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CFCC Collects Valentine's Donations for Locks of Love

By Michelle Bliss

02-14-11 – The cosmetology department at Cape Fear Community College is offering free haircuts for a Valentine's Day collection for the national nonprofit Locks of Love.

At Locks of Love, staff members like Lauren Kukkamaa refer to the wigs as hair prosthetics because of how individualized they are.

After collecting and sorting hair donations, they send the ponytails to a hairpiece manufacturer who makes a mold of the child's head. Then, the ten donations needed for one prosthetic are blended and inserted into a silicon cap that matches the skin tone of the child. Kukkamaa says they're designed for children with long-term or permanent hair loss.

"It's sent out to the recipient who gets to style it to their face and to their features. It fits like a suction-fit, so when it goes on, it vacuum-seals and, therefore, can be worn during sports and swimming and can't be pulled off."

Locks of Love provides the service for disadvantaged children who have lost their hair for any reason. That could include chemotherapy, severe burns, and genetic or psychological disorders.

The Valentine's Day Locks of Love event is on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College in Castle Hayne from 10-1 today.