By Susan Zhou and Elizabeth Gribbins
Monday, February 6th, 2012 9:00 AM CST
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that creates hairpieces for people under 21 who are undergoing conditions that cause hair loss, like alopecia or cancer. The starting price of wigs sold in retail start around $3,500 and can go as high as $5,000. Often times, these wigs are ill-fitting, require painful adhesives, irritating to the scalp, and are styled too maturely for these young recipients. Through donations, Locks of Love is able to make a hairpiece that creates a vacuum-like seal, so recipients are able to run, jump, and just be children. By donating, you are not just giving the recipient your hair, but self-confidence and helping restore a sense of normalcy back into their lives.
Requirements for hair donations:
– The bundle must be at least 10″ long (from the longest layer)
– The hair must be clean and dry
– The hair can not be bleached, however, colored or permed hair is permitted
– Loose hair will not be accepted, donations must be in a pony tail
I will be contacting students from local cosmetology schools to do the initial cut, but I’m not sure if they will style your hair as well (I will have that information before next week). I haven’t found a local salon that is affiliated with Locks of Love, but if you are going a salon, please let me know the name of the place you will be going to.
There will be a tent at WKU’s South Lawn by Preston. This event is not exclusive to Western students – I highly encourage everyone from the community to join us in benefiting this cause. Also, please help spread the word and send this along to your friends (that’s what all the cool people do anyway)!
Please let me know if you are going to donate so I can accommodate for the numbers accordingly. If you have any questions, feel free to message me through Facebook, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the site: http://www.locksoflove.org/index.html
Hope to see you there!