All About Locks of Love
By Cozy Friedman on December 21, 2011
Since it’s the giving season I want to tell you a little about Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. I have been a long time fan and supporter and yet I am still overcome with pride each time a child visits my salon to give the gift of their hair to a child in need.
Donating to Locks of Love
Locks of Love takes donations of hair 10 inches or longer, and the hair must be bundled in a ponytail or braid. Donations of all hair types and colors are accepted.
In my salons, the stylist gathers hair in one long ponytail to do the initial snip—this keeps the hair together (and makes the shock of a 10 inch haircut quick and easy!). We then make sure to take great care when sending every donated pony to Locks of Love.
A couple of weeks ago we were thrilled to have Tony Award winning actress Donna Murphy and her daughter in the salon making a Locks of Love donation. Donna, who has been in movies such as the King and I and Spiderman, and was recently the voice of Mother Gothel in the Disney film Tangled (love that movie!) Cozy stylist Berta did an amazing job, and her daughter was very happy with her new shorter ‘do!
It’s estimated that 80% of all donations to Locks of Love come from children who wish to help other children. What a wonderful gift to give, and a great way to teach your child about being charitable!
And, shorter hair makes an ideal canvas for fun accessories and funky styles. Try a headband braid, or double twist on the sides. Secure styles with fun hair clips, and don’t forget your hair feathers and tinsel! Keep in mind that less hair equals fewer tangles, too (a big added benefit!).
I am always awed by the generosity of the children who give their hair to Locks of Love. To find out more, please call any of my three Manhattan salons.