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Locks of Love Its Not Just Hair

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Our own Georgia Fojo and her sister, Julia, wave goodbye to 10 inches of their silky hair to support Locks of Love – a truly heartwarming charity

In the May/June 2015 issue of Lake Mary Life, we featured my colleague and LML art director, Heather Loomis, who donated her hair to Locks of Love. Over two decades, the nonprofit organization has provided hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children and teens who have lost their hair due to illness. I was inspired by everyone in last year’s story: Heather, her niece, and a father/son pair, all of whom donated their hair together. In the back of my mind, I tucked away the idea of doing it myself one day.

One afternoon at the office, I remarked about desperately needing a haircut, and a Locks of Love light bulb glowed ever so brightly above my head. My hair had grown long and lovely (if I may say so myself), and a tinge of vanity grew with it. I knew I wasn’t alone in my attachment to my long hair. My sister Julia was certainly in love with her dark brown locks, too. But I also knew it was time to follow through with the mental commitment I had made more than a year ago. It was time to whip out the scissors and chop, chop, chop.

I approached Julia to join forces and slice off 10 inches of her hair as well for Locks of Love’s worthwhile cause. Once we looked into it and understood the difference a hairpiece could make in the life of someone suffering from sudden hair loss, getting us to sit in the salon chairs at M Salon Lake Mary, an Aveda establishment in Colonial TownPark, was a shoo-in. We often expressed to each other that we wanted to make a difference somehow, and this was one small way to do it.

“I hope by doing this I can help someone feel better about themselves,” said Julia before our appointment. “I realize now that not having to think about whether or not my hair will grow back is a privilege. If the confidence I carry can be shared with someone who really needs it, it’s a worthwhile thing to do.”

I couldn’t agree more. From our perspective, growing long hair is easy. While we are busy obsessing about the “right” haircut and have the comfort in knowing that “it’s just hair, and it’ll grow back,” not everyone has such luxury. It’s not just hair. A donated hairpiece means a whole lot more to someone who is suffering from medical hair loss. It restores a sense of self-confidence and normalcy that we ourselves may take for granted.

Thank you to Regina Smith, owner of M Salon Lake Mary, for donating a full shampoo, style, and blow-dry in honor of our contribution. And thanks to our entertaining hairdressers Dean Scott and Emily Saunders-Bailey for taking the time to help us contribute to Locks of Love.

Donation Guidelines

Do you have some locks that could benefit Locks of Love? Here are the basic rules for donations:

• Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
• Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
• Hair that has been bleached is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist.
• Hair that is swept off the floor is not usable because it is not bundled in a ponytail or braid.
• Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off.
• Dreadlocks, wigs, falls, hair extensions, or synthetic hair cannot be used.
• Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches, and layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
• Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
• Ten inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a Locks of Love hairpiece.

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