Sissy Sheridan: Locks of Love
Locks of Love is on a mission to provide high-quality hair prosthetics to children suffering from hair loss due to illness. Scroll to read Sissy Sheridan’s experience donating, and learn how you can get involved!
I discovered Locks of Love when I was around eight years old. I was getting my hair cut short and learned that if you were cutting off a lot of length you could donate it. Locks of love is a non-profit organization based in the US that accepts donations of human hair and uses it to make wigs for children with medical conditions that have caused them to lose their hair. I was immediately intrigued and wanted to be a part of such a wonderful idea. Even though I was only eight, I saw a chance to be a BIG help. The stylist put my hair in a low ponytail and snipped it off! That was easy!
Locks of Love has been around since 1997. Their mission is to help financially disadvantaged children under the age of twenty-one who have suffered from some sort of hair loss. The most common cause of hair loss in their customers is Alopecia Areata, but they also see cancer patients as well as burn victims. A quote from the Locks of Love website: “While wearing a hairpiece is certainly not a cure for these children, it can help restore some of the normalcy to their everyday lives that most of us take for granted.”
If you want to help provide a quality wig to kids in need it literally just takes minutes. One of the things about being a kid and having a charitable heart is that it can be challenging finding actual ways to help out. Most of us don’t have jobs or maybe even an allowance - we may have some birthday money but it doesn’t seem like enough to make a difference. Donating your hair is free and painless.
I got my hair cut and donated through the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon, but you can always send your hair in yourself, or use a salon that donates to Locks of Love or another hair donation organization. All of the requirements are listed in their donation guidelines which is a part of the hair donation form. The main requirement for most donation organizations is you must cut off at least 10 inches of your hair. Cutting your long hair can be a big decision, but it’s so worth it when you know it’s going to help kids in need. And you know what, isn’t it time for a new look anyway? New year, new you. Happy New Year!
If your hair is too short to donate now - all you have to do is keep it healthy so that you can donate it when it’s long enough!