Reflections by Gina, a hair salon on the north side of the Corydon square owned by cosmetologist Gina Thompson, offers a county-wide challenge for hair donations to Locks of Love.
Close friend Kathy Hand first asked Thompson if she would be interested in the program. Hand’s own mother and father-in-law died of cancer, so her incentive is very personal. She plans to offer her own donation. “I’m growing out my hair,” Hand says. “I wanted to do it at least once.” Thompson had participated in Locks of Love before, and readily agreed to take part again.
According to www.locksoflove.org, “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. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. 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.”
Donations at Reflections by Gina run through Thanksgiving. Hair must be clean, dry and at least 10 inches long. It should be measured in a braid or ponytail. Thompson will cut the hair for half-price, with a form to be filled out at the salon. She will then send the hair to Locks of Love, which returns all participants a thank you note. Her goal is to reach at least 25 donations.
For more information, please call 641-344-1112 or visit www.locksoflove.org.