Dianne Austin featured in Beyond Thriving Series

Dianne Austin featured in Beyond Thriving Series

In the premiere episode of #BeyondThriving our #thriverthursday producers sit down with doctors and cancer thrivers to discuss thriving beyond cancer

Check Out InStyle's Latest Beauty Boss -CEO of Coils to Locs!

Check Out InStyle's Latest Beauty Boss -CEO of Coils to Locs!

When Dianne Austin decided to ditch her relaxer and transition back to her natural hair in 2011, she had no idea that four years later she would be hit with the heartbreaking news of a breast cancer diagnosis.

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Because Hair Comes in All Textures

Blogging about natural hair and Black culture comes easily to Pamela Shaddock ’84. But these topics took a serious turn in 2015 when Shaddock’s older sister, Dianne Austin, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Coils to Locs featured on

Coils to Locs featured on

Two weeks to the day after her first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, exactly as her oncology nurse predicted, Dianne Austin began losing her hair.

Coils To Locs VP featured in "I Am Jimmy" Video

Coils To Locs VP featured in "I Am Jimmy" Video

A breast cancer survivor, Cheryl couldn’t find natural-looking wigs during chemotherapy. Dana-Farber worked with Cheryl to make that happen, improving her quality of life during treatment.
Coils to Locs Wins Boston Pitch Competition

Coils to Locs Wins Boston Pitch Competition

Coils to Locs beat stiff competition to win the top prize in a Roxbury pitch competition. The funds will be used to help the co-founders, Dianne Austin, CEO, and Pamela Shaddock, President, to continue to scale the business nationally.

Coils to Locs VP of Communications Featured in Boston Globe's BGBrand Lab Cancer Awareness Article

Cheryl McCloud is the VP of communications and business development for Coils to Locs, a medical wig resource for women of color looking for ethnically-inspired wigs to preserve their natural appearance. Her cousin started the business with her sister, after her own frustrating experience looking for wigs after chemo. Cheryl shared they will soon be launching the wig line at Mass. General and Beth Israel.

MGH Cancer Center Sends Shout Out to Dianne Austin on The Sports Hub 98.5

Congratulations to Dianne Austin, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement at Mass General Hospital, who was named 98.5 The Sports Hub’s #EverydayAmazing healthcare professional of tonight’s New England Patriots game!

New England Patriots and MGH Cancer Center Give a Shout Out to Coils to Locs on The Sports Hub, 98.5 [Audio]

Co-Founder Dianne Austin was chosen as the “Everyday Amazing Health Professional of the Game” as part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s partnership with the New England Patriots Radio network.

Meet Dianne Austin, cancer survivor and founder of Coils to Locs

In 2015, just two weeks before her daughter’s graduation, Dianne Austin got diagnosed with breast cancer.

Coils To Locs Co-Founder & Cancer Survivor Awarded the Spirit of Fire Award

We are thrilled to share that Dianne Austin, co-founder of Coils To Locs has been awarded the Audre Lorde Spirit of Fire Award!

Four Questions with Dianne Austin of Coils to Locs

The evolution of your business, Coils to Locs, follows a very personal journey for you. As a cancer survivor you recognized a health-care disparity for women of color — lack of access to and health insurance coverage for Afrocentric, natural wig styles. Your company is poised to be a direct supplier of these types of wigs for Boston area hospitals.

Support group for Women of Color with Cancer to host monthly workshops on wellness and beauty

The Women of Color with Cancer and Cancer Survivors Health will be hosting monthly workshops focusing on topics related to health, wellness and beauty through the current and post-Cancer journey, while creating a safe space for those facing the challenges of the illness.

#DotImpact Series - Dianne Austin, Founder of Coils to Locs

It’s wonderful when others see your vision and believe that you can achieve your dream to start a business that will have significant social impact. Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, (DBEDC) an organization that focuses on community development and small business support is one of those organizations. DBEDC partnered with Outside the Box Agency to produce a story telling video that highlights why we are launching Coils to Locs.

The Story Project: Dianne Austin

Dianne Austin is a Program Manager at Mass General, and a blogger and advocate for natural hair. After losing her hair to the side effects of chemotherapy, she decided to start a company that will design and provide wigs to women of color seeking wigs that look like their natural hair.

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