Inspired by the desire to give back to the community, the trichology department at New Beginnings Beauty Academy is donating wigs to the Arkansas Cancer Institute in Pine Bluff.

“Cancer runs in all of our families so this is something that means a lot to us. This is not a 'money thing,' this is a 'togetherness thing,' said Stephanie Willis, founder of New Beginnings.

The academy intends to help and uplift the spirits of those who are battling cancer.

“We just want them to know that we care and we are thinking of them here at New Beginnings Beauty Academy,” said trichologist/instructor Edna Lindsey.

Owned by Willis, Dr. Robert Willis Jr. and LaPortia Jackson, the beauty academy, located at 1609 W. 26th Ave. in Pine Bluff, is an accredited beauty school offering training in cosmetology as well as trichology, which is the study and practice concerned with the hair and scalp. Willis and Lindsey are the only trichologists in the state of Arkansas, focusing mainly on severe hair loss. The academy offers facials, wigs, scalp treatment for hair loss, and is the only beauty school in the state of Arkansas that has a sorority, Nu Beta Alpha.

The academy will begin its next class on Aug. 28 and offers free transportation for students. For more information, visit or call Stephanie Willis at 870-329-8281.