Kimberly Brodkin Johnson is a native Chicagoan. She was raised on the North Shore of Chicago and spent summers in Michiana Shores, MI. When a close friend was diagnosed with cancer, she realized there were plenty of places dedicated to men’s hair loss issues, but none specifically for women.
I quickly realized that a salon environment, with bright lighting and large public spaces, is intimidating. It’s difficult enough to be confronted with a life-altering cancer diagnosis, and then have to worry about your hair. In response, I have developed a uniquely feminine space where women can come to have their hair loss related needs met in a private environment. My goal is for everyone to leave as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside!
How I became involved in bettering the lives of cancer fighters
It all started when I met Noelle. Noelle has amazing hair. It is big, blonde and spiral-curled. Amazing! I met her while out with friends one night, and squeezed my way through the crowd to tell her how cool her hair looked. Going out of my way to tell another girl how cute she looked changed my life.
Noelle had gone through chemotherapy not long before, and had lost her hair. What grew back was the wild, curly hair I saw that night. She and her two friends were all young cancer survivors and were now either employed by or volunteering for Imerman Angels, a one-on-one cancer support organization.
Soon after meeting Noelle, one thing led to another and I began volunteering for Imerman Angels, and also took a position with a salon specializing in medical hair loss.
After seeing the difficulties and embarrassment many women endured while trying to resolve their hair loss issues, I decided there had to be a better way. I wanted to create a healing space where ladies seeking to maintain their looks during treatment would feel welcome and safe. A private place to shop for the most important element in a woman’s look… her hair. Only a woman can understand how frustrating a bad hair day can be. While going through cancer treatment I’d like you to have only good hair days so you can focus on your daily life.