HJ/EDJuly 17, 2006

Locks of Love

By Samantha Schommer
Staff Intern

Twelve and a half inches of hair, a smiling nine-year-old, and one pair of scissors.

These are the ingredients to a proud moment in a young girl’s life.

Megan Fillbrandt, Mayer, donated 12 and a half inches of her hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides custom-made hairpieces to children with medical hair loss.

Megan got her hair cut at Sharon’s Beauty Salon of Winsted, by stylist Michelle Harwood.

The hairpieces are assembled by Locks of Love for children who have experienced total hair loss due to medical reasons or diseases.

Children, like Megan, comprise more than 80 percent of the donors, according to the Locks of Love web site, www.locksoflove.org.

Megan read about Locks of Love in the paper, and decided that she would like to give her hair to someone who needed it more than her.

It took Megan more than three years to grow out her hair, but giving it up to someone else was more than easy.

Locks of Love makes wigs for mostly girls, which is why the length requirement is 10 inches.

The hair must be in a ponytail or braid, must be chemical-free, and it must be clean and dry. The hair should be placed in a plastic bag and mailed in a padded envelope.

Locks of Love began in 1997 and is run mostly by volunteers.

It takes about four months to make a hairpiece, and there are typically 10 to 15 ponytails used to make one hairpiece.

Megan is enjoying her easier-to-manage short hair, and said that when her hair grows long enough, she plans on donating her hair again.

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