At 20 years of age, Alyssa Nolan is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. The Queenslander is a medical miracle. Born co-joined at the head with her sister Bethany, she survived a marathon operation, ordered by the Supreme Court in 2001, to separate the twins.

Bethany lost her battle five minutes after being separated from her sister. At only 23 days old, Alyssa’s life hung in the balance: the twins had shared 10cm of skull and some brain tissue and cranial draining veins. With only one kidney, and suffering two cardiac arrests during the risky surgery, Alyssa was left with a 30cm open cavity in her skull where Bethany used to lie.




But since then, Alyssa has continued to thrive, determined to live her best life twice, always remembering her sister. Two weeks ago, Queensland’s The Courier Mail shared Alyssa’s latest battle – finding a job.

“I am a caring giving person… I was given the most amazing chance at life and now I just want to live it like any other young woman,” Alyssa told The Courier-Mail. “I have a mild intellectual disability, but it doesn’t stop me working hard. I just might take a little bit longer to learn new things.”

When Price Attack CEO John Pascoe read the story, his team sprang to work. Together with Corinne Baker, Business Development Manager Corporate Stores, they reached out to Alyssa.

“When we saw Alyssa’s story in the paper, we straight away thought about the best way to help,” said Ms Baker. “Hairdressing is a skill you can take with you, wherever you choose to live. All of our salons aim to be inclusive whether you are an employee or a customer. For example, a new Price Attack salon opening in Sydney soon is introducing quiet times for adults or children with autism to have their hair cut in an environment where they feel safe and calm. Similarly, they will introduce other private spaces where women can remove their hijabs for a treatment.”

“Bethany is always in my heart, she’s always with me and I want to live a good life to honour her,” said Alyssa. “Now I have my chance.”