Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Locks of Love

This weekend was a fun one - the Seibert girls and I cut our hair for locks of love (http://www.locksoflove.org/). I had told Aubree that I would cut mine with her after the wedding, so this was the weekend!

I was just reading about what they do with the hair, and I was surprised that it isn't just used to make a generic wig. They're all custom-made, fitted to the kid's head, and then suctioned on so they can swim, shower, and play without worrying about losing them, which is pretty cool!

Why We Are Needed [From the Locks of Love website]

There are several problems facing children who suffer long-term medical hair loss. Most wigs sold by retailers are made to fit adult heads, and are much too big for children to wear. They often require the use of tape or glue to keep them from falling off, and these adhesives can burn or irritate the scalp. Often, the styles of adult wigs are not age-appropriate and synthetic wigs can mat and frizz with excessive styling.

The hair prosthetics Locks of Love provides are custom-made from donated ponytails for each child’s head. They retail between $3,500 to $6,000. The hairpiece forms a vacuum seal, like a suction cup, and does not require the use of tape or glue. Only the wearer of the hairpiece may remove it, by breaking the vacuum seal at the temples. Children can dismiss insecurities about classmates pulling off their hairpiece, or losing it at recess. They can swim, shower and do gymnastics – in short, they can be kids again. Each hairpiece is made from real human hair, and arrives long, so the recipient may style it to fit their face.