GALLERY: Hairstylist creates natural hair wigs for children with cancer
Some may consider Marcelo Avatte a saint.
The Italian-Chilean hair stylist is renowned for hand making customised wigs to help children regain their self-esteem and confidence during cancer treatment.
The hair wigs are made using donated hair from people who wish to help those in need.
He has donated more than 300 wigs since 2009 and says he was motivated to begin the project by the pain he felt when his own son lost his hair during chemotherapy.
Hair stylist Marcelo Avatte dries the hair of Pamela Matus before she allows him to cut it as a donation.
Avatte prepares to fit Isidora Serrano, a 14-year-old who lost her hair due to chemotherapy to treat her bone cancer.
Isidora Serrano walks on the street for the first time after receiving a natural hair wig as a donation in Santiago.
Avatte and his team fit a natural hair wig on Alexandra Munoz, 5, who lost her hair due to chemotherapy for a brain tumor.
Munoz plays with her new natural hair wig after it was fitted to her for the first time in the cancer ward of the Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital in Santiago. Photo: Reuters