Vancouver salon gives special pampering to women suffering from cancer

Published: May 8, 2014

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Three Metro Vancouver women struggling with cancer were given a day of pampering to get their hair and makeup done. From L to R: Ellisa Sand, Rose from House of Miss Rose, Charan Basran, and Darlene Nickiford. Submitted photo.


Since 23-year-old Ellisa Sand was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in March, she’s been debating whether she should shave her head before going into chemotherapy.

“I haven’t lost my hair yet,” said the Douglas College student, adding that her first three-hour treatment was Thursday. “I was thinking about just shaving it all off before it starts to fall out.”

When she went into Langley’s House of Miss Rose, which provides wigs for cancer patients dealing with hair loss, to see what her options were, she met the owner Rose Adams who ended up choosing Sand as one of three women to take part in a Mother’s Day event for women struggling with cancer.

So on Thursday, after Sand’s chemotherapy, she was picked up in a limo along with Charan Basran, 65, from Surrey, and Darlene Nickiford, 50, from Langley, and taken to Zootz Hair Studio in Kitsilano for a day of pampering. All three women got their make-up done and were fitted for top-of-the-line wigs donated by House of Miss Rose.

“They just look so wonderful, it was unbelievable,” Adams said at the end of the day. “I wish I could have done it for every mother.”

Adams, a hairdresser for several decades, has been running House of Miss Rose since she retired 10 years ago.

According to Adams, while many women dealing with cancer opt for wigs because of the hair loss associated with treatment, it’s often an unaffordable option for some women, as the best wigs can cost up to $1,000.

“When a woman loses her hair it’s like she’s lost everything — it’s her crowning glory,” she said.

So Adams gladly teamed up with Zootz Hair Studio and chose her clients Sand, Basran and Nickiford to take part in the Mother’s Day event.

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