Beauty fuels bravery in the fight against cancer, said Venita Graves, the salon's owner, who has been passionate about making breast cancer sufferers beautiful ever since she was diagnosed in 2003.
“When I lost my hair, I thought I could fix it, because I can fix everybody else's hair,” said Graves, who had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. “My problem was, I couldn't fix my own. I became a wig diva after that.”
“Our slogan is beauty before, during and beyond breast cancer,” said Graves. “When patients go through the ugliness of breast cancer, it changes their whole life: how they look, how they feel about themselves and their body.”
Graves holds photo shoots every year to create a Twitterwith 12 breast cancer survivors as models, to raise money in the fight against the deadly disease. She also personally provides the makeovers for the models before they posed for the calendar.
Not only is Graves a survivor of the disease, some of her patients are as well. Graves provides support, hugs and encouragement to any of her hair clients fighting the fight.
Graves also created Stylz and Company to provide beauty services as a confidence boost for women undergoing cancer treatment. She didn't want women to look back at their fight with cancer as the ugliest time of their lives, inside and out.
The breast cancer survivor calendars Graves sells — online and at her salon — benefits the nonprofit. “I'm a survivor. I got to act like it,” Graves said.
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