BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's part of our look when we get ready every day. For many with hair loss, wigs give that sense of expression back.
“Your hair is like your crown,” Bianca Saleh, creator of The Saleh Hair Foundation, said. About eleven years ago, Saleh was diagnosed with Alopecia, a hair loss disease that affects more than six million people around the U.S, according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
Saleh wanted to do something to help women and children get their confidence back from losing their hair. That’s why she created the Saleh Hair Foundation, providing wigs to people who suffer from hair loss because of a medical condition or from cancer treatments. The foundation started just last year and has been able to provide ten wigs to people who couldn't afford it.
“We are helping women and children especially in Western New York find their confidence, feel good, face the world, and have their spunk back,” Saleh said.
The wigs are made out of real hair and are handmade at salons. High Klass Hair Salon on Allen Street in downtown Buffalo is one salon that takes donated hair and makes the wigs. Each wig costs about $1,050. Saleh has created a 50/50 Challenge to raise $50,000 in 50 weeks to help women and children in need.
Medical transportation company Mercy Transportation is pledging $8 per ride. To support Mercy Transportation’s donation efforts, you can simply call MAS and request them for your medical transportation needs and $8 from every ride will go towards The Saleh Hair Foundation 50/50 Challenge.
“We look for the texture and we put a lot of care and quality into it,” Saleh said. Each wig is made to order with what each patient would like.