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Marshall to host Locks of Love event 'Hair from the Herd' Thursday

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 02:05 PM

HUNTINGTON — WMUL-FM is teaming up with the Huntington School of Beauty Culture this week to give back for the sixth time.

"Hair from the Herd" runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25 on Marshall University's Memorial Student Center Plaza.

"We love doing this event each year," Amanda Reesman, WMUL promotions director, said.  "It's a great cause.  Ten inches of hair can make a big difference to someone who has lost theirs, and can't afford to buy hairpieces."

Hair from the Herd will collect both hair and monetary donations to benefit Locks of Love.  The donations will help produce real hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

"As a woman, I know there is a lot of emphasis on how you and your hair looks.  I can't imagine how it feels to have lost it," Reesman said. "This is a great opportunity for Marshall Students and the community as a whole to help others and show that Herd cares."

Donated hair must fit the following guidelines: Hair must be at least 10 inches, clean and dry.Bleached hair cannot be used, Dyed or permed hair is usable (if the dye is darker than natural hair) and Six inches or more of hair may be donated to Locks of Love, but in this case, the hair will be sold to help pay overhead costs for the organization.  Fewer than six inches of hair will not be accepted.

The Huntington School of Beauty Culture will provide the cuts and styles to donors, free of cost. Donors will also receive free T-shirts. 

Most of the children Locks of Love helps have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata. Others may have suffered severe burns, injuries, endured radiation treatment, or have other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss.

"Giving back impacts others more than people realize," Reesman said.  "To me, helping others is just so rewarding. It's amazing that something little you do can change someone else's life so much."

The hairpieces Locks of Love provides help restore self-esteem and confidence, enabling children to face the world and their peers, according to Locks of Love's website.

For more information, please contact Amanda Reesman at reesman@marshall.edu.