On Sunday October 19th, the central galleria at City Centre Beirut was a-buzz with crowds of people who had come from across Lebanon for one unified mission: to make the cut and donate their hair for women fighting cancer. Women, children, and even men, lined up for this opportunity to donate 20 centimeters (and the majority more!) of their hair at the hands of twelve talented stylists who were offering free cuts and styling on this special occasion.
In its second year, and following the wide success of its first edition, Make the Cut is a patient support initiative developed by One Wig Stand, and held in collaboration with L’Oreal Professionnel, to collect hair donations from the public in order to be able to make wigs for Lebanese women fighting cancer. Through the hair donations received, the organization is able to provide wigs to any patient in need (free-of-charge) to help them cope better with the dreaded side effects of chemotherapy and boost their self-image as they recover.
This special Make the Cut hair donation event, coinciding with the international breast cancer month, exceeded all expectations with more than 400 donors making the cut in one afternoon, including the renowned actress Marcelle Marina. Other memorable highlights of the day include two brave little girls from the Bekaa Valley who boldly shaved their hair off to shed added awareness to what patients go through when they lose their hair.
Alongside everyone who came to cut their hair that day, the mall was full of those who also had come to show their support for the cause and witness the bold transformations, encouragingly cheering and clapping from the sidelines. Donors were additionally treated to a commemorative certificate for their contribution and a goody bag with valuable gifts from L’Oreal Professionnel, Kellogg’s and Essie.
The busy, yet extremely rewarding, day was marked with fresh new looks at the hands of stylists who worked non-stop to ensure donors left with big smiles on their faces, bringing the final tally of the day to approximately 530 ponytails (including previously-cut donations that were also dropped off at the venue). This number should translate into at least 65 wigs at the average production rate of 6 to 8 ponytails per wig, which the organization will be coordinating with Hair & More to manufacture into wigs for any patient in need.
Event Sponsors: City Centre Beirut, DIGIPrint, Essie, Hair & More, Kellogg’s Special K, Merlun Group, RTB Productions, Sakr Printing and Teleperformance.
Event Hair Stylists: Bare’, Georges Nakhle, Gilbert Irany, Jackyo, Joseph el-Haber, Juliano Asmar, Pace e Luce, Peter Abou Jaoude, Souheil Haber, Tony Obeid, Wissam Lebbous and Younes Eid.
To inquire about a wig for a patient in need, please contact us on 79-158471 or 01-203112.