Cosmetologists train to give new looks and outlooks to cancer patients

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 9, 2004

Four area cosmetologists may soon be prescribing just the right medicine for area cancer patients.

The employees of Anruss Salon participated in the American Cancer Society’s &uot;Look GoodŠFeel Better&uot; training program Monday morning.

ACS representatives from Hattiesburg and Medenhall visited the salon to teach the cosmetologists some tricks of the trade used to help women undergoing cancer treatments look better and therefore feel better.

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&uot;Anruss was willing to volunteer,&uot; Community Representative Kathy Prospere said. &uot;You have to be a licensed cosmetologist, then we bring in the trainer and get a site and publicize the event.&uot;

The first Natchez &uot;Look GoodŠFeel Better&uot; session will be at the Natchez Mall on Oct. 11. Those interested in participating are asked to call either the salon or ACS.

Anruss cosmetologists will perform demonstrations on choosing the proper wig and making it fit, alternative head coverings ranging from hats to turbans, skin treatment and makeup.

Prospere said the program was a direct effect of funds raised during Relay for Life. The cosmetologists volunteer their time and the makeup is donated by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, but other materials used and other costs are paid for with Relay funds. Those who participate will receive a kit containing cleansing products and makeup.

Prospere said she knew of three women interested in participating in the program right now but had no way of predicting the final number.

She said the session was important for those undergoing radiation and chemotherapy because they have special skin needs due to the treatments.

&uot;It’s a 12-step program from cleansing to lips and eyebrows,&uot; she said. &uot;If they look good they’ll feel better.&uot;

Angela Wagoner, owner of Anruss and one of the cosmetologists participating in the training, said the salon was asked to participate in the program by a cancer survivor and agreed as a tribute.

After the October session the program will be offered every other month.