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Special feature on Women’s Health in Boston Magazine October 2010.
Dealing With Hair Loss
If a screening detects cancer, a patient is likely to endure poking, prodding, sterile hospital settings, and possibly radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery. Even for those who handle cancer treatment well, one of the most difficult stages of the process can be the loss of hair.
Sarah Deutsch, owner of Suisse Natural Hair Salon in Newton, has seen it over and over. “For the cancer patient, it’s one of the most painful parts”, she says.
Sometimes patients meet with Deutsch before they lose their hair, so she will know what it should look like when she restores it. By using her own hair integration technique and sometimes extensions, she takes what’s left of a patient’s hair to create a full, natural-looking head. Deutsch does make wigs, but says most people don’t need them. “Very few people lose all their hair”, she says.
Deutsch is a perfectionist; she isn’t satisfied until her clients walk out with a natural-looking, gorgeous mane. “They get up in the morning and wash their hair. It’s part of them”, she says. “It’s absolutely part of them.”
Clients come to Suisse Natural Hair Salon from all over the Boston area, but also from as far as Hawaii, California, Nova Scotia, and Switzerland. Some have been coming regularly for more than two decades. The shop looks like a regular salon and offers regular salon services, so there’s no anxiety associated with entering a wig shop. That puts the client at ease, which is especially important for a cancer patient who already has enough to handle.
One Suisse client shared her experience: “I first met Sarah over ten years ago when I was battling cancer, and she did an amazing job of helping me maintain a sense of beauty and dignity throughout the grueling treatment. Afterwards, my mane never fully retained its original glory, and Sarah has kindly and patiently worked with me since that time to help me maintain my self-confidence and sense of self.”
Special feature published April 2012