Holabird teachers, students get haircuts for a cause
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:30

Hair donated to make wigs for cancer patients

by Nicole Rodman

    With the beginning of the school year in August, Norwood Elementary School, Eastwood Elementary Magnet School and Holabird Middle School came together as Holabird STEM Program.
    Now, members of the new school community have come together to benefit others.
    Last Monday, teachers and students from the Holabird STEM Program gathered at Headlines Salon on Belair Road to get their hair cut for a cause.
    Hair collected from last week’s event will be sent to charities that create human hair wigs for people with cancer and other diseases that cause hair loss.
    The idea was the brainchild of Holabird school resource police officer Jamie Pruett.
    Pruett said she came up with the idea last year and has been working ever since to make it a reality.
    She was referred to Headlines by a Holabird teacher who has her hair done at the salon.
    Eager to get started, Pruett contacted salon owner Nikki Sammons and, for the past year, has been working with her to organize the event.
    Plans finally came to fruition last Monday. Though the salon is usually closed on Mondays, the sylists came in without pay, donating their time to cut hair for the event.
    Sammons and her staff are no strangers to helping others. Each year, the salon participates in at least one charity event representing a wide variety of causes.
   

In the past, Headlines Salon has sold pink hair extensions to benefit breast cancer research and has conducted fundraisers for organizations such as the Maryland School for the Blind.
    “I think it’s nice to give back to the community,” Sammons said of her salon’s efforts. “Sometimes you just feel like you have to stop and give back.”
    Pruett coordinated the event as a way to help those who are suffering from the effects of cancer.
    “I think everyone basically has had someone in their life who has gone through cancer,” she said.
    Holabird eighth grader  Antonio Jones had his hair cut at last week’s event as a way to honor his grandfathers, both of whom died from cancer.
    According to his mother, last Monday’s event was Antonio’s second time donating his hair. He has also donated hair to Locks of Love, a charity that makes wigs out of human hair for those suffering from hair loss.
    Hair collected at last Monday’s event was donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths as well as Wave of Hope.
    Like Locks of Love, Pantene Beautiful Lengths collects hair that is turned into wigs.
    Unlike Locks of Love, however, Pantene donates the wigs only to people who have lost their hair due to cancer.
    To donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, hair must be at least eight inches long, free of dyes, bleaches and chemicals and no more than five percent gray.
    For more information on Pantene Beautiful Lengths, visit www.
pantene.com/en-US/
PanteneBeautifulLengths/Pages/default.aspx.
    Hair under eight inches in length was donated to Wave of Hope.
    Wave of Hope was started by stylist Debbie Evans as a way to provide hairpieces to people with conditions that cause hair loss.
    Rather than create full wigs, Evans makes hairbands that can be worn under any hat or scarf.
    Donated hair must be at least six inches in length and clean and free of styling products.
    For more information on Wave of Hope, visit www.waveofhopeinc.com.
    For Pruett, last week’s event was a way to come together as a school community while contributing to a worthy cause.
    “It’s nice,” she said, “to see the school working together.”