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Laura Castellini, owner and operator of Ambiance Hair Replacement and Laser Center in East Longmeadow

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Ambiance Hair Replacement and Laser Center

Stylist Laura Castellini offers solutions with discretion and sensitivity

Often when illness or aging leads to hair loss, people find themselves struggling to feel like their old selves. Laura Castellini, owner and operator of Ambiance Hair Replacement and Laser Center in East Longmeadow, understands how painful hair loss can be, and has services to help you feel like you again.

Laura sees clients of all ages with all kinds of hair loss. From the child suffering from alopecia to the gentleman experiencing male pattern baldness, Laura has solutions. She offers two primary ways to address hair loss: laser treatment of the scalp and custom-designed hair pieces.

Hair pieces are a great solution for the person going through chemotherapy or with trichotillomania, a condition that causes individuals to pull out their hair, resulting in partial or complete baldness. The hair piece provides a completely customized solution. “Anything can be custom designed,” says Laura. “Any color, any style. I make a mold for each client, we design the hairstyle, and then the piece is custom-created for that individual,” says Laura. Human hair is used to create the piece and it can take upwards of a few months to design and manufacture the piece.

“Seeing the look on someone’s face when you’ve restored their hair to them is indescribable,” notes Laura. She once worked with a child who was suffering from alopecia-induced baldness, and the joy on her face when she received her hair piece was absolutely priceless.

Another way to restore one’s hair is through laser follicle stimulation. This process is effective on those who have lost hair through typical age-related balding. “If the follicle is there, the hair will grow,” says Laura. The laser process is a three-month program of twice-weekly sessions. For those clients who can’t make it to her location twice a week, she can provide laser caps for use at home. “After three months, we assess what’s going on in your scalp and establish a maintenance schedule,” says Laura, who compares hair growth maintenance to a diet. “Everybody is different in how quickly and how much hair they grow. The guys are very happy with their results!”

Discretion is Key

Laura is fiercely protective of her clients and their privacy. Hair loss is a very personal condition, and she will not risk embarrassment or discomfort for her clients. Ambiance is set up in a private space within a larger salon, and her separate entrance – apart from the main salon -- ensures that clients can come and go in total privacy. “I work by myself,” says Laura. “I don’t work for the salon. I am completely discreet. My customer’s privacy is of the utmost importance. I have clients whose families don’t know that they have hair loss and that they’re going through this.”

Laura was a professional stylist who began specializing in hair replacement more than 25 years ago when one of her styling clients was diagnosed with cancer. “I went along with her to pick out a wig, but what was available was awful,” she notes. “I knew I could do better.” She completed specialized training to do hair piece creation and laser treatment, earning credentials along the way. Laura still cuts and color hair, but hair replacement is her focus.

Regardless of the cause, hair loss is upsetting and personal. Laura recommends coming in for a free, private consultation to see what’s available. “Everyone has different expectations and different situations, so we will determine your options,” says Laura. “I can help everyone; it just depends on what your needs are.”

100 Shaker Road, East Longmeadow; ambiancehairreplacement.com; lcastellini@comcast.net; 413.537.4558.

  • Laura Castellini, owner and operator of Ambiance Hair Replacement and Laser Center in East Longmeadow

“Seeing the look on someone’s face when you’ve restored their hair to them is indescribable.”