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Locks of Love is devoted to helping every child suffering from medical hair loss, thus we do not discriminate as to the cause of hair loss. We list the following information in an attempt to explain types of hair loss and specific needs of individual recipients.
You Should Know:
Locks of Love is not a manufacturer of any type of hair replacement system or hair care product. As a charity and strictly a charity, we must purchase the custom prostheses we provide free of charge to our recipients.
Our recipients are financially disadvantaged children, age 21 and under, suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Most of our children suffer from an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata, which causes the hair follicles to shut down. In addition to the loss of scalp hair, many also lose their eyelashes, eyebrows and all body hair. This hair loss is permanent in most cases, and there is no known cause or cure. Other recipients are cancer survivors, have been victim to severe burns or suffer from any number of dermatological conditions that cause permanent hair loss.
The children who receive these hairpieces have lost more than their hair; they suffer from a loss of self. Many children have been teased and/or bullied and are embarrassed by the attention they receive because of their hair loss. They often will withdraw from normal childhood activities such as swimming, participating in sports, attending sleep-overs or even playing with their friends. While wearing a hairpiece is certainly not a cure for these children, it can help restore some of the normalcy to their everyday lives that most of us take for granted. It is our goal to help provide a foundation on which they can begin to rebuild their self-esteem and self-confidence.
There are several problems facing children who suffer from medical hair loss. Most wigs sold by retailers are made to fit adult heads, and fit poorly on a child or teenager. As well the styles of these wigs are not age-appropriate for children. “Wigs” often require the use of double-sided tape or glue to keep them from falling off. These adhesives can burn or irritate the scalp. Thus a regular “wig” does not provide the security children need to just “be kids”. Our prosthesis fulfills the void that “wigs” do not.
Timothy C. Leixner