Free haircut with donation made to Locks of Love

Locks-for-LoveLocks of Love seeks 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.

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

Ten area Great Clips locations, including those in Austintown, Cortland, Howland, Liberty and Niles, will offer haircuts for donation.

Hair must be more than 10 inches in length to donate it may be colored or permed, but bleached hair cannot be accepted due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process.

If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out, it is fine to donate. It generally takes between eight and 12 ponytail donations to create a child’s hairpiece.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Local Great Clips locations donated more than 250 ponytails to Locks of Love last year.