Locks of Love

By Mary Adam
February 13, 2003

Alaina Robinson

Locks of Love is an organization created to help children under the age of 18 who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss and cannot financially afford a hair piece. The organization uses donated hair from people throughout the United States to create a high quality hairpiece.

In order to be eligible to donate, the hair must be a certain length. Sophomore, Meg Reich works at Gemini Styling Salon in Frederick, MD. “The cut has to be at least eight inches, but they prefer 10 inches,” Reich said. Locks of Love requests the minimum to be 10 inches. The reason for that is because most of the children they help are girls. It is socially acceptable for boys to have short hair or even shaved heads, but not girls. Most of the girls want long hair, at least 12 to 14 inches long. If the donation is 10 inches, they need two inches for the manufacturing process, leaving only about eight inches of actual hair. Even though most of the kids they aid are girls, they do help boys as well.

Jackie Steinberg, sophomore, had 10 inches cut off in her senior year of high school. When she got her hair cut, it was a little short, so she just decided to take off more until it was enough. “I was already getting it cut short,” Steinberg said, “so if I cut another inch off I could donate it. It was shorter than I wanted, but I was a good samaritan.”

Freshman, Kay Zwolak, had 12 inches of her hair donated. She learned about Locks of Love on a talk show, along with sophomore Liz Kronenberg, who donated almost 11 inches. Zwolak, whose hair was to her waist, walked into the salon and was told, “There’s no crying in this salon.” “It was hard to part with it, but it felt good,” Zwolak said. “I definitely recommend it. It’s a great thing to do.”

Kronenberg’s approach was different from others. She purposely grew her hair long, so she could get it cut and donate it. “Actually, I hate short hair,” Kronenberg said. “I didn’t want to cut it, but I figured mine can and will grow back, so I let it grow and cut it.” Although she had more taken off than she wanted, Kronenberg said, “I am growing it back out to do it all again. Maybe I’ll let it grow more this time.” Even if they get their hair cut a little shorter than they want it, in most cases donators think it’s worth it. “It’s a great feeling to know that someone else would be able to use it,” said junior Laura Cover.

Locks of Love Hair Donation Guidelines

They accept 10″ minimum hair length (tip

to tip), not wigs, falls or synthetic hair

* Please bundle hair in ponytail or braid

* Hair needs to be clean, dry, placed in a

plastic bag, then padded envelope

* Hair is needed from men and women,

young and old, all colors and all races

* Hair may be colored or permed, but not

chemically damaged (if you’re not sure, ask

your stylist)

* Hair swept off the floor is not usable

* You may pull curly hair straight to measure

the minimum 10″

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