1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer annually. There is currently no formal, nationwide organization to help individuals through the often traumatic experience of rapid hair loss. Hair Matters is a donations-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit, Identity Restoration Movement designed to validate, celebrate, and revitalize participants’ sense of self and identity. We offer free professional salon services in a non-medical setting to those affected by cancer treatment-related hair, skin, and nail changes.

 
 

What We Do

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Before Treatment

Consider meeting with us to discuss your plans for dealing with hair loss. This may include getting your hair cut short to minimize the impact when it begins to fall out.

During Treatment

Have your wig custom fit and shaped while learning how to care for it. Accessorize with hats, scarves, and headbands. Receive recommendations for skin and scalp care, as well as dealing with eyebrow and eyelash loss. Schedule a make-up tutorial to complete your look.

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After Treatment

Visit us for help with shaping and styling your hair as it grows back, easing the transition from a wig back to your own hair. Allow us to celebrate with you as you complete this life-changing process.

 

Why Hair Matters

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Debby Porter is the driving force behind Hair Matters. Her inspiration for this service comes from her own cancer journey. In 2012, at the age of forty-four, Debby was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has lived with the challenges of maintaining a positive self-identity while dealing with the physical changes caused by cancer treatment. She received her B.A. in social work in 1989 and became a licensed cosmetologist in 2010. She is able to offer a unique blend of sensitivity, emotional support, and professional cosmetology services.

 

Testimonials

“When I started chemo, I was very anxious about the upcoming hair loss. Debby showed that you really can still look good even when you have lost your hair. It’s a wonderful morale boost to have something pretty to wear.”
-Pauline
“When I was undergoing chemo and radiation treatments, Debby was just what I was hoping for. She provided the compassion, experience, and privacy that I so very much needed.”
-Anne

“Thank you so much for creating an atmosphere of joy and community and celebration of beauty. What a gift to my heart it was. I so appreciate your generosity, joy, and your tender heart.”
-Carinne