Springtime – When Love is in the Hair Local Salon Efforts Benefit Locks of Love


Springtime – When Love is in the Hair

Local Salon Efforts Benefit Locks of Love

Hairstylists at Meaghan Ave Salon will sponsor three events to cut hair for hair donations to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.  The events will take place on May 5th, May 12th, and May 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Meaghan Ave Salon located at 2667 Route 55 in Poughquag, NY.

A free haircut will be given for donations of ten inches of hair or more (minimum length).  Hair that has been dyed or permed can be donated; however, bleached hair cannot be used.  Please call for an appointment at 845-724-3337.

Locks of Love is a public, non-profit organization that provides vacuum-fitted hairpieces that meets a unique need for children by using donated human hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.  Most children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure.  Others have suffered severe burns or injuries or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem or other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss.  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.  The prostheses they provide help to restore self-esteem and confidence, enabling these children to face the world and their peers.

The organization, which began operation in 1998, provides the prostheses to children under age 21.  These hairpieces require between 6 – 10 ponytails and take approximately 4 – 6 months to manufacture.  Thousands of bundles of donated hair arrive as a result of the national publicity that Locks of Love receives in newspapers, magazines, and television programs.  It is estimated that children comprise over 80% of the donors, making this a charity where both children and adults  have an opportunity to help children.

Author: Harlem Valley News