Newport Beach Hair Salon Owner Helps Those Who Suffer Hair Loss
Salon owner Nazy Curtis has a very personal understanding of the emotional pain that comes with hair lossWhat makes salon owner and top Newport Beach stylist Nazy Curtis special goes beyond the custom hair systems (custom wigs) that she creates for clients. Curtis has a very personal understanding of the emotions tied not just to hair loss, but to physical conditions and diseases that ultimately lead to hair loss, such as cancer, alopecia and stress.
“In the summer of 2007, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” explains Curtis. “Though devastated, the irony of my situation was clear. For years, clients have come to me for custom hair systems, because they were losing their hair due to treatment for cancer or other reasons. During fittings, they share with me their anger about their illness and what is happening to them. They express concern about losing their hair. This is typical of cancer patients. I listened as they shared their feelings and fears. What I didn’t tell them is that I knew about hair loss, because I have alopecia. Then I had breast cancer. Now, when I tell clients that hair loss is not the end of the world, and they have options, they can believe me. I truly do understand what they are going through.”
Physicians stand behind Curtis. One is Dr. Lavinia Chong, an expert plastic surgeon who performs reconstructive surgery and whose practice is based in Newport Beach.
“Physicians are also very appreciative of Curtis’ services, explains Dr. Lavinia Chong, M.D., a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, specializing in breast surgery in Newport Beach. “Nazy is an artist and a philanthropist. By sharing her story, she demystifies the taboo of hair loss, which can occur as a result of chemotherapy or other conditions. Nazy has assisted many patients regain their self-esteem by counseling them and providing them with beautiful hair systems, which in turn allow them to reintegrate into society and expedite their cures.”
For women, the diagnosis of breast cancer is just one of the factors that causes emotional pain. Hair loss is a number-one concern among cancer patients, quite possibly due to the emphasis our society places on appearance. Those afflicted with alopecia tell a similar tale.
“When I was diagnosed with alopecia,” says one patient who wishes to remain unnamed, “I actually contemplated suicide. I know it may sound silly to some, but the thought of going through life with no hair is something I couldn’t imagine. Fortunately, a friend talked me off the ledge and showed me pictures of hair systems made of human hair that look so real I couldn’t tell the difference. Then I met Nazy. She told me about her medical problems and gave me hope. She created a hair system for me, which I wear every day. No one knows it’s not my hair, and I get compliments all the time. I’m not ready to share with people that it’s not my hair. To me, Nazy is a brave woman, sharing her story. Maybe she can help more women like she helped me. For me, her story was a lifesaver – literally.”
Curtis now offers more than hair care services and custom hair systems. She is starting a hair loss support group to be held every fourth Wednesday of the month, at 8:00 p.m. at her salon, D’Orsay, the Art of Hair, in Fashion Island in Newport Beach, located at 240 Newport Center Drive, Unit 107. Curtis will head this support group for cancer patients and survivors, as well as anyone experiencing hair loss. Her goal is to provide hope by sharing her story, answering questions and providing resources the group (and anyone outside the group) can use to help them deal with their situation.
About Nazy CurtisCurtis is an award-winning, European-trained hair stylist and salon owner with years of experience in the hair industry. A top stylist in Newport Beach, California, she is an educator and speaker, who presents on topics that relate to hair loss, hair replacement systems, surviving breast cancer, and more. An accomplished individual, Curtis speaks four languages and works with oncologists and plastic surgeons as relates to their patients who are suffering the devastating effects of hair loss due to disease and other physical conditions.