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Hair today, gone tomorrow: Lopping off locks in the name of charity

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 THE CHOP:  Aisha holds up the hair that she will send to charity

THE CHOP: Aisha holds up the hair that she will send to charity

Most people don’t think past their next brand of shampoo when it comes to their hair routine.

For 36-year-old Aisha Ali-Khan, from Keighley, her dramatic head of hair was not only a style statement but a means to ‘perform a good deed’ for somebody else.

The local women’s right campaigner committed to the chop in the name of charity on Thursday 10th November, donating several locks of her thick, black hair to cancer wig manufacturers, Soul Ryeders.

Speaking after the cut, she said: “All my friends and family are quite shocked because they didn’t think I’d go through with it.

“It’s a drastic change although I’ve obviously been thinking about doing it for a long time.”

As the hairdresser snipped her way through 12 inches of hair, Aisha says she was thinking of the importance of raising awareness of cancer in the Asian community.

“An aunty of mine was diagnosed with cancer and we didn’t know until a year later,” she said. “It was kept so quiet.  People are ashamed and it is often seen as a ‘taboo subject’.

“Breast cancer and cervical cancer are the two most hazardous cancers that affect women and in our communities. The older generations especially think our symptoms will get just get better without medical intervention.”

 IN THE CHAIR: Aisha watches as a hairdresser gets to work

IN THE CHAIR: Aisha watches as a hairdresser gets to work

In the past, Aisha spent a lot of time and effort on her hair and it was a big part of her appearance.

Today she says she is proud to be sporting a much shorter look.

“My hair was something that meant something to me but it’s more useful for someone else,” she added.

“When I was chickening out before I went through with the cut, I reminded myself that I was only worrying about losing my hair, when people with cancer had to worry about losing their lives.

“It put things into perspective. If I can use my experience to highlight this illness and the suffering of other people then I’m happy.”

A person undergoing chemotherapy for cancer will usually lose their hair, with many sufferers opting to wear a wig following treatment.

If that wig is made from human hair, it is thought to be even more natural looking and comfortable.

“I chose to send my hair to Sole Ryeders because they prepare the wig beforehand,” Aisha added.

“There’s always a wig for people to choose from. The moment from diagnosis to treatment may only be a few weeks, so the last thing patients are thinking about is the side effects of chemotherapy.

“Getting a real human wig made is very time consuming. By the time someone is diagnosed, they’ve already lost their hair and this charity has ready-made wigs to give out.”


Introducing Amaana Studio: Hair, make-up, beauty and spa treatments all under one roof

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For the past nine years, Amaana Spa and Skin Clinic has built up a reputation in Dewsbury as the number one provider of beauty and spa treatments for an ever-growing client base.

Now, building on this success, the much-loved business is inviting people down to experience the latest concept coming out of its doors as Amaana Studio launched last week.

On Friday 4th December, guests gathered at the premises to mark the opening of the new on-site hair and makeup studio, set to delight new and existing clients across the region.


Launched in line with the spa’s ninth year anniversary, the luxurious Studio is the perfect destination for clients wanting a first-class hair and make-up service from qualified and experienced MUAs.

Saarah Hyder, who established the brand back in 2006, has now handed the reins over to her niece, Kiran Hyder, who says she is determined to build on Amaana Spa’s success.

“As Aunty Saarah prepares to start her latest business adventure, she has entrusted me to continue building on the reputation for Amaana Spa and I will do all I can to continue making the family business a successful one,” she said.

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“My focus will mainly be on the newly launched Amaana Studio, while the talented staff, who have helped make Amaana Spa the much-loved place that it is, will continue doing what they do best.

“By diversifying the business with the opening of the Studio, we are able to put all these services under one roof and give our clients and the community the high quality establishment they deserve.”

A former manager of two hair and beauty salons, based in Harrogate and Bradford, Kiran’s experience in the industry is bound to bring an exciting new chapter to the Amaana Spa story.

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“I was tired of working for other businesses so when Aunty Saarah approached me in regard to Amaana Spa, I was so excited,” Kiran added.

“Last week, we had our launch event for the Studio and it was great to have Aunty Saarah there for the whole event. She is a much loved person in this town.”

Meanwhile, the traditional therapeutic treatments, which made Amaana Spa the success it is today, will continue to be carried out in the spacious salon.

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From renowned Decleor facial and body treatments, to Amaana Spa's signature massage and unique traditional Far Eastern treatments, the list of services continues to grow every year.

Call down today and see the new-look Amaana Spa and Studio for yourself as Dewsbury gets a makeover like it has never seen before.


Contact details

Amaana Spa & Skin Clinic,

Old Westgate,


WF13 1NB

Email: info@amaanaspa.co.uk

Web: www.amaanaspa.co.uk

Tel: 01924 468 886