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12 May 2014 / Featured post, Hair, Magazine
Mother’s Day Media Coverage

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By: Kwegyirba Croffie
Greenwich, CT | Added on May 11, 2014 At 01:41 PM
 

 

“I got the call and I was like really? Me? And it’s special because my daughter can do it too,” said Diane Silbereisen of Cos Cob.

Every mom deserves to feel loved 365 days a year and one mother celebrated Mother’s Day in Greenwich in a very special way.

“I had stage three breast cancer that appeared 4 months after a 3D mamogram that was completely normal. Thank god for my husband who found a lump way on my side, but then I had another tumor. So I had a double mastectomy and I had the heavy ACT chemo and yea, this is a much better year. I am out and about and doing every cancer walk,” said Silbereisen.

After participating in the Breast Cancer Alliance’s Walk for Hope, Diane Silbereisen & her daughter Jessica won the opportunity to be pampered at Becker Salon Sunday.

“Two years ago my mother had cancer too – thyroid cancer. So I try to involve myself in all of the charities like the Breast Cancer Alliance to bring help and support to women,” said Becker Chicaiza of Becker Salon in Greenwich.

“It’s nice to be able to do something like this, especially since her hair is back. It just grew back in so she is excited to try to do something with it now. It was definitely a rough time for her so it’s nice to get pampered especially on Mother’s Day,” said Diane’s daughter Jessica.

Now a survivor, Silberesien wants to support others.

“I think it’s really important to show the survivorship for all these women that are getting newly diagnosed. Being on the other side of the fear, I can show them that they are going to be ok,” said Silbereisen.

 

For a Cos Cob Mother of Three and Cancer Survivor, a Special Mother’s Day at Becker Salon

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Diane Silbereisen at Becker Salon on Mother’s Day 2014. Credit: Leslie Yager

By Leslie Yager

It was a very special Mother’s Day for longtime Cos Cob resident Diane Silbereisen.

Diane, 56, and her daughter Jessica, 26, were treated to a makeover by Becker Chicaiza, the name behind Becker Salon on Mason Street.

IMG_0082The mother-daughter duo connected with Becker last month at theBreast Cancer Alliance Walk for Hope, a one-mile walk down Greenwich Avenue to honor lives touched by breast cancer.

diane:after“This is the first thing I’ve won. Ever,” exclaimed Silbereisen of her luck at winning Becker’s raffle prize. Her grateful and upbeat disposition belie the difficult patch she so recently endured.

IMG_0029As recently as last Christmas, Silbereisen found not one, but two tumors, just four months after her last mammogram. The news was almost too much to absorb, yet she was left little choice. In a matter of days she would undergo a double Mastectomy followed by heavy ACT Chemotherapy.

IMG_0035Silbereisen, who has worked for Greenwich Hospital for 35 years in the cardiology department, said “I think it’s really important to show the survivorship, for all these women who are being newly diagnosed.”

“I try to get that message across to my patients,” she added, explaining why she participates in as many cancer walks and fundraisers as possible. “All that money raised goes to help those women. A lot of women can’t afford mammograms or that care, so these cancer walks help them.”

becker, john and jessFor Silbereisen, gently hinting that she hadn’t needed a haircut in some time, a side effect of chemotherapy, the session with Becker was meaningful.

Chicaiza, along with Marsin Mogielski who does marketing and photography for the salon, and personal assistant John Giraldo, opened the shop on Mother’s Day, their day off.

IMG_0066Yet, to see Silbereisen‘s delight when her hair was redone is to understand why Chicaiza frequently gives back to the community that has embraced him.

“It’s special that my daughter can do this too,” Diane said, referring to Jessica, 26, a copywriter for Vineyard Vines. Jessica is the oldest of three who include Lindsay 24,who works for SoundWaters, and Philip, 23, who is set to graduate from St. Lawrence this month. Diane’s husband Peter is a retired Greenwich Police officer from the Marine Division who currently runs security for Brunswick School.

IMG_0077Chicaiza, with help from Mogielski and Giraldo, cut and colored Diane’s hair which had grown in with touches of gray. Then, for Jessica, he utilized the French technique, Balayage.

“You don’t see painted-on lines with Balayage. Roots don’t show because the technique involve painting. The process involves four levels of certification. It takes a long time to learn and a long time to apply,” Chicaiza said, adding that the technique mimics the look of a child’s sun kissed hair and is popular with celebrities.

Recently, Becker has been busy planning a move from Mason Street to the bottom of Greenwich Ave. Soon, the salon will fill a space three times the size of the current Mason Street location and services will expand to include manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions, and even Botox.

For Chicaiza, who grew up in Ecuador and discovered his knack for cutting hair as a teenager, the dream of  having his own salon was long in the making. He said that the community has embraced him at the Mason Street location, but he is excited to move into the space on Greenwich Avenue and expand.

Passionate about staying on the cutting edge of new techniques, Chicaiza derives equal satisfaction from a stunning head of hair, whether transforming  a longtime client or the recipient of a raffle prize.

 

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