Local program helps those affected by cancer treatment

The city of Craig has a new program designed to help women who are undergoing cancer treatments.

Through the efforts of Devin Grove, a hairstylist and licensed cosmetologist with Reflections Hair Care, the Look Good Feel Better program is now available locally.

The program, which is part of a free national public service, helps women deal with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments in order to regain self-confidence.

"It's based on the fact that when you have cancer and you lose your hair, you lose self-esteem and self-respect," Grove said.

The hairstylist said that by making patients look better on the outside, they would feel better on the inside.

Grove said the program educates women in appearance-enhancing makeup techniques, such as how to draw on eyelashes and eyebrows, and how to care for their skin and nails, which can be affected by cancer treatments.

After women learn the techniques, they are provided with complimentary cosmetics and skin care products, which are donated by the cosmetic industry.

The program also teaches women how to cover hair loss through wigs, turbans, scarves and other accessories.

"Your doctor will tell you where to go to get a wig or who you can talk to about a wig, but they really don't give you information," Grove said. "So we try to teach everybody how to make yourself feel better by looking better."

A beauty school instructor in Grand Junction introduced Grove to the program.

"I've wanted to do it ever since I first heard about it," Grove said.

To kick off the Look Good, Feel Good program, Bev Rubley, owner of Reflections Hair Care, had Grove cut off more than 10 inches of her hair to donate to the Locks of Love organization, which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.

Rubley, who had not had her haircut in three years, said she was glad she could help promote both the new program and Locks of Love.

"I'm a cancer survivor myself," Rubley said.

"And although I've never lost hair, I realize what a traumatic thing it is for people who do lose it. This is important because it helps with people's self-esteem. And it will always grow back."

Grove said Craig's Look Good Feel Good program officially began Thursday after Craig's cancer

support group lent its support to the idea. Grove said Look Good Feel Good will accept wig donations, and individualized appointments can be made at Reflections Hair Care.

"If somebody wants to call us and make a specific appointment to be with just us for cancer-related hair needs, we'll do that free of charge," Grove said.

For more information, call Grove at 824-1007.

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