Turning hair into hope
BABE SAVAGE USES CUSTOM WIG-MAKING SKILLS TO HELP CANCER PATIENTS UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY
Babe Savage knows how hard it can be on self-esteem when after receiving a cancer diagnosis, people also lose their hair, because her mom had cancer.
That’s why after a 20-year career in the US the wigmaker continued her charity work upon moving to Abu dhabi two years ago and setting up Babe’s Hair extension & Wig Salon Reem island.
She has long made wigs for a variety of people, whether it was regular folks, celebrities including John Travolta and Beyonce or those who were undergoing hair loss due to chemotherapy. “When i got here, i saw a huge need,” she said. it takes a few measurements and 3-4 weeks for Savage to make a wig. for those who can’t pay, Savage will find a suitable option in her collection – each valued at an average of dhs2,500 – or make them one for free.
during her 18 months in the UAE, Savage has already donated about 30 wigs.
She uses real hair shipped in from countries including Vietnam, Uzbekestan and india and also takes donations, a process that requires about 14 inches of hair.
“Some people donate and do it for their friend,” she says.
As for the patients she works with, “they get referred to me, either from the doctor or the doctor will call me. A lot of the times i will join them in the doctor’s office for a consultation.”
Savage is planning a benefit day at her salon in the coming year, when people can come in and donate their hair.
“i have a natural desire to help people,” she said.
Babe Savage and a selection of her creations