Hair to spare? Donate to make sidecurls, wigs for cancer patients

Kaplan Medical Center is asking for hair donations to create wigs for patients who had chemotherapy.

By
August 27, 2009 00:16
1 minute read.
Hair to spare? Donate to make sidecurls, wigs for cancer patients

hair-cut 88. (photo credit: Jonathan Bloom)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Kaplan Medical Center is asking for donations of hair to create "artificial sidecurls" (payot) for hassidic men and boys and wigs for women and girls of all backgrounds who undergo chemotherapy for cancer and lose their hair. The veteran hairdresser Eli Ben-Zikri has opened a new hair salon inside the Rehovot hospital on a voluntary basis to collect donated hair in all colors that can be turned in sidecurls and wigs. Anyone who wants to donate their long tresses will get a free haircut in the hospital salon, said Ben-Zikri, who has himself recovered from cancer. He had met a young woman in the hospital who lost her hair to chemotherapy and couldn't afford to buy a wig to cover her bald head. He managed to give her a free wig that, he said, "gave her the strength to go on." But his salon has a shortage of hair to make wigs and sidecurls. He personally suits the donor hair to the patients; once they have theirs, he washes, sets and maintains the wigs and sidecurls, all at no cost. Ben-Zikri also invites other hairdressers and barbers who want experience working in the field to come to his salon in Kaplan, learn and give of their time. Hospital director-general Dr. Ya'acov Yahav said that when asked for permission to approve the project, he didn't have to think twice. Cancer patients' feelings about themselves and the way they look affects their ability to fight their disease, he said.

Related Content

[illustrative photo]
September 24, 2011
Diabetes may significantly increase risk of dementia

By UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM