Steamboat Springs Local longhairs leaning toward a new look for fall can restore a child's self-esteem in the process of having his or her own hair cut.
That's what Steamboat resident Lizzy Gibbs did recently.
Gibbs, a Horizons client and resident of the Maple Street group home, wanted her hair shortened for convenience. She donated her trimmed locks to an organization that uses donated human hair to make custom hairpieces for children who have lost their own hair due to medical conditions. The organization is called Locks of Love. Another similar organization is Wigs for Kids.
"Lizzy's hair was always getting in her eyes. Why not do something decent with it?" said her mother, Joan Gibbs. "What I really want to do is get the word out to the community that they can send their hair to these places."
Joan took Lizzy to see Gretchen Hicks at Mountain Hair Studio and they mailed her long ponytail intact to Locks of Love. People who prefer can cut their own hair Locks of Love isn't worried about how the donor looks after the trim they just want the hair.
Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children younger than the age of 18. The hairpieces are hand-assembled, a process that can take up to four months. Since 1997, Locks of Love has helped more than 400 children, most of whom have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata.
There is no cure, but a hair prosthesis can restore self-esteem and confidence to a child.
Wigs for Kids is also a nonprofit and supplies hair replacement for children who have been affected by chemotherapy, alopecia, burns and other medical conditions.
Interested people can learn more about the two organizations at www.wigsforkids.org and www.locksoflove.org.