Ponytails donated to children with hair loss


BRATTLEBORO — In the Biblical story of Sampson and Delilah, Delilah cuts Sampson's hair and his strength is lost, but in one local community, members stepped in to cut 10 or more inches of their own locks, demonstrating courage and a random act of kindness for children in need.

On Saturday, Shear Designs Hair Studio and Tanning hosted its 16th annual "Cut-a-Thon," where staffers collected hair and monetary donations that went towards Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that supplies hair prosthetics free of charge or on a sliding scale based to children who are financially disadvantaged and suffer from long-term medical hair loss. Over the past year, Shear Designs collected over 70 pony tails and $100 in donations that the salon was able to donate to the nonprofit. All hair is either made into a wig for children, or if the hair is unusable for a wig, it may be sold to help pay for the charity's organizational costs, according to Desiree Boucher, a stylist at Shear Designs.

"I love giving back to the community and it brings in a lot of people — whether they're donating or not — to the organization (Locks of Love), and it's good for the community and salon morale," said Boucher.

Boucher said she thinks some clients who participate may feel scared when they are about to have nearly a foot of hair chopped off their head, but she adds it can also be "empowering." Boucher mentioned that she was particularly inspired and impressed by a woman who came into the salon on Saturday and had 12 inches cut and also shaved half of the hair on her head.

"I think it's empowering and sometimes scary because for woman and some men, cutting that much hair can be traumatizing, but I feel like most people that do it are always happy because not only do they donate but they also get a good cut," said Boucher.

For this cause, on Saturday, Shear Designs charged $10 per haircut and all the proceeds raised benefitted Locks of Love. Shear Designs challenges others to "be brave and shave" at any point throughout the year. The salon holds onto the hair donations made throughout the year and sends all the ponytails soon after the annual Locks of Love Cut-a-Thon. To book your appointment call 802-257-5030.

Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311 ext 275


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