SAU senior spreading love with her own locks

Lakin Sheeder before cutting her hairLakin Sheeder after donating her hair to locks of loveCancer, hair and Lakin Sheeder.

This senior wanted to give back to the community in a unique way. After three years of nurturing and growing out her hair, Sheeder decided that Locks of Love was something that she wanted to look into.
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that creates hairpieces for children that have lost their hair to different illnesses.

Sheeder knew that this was a type of service that she wanted to partake in because cancer runs in her family and affected her friends also.  Having seen firsthand what cancer can do to someone, Sheeder just wanted to do her part in helping someone else.

“I’m just amazed with what the organization can do with my own hair for someone else,” Sheeder said. To make one wig it take six to 10 different 12-inch ponytails. Together Sheeder and her mother measured out the 12 inches, tied into the ponytail, cut the hair and then mailed it off to brighten someone’s day.

“Locks of Love is a great cause,” Sheeder said. “It’s bad enough that those kids are sick, there is no reason that they have to feel bad about losing their hair.” Even though she tends to miss her hair, Sheeder is extremely happy that she was able to partake in this cause.  

To join Sheeder in this act of kindness there are a few requirements that you should know about Locks of Love. The organization takes hair from anyone and everyone; race, age and gender do not matter. Even though Sheeder donated 12 inches, Locks of Love only requires that the hair be a minimum of 10 inches. The hair itself can be colored but cannot be bleached. The reasoning for this is because of the chemical damage.

The Locks of Love organization wants to ensure that the hair is going to look as natural as possible. Also, to ensure the hair is childlike, it cannot be gray.

Once you have your luscious locks, the donation process is simple. Your hair needs to either be in a braid or in a ponytail. Once the hair is cut, place it into a plastic bag and put that in a box to be shipped. Fill out a form with your information and mail it to Locks of Love. It is as simple as that to brighten a sick child’s day.

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