Tigard woman's wigs are 'Compassionate Creations' for cancer patients

Woman creates wigs from patients' own hair

TIGARD, Ore. -- A Tigard woman is making wigs for women with cancer, using their own hair.

"It helps them retain their identity as they go through the struggle," Gieselle Blair said.

Blair is an Oregon State University theater graduate who until two years ago created wigs for stage productions in Los Angeles.

"I left that and invested everything I had into starting Compassionate Creations," she said. "When I see photos and read the thank you cards, I know I made the right choice."

Very few women have enough hair for a full wig, so sometimes friends and family will donate their locks.

Each wig is hand tied and it takes about 100 hours to pull each strand through a lace cap.

"It's so important to have a secure fit," Blair explained.

Her creations sell for $1,200 to $2,200 depending on the length and type of hair.

"The sign of a good wig is if you can part it anywhere," she said. "And it's great to see photos of women who are able to do that."         

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