Friday, July 30, 2010

OU-C students are a cut above in Locks of Love donations

OU-C student Neeley Clary talks about why she is participating in the “Locks of Love” program and how college students can become involved in community service. View the video on the campus’ YouTube channel at

Two Ohio University-Chillicothe students have used recent trips to their hair stylists to benefit others who are facing serious health challenges. Neeley Clary and Nicole Pickerrell both donated their cropped hair to the “Locks of Love” program, which weaves the ponytails into hairpieces for children who have lost their own hair because of medical conditions.

“It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have an aunt who has cancer, and I thought this was a way to help those with the disease,” Clary said. “Having a wig or other hairpiece is a way to boost patients’ self-confidence and keeps their hopes up. During this time, they need as much happiness as they can have. I wanted to get my hair cut, and I thought I had might as well give it to someone who needs it.”

Clary, a student employee in the campus’ Office of Student Services, donated 10 ½ inches of hair, which took approximately nine months to grow. An Adena High School graduate, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. She has previously completed an associate degree in science. For a class at OU-C, Clary completed observation in an oncology unit, and the experience made lasting impression.

“That really brought home to me the effects that cancer and similar diseases can have on a person. This is just a small way that I can help. As college students, we may be busy, but this is a way to help others,” she said.

Pickerrell grew her hair for two years before donating 12 inches in April.
“I know children and family members who have been affected by cancer, and I figured that my hair will grow back. So, why this is not a big deal for me, it can mean a lot to others,” said Pickerrell, a Chillicothe High School graduate.

“I have always been focused on helping others. I think it is important to take time to help others,” said Pickerrell, a student employee in the Dean’s Office at OU-C.

Pickerrell has already earned an associate degree in business and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in specialized studies with an emphasis on business media communication and a minor in art.

According to its Web site (, Locks of Love provides hairpieces financially disadvantaged children who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Donations of hair must be at least 10 inches and in a ponytail or braid.


Anonymous said...

How wonderful these young women put their needs second, especially for young ones. Now for the down side of this "blog". If you do a search on
"locksoflove", you'll find out that a fraction of the donated hair is actually used by them. The
statement they make is that 'American hair is too processed'. Please, take the time to read the
many articles exposing this. Pantene has started
their own campaign, and as you'll read, the monies "lol" has made is vast, and the amount of wigs made by them is very limited compared to the Pantene program. There's always a wolf lurking some where. It's a disgrace that what began as a most kind and generous charity has now become a for profit organization. "Google" the "lol" to get the full story. You'll see.

Anonymous said...

It's great to see people thinking about others!

For anyone else who wants to donate their hair, you might want to check out the program the first commentator mentioned:

This program only requires 8 inches, the hair can be treated with some gentle dyes (see website for more details) and is specifically for women with cancer. While Locks of Love is also doing a good thing, they reject more of the hair donated than Beautiful Lengths and only 3% of their recipients are cancer patients. So if you would like to donate hair in honor of a loved one who has gone through cancer, Beautiful Length's mission might line up more with your goal. I believe that donating to either organization is honorable, I just want to help inform people before they cut their hair.