Get Involved with Look Good...Feel Better

Whether it's a relative, friend, or neighbor, we all know someone who has been affected by cancer. Dealing with the side affects of chemotherapy or radiation treatments can often be one of the most devastating parts of the cancer experience due to hair loss and changes in complexion.

This is where you can help. The American Cancer Society is looking for licensed cosmetologists or estheticians interested in giving back to their community through the use of their trade skills. Look Good...Feel Better® is a national public service program created to help women cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

Trained volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Women also learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories. The 2 hour sessions are offered in cancer centers, hospitals, and other community settings across the country and generally include 3 – 8 women.

The participants learn beauty techniques in skin care, make-up, hair, and nails in a hands-on class using actual products. Demonstrations of the use of wigs, hats, turbans and scarf tying are also included. Participants receive a take-home instructional booklet and a complimentary kit of cosmetics containing a variety of products.

Each year approximately 30,000 patients participate in the Look Good….Feel Better group program. Volunteers in this program are able to give back to women facing cancer treatment by providing them with personalize attention, teaching them beauty techniques and encouraging an atmosphere of confidence.

At the present time, the American Cancer Society is in need of licensed cosmetologist interested in facilitating Look Good...Feel Better sessions. Volunteers must be licensed cosmetologists and able to make a time commitment. For more information on the program and how to get involved please visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org and click on Get Involved or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

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