Haircuts for cancer

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  • Some salons offer free or discounted haircuts for people donating their hair to charity, but I just paid out of pocket for my usual stylist, Jolie at Van Michael in Buckhead.
  • Having had family and friends with both cancer and alopecia, I’ve grown and cut my hair for both causes before.

ATLANTA -- Something you already do could make a world of difference to a cancer patient during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Grow and cut your hair.

There are a couple of charitable organizations that weave wigs out of donated hair, but only one exclusively helps cancer patients.

Most people assume it's Locks of Love. Their wigs actually go to disadvantaged children with a variety of diagnoses related to long-term hair loss. Many of their recipients have alopecia areata, a medical condition that causes patchy to complete hair loss, with no known cause or cure.

Fewer people have heard of Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society. The program provides free real-hair wigs to women battling cancer.

Retail, real-hair wigs run between $800 to $3,000, according to the nonprofit

So far, Beautiful Lengths has given away 18,000 wigs. Each one requires several hair donations.

Every cut counts.

For details on donating hair to Beautiful Lengths, click here.

For information on Locks of Love donations, click here.

If you are a cancer patient interested in receiving a Beautful Lengths wig, call the American Cancer Society's Wig Bank at 877-227-1596.

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