Inspired by their daughter’s five year remission following Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, owners of Poole-based salon Synergy Hairdressing, Colina and Steve Currell, have launched ‘Mondays at Synergy’ introducing complimentary hair and beauty treatments to clients who have been diagnosed with cancer.

On the first Monday of every month, the Synergy team now opens its doors to provide cancer sufferers with customised haircuts and head shaves, gentle blow-dries, wig washes, hair and scalp masques, Reiki therapy, make-up and nail services, completely free of charge.

Colina and Steve’s daughter, Natasha Currell, comments on the motivations behind the local businesses latest venture: “Whilst going through treatment losing my hair was a devastating part of the journey. I was lucky enough to have my mother, who is a fantastic hairdresser, to soften the blow slightly by giving me a beautiful pixie crop. This transition helped me to prepare myself rather than having to go bald straight away.

“Losing my hair really made me think of all of the women that don’t have the luxury of a live in hairdresser, and how frightening it must be to lose all your hair in one go. This is why I spoke with my parents about supporting others through Synergy Hairdressing who might be facing these kinds of challenges.”

Colina Currell, Synergy owner, adds: “This is something that lies very close to mine and Steve’s heart. Like too many others we have battled with the effects of cancer in our family, and want to provide a service where women can come and feel nurtured. The support network during such a hard time is essential, and I hope this is something Synergy can provide, as well as the complimentary services.”

It was while watching a documentary ‘Monday’s at Racine (HBO)’ that the desire to offer the free service to Synergy clients was sparked. The programme followed the innovative project of a New York based salon that helped hundreds of women deal with their conditions in a positive and proactive way by offering complimentary hair and beauty services on Mondays.

At a time when few people were addressing the mental and emotional impact of being diagnosed with the illness, Racine provided support for sufferers in the community. It is hoped that Synergy’s Monday morning sessions will be equally successful in supporting those who are dealing with the difficult implications of living with cancer.

Natasha has scheduled a trip to New York at the end of next month and is excited to be visiting the salon which has impacted upon her so greatly.

‘Mondays at Synergy’ launched on Monday 4 August; the service will be offered to clients on the first Monday of every month between 10am-1pm.

For more information please call Sandra on 01202 672272.

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