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Pink hair spreads around Arlington

A maintenance worker at U.S. Marine, Kraut Houch gets a pink hair extension like no others.  -
A maintenance worker at U.S. Marine, Kraut Houch gets a pink hair extension like no others.
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ARLINGTON — There’s a run on pink hair around Arlington, but it’s not related to pink eye. Pink hair is not a disease, but it can help fight cancer in the long run, according to Chris Elliott from Studio 5 Hair Salon.

Elliott installed about 75 pink hair extensions at the U.S. Marine office Sept. 24 and has been installing pink hair at many of the schools in the Arlington School District in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The pink hair extension graft signifies a unifying bond between women who have undoubtedly known someone who has been touched by breast cancer in some way or another.

“You, too, can show your support by installing a pink hair extension,” Elliott said. Each pink hair extension costs $10 and the entire $10 will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, she said.

“So.Cap is the hair extension company I use and it is the sponsor of this fundraiser,” Elliott explained.

So.Cap donates the pink hair and the certified extensionist donates her time.

Elliott said the company, which is based in Naples, Italy, asked her if she would like to participate. Since her aunt is a breast cancer survivor, she jumped on it.

“I said ‘absolutely!’”

The president of So.Cap, Ron Cardillo, sees Pink Hair For Hope™ as a fun and funky way to show one’s support for such a wonderful and serious cause.

“We are donating all of the pink hair to our participating salons across North America so that 100 percent of the donated funds will go to support breast cancer research, education and awareness,” Cardillo said.

Elliott launched the effort by communicating with some of her good clients from Arlington School District and its public information coordinator, Misti Gilman spread the word.

“The school district gave us a big jump start,” Elliott said while installing pink hair at Pioneer Elementary School Monday morning for the second time.

“I did about 35 last week and now am doing another 25 extensions here at Pioneer,” Elliott said.

The Arlington School District Administrative Office will be going pink at 10:45 - 11:45 a.m., Oct. 1, in honor of their receptionist, Judy Belisle, who was treated for breast cancer in 2007.

Following an hour at the Arlington Fire Department earlier that day, Elliott will be doing extensions at the district office where employees of the city of Arlington have been invited to join in.

“It’s going to be a real party,” said Gilman. “Now we’ve got Costco coming with refreshments. We are all very proud of Judy’s story and happy she is still here to keep us in line.”

With 20 years experience with ASD and 14 as receptionist, Belisle has advice for all.

“Be sure every conversation with your family members and friends is just what you would tell them if you knew it really was your last conversation. Love deeply and tell them often that you love them. Life is good,” she said.

A science teacher at Post Middle School, Jennine Maner said that her school got their extensions done in the middle of September.

“Post Middle School had 54 hair extensions placed in the Pink Hair for Hope campaign. It was so exciting to see everyone extend themselves for this great cause,” Maner said.

Elliott will be going to Arlington High School Oct. 6 with time to do a hundred or more,” said Elliott’s assistant, Jodi Hoover

“Bayliner gets an honorable mention for raising $1,200,” Elliott said Monday at press time. “We are getting close to $4,000.”

Elliot said her goal is to do the most pink hair extensions in Snohomish County. The Studio 5 Web site at www.studio5hair.com is showing a slideshow with photographs of everyone who participated. She will be happy to attend your parties of 20 or more. For information call her at 360-913-0012.

How extensions are installed

A small group of about 25 pink hairs is attached at the root of your own hair with a small keratin tip. Keratin is the same protein as that in your own hair. It is warmed and attached securely to your own group of 25 hairs, and can be washed, blown dry and curled just like your own hair. It will stay in until removed professionally, up to 3 months. The process takes just a few minutes to attach and a few minutes to remove and does no damage to your hair or scalp.

On breast cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 212,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the United States in 2006 alone, adding to the 2.3 million women in the U.S. with a history of breast cancer.

Except for non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, affecting nearly 1 in 8 women during their lifetime.

While death rates are declining, and significant advances are occurring every year, the need for further improvement in detection and advances in treatment remains a top priority in the fight against breast cancer.

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