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This Wig Maker of Bangalore is using his skills to help cancer patients deal with hair loss
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The first question many cancer patients ask is about hair loss which deeply affects them. Kumar, a wig maker based in Bangalore, is putting his wig making skills to a better use by making natural looking wigs for cancer patients across the country. Read along to know more about his work and how he does it. 

The thought that my work cheers cancer patients keeps me going,’ Bangalore-based wig maker Kumar says.

It is a small shop, on a narrow lane, near Kurubarahalli, Bangalore. A board outside reads “Natural Wig Works: Specialists in natural ladies’ and gents’ wigs

Wig-making is not Kumar’s family occupation. A native of Belakawadi, a village in Mandya district, Karnataka, he comes from a family of farmers and oil pressers. Unable to watch Kumar struggle in the fields, his maternal uncle took him to Shivaji, a hair dresser, in Bangalore. Shivaji asked Kumar if he would come to Madras (now, Chennai) and learn to make wigs. Kumar eventually made it his living.

His uncle Kunna Shetty helps him. “Patients are referred to us by doctors. We measure his/her skull and take a recent photograph to get an idea of the hair style,” says Setty.

Kumar makes a mould of the patient’s head and begins work. In three days, the wig is ready. Wigs are priced from Rs. 8,000 onwards. The rates are fixed based on length and quality of hair. “We courier the wigs to those patients who live in other cities or states. The wigs are natural and doctor-certified,” says Kumar.

Dr. Gopinath, an oncologist, says wearing a wig allows a cancer patient, a woman especially, to face life confidently.

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