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Jose Quintero, Desert Dispatch
Christy Munson shaves Margaret Sansom head at Head to Toe Beauty Salon on Wednesday afternoon. Sansom shaved her head in support of a friend in Washington D.C. who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Barstow woman shaves head in support of friend with cancer


BARSTOW • Margaret Sansom sat in her usual chair at Head to Toe Beauty Salon on Wednesday but didn’t ask for her usual hair style.

Sansom shaved her head in support of a friend in Washington D.C. who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

“When I talked to her on the phone, she was upset at the fact she’s losing her hair, so I’m just doing this in support of her,” Samson said. “When she was telling me about her hair falling out, I could tell it upset her and I told her I’m going to shave my head. I’m not sure that she really wants me to shave it, but I know she appreciates the support.”

Christy Munson, Sansom’s stylist, joked that her friend will probably get a good laugh out her new hairstyle also. Munson said she is not surprised that Sansom is shaving her head, because that’s the type of “honorary person Sansom is.”

Munson, who owns Head to Toe Beauty Salon, said in over 23 years of cutting hair, she has never given this type of hair cut.

Sansom on the other hand, has shaved her head before, but under different circumstances.

“I lost a bet to my students one year and I had to shave my head,” Sansom said. “It’s different this time because that was during the summer time. This time it’s just before the winter and I have a couple of hats, including a Santa hat, to wear when I’m outside.”

Sansom was a teacher at Central High School nearly 25 years and retired in 2004, she said. While out around town, Sansom frequently runs into former students — she recognizes some, but many are not familiar faces.

Sansom said it’s hard to remember a student because of physical changes as they grow older, but she usually remembers names of most of her former students.

“I just hope when my former students see me at Wal-Mart or the grocery store, they don’t think I have cancer,” Sansom said. “I’m going to continue to shave my head until my friend is done with treatment, probably sometime around April. That first time I shaved my head, I grew it back right away, this time it’s staying off for quite some time.”

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