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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.