Lois M. Arnold was the CEO and owner of the prominent Itno-J University City Salon and Spa Inc. 4012 Market St in Philadelphia she retired from hair and sold the business in 2008 after thirty-three years of being a shop owner. She opened the Philadelphia ChemoCap Store 764 S. 4th St in July 2009.
In 2011 she was advised by a marketing company to change the name to Lois A. Wig Boutique during that time she was fitting and styling wigs for women going through chemotherapy and other illnesses that cause hair loss. She also volunteered with hospitals teaching how to wear a wig properly and scarf tying tips. Lois worked with the American Cancer Society – Look Good Feel Good Program until they stopped in 2015. Although she was not a non-profit, she gave or discounted wigs for cancer patients that were in need.
In 2015 to better serve her community, she decided to become a 501©3 non-profit and changed the name to Hairs 2 U Wig Bank, and moved to a bigger location at 760 S. 4th St. two doors down the street.
Hairs 2 U Wig Bank is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Our mission is to assist uninsured and underinsured women and children affected by illnesses that cause hair loss. We endeavor not only to provide wigs and education in their specialized care and maintenance but also to allow these women and children to regain their confidence and dignity in the face of their difficult journeys.
Hairs 2 U also offers wigs to back to work programs that assist women in getting back on their feet and into the workforce.
The goal of our organization is to become an accessible resource throughout Philadelphia, New Jersey, and surrounding Counties. To maximize our reach, Hairs 2 U Wig Bank is also allied with local hospitals and social agencies that screen and refer prospective clients to our programs.
Hairs 2 U provides free wigs, hats, and hairpieces to women and children experiencing hair loss due to illnesses. This service is provided exclusively for the uninsured and underserved.
Custom wig fittings: Cutting, styling cleaning, and private consultation where we determine the style, appropriate color, and custom fit your wig. These services are implemented in a professional & compassionate atmosphere.
Wig education: We educate our clients on the different fibers and configurations of wigs and also the difference between human hair and synthetic wigs. We also take time to make sure the client knows how to put the wig on properly, shampoo, and store it.
Hairs 2 U Wigs works with hospitals and cancer treatment centers to teach scarf tying, makeup, and other needs at wig education events to help these women on their journeys.
I recently celebrated 50 years as a licensed cosmetologist. For most of those years, I owned a salon. I delighted in supporting other cosmetologists and caring for my customers.
Now, I am the founder and CEO of Hairs 2 U Wig Bank. I bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to those who wear wigs because they need to or because they want to.
For some people, this means fitting them with the perfect wig from my commercial suppliers.
For others, it means cutting those wigs to give them just the right look.
For those who might need or want it, it means crafting unique hairpieces they can’t find anywhere else.
For all my clients, it means my skill helps pick the perfect style and color to fit their skin tone and personality.
I also specialize in the needs of those with medical problems like cancer, alopecia, premature balding, and hair thinning. They have very special needs that I understand. In fact, I teach about this type of special care at local hospitals. Regardless of how they feel about their appearance when they come to me, they always leave feeling more confident and ready to meet the world.
I understand the devastation of hair loss because I have experienced it. That is why I treat each client in a loving way and treat them with the dignity they deserve as beauty in this world. I feel privileged to see joy return to their lives when they feel most vulnerable
I understand the work of experts in Mind-Body Medicine and their view that every part of our life is important. I believe that my work to help my clients look and feel better is part of that medicine. I believe improving how they look physically improves emotional and spiritual health as well. I believe it benefits their mood, attitudes, recovery, and outlook.
It’s easy for me to believe. I’ve seen it happen.