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Hip, Hip HAIRay!

Buffalo Grove girl donates her hair for the third time to Locks of Love.

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but her hair is often considered her crowning glory. The Bible speaks about hair, Broadway musicals were written about it and Rapunzel’s locks live on in the pages of fairy tales.

Women often believe their hair is an extension of themselves, and it can directly affect their self-esteem. Enough said. Hair is important.

Luckily, there are girls out there like Buffalo Grove’s Shaina Stark, a 12-year-old who attends . Shaina passionately believes in the Locks of Love organization, which takes hair donations and turns them into the most natural and amazing looking wigs for children who suffer from any hair loss disease.

What makes Shaina special is that she hasn’t just donated her hair; she’s donated three times! She started when she was only 8 years old. She says, “I wanted to do this so I could help kids who lost their hair because they were sick. I like having long hair though, so I grew it even longer (the next time) and wanted to donate it again.”

With 10 inches of hair the minimum donation amount, it’s not an easy task to grow that long again. Shaina isn’t sure yet if she’s ready to go for it a fourth time.

“It takes my hair at least a year and a half to two years to grow long enough to cut it," she said. "It's too soon for me to start thinking if I want to do this again. I always feel like I need to cut it off when it starts getting too long, but then I remember that I am helping kids that need it.”

Doing this three times is a selfless gift and she should be so proud of herself. Way to go Shaina, hopefully you’ll be an example and an inspiration to other kids as well.

As always, email me with any news, topics or ideas that you want to read about. Remember, I’d like to be the first to know! I can be reached at laurenbgpatch@aol.com.

Debbie Posner December 02, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Way to go Shaina!!!
elise h December 02, 2011 at 11:43 PM
What a kind girl!
casey kline December 03, 2011 at 09:52 AM
AWESOME! My daughter and I donate too! (She once cut 19 inches off!) Next time you might want to consider the Beautiful Lenghts program through Pantene. I guess the difference is Locks of love specializes in wigs for CHILDREN / Beautiful Lengths says "WOMEN" - but locks of love charges recipients for the wigs (you have to submit tax return etc) while Beautiful Lengths distributes wigs free through the American Cancer Society.....NEITHER will accept dyed / bleached hair..... Locks of Love locksoflove.org "is committed to providing the highest quality hair prostheses (hairpieces) to every child suffering from long term or permanent medical hair loss. The hair prostheses provided are custom-made from donated ponytails and would retail between $3,500 and $6,000. Locks of Love provides them for free or on a sliding scale, based on financial need." 10 inch minimum Pantene Beautiful Lengths http://www.pantene.com/en-US/beautiful-lengths-refresh/Pages/default.aspx As Pantene Beautiful Lengths wigs are created, they are distributed for free through select American Cancer Society wig banks across the country. Women facing cancer can find out about the availability of a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-877-227-1596. The Society can also help callers with a number of resources providing educational and emotional support. 8 inch minimum
Lauren Margolin December 12, 2011 at 06:19 PM
very interesting. thanks for sharing that information!

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