Jaryanna Miranda, 6, is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with leukemia last summer, and she's worried about going back to school.
"I do not want to go to school bald," she said. "I'm scared of what people might say."
Her mom searched for a wig that would match Jaryanna's dark brown, curly hair but couldn't find a good fit. The family couldn't afford $700 for a custom wig.
Celebrity hair stylist Hadiiya Barbel specializes in making custom wigs for girls like Jaryanna, whose hair is coily. Every year, she donates one to a child in need.
"For me, the real celebrities are the little girls that sit in my chair now that are going through some sort of hair crisis," Barbel said.
This year, she chose Jaryanna.
Jaryanna met with Hadiiya and her team at Araya NYC Style Studio for a consultation. Then, they went to work to make Jaryanna's wig look as natural as possible.
Asked how she felt about her new hair, Jaryanna said, "Very excited."
She came back for one last fitting.
Barbel trimmed the wig to frame Jaryanna's face and made some final adjustments. Then it was done.
Although she's still getting chemotherapy, Jaryanna is now looking forward to going back to school in January to show off a gift that will help her fit in.
Barbel says working with Jaryanna and other little girls inspired her to create a line of wigs for children.
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