As short hairstyles become progressively more popular, students who don’t make the cut are finding ways of putting their locks to good use.
Teenagers are swarming to hair salons who work with the public, non-profit organization Locks of Love to donate their hair toward the making of all-natural wigs for financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, a disease that causes spotted baldness on the scalp, which has no known cause or cure. The high-quality hair prosthetics they provide help to restore self-esteem and confidence to the receivers, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
When asked why he decided to donate his hair, senior Nick Stewart gestures to his extensive mane and says, “Why should all this hair go to waste? If someone can find a good use for it, then far be it from me to deny them the materials.” His hair shrunk from over a foot long to only a few inches after his donation.
The requirements for donation are that it must not be colored, bleached or permed, a minimum of 10 inches of hair length, and that it cut in a ponytail or braid. The salon at which the hair gets cut will ensure that your donation will be mailed according to the organization’s specific mailing guidelines.
If you would like to find a hair salon where you can donate to Locks of Love, check the official website for information on how to find one near you.