Laura Yates didn’t cry when her kids shaved her head, but she cried the week before when she got a drastic change in her hairstyle.
Yates was diagnosed with breast cancer three days after Christmas last year and went through four rounds of chemotherapy in the spring. Now, she is cancer-free with a new hairstyle.
“My husband, Matt, had an idea to call my salon to see if they could do some different hairstyles and colors since it would be temporary and not something I would do on my own,” Yates said.
So she called her stylist of four years, Melissa Ingersoll, owner of Allure Salon, about the idea.
“When I first heard about what she was going through, I felt horrible because when it’s somebody so close to you, it just stops you in your tracks,” Ingersoll said. “After I got over that initial shock, we had no problem doing a couple different drastic styles for her.”
Yates went in to the salon with several friends and family members and made a party out of her first cut, going from shoulder-length strawberry blonde to a shorter, curly brunette.
The following week, Yates went back in for an even shorter, red style.
“That was the day that I got teary,” Yates said. “It was harder than getting my head shaved because it was so different for me.”
Ingersoll said they don’t often get to experiment with bold, drastic changes in hair styles, but it is a lot of fun to do.
“We can picture and suggest different styles, but I don’t think we would’ve suggested going as short as she did,” Ingersoll said. “Now we love her hair short. I think she’s much stronger and more confident now because of everything that has happened.”