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Award-winning hairdresser has head shaved for cancer charity

Award-winning hairdresser has head shaved for cancer charity
Sam Robinson

Mary Geoghegan, style director at KH Hair in Nottingham, took a seat in her own chair to brave the shave for Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) after a family friend of the same age (30)was diagnosed with blood cancer last year.

Biggest Challenges

“I hear too often how cancer is affecting people and taking away lives.” she explained. “One of the biggest challenges for people fighting cancer is losing their hair/their identity so, as a hairdresser, I want to try and break the stigma. I want to give anyone fighting a boost so they can hold their heads high and be proud of who they are.

 

Hair Identity

“My hair is my identity and how I represent myself both to my clients and to the wider industry. However, cancer doesn’t care about that but by having my head shaved, I’m saying, with or without my hair, I’m still Mary. I can’t imagine what it’s like living with cancer but I’m doing this for everyone who is.”

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Changing The World

Bloodwise has changed the world for people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders – but says it won’t stop until every single one of the 38,000 people diagnosed with a blood cancer each year survives and can live their lives to the full.

Fantastic Support

Mary, a member of the KH Hair Creative Team, confessed to being really nervous in the weeks running up to the event but received fantastic support from friends, colleagues and clients who reminded her daily how brave she was to do it for such a great cause. “During the shave, I was shaking a lot and there were a couple of moments when I nearly burst into tears, but the love and support from everyone around me kept me strong.” she said. “Everyone kept telling me how much it suited me which was so lovely. Kindness is everything.”

Being Brave

Salon director, Debbie McMenamin, was the one to start Mary’s shave. “I was shaking too.” she said. “I’m not a trained hairdresser for one thing! But Mary was so brave. She is a beautiful person inside and out, with or without her hair and we are so proud to have her on our team.”

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The Little Princess Trust 

Bloodwise isn’t the only charity to benefit from Mary’s bravery. The longest bits of her hair were braided before being shaved off and will be donated to The Little Princess Trust charity which makes wigs for children suffering from cancer and other illnesses.

Beating Cancer

“We all need to make changes in our day to day lives to help beat cancer.” said Mary. “Simple things like paying attention to your body – how it feels on the inside, not necessarily how it looks on the outside. Cancer feeds off the toxic food, stress and emotions in your body and even making simple changes to your diet can make all the difference.”

Over £3,000 Raised 

Mary, who won the 2018 Eastern Hairdresser of the Year Award at the British Hairdressing Awards with friend and colleague Jessica Neil, has so far raised over £3,000 for Bloodwise which will go towards research and to those suffering from cancer who need support.

Any donations can be made via her Just Giving page here.