I’ve been creative with fabric for as long as I can remember. My mum made many outfits and is an avid crafter so I was always encouraged to experiment with fabrics and crafting bits and pieces. Once I grew out of dressing my dolls, my baby sister was the perfect ‘model’ for my creations and experiments! This passion grew during my school years, and I went on to study fashion at the International Fashion Design School in Johannesburg. One of my final year designs, which was a design of leather chaps and a corset caused quite a stir, and was one of three designs selected for printing in a top South African fashion magazine.
I loved South Africa, and I was establishing myself as a designer of wedding and prom dresses, but living with the constant threat of violent crime and job insecurity was too much, and after my husband was made redundant we decided to join his family in the UK. We moved to Rugby, Warwickshire in 2000. It was a very difficult decision, leaving my own wonderful family to start a new life in a very different environment, but the UK quickly became my new home. After meeting some wonderful women one of whom who quickly became my best friend (Lorraine), living in the UK was a lot easier, and it was here that my career would take an unexpected shift when my best friend was diagnosed with cancer, and went through the ravages of chemotherapy and hair loss in 2008. Having lost my father in law to intestinal cancer and helping my mother in law with his care in the last 8 week of his life, I was terrified that I would lose my friend the same way. Thank goodness for early detection, the incredible care she received at the Coventry University Hospital and the advances in treatment.
Lorraine bought some headwear, which I promptly told her that there is no way she would be wearing, as they were awful, badly finished and reeked of cigarette smoke. We searched together for comfortable, funky headwear, but the lack of choices in the UK, which were both stylish and gentle to wear, coupled with my strong desire to help her cope with her illness and treatment, gave me all the inspiration I needed. I set about developing a range of stylish headwear for sensitive heads, and that is how Xazha Ltd was born.
Style and fashion was always important to Lorraine and she always looks stylish. So I set about designing some headwear for hair loss she could use straight away and after creating many different designs and Lorraine trialing them all. I finally had a core range of headwear which takes into consideration both fashion and function. My range of headwear for hair loss has a selection of styles to suite people’s personal style and moods, knowing that each one is crafted with natural breathable fabrics for a secure comfortable fit and providing complete coverage. Personal style is achieved by combining different items in a modular way. It meant so much to me that Lorraine could wear the headwear I made and it helped her to feel a little more confident so she could get on with her day. When she was out and about with her wig on and she felt that it was getting to hot and uncomfortable she could take it off and put on her little Jesse jersey hat which she kept in her bag and drive home in comfort.
The incredible reviews from wonderful women all over the world keeps me inspired to continue providing my range of headwear for hair loss. I hope my products continue to provide some relief from the difficulty of dealing with hair loss.
There are so many wonderful charities available and to difficult to choose one so I donate 10% of my sales to the various charities, which my customers can choose from on the check out page.