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Tresses Hairpiece Boutique, Newry & Belfast is recognised as Ireland’s leading supplier of wigs and hairpieces.

Therese Receives Her MBE and Meets Kylie Minogue

Therese Received Her MBE On The Same Day Kylie Recieved Her OBE

Established in Newry, County Down in 1988 by Therese Hughes MBE, Tresses has focused on delivering a unique personal service to patients suffering from hair loss, often due to alopecia or from the side effects of chemotherapy.

After witnessing the distress caused by hair loss due to illness, Therese, an experienced hairdresser of 17 years, felt compelled to offer a service which considered both the physical and psychological needs of a patient. So successful has been her approach to this sensitive issue, Therese received an MBE in the 2008 Queens Honours List.

Tresses Hairpiece Boutique has established a presence in all the major cancer units in Northern Ireland and in the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre in the Republic of Ireland and we have regular customers from all over Ireland and further afield.

For ladies who just like to look stunning we also stock a wide range of quality fashion wigs from the top brands at the most competitive prices. So please contact us to discuss your needs or simply drop into one of our shops to view our range.

The success of ‘Tresses Hairpiece Boutique’ is going from strength to strength. There have been many articles written in various papers including Ulster Tattler, Irish News, Newsletter, Belfast Telegraph, Newry Reporter, Bambridge Chronicle, The Newry Democrat and The Times. The Boutique has also received coverage from radio and television programmes on Radio Ulster, UTV and RTE.

In 2008 Therese was invited to Buckingham Palace where she received the honour of MBE from HRH Prince Charles, acknowledging her dedication to providing Healthcare Services in Northern Ireland. It is believed she is the first and only wig specialist to have received this tribute.


 Extract from a letter from Mrs Jean Petrie nominating Therese Hughes for the honours list.
“I decided to nominate Therese Hughes for recognition of her work with people who suffer from hair loss, because of my experience as a close friend of one of her patients . My friend has suffered from alopecia for many years was put in touch with Therese approximately three years ago . The help and support given to my friend by Therese is beyond words. Nothing is too much trouble , she just seems to know instinctively which wig is suitable and Therese always styles it to suit my friend.”

Extract from a letter of support from Professor R. Davidson, Belfast City Hospital
“Therese Hughes has transformed the way in which we help patients with chemotherapy induced hair loss in Northern Ireland …………………… she has added a ray of sunshine to the lives of people who are going through a very difficult time……………her pioneering work has been of interest to many other cancer centres.”

Extract from a letter from Lucy Montgomery Staff Nurse, Ulster Hospital
” I feel that Therese provides an excellent service to patients , much of which goes well beyond the call of duty. For this reason I have no hesitation in recommending that Theresa be considered for official recognition for what she does”

Diane, June & Sylvia volunteers
“Therese has this fantastic ability to make her patients feel calm, reassured and this helps them come to terms with lossing their hair. Many patients come to her with hair loss due to chemotherapy. This is an extremely delicate and distressing time for the patient. However we see Therese take their burden on boardand she makes their ordeal much less upsetting …”



Real Life: The Naked Truth – Article published in the Irish Independent about Hair Loss
The general public doesn’t view hair loss as a particularly serious condition — as it’s not life-threatening — but sufferers say that it’s as debilitating as any other disability

The Heroine Of Hair Loss – Article published in the Sunday Life
How wig specialist Therese Hughes has changed lives of dozens of ulster women