Fresno wig shop makes ‘Halos’ for cancer patients

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It’s the perfect solution for a cancer patient coping with hair loss in the valley heat. A halo– a wig with the top removed, that looks like a full head of hair under a hat, cap, or scarf.

“A lot of women don’t want to wear a full wig, but they feel really comfortable with this.” says Marlene Giusti of Hollywood Wigs in Fresno. Hollywood Wigs sells wigs of all shapes, lengths and colors at her shop in northeast Fresno. But she’s working on a project to make halos out of refurbished synthetic wigs and give them free of charge to women who need them. She’s calling the project “Halos by Angels”– with the angels being a group of volunteer seamstresses in Kingsburg who are helping her make them.

” To make a halo, the top has been removed from the wig and then they’ve replaced the band with this soft velvet material all the way around and of course if they want bangs, they leave the bangs intact,” Marlene says.

Marlene has given away two halos so far. But she’s putting out the call for wig donations so she can make more — perhaps from cancer survivors who used a wig for a while, but no longer need one. Re-purposing it to help someone else. “This is going to give those women that may be low income status that could really just use a helping hand, ” she says.

Women helping women with free help during cancer treatment. A group of angels spreading their halos among us.

If you’d like to donate a gently used wig to the Halos By Angels project, go to

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