Arizona man grows out his hair for two years in order to make a wig for mom battling brain tumour

  • 30 Jul - 05 Aug, 2022
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An Arizona woman has her son to thank for a new head of hair. Melanie Shaha lost her hair in 2018 after undergoing radiation treatment following the third reoccurrence of a benign tumour on her pituitary gland, according to Today. "Not having hair, you stick out like a sore thumb and well-meaning people can say things that break your heart," she told the outlet. "I don't mind being sick but I mind looking sick. I'd rather blend in and not stand out at the store." While having lunch together one day that year, her son made what started off as a joking suggestion. "I said, 'Why don't I grow out my hair to make a wig for you?'" Matt, 27, told the outlet. For the next two and a half years, Matt – whose locks were closest to his mom's in terms of colour and texture – grew out his hair. Then when his hair was 12 inches long, it was time to cut it all off. "We were super-pumped and when they started cutting, we bawled," recalled Melanie. Matt also paid $2,000 for a California wig-maker Compassionate Creations to make the hand-stitched hairpiece. For Melanie, her new hair is a happy outcome.