Arnold GodoyJun 22, 2018, 4:30 pmJun 22, 2018, 4:33 pm

Mo’Hair Foundation Salon provides free hair replacements for those with medical conditions

CEO says she wants to continue helping patients to build their confidence, boost self-esteem


JERSEY CITY – An emotional ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Christ Hospital on Friday to commemorate the opening of the Mo’Hair Foundation Salon. The foundation provides free hair replacement for cancer patients and others who have lost their hair due to medical treatments or conditions.

"And it's real easy. A small application process I do measurements. We talk about textures, lengths, densities, and they come in and get fitted and renewed and they're on their way,” Founder and CEO Monique Smith-Andrews said.

Smith-Andrews said that Mo’Hair was started in honor of her mother. The foundation has been helping patients for nearly 10 years. She's helped more than 100 people providing them with free temporary hair replacement.

"She had suffered from cancer she lost her hair. Today they don't make wigs for people who are completely bald. So I had her come in we tried on some wigs. She left very discouraged. And it really hurt me because being a salon owner and doing hair I couldn't help her," Smith-Andrews said.

One of her longtime clients, Tish Jackson, shared her story. Back in 1996 her doctor telling her she was losing her hair due to alopecia - a form of sudden hair loss, however, with Smith-Andrews’ help she has been able to find confidence in herself in spite of her condition.

"When you're growing up African American with long hair and dark skin, you were fabulous. And that's what I had. And then I’m sitting at the hairdresser, and she says, there's a spot in your head. And I said, a spot?" Jackson said. "It may not be long, but it's blond, and I’m still beautiful, and all because someone cared about mama Tish.”

Smith-Andrews she said wants to continue helping more patients providing them hair replacements to build their confidence and self-esteem. She hopes the partnership with Christ hospital will make it easier to connect with people and lift them up as they go through their medical treatments.

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