Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Sandra J. Splansky, NIU College of Health and Human Sciences
(815) 753-1891

February 22, 2007

‘Locks of Love’ drive at NIU seeks
donations of hair from community

DeKalb — Northern Illinois University’s Health Professions House and College of Health and Human Sciences will host a hair donation drive Monday, April 2, to benefit the Locks of Love Organization.

Members of the NIU and DeKalb County communities are invited to participate in the drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Diversions Lounge of the Holmes Student Center. Last year’s event was a great success: More than 20 ponytails were donated.

Stylists from area and regional salons have donated their afternoons to provide haircuts free of charge for individuals willing to donate 10 inches (or more) of hair. For persons who cannot donate this amount but still would like to participate, regular haircuts will be given for a $10 each with all proceeds donated to Locks of Love.

Contrary to popular belief, individuals with colored (dyed) hair in good condition still can donate their locks. Only completely bleached hair or recently permed hair cannot be donated.

Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides recipients with a custom, vacuum-fitted hairpiece made entirely from donated human hair. The vacuum-fit is designed for children who have experienced a total loss of scalp hair and does not require the use of tape or glue.

Most of the applicants suffer from an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata, for which there is no known cause or cure. Others suffered from severe burns, or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem, in addition to many other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss. If you know a child who need the organization’s help, please contact the event coordinators or Locks of Love for an application.

The organization, which began in 1997, has helped more than 1,400 children since its fist year of operation. Thousands of bundles of donated hair arrive from around the country as a result of national publicity Locks of Love receives in newspapers, magazines, and television programs. Children comprise more than 80 percent of the donors, making this a charity where children have an opportunity to help children.

For more information about the donation drive, call (815) 753-1891.

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