Kids With Compassion: The Youngest Donors To Locks Of Love

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A child’s first haircut is an event to remember. It marks the moment when a person changes from an infant into a young, independent child. What if parents used that moment to help other children in need? In the United States and Canada, Locks Of Love’s youngest donors are doing just that by choosing to help other children and giving the organization a part of themselves.

How Locks Of Love Began

Nurse Donna Coffman started Locks Of Love after being diagnosed with alopecia in her 20s. Alopecia is a condition which causes patients to lose large chunks of their hair, often resulting in low self-esteem and withdrawal from the outside world, according to Locks of Love. After Coffman saw her own young daughter go through the same condition 15 years later, she knew she had to make a change. Today, the organization accepts hair donations from people around the United States and Canada, crafting customized hairpieces for its grateful recipients, some of which are children undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

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Why Children Are the Best Hair Donors

Locks Of Love isn’t just for adults. Young children usually still have their natural hair color intact and have undamaged hair follicles, making them the ideal candidates for donation. The healthier a person’s hair is, the more likely the hair makes a beautiful wig for someone in need. In fact, children as young as three years old make the choice to cut their hair for charity. Parents who wait years to cut their children’s hair for the first time create wigs up to 10 inches in length, CNN explains.

“A hairpiece from Locks of Love is not simply an accessory, but an essential tool in living life to the fullest for children in need.”

Hair Grows Back, But Compassion Lasts A Lifetime

It’s not often that people are able to donate a part of themselves to someone else without permanent consequences. When children donate their hair to others, they only sacrifice their long hair during the time it takes to grow back. Most children find their hair beginning to grow back soon after donating, The Telegraph says. In fact, some children find it easier to style and play with shorter hair in the days following their donation. Not only is hair donation an easy and painless process, it changes lives of children suffering through hardships such as chemotherapy treatment.

The Pain of Losing Hair

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy are not only harsh on a person’s body, but also harsh on a person’s social life. As doctors work tirelessly to treat the underlying medical problem, patients are left with patches of sparse hair, or no hair at all. This sometimes causes them to find going to the pool, the store, or school a terrifying experience. Children especially worry about what other children think of them if they show their peers that they no longer have hair. They fear being bullied over their appearance. A hairpiece from Locks Of Love is not simply an accessory, but an essential tool in living life to the fullest for children in need.

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The Donation Process

If a child wishes to donate their hair to someone in need, the donation process is fast and simple. Once the child’s hair reaches about 10 inches in length or longer, participating hair stylists pull the hair into a ponytail. One snip with the scissors, and the neatly-gathered hair is sent off to Locks Of Love for crafting. The organization accepts hair of any color, as long as the hair is natural, contains no dyes, and has not yet turned grey. Many parents take before and after pictures of their child’s haircut to remind them of the generous gift they have given someone in need.

When you or your child donate hair to Locks Of Love, you provide a service that doctors are unable to give patients. You give children with cancer the confidence to get out of the house and to play with other children each day. Locks Of Love gives children back their childhoods.


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