MOUNT WASHINGT ON -- Inspired to help children suffering from long-term medical hair loss, Bullitt East student Casie Harlow, 16, decided to put her flowing locks to good use when she recently visited a local hair salon.
Last month Harlow had over 10 inches of her hair trimmed, which she donated to Locks of Love.
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.
By simply getting a hair cut, Harlow made it possible for a child to have a quality hair prosthesis.
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 provided through Locks of Love provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
The hair Harlow had trimmed was enough for two locks. It takes 6-10 locks to create a full prosthesis.