The charity provides advice and support to anyone who has experienced medical hair loss and has a network of stylists and salons throughout the UK.

It also has a national support network of independent salons and professionals who provide a wig-styling service. Currently, there are approximately 900 hair professionals, including freelance and mobile hairdressers, and almost 800 salons across UK and Ireland in the mynewhair network.

In the North East, around 20 hair stylists from 13 salons provide the mynewhair service across Tyne & Wear, Sunderland, Teesside and County Durham. In the last 12 months, the regional mynewhair network has increased by more than 40%, with four new salons, including one at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary, and six new stylists.

One of the North East salons – Tribeca Hair Design in East Boldon – is run by mynewhair Trustee Darren Stuart, an award-winning hair stylist who joined forces with Trevor Sorbie in 2006 when aclose friend was undergoing treatment for leukaemia. Darren’s salon was the 13th salon to join the mynewhair network and Darren has been styling wigs for people suffering medical hair loss ever since. He now sees 80 people a month at his salon and has been invited to Buckingham Palace and honoured by the Fellowship for British Hairdressing for his work with the charity.

Darren is instrumental in the training of hair stylists and he joins Trevor Sorbie and other members of the charity every month at special training seminars for hair professionals at the L’Oreal academy in London. Seminars have also been held in Newcastle, Glasgow, Dundee and Belfast.

On completion of the training seminars, hair professionals become part of the charity’s salon network – Salons that Care – and start to provide a wig-cutting and advice service to anyone with medical hair loss. Importantly, each of these professionals pledge their commitment to the charities guiding principles and provides a caring and sensitive service for their clients.

mynewhair has produced a booklet of advice and information in conjunction with the Department of Health and the Institute of Trichologists. The Patient Information Resource booklet provides advice and support for patients if they lose their hair, advice on choosing a wig, having it styled to suit, as well as information with regards to aftercare/hair re-growth.

Trevor Sorbie, MBE, founder of mynewhair, is proud of his involvement with the charity and the important work it does. Commenting on the charity’s landmark milestone, he said: “In the 10 years that the charity has been going our team and myself have achieved goals beyond our expectations.

“The Department of Health has supported us, along with Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister, who gave the charity a substantial grant for us to continue our work. Thanks to L’Oréal’s continued support we hope to take this concept internationally. This is our vision.”

Darren Stuart, mynewhair Trustee, said: “It’s fantastic that the charity has reached this important milestones and it’s amazing to see how the network of stylists and salons has grown since those early days.

“Medical hair loss is such a sensitive issue and I think everyone suffering from it should be given access to a mynewhair salon via hospitals across the UK as a matter of course. We’re looking forward to the next 10 years as mynewhair continues to go from strength to strength, both here and abroad.”

To find out more about the charity’s work, please visit www.mynewhair.org. You can keep up to date with latest news on Twitter @mynewhairorg and Facebook or LinkedIn.

Hairdressers can find out more about the seminars and training programmes, guiding principles and view upcoming seminar dates on the dedicated section of the website www.mynewhair.org/for-hairdressers

Anyone interested in making a donation to the charity should text MYNH00 followed by the donation amount to 70070.

If you are interested in working in partnership with the charity, please email info@mynewhair.org

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