FAQs

DO YOU HELP BOYS AND GIRLS?
Yes, we help both boys and girls. The majority of children who apply for a hairpiece are girls.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MEDICAL CONDITIONS OF THE CHILDREN YOU HELP?

Most of our recipients suffer from the autoimmune disease, alopecia areata. Others have experienced hair loss from radiation therapy and chemotherapy, severe burns or trauma, and various other genetic and dermatological conditions.

What is Alopecia?

The majority of our recipients live with alopecia,  an auto-immune disorder that causes the hair follicles to shut down. This disease has varying degrees and affects 5.2 million people in the United States alone. Alopecia areata affects both sexes equally and may, but does not always, progress to significant hair loss. Currently, there is no known cause or cure for alopecia. The degrees of alopecia are as follows:

  • Alopecia Areata Ophiasis-loss in bands along the scalp margin
    • Alopecia Areata Sisaipho-loss of all scalp hair except along the scalp margins
    • Alopecia Totalis – loss of all scalp hair, frequently including eyelashes and eyebrows.
    • Alopecia Universalis – loss of all scalp and body hair

Cancer
Cancer constitutes the second highest percentage of our recipients. Every year approximately 2,200 children under age 20 are diagnosed with brain tumors. Radiation treatment for cancer can cause permanent hair loss. Chemotherapy may also cause hair loss to be long-term depending on the length of treatment needed.

Other causes of hair loss account for a small percentage of our recipients:

  • Ectodermal Dysplasia – A disorder that affects the formation of the ectoderm resulting in extremely sparse hair
    • Loose Anagen Syndrome – An abnormality where hair is thin and breaks at very short lengths
    • Trichotillomania – an obsessive compulsive disorder of repetitive hair pulling
    • Telogen Effluvium – Diffuse but excessive shedding of hair
    • Trauma such as burns, accidents, dog attacks, etc.
WHAT AGE GROUP DO YOU HELP?

Children under 6 years receive synthetic hairpieces because this age group experiences rapid growth in the size of their head. Children ages 6-21 with long term hair loss receive custom, vacuum-fit hair prosthetics. Each recipient also receives a “wig” to wear while waiting for the production of their prosthesis.

DO YOU HELP CHILDREN WITH SHORT-TERM HAIR LOSS?

Yes, we children need a more immediate solution, rather than waiting 4-5 months for the production of a prosthesis.  They are given regular “wigs” that can be worn even as their hair starts to grow back.

HOW DOES A CHILD APPLY FOR A HAIRPIECE?

Applications are available on our website or can be mailed to you. We need a completed application along with a medical diagnosis, photo of the child, most recent tax return and two letters of recommendation. 

ARE YOUR RECIPIENTS CHARGED ANY MONEY FOR THEIR HAIRPIECE?

NO! Our recipients receive their custom prostheses, FREE OF CHARGE. Additionally, we provide a regular FREE “wig” for them to wear during the production period.

MISSION & VISION

Locks of Love is devoted to helping every child suffering from medical hair loss, thus we do not discriminate as to the cause of hair loss.

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Locks of Love is not a manufacturer of any type of hair replacement system or hair care product. As a charity and strictly a charity we raise the funds to, purchase the custom prosthesis and provide the custom hair pieces ABSOLUTELY free of charge to our recipients.