Tala’s Moj: free on cancer she plans salon expansion

Photo of her hairless touched the hearts of residents

The sight of Moj Kazemi hairless because of cancer treatment in a Sai Kung Magazine photo last year touched the hearts of many residents.  The response of the community was “amazing”, Moj said.

Moj is the high-profile Iranian owner of the Tala’s Hair & Beauty Centre at 56 Po Tung Road.  Her first name is Mojdeh and she likes to be called Moj.

SAI KUNG BUZZ asked how she is doing now.

It’s all good news.  The doctors are telling her that after a mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Moj is now free of cancer.

Business at the salon is going so well she wants to hire another stylist and a beautician taking the total staff to 12.

This will enable the salon to open seven days a week.  Now it’s closed Sundays.

Moj said breast cancer runs in the family genes. Her mother developed breast cancer, also treated by a mastectomy.  Her mother is now 77 and has had no recurrence of the disease.

She moved to Sai Kung, met her husband-to-be Dean Bailey and started Tala’s salon at the present location, naming it after her daughter.  Tala’s salon’s striking exterior design with its big red doors is by Derek Bailey (a friend, but no relation), who also designed the Diamond Hill monastery and the Buddha on Lantau.

Tala’s is quite a big salon with a manager, four executive stylists, one junior stylist, a beautician, two receptionists and two assistants.  Its services are not cheap.  Moj says that got a lot to do with the rent. She gave examples of popular treatments.

$2000 or more — the price depends on the length of hair — will buy you an anti-frizz course. This means you will have smooth, straight, manageable hair for three to four months.

The next most popular treatment is organic colouring, starting at $750.  Based on the French product Mastey, it ensures overall colouring, highlighting and grey coverage.

Another big seller is hair-loss products for both men and women.

Moj and Dean reside in one of the villages near Sai Sha Rd.  Asked if they plan to live the rest of their lives in Sai Kung, Moj said, “I’m not sure. I have grand-children in the U.S.  I can talk to them on Skype and Facetime, but I can’t hold them.”  She visits the U.S. every three months or so, to see her daughter and the grandchildren. Her mother, traveling from Iran, often joins them.


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