Hair stylist with a difference

Michelle Selby, seated, in her hair salon on Park Road, Springfield, and artistic director Lauren Evans

Michelle Selby, seated, in her hair salon on Park Road, Springfield, and artistic director Lauren Evans

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A WIGAN hair salon owner is working with leading stylist Trevor Sorbie to help cancer patients feel more glamorous.

When Michelle Selby opened her business in Beech Hill earlier this year, she wanted to make a difference and so created a partnership with mynewhair, a charity set up by Trevor Sorbie (inset).

Michelle Selby, in Park Road, is one of only two salons to cut and style wigs for people suffering from hair loss.

As part of her training, she has spent time with cancer nurses to try to understand how to deal with patients’ concerns and emotions.

The 28-year-old said: “Trevor Sorbie set up the charity as he lost his sister-in-law to cancer and he realised hair was a very personal thing and people were very emotional about their appearance.

“He aims to train hairdressers to cut and style wigs.

“So far there is only my salon and another - Elaine Stewart - which does this.

“It is a bit scary for a person with cancer, who may be terminally ill, to sit in a salon chair as they feel self conscious.

“But we offer out-of-hours personal appointments so there are no other clients around and people can feel comfortable removing their wigs.

“I really wanted to do this as I don’t really have a lot of time to work with a charity, but this is something I can fit into my job.

“If I have a skill that can help someone feel better, I feel I should use it.

“People bring their own wigs and I cut and style them to suit that person.

“We also aim to do more fund-raising for the mynewhair charity too.”

Michelle, a mother-of-two from Goose Green, took over the salon, formerly known as Hot Locks, in May after renting a chair there.

She added: “I have done hairdressing since leaving school and I used to teach it with Venture Learning.

“I rented a chair at Hot Locks and when the lease went up for tender I took over and it has been going really well.

“The salon is really small at the moment, as I only have one other member of staff, but I am hoping to grow in the future.”

For more information visit www.mynewhair.org.

To contact Michelle call the salon on 01942 396544.