She
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