Kind-hearted Newry Wig Maker to feature in moving hair loss documentary

October 10, 2016

A Newry wig manufacturer and a young Our Lady’s Grammar School girl will feature in a special True North BBC Documentary to be screened tonight (Monday 10th October) which explores the trauma of hair loss.

“My Wig and Me” looks at the stigma attached with wearing a wig and how it remains very much a taboo subject, especially for women.  The emotional film will follow the inspirational stories of women who have lost their hair through cancer and alopecia.

Newry wig maker, Therese Hughes, owner of Tresses Boutique, based in Upper Water Street in the city, will be shown providing a natural hairpiece to 11 year old Our Lady’s student, Emily Wallace, who has lost her hair due to chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia.  Emily, who was diagnosed with blood cancer a year ago, has a family connection to Therese, who is renowned throughout the district for her work over the last 18 years in restoring the confidence of women suffering hair loss. The Newry Wig manufacturer created a beautiful natural hair wig for the school girl, which she was able to wear on her Confirmation day.

Therese said it has been an honour to help Emily with her hairpiece and encouraged everyone to watch tonight’s documentary to see Emily’s touching story for themselves. Meanwhile, Emily’s mum Stefanie has described the kind-hearted wig manufacturer as “amazing” and credits Therese with making her daughter “feel normal again” with a beautiful hairpiece that was very close to her own natural hairstyle.

Therese is also seen helping Fermanagh school teacher Orla Brogan, who was able to donate her own hair to the Princess Trust to make natural hair wigs.

The programme, “My Wig and Me” will be screened as part of the True North series tonight (Monday 10th Oct) on BBC One at 10.45pm.