GRAND BLANC — Debra Ann Meek might wish you would never have to want a wig but that being on the order of deity, she knows she can scale that down to being able to make it so you don’t have to choose between having a wig and any other option.
Meek, the owner of Mirror Image Consignment, located at 11232 S. Saginaw St., just south of Center Road, has a special place in her heart for those who need wigs—especially if they are undergoing medical treatment for cancer or other difficulties involving hair loss.
She lost her own mother two years ago, and seeing her mom’s struggles made her sharply aware of how important it is to some women to feel whole in their appearance, regardless of what they may be going through.
“My mom fought breast cancer three times. I saw, first hand, the importance of keeping normalcy in an otherwise abnormal time in her life,” said Meek. “She wanted to drive as long as she could; still had her nails done and she had several wigs and hats.”
Additionally, she also overheard a customer one time state that she had lost so much weight due to treatment she needed clothes to fit — adding she would rather have a wig, but clothes would do.
This inspired Meek to make special appointments for women who needed to be in a mostly germ free environment to shop, as well as to start providing wigs for them.
“No woman should have to decide between buying clothing to fit a much smaller figure, or buying a wig to feel warm and confident,” Meek stated. “I have an incredible vessel (in my store) to donate wigs to women who need them.”
Some of her stores features don’t lend well to selling her normal stock, but are perfect for wigs and the model heads they are displayed on. “These are the things that make you feel whole and normal inside,” Meek said.
Two of the store’s staff are also breast cancer survivors and Meek hopes that by collecting and giving away wigs she can make someone’s struggle one day better. She is going to have help on the wig front from two stylists who also want to provide hope to ladies who are struggling.
Patti Bernard of Exhale Salon and Kelsey Thompson of Don Franco salon will be styling and trimming the wigs for a custom experience for the ladies. All of the services, including the wigs will be at no charge to those who need them.
Meek is going to use the honor system and all one needs to do is ask for a wig at her store. They hope to have the program in full force for October, which is Breast Cancer awareness month, but they also plan to hold a contest to name the program first.
If customers would like to get in on the fun, they can go to her Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ pages/Mirror-Image-Consignment/3721 60199466221?fref=ts and vote for “Wigs for Wonderful Women” or “Locks for Ladies” or “Do’s for Dames”, by Sept. 15. Anyone interested in donating wigs, or needing more information can call the store at 810-603-9300.