Hair’s To You: Sault College Hairstyling Program Continues to Touch Lives


Sault College Hairstyling program has touched the lives of those affected by hair loss as a result of cancer treatment. As a commitment to our community, the Hairstyling Program provides a caring, supportive and respectful environment and service to men, women and children in our community who are living with cancer and subsequent hair loss.

As a complimentary service to cancer patients, Sault College Hairstyling offers and provide consultation and wig fittings services to patients. In addition to the use of a wig, ongoing
maintenance services inclusive of wig cleaning, sanitization and personalized styling are provide to assist in patients looking and feeling like themselves again.

Sault College Hair's to WigSault College’s wig supply is always in need of new or used wigs in order to offer this service for people in treatment from the cancer clinic. In June of each year, students and faculty have been dedicated to raising awareness and much needed funds for visiting patients.
This year, members of Sault College Hairstylist-Hairdressing program will officially kick-off its Hair’s To You fundraising campaign with a Dinner and Wig Fashion Show at the Grand Gardens on Tuesday, June 14, beginning with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. (cash bar) dinner at 6:15p.m. Tickets are $35 per person.

“The College realizes the tremendous importance of community outreach and the impact of such connections. Sault College’s Hair’s to You ‘program is honoured to assist local cancer patients and their families in this way,” notes Debbie Dunseath, Coordinator and Professor in the Hairstyling diploma program. “When something as shocking and personal as hair loss happens in the lives of cancer patients, it could take years mentally and emotionally to heal. We are grateful to be able to help with this empowering initiative.”

“Wigs can cost anywhere between $250 for a synthetic wig to $1,200 for human hair. Our goal with this wig show is to purchase new wigs for men, women and children and other types of headwear to assist those living with cancer,” adds Dunseath.

Feeling good about oneself has been shown to help speed the healing process and recovery period while dealing with cancer. Most of the patients visiting Sault College’s Hairstyling program Salon are referred by the cancer clinic. Yet, no monies are allotted for patients requiring wigs. As a certified non-profit organization operating at Sault College with tax-deductible receipts given for any donation over twenty dollars, Sault College’s Hairstyling
program hopes to make the journey towards wellness that much easier for local cancer patients affected by hair loss.

“One of the hardest parts of getting cancer was losing a part of me,” notes Kimberly Garber, Cancer Survivor and participant in Sault College’s Hairstyling program Cancer Wig Clinic. “The pain and treatment was a challenge, people knew me by my hair. Thank you to Sault College for making me whole again.”

Please help to restore the dignity and hope of so many cancer patients in Sault Ste. Marie by attending this exciting event. Tickets were purchased for $35 and although no longer available at the door, you can contact the College’s Hairstyling Salon at 705-759-2554 ext. 2741 to learn more about the initiative. If you are unable to attend the wig show but would still like to help, all donations can be made to the Sault College Hairstyling Program Cancer Wig Clinic.


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The vision of Sault College is to provide a transformative life experience through empowering those who study with us to think and learn in progressive, innovative ways, including those we have not yet imagined. Sault College grants Ontario College certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, and degrees to its graduates. The College is the largest deliverer of apprenticeship training in all of Northern Ontario. Educating over 2300 full-time and 4000 part-time students each year, Sault College has a significant economic impact on the community, with spin-offs in excess of $158 million. Over $1.8 million dollars in scholarships, bursaries and awards are distributed annually to students at the College. Located on the border to the United States and situated in the middle of three of the largest Great Lakes on the planet, Sault College is one of 24 publicly-funded colleges in the province of Ontario.

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