Hair Care

By Stef Schwalb

Being diagnosed with a debilitating disease isn’t easy for anyone to handle, and the impact of the physical changes people undergo can be especially hard to accept. One such side effect is long-term medical hair loss, which unfortunately can affect children as well as adults. But there is a special group that’s addressing this problem and offering a safe solution. Locks of Love (LOL) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1997 by Madonna Coffman, after her daughter developed Alopecia and lost all her hair. It was created to provide hairpieces to children who are 18 years old or younger, financially disadvantaged and suffering long-term medical hair loss.

The organization receives more than 2,000 hair donations through the mail each week (80% of the hair donors are children themselves), and due to the ongoing increase of donations, the number of hairpieces produced continues to boost as well. During the organization’s inception, 21 pieces were produced in the first year. Since then, that number has now risen to over 1,000 annually.

LOL has recipients in all 50 states and Canada and is committed to its goal of assisting every financially disadvantaged child suffering from long-term hair loss. For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, contact Locks of Lock at 1-888-896-1588 or visit their web site at

Originally published August 2005
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