It’s Easy to Take For Granted
Imagine if you couldn’t grow your own hair. Even worse, imagine battling a life-threatening illness, and undergoing treatment that caused your hair to fall out.
Mikayla was seven years old when suddenly, over a three-day period, all her hair fell out. While she was too young to fully understand she’d been diagnosed with alopecia, she quickly realized she was different, getting teased and bullied for wearing a bandana on her head.
Adam got used to people staring at him in public for two and a half years while he lived with much of his hair falling out.
Sarah was just three years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphblastic leukemia and lost her hair to chemotherapy treatments.
These are just a few of the millions of children and adults who live with medically-related hair loss. Growing your own hair can be easy to take for granted, but for these kids who just wanted to live a normal life, the painful effects go far deeper than just cosmetic.
The problem is, a customized human hair replacement system, along with proper care and maintenance can cost up to $5,000 a year. For most families, it’s an expense they can’t afford.
Covering Young Heads to Heal Young Hearts™
That’s why Children With Hair Loss™ was established, a Michigan-based non-profit organization that provides customized human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing cancer treatments, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and other medically-related hair loss.
Through CWHL, each recipient child receives a FREE customized human hair replacement & care kit annually until the age of 21. Each complete package can cost up to $5,000. CWHL is the only charitable organization of its kind that provides all products and services completely free of charge, with no hidden fees, financial reporting or required appearances.
CWHL’s primary focus is on the needs of each child, and to help replenish their self-confidence and self-image, which are so important to children. A child facing medically related hair loss is confronted with a loss of self-esteem, self-confidence, and social acceptance . The essence of normalcy in their life is devastated. Often, friends become bullies, casual glances become uncomfortable stares, and once happy social interactions become insurmountable challenges. Under the weight of such unhappiness, many children, even if their health permits it, are unable to carry on with regular schooling.
Since 2000, Children With Hair Loss has helped more than 3,500 children face their everyday lives with confidence and self esteem, providing customized hair replacements, care kits, support and education, all for free.
For the kids they help, it’s the difference that helps them live a normal life.
A Community With A Cause
Since The Longhairs was established in 2014, we’ve come to learn about the men and boys in this community who grow their hair for the very reason to donate it. Many of them grow their hair for their moms, grandmas, aunties, sisters, daughters and friends who have been affected by cancer or other ailments.
Growing hair for most of us is as normal as breathing, but for these children, having hair of their own can change their lives. That’s why The Longhairs established Longhairs Do Care, and we’re proud to announce our partnership with Children With Hair Loss.
Longhairs Do Care started with our inaugural donation of $100 in December, 2015, and since then The Longhairs has donated $1 from every sale to a charity supporting those affected by hair loss. We now proudly donate to Children With Hair Loss, kicking off our new partnership in 2017 with a donation of $1,620.
Going For the World Record
We’re not just putting our money where our mouth is, we put our locks on the line too.
In March of 2019 we hosted The Great Cut, where we broke the Guinness World Record for most hair donated to charity in a 24 hour period.
How Can I Help?
Glad you asked. Here are several ways you can support this righteous mission.
Shop In The Men’s Aisle
Start Growing Your Hair Out
Have you ever thought about growing your hair out? What better reason than this??
Not only will it provide you with just cause to grow your hair out (the intrinsic value is just in itself, but from the standpoint of external perceptions it may prove useful to cite a cause greater than simply “letting it ride for the chicks”), but Children With Hair Loss has these epic t-shirts allowing you to formally and publicly display your commitment to the cause.
Share The Love
Support our partner organization directly. Sign up for their newsletter, become a salon partner, follow them on social media, shop in their online store, attend an event or donate directly. #cutpasslove
If You Do Cut Your Hair…
First, no one here is telling you to cut your hair. If you’re asking us you should let it ride and join us for The Great Cut. However, if you’re ready to donate sooner than later, Children With Hair Loss has specific requirements for donating. Visit their website and read their guidelines carefully before going under the shears.
Share Your Story
Have you or your loved ones dealt with hair loss? Have you donated your hair in the past? Do you grow your hair for the purpose of donating?
We’d love to hear your story in the comments.