Turning Heads

photos by Amanda Hageman

Lana's Salon
by Danielle Webster

There's a new hair salon in Bartonville that's turning heads, and in a good way.  It's called Lana's Salon and in an interview with it's founder Amanda Hageman recently, I discovered just how this mother plans to raise awareness of special needs children while giving back to the Peoria area community.  Currently Lana's Salon offers a discounted haircut for all military, policemen or firefighters at $8 a haircut. A proper id will be needed to verify the individual's employment.  More importantly, Mrs. Hageman is paying it forward by offering any special needs children with ADHD, Autism, and other disabilities, the ability receive a free haircut.  The only stipulation is that they must be under 10 years of age.

Lana's Salon was not just started just to give back to the Bartonville community.  This business offers the mother of four the opportunity to work less than a block away from home.  This enables Mrs. Hageman to not only have more family time, but to be there for her 5 year old daughter, Alana.  You see, Alana was diagnosed on October 3rd, 2011 with an extremely rare medical condition.  Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Deficiency is often known better as PDCD.  It's a rare genetic disorder that only 320 people in the world, including young Alana, have been diagnosed with.

Those afflicted by PDCD can suffer many different symptoms, both physically and mentally.  In this disorder, the cells which make up the human body are incapable of producing a vital source of chemical energy, mitochondria.  Eventually this will lead to the body shutting down on it's own.  Alana already has difficulty living a regular life.  She still wears diapers, and while she can't walk, she can crawl and climb.  Mentally, Alana is between 18 months and 2 years, while physically, she's no bigger than her 3 year old sister, Seryna and may not grow larger.

Mrs. Hageman strives to make things as normal as possible at home while maintaining her business.  "There's always a special part of your heart when you have a special-needs child.  You don't know what it is until you have lived that life.  You have to share that heart with others that are going through similar things."   Sadly, the salon may someday stand in loving memory of Alana, as no girl with PDCD so far has survived past the age of 10.  "I want to start this salon so people hear Lana's story, but I wanted to make a difference too."

"Life isn't about money, it's about about loving people and showing them that you love them.  This salon will do nothing but spread that love," said Mrs. Hageman.  And while I visited, I could feel the love of the wonderful ladies who work there as they joked with their regulars.  The atmosphere isn't like many other salons, where you're just another head of hair or another bill in the drawer.  Detailed questions are asked about your preference of style, shampoos and the like, to provide the clients with a more personal visit.  The waiting room is simple, but warm while the hairdressers themselves are fiery women who enjoy working with each other.  I highly recommend Lana's Salon to go the next time you or a loved one are looking to make a change. 

To make an appointment or for more information, call 309-634-9178.

If planning to visit, Lana's is located at: 5615 South Adams St, Bartonville, Illinois or check out their facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472387896339982

Donations for the family can be made at:http://www.gofundme.com/7xxd7g