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LA JOYA — La Joya High School Cosmetology Department and Locks of Love have joined forces to provide financially disadvantaged children with hairpieces on Wednesday.

The community is invited to attend and donate their hair for this great cause on Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Joya High School Cosmetology Department.

A free shampoo and blunt haircut will be provided for each individual. Hair donated must be at least six inches long. No bleach hair will be accepted, organizers said.

This will be the last hair drive this school year and the next one will be in October.

Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides the highest quality hair prosthetic to financially disadvantaged children with medical hair loss. Most recipients have lost their hair due to an autoimmune condition known as alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns, radiation treatment, or any number of dermatological conditions resulting in long term or permanent hair loss.

Approximately 150,000 hairs are injected by hand into the silicone base, all of them from donated ponytails (about six to 10 inches).

Locks of Love hopes to help provide a foundation on which children can rebuild their self-esteem and regain the normalcy in their everyday lives that the rest of us take for granted. The organization relies on financial contributions from the general public and from private foundations to help cover program costs.

It is Locks of Love’s mission to promote the well being of children through its program of providing hairpieces. All events and fundraisers held on behalf of Locks of Love should uphold and reflect the mission and disadvantaged children.

For more information, contact the LJHS Cosmetology Department at 956-580-5100 ext. 5172.

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