Every two weeks, fifth-grader Sarah Bisnett gets her wig refreshed at Let’s Get Laced in North Miami.
Sarah, 10, a student at Mae M. Walters Elementary School in Hialeah, was recently diagnosed with alopecia, a medical condition that made her hair fall out in just a few months.
“At first, she was very nervous about going back to school, but this salon offered us a solution by making a wig as similar as possible to Sarah’s natural wavy hair,” said her mother, Esmeralda Jimenez, 36.
Let’s Get Laced specializes in human-hair lace wigs. As many of its customers have medical conditions, including cancer, the wig shop is hosting a second annual fundraiser Friday night at a Miami Beach club. Proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation.
During the event, one of the store’s customers will be treated to a full makeup-and-hair makeover. The North Miami store opened in 2010; the Margate store opened in 2012.
“It started out in the living room, and eventually it started to grow,” said owner Sumayya Newman, 31.
Let’s Get Laced works with cancer patients and clients with other medical needs, making custom hair wigs to match one’s natural hair color, texture and length. The store also works with hair restoration, scalp exfoliation and eyebrow sculpting.
“We like to ask our cancer patients for a picture prior to their radiation or chemo, or even their diagnosis, so we can properly customize the system for them,” said Tiffany Coleman-Prince, 31, the store’s manager. “We will make it the exact same hair color and exact cut that they had, so they can feel as normal as possible.”
Coleman-Prince’s mother, Patricia Allen Coleman, was diagnosed with three types of cancer: brain, lung and bone cancer. She passed away a year and a half ago.
“I feel like this happened to me for a reason, to try to stop it from happening to someone else, to spread the message of awareness,” said Coleman-Prince. “This makes me feel like my mother’s legacy is still going and she didn’t pass away in vain. We are building and helping other people.”
As a way to honor Coleman-Prince’s mother, Newman decided to hold the fundraiser on Nov. 2 because that was her birthday.
“If you have anyone who passed away, holidays and birthdays trigger a certain feeling, so last year on her first birthday, I really didn’t know how I was going to handle it,” said Coleman-Prince. “But I didn’t have time to sit home and cry because we were doing the cancer event that day.”