Creative Cutters at 102 E. Main St. in Downtown Cherokee hosted a benefit Saturday for "Locks of Love," a non-profit organization that provides children in need with a custom, vacuum-fitted hairpiece made entirely from donated human hair.
Anyone who would like to donate 10 inches or more of hair could go to Creative Cutters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and receive a free haircut. The staff at Creative Cutters will do all the paperwork and send the ponytails in to Locks of Love. Hair must be freshly washed. Appointments are appreciated but not mandatory.
The vacuum-fit is designed for children who have experienced total loss of scalp hair and does not require the use of tape or glue. Most of the recipients suffer from an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata, for which there is no known cause or cure.
Others suffer from severe burns, or have endured radiation treatment, in addition to many other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss.
The organization, which began in 1997, has helped more than 1,000 children since its first year of operation. Children comprise more than 80-percent of the donors, making it a charity where children have an opportunity to help children.
For more information, visit the web site at locksoflove.org.