Yvonne Hawkins will lead a class on hair loss May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Mercy Cancer Center Library.

CANTON  After undergoing a hysterectomy in 2014, Yuvonne Hawkins soon found herself facing another challenge: A hormone imbalance was causing her to lose her hair.

"It fell out right in front, where I couldn't hide it," she said. "I felt like a boy."

Hawkins, who works as a registrar in Mercy Medical Center's Breast Imaging Center, was searching for a solution when she came across instructional videos on YouTube for tying head scarves decoratively.

"I didn't want to cut off my hair and look like a tomboy; I wanted to look like a girly girl," she said. 

After studying, practicing and perfecting the techniques, Hawkins said, she sought permission from her boss to wear scarves on the job. The response was gratifying. 

Sharing her skills

"Every time we'd turn around, someone was complimenting her," said Diane Wofsey, a certified breast health specialist and nurse coordinator. "The more I kept hearing it, the more I kept thinking, 'We have to do something.' I asked her if she would be interested in teaching a class."

So Hawkins is now sharing her scarf skills with others.

On May 24, Hawkins will lead a class, "Be Beautiful, Be You," at 6 p.m. at the Mercy Cancer Center Library in the Mercy Cancer Center, which faces 12th Street NW.

The free class is open to any women who has experienced hair loss, which can be caused by any number of medical issues, including chemotherapy, thyroid imbalance, alopecia, stress, as well as chemical hair relaxers.

Hawkins said wearing a wig was out of the question, at least, for her.

"Some of younger women don't want to wear wigs; they can make you look older," she said. "And they want to keep up with the times, and this is what's (fashionable) now.

"I wanted them to know they can be beautiful, even if they lose their hair."

Scarves are logical option, especially in the summer time.

"Wigs can get hot and itchy," Wofsey said. "So a lot of times, they'll just throw a hat on their head and out the door they go, but if it's a windy day... So this was, I thought, a cute alternative."

Good response

Wofsey recalled one day when Hawkins received so many compliments for her headscarf, "I lost track."

"It was one of those days when I thought, 'There's more to this than just letting her sit at the desk," she said.

"It's something that I love to do," Hawkins said.

Hawkins' hair has since grown back, and she wears it free of chemicals.

The first class will be limited to the first 20 people who register. Participants are encouraged to bring a large scarf, to practice.

"The bigger, the better," Hawkins said.

For more information on "Be Beautiful, Be You" or to register call 330-489-1333, or 800-223-8662 or visit www.cantonmercy.org/head-scarf-class.

Reach Charita at 330-580-8313 or charita.goshay@cantonrep.com