Amaya Militzok, 5, of Cooper City, Florida, donated her hair to Locks of Love. Her mother took her to Salon 180 for her first ever haircut, she told her mommy that she wanted to her hair to help a sick child, like the little girl at her brother’s school who lost her hair to cancer treatments. She cut 10 inches off her hair to help make a wig for a kid in need.
“I was worried how she would deal with cutting that much off because her hair is past the back of her knees, and it has become such a big part of her identity,” her mother, Alyce Militzok, said. “But she loves her new hair and wants to donate again next year.”
WHAT IS LOCKS OF LOVE?
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization 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 we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
You can visit their website at:http://www.locksoflove.org/
How to donate:
Locks of Love gets thousands of donations each year, however they sell about 60% to wig manufacturers because the hair is unusable for making custom wigs for children. Follow these rules if you want your child’s hair made into a wig:
- TEN INCHES: measured tip to top is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece
- HAIR THAT IS COLOURED: or permed is acceptable
- HAIR THAT HAS BEEN BLEACHED or highlighted is not usable.
- HAIR THAT IS SWEPT OFF THE FLOOR is not usable
- HAIR THAT IS SHAVED OFF not in a ponytail or braid is not usable
- CURLY HAIR can be used and pulled to measure 10 in
- LAYERED HAIR IS ACCEPTABLE if the longest layer is 10 inches