Review: Locks of Love

Cancer Products, Cancer Websites — By on April 26, 2009 at 6:18 am

locksofloveLocks of Love helps disadvantaged children suffering from medical hairloss.

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.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 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 and the prostheses they provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. 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.

The hairpieces retail between $3,500 to $6,000.  Like a suction cup, the hairpiece forms a vacuum seal,  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.

Visit: Locks of Love and let us know what you think.

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