P.S. A Personal Note Concerning My Mom, Sandra Hodge
Tomorrow isn't promised to any of us.
In 2006, my mother, Sandra Hodge, was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. I was devastated. My mom was one of my best friends.
Watching her battle for ten years with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation was very painful. My heart broke when she shared the story with me of how her hair came completely out, leaving her bald.
Now, my mom was tough. She wasn't the sort of person to get down about something like that; she was just so grateful to be alive. But I wanted to do something for her. Maybe you know what that's like.
I had already started learning about lace wigs way before my mother's diagnosis, but I ramped up my studying and taught myself how to create lace wigs, just like they do in film and theatre.
The process, in the beginning, was not easy. There was nothing around at that time to teach me about the skill. It was truly trial and error.
I will never forget the look on my mother's face when she saw herself with a full head of hair again. As hairstylists, we get to change people's perceptions about how they feel about themselves.
And I could see that my lace wig had done that for her in a real way. As women, our hair is our crown and glory. And for men, when they lose that defining piece of themselves, they also want to get it back. What we do as wig makers is beyond meaningful.
In the years that followed my mother's diagnosis, I mastered the art of wig making and began teaching my method to others. I have mentored professionals in the film and theatre industry and trained hairstylists from all around the world.
I've guided mothers who wanted to make wigs for their daughters suffering from alopecia, and I've even had the pleasure of showing cosplayers how to make wigs. I've worked with men and women who suffer from hair loss and its affect on their daily lives.
And that's just the beginning.... This industry is so big, and the need for great wigs is in such high demand, especially with hair loss at levels we've never seen before.
Not long ago, after a ten-year battle with cancer, my mother passed away the day after Mother's Day.
The pain of grief was indescribable. But I've got more than a little bit of my mother in me. I am grateful for the time I got to spend with her, and I take joy from every single wig that my students make because I get to relive the moment my mother wore her first wig.
Helping people with their hair is a very personal experience. They come in feeling one way, maybe feeling down, feeling low. But when they walk out, it's like they're a brand new person.
I want to create that feeling for you. Lace Wig University was inspired by my mother and by all the men and women who have taken my classes and used them to transform their lives and the lives of others.
The work we do is so important. This is my legacy. Whether you are new to wig making or very experienced, you will leave Lace Wig University with everything you need to be successful.
And the best part is, you won't have to do any of this alone. You'll have me right there by your side. It's time to change the world one wig at a time!
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