A Donation Can Make all the Difference

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Erin Moriarty writes, You probably know that some cancer treatment can cause hair loss…

You probably know that some cancer treatment can cause hair loss, but you likely haven’t heard of Alopecia Areata, a medical condition that causes long term hair loss and has no known cure. Children with this condition often suffer from low self esteem. Because of that, Locks of Love makes it their mission to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. In order to be used in a wig, hair must be clean and dry. 10 inches is required to make a wig. According to Lauren Kukkamaa, the communications director at locks of love, 10 inches makes a wig that is about jaw length. Most girls who get the wigs want longer hair, so, more is encouraged. recipients of the wigs get to choose the length, color, and the hair type (curly, straight, etc.). Children can reapply for a hair piece every 18 months. For a long time, I have wanted to donate my hair to Locks of Love, but only about two weeks ago did I really make up my mind. Mom took me to a local salon, where they washed and dried my hair. Then it was put into a ponytail and (literally) chopped off. I felt a sort of satisfaction as I looked at my hair in its plastic bag. it felt good to know that my hair was going to a child who would appreciate it. Send your donated hair to 234 Southern Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33405.