Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Locks of Love

My best friend is getting married in less than six weeks and I am incredibly excited! I am obviously a bridesmaid, which obviously adds to the excitement.

In preparation, I have (amongst other things) been growing my hair. A couple of weeks ago, I went to my (amazing) hair dresser to have my hair done and he happened to cut off a little more than I would have liked (obviously needed to be done though). I wasn’t angry, but I was worried about how I would possibly look good at my friend’s wedding! Silly, I know, but bear with me! (I’m sure many ladies can empathise here).

Anyway, so there I am, fussing over a couple of inches of hair, when I saw this picture of my cousin’s cousin, Adri, who had cut off most of her hair to give to Locks of Love. Obviously, this made me feel even more silly for fussing about a couple of inches of hair, but more than anything I felt great admiration for what Adri had done and wanted to find out more about Locks of Love.

So Locks of Love is a public non-profit organisation that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the 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. The prostheses they provide help to restore the children’s self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
Their mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

How is THAT for perspective?? On further reading about Locks of Love, I discovered this story about a teenager who was growing his hair to donate it to Locks of Love. Click here to sign a petition to support his cause!

You can also help by:
·      Donating hair (please check the guidelines before cutting your hair!)
·      Making a financial contribution
·      Volunteer
·      Read about even more ways of helping


Ronell x

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.” {Audrey Hepburn}

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