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There’s no better time than springtime to get a sassy new hairdo. Those with long tresses are invited to treat themselves to a brand new style while helping kids with cancer and other types of medical hair loss at a special Locks of Love benefit event May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Future Wave Salon, 3324 Navarre Ave., in Oregon.
Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 years and younger with medical hair loss.
The custom-fitted hair prosthetics are provided free of charge or on a sliding scale to children whose families meet the Locks of Love Board of Directors’ guidelines.
Haircuts will be provided at no charge, but appointments are request. Call 419-698-WAVE (9283) to reserve a spot.
The event will also include a 50/50 raffle, with the drawing set for 6 p.m. The winner need not be present to win. All proceeds benefit Locks of Love. Tickets for the raffle are available at Oregon Printing Services, 3245 Navarre Ave., Suite A.
Donated hair is evaluated for its usefulness according to the following guidelines:
• The donated hair must be at least 10 inches (preferably 12 inches) in length.
• It must be bundled in a ponytail or braid
• Hair must be free of bleach. Colored hair and permed is acceptable.
• The hair must be clean and dry.
Donated hair that is not suitable for use in children's hairpieces may be sold at fair market value to offset the cost of manufacturing.
Locks of Love hairpieces are vacuum-fitted and made entirely from donated human hair. The vacuum fit is designed for children who have experienced a total loss of scalp hair and does not require the use of tape or glue.
Most of the applicants suffer from alopecia areata, an auto-immune condition for which there is no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns, or endured radiation treatment to the brainstem, in addition to many other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss.
About Locks of Love
The organization, which began operation in 1998, strives to help all financially disadvantaged children who are living with the daily trials of medical hair loss. Thousands of bundles of donated hair arrive as a result of the Internet and word-of-mouth as well as publicity Locks of Love receives in newspapers, magazines and on television programs.
Donors provide the hair, volunteers open and sort the donations, and the manufacturer hand-assembles each piece, which requires approximately four to six months. Children comprise over 80 percent of the donors, making this a charity where children have the opportunity to help other children. Visit www.locksoflove.org for more information.