CELEBRITY hairdresser Trevor Sorbie came to Stroud to demonstrate a new innovative wig service for cancer patients.
He has styled Take That and Grace Jones, been named British Hairdresser of the Year four times and was awarded an MBE in 2004 in the Queen's New Year's honours list.
But he showed off his true passion at JKC's Complete Finishing Touch in Kendrick Street – styling wigs for clients who have lost their hair through chemotherapy.
Staff and customers at the salon, which runs his My New Hair wig service, enjoyed an entertaining and informative masterclass from the talented hairdresser, who left school at 15 and started his
career in his father's barber shop before moving to Vidal Sassoon and working with John Frieda.
Terri Simmonds, 48, from Cam, was his model for the morning.
She lost her hair soon after she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in November, and had to undergo chemotherapy.
It was then that she approached JKC senior stylist Harry Simmonds for help with her wig.
Trevor showed the audience how to make wigs look completely natural.
"It is really important to feel good about yourself when you are going though a tough time in your life," said Terri.
"Some wigs can be too thick and obviously wig-like, but the service here means you can have them cut and styled to completely suit you."
JKC co-owner Jane Stafford is delighted to be involved in Trevor's project, which he created after his sister-in-law struggled with cancer.
"We want to help local people feel good about themselves and help them feel that they can walk down the street with pride," she said.
So far Trevor has taught 184 hairdressers about the My New Hair service, with his ultimate aim to train 400.
JKC's Complete Finishing Touch offers the service, which helps those going through chemotherapy to get a professional wig personalised just for them.
For more information visit www.mynewhair.org or contact JKC Complete Finishing Touch on 01453 767711.