CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – A Clarksville woman is preparing to make and donate 100 custom wigs to women and children suffering from hair loss who are struggling to afford a wig.
Markeisha Wardell started as a hairdresser 15 years ago, launched her own hair line “Markeisha Rose Extensions” in 2013 and a few years ago opened her own salon in Clarksville, Rose Beauty Bar.
Over the course of her career, she said she has seen too many women struggling with hair loss, many with alopecia and chemotherapy as well as other medical diagnoses..
âNot everyone who would come around could necessarily afford a quality wig because we make really high quality wigs from 400 and up, you know? So it really hurt my heart not to be able to give everyone a wig, âexplained Wardell. “So I have decided that you know this this year. I will return the blessing to those who deserve it because these women have beautiful souls.”
Wardell explained that she had tried to help her clients request wigs through their insurance, claiming the wigs were skull prostheses. . So I said, ‘You know, instead of waiting for them to approve, I’ll approve them myself.’ “
She decided to create a philanthropic arm of her hair extension company and plan a motivational event called “Select Your Crown” for 50 women and 50 children who have experienced hair loss, creating a personalized wig for each. participant.
Wardell said: “It’s going to be a bit like a graduation ceremony, you call up and you go up and you go behind that special curtain and you get your wig applied and then you go out and there will be a parade.”
The October 24 event will also bring together oncology massage therapists, wellness coaches, spiritual counselors and professionals to explain the easiest ways to have future wigs covered with insurance.
She explained how she has seen women’s confidence take a hit both when they lose their hair unexpectedly and when they have had time to anticipate it.
âWe have a lady, it’s her third round with cancer and she has literally lost her hair every third round,â Wardell explained. âSo at this point, she kind of lost hope and, you know, she’s sick of wearing the scarf and looking like this cancer patient, so she’s, she’s really excited to get her confidence back. We are here to restore and uplift the confidence of these ladies. “
She pointed out that the âSelect Your Crownâ event is private because she knows there are attendees whose own spouses do not know they are suffering from hair loss.
âYour candidacy doesn’t blow you up, and there won’t be any spectators there either,â Wardell explained, âThere will be people going through the same thing as you. So, it’s going to be such a great one. exciting day, because you’re going to have women sharing their stories, pouring into each other and uplifting each other. It’s, it’s gonna be amazing. “
In order to pull out 100 custom wigs in time for the end of October, Wardell said she would not refuse help. so anyone who wants to volunteer, i really ask them to reach out to me because i sure can’t do it alone. “
Although this is the first “Select Your Crown” event, Wardell said she hopes to start hosting them with the help of sponsors twice a year.
To apply for the âPick Your Crownâ event on October 24 for yourself or someone you think you deserve, click here.