FORT FRANCES—Kaayla Fox made the first major haircut of her life one that counted.
After deciding she needed a haircut, the 11-year-old had a conundrum: “Should all my hair just go to waste?”
But after getting an idea from the older sister of her friend, Alyce Ewald, Fox decided to donate her locks to a good cause—namely, “Locks of Love.”
“Locks of Love” is a U.S.-based public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially-disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
The group’s purpose is to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially-disadvantaged children.
The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
“I told my mom about it, then I thought about it for a bit,” said Fox, adding she finally decided to do it after she received a golden eagle feather from a friend—a sign she should share a gift with others.
The moment of truth came about three weeks ago. Fox had her hair cut by her older sister, Katannya, who’s training to be a hairdresser in Thunder Bay and came home to help her little sister out.
Fox’s mother noted her daughter had been growing her hair “for her whole life.”
“I had trimmed her hair a couple times, and took off four inches in the spring,” said Labana Fox.
“When she told me she was doing ‘Locks of Love,’ it had to be a minimum of 10 inches. She cut off 13 just to make sure there would be enough,” she laughed.
Kaayla Fox said she was relieved to see her locks fall.
“I was surprised. My head felt suddenly lighter. That hair was heavy,” she smiled. “I’m happy, because it doesn’t take as long to comb and doesn’t get as many tangles.”
The youngster also is confident her hair will be better used by someone who really needs it.
“I’m happy that it will go to someone who has cancer and doesn’t have any hair. Now, they’ll have hair,” she reasoned.
“I was very proud of her. Very, very proud of her,” said her mom. “She did say she wants to grow her hair and do it again.
“And her hair grows pretty fast,” she added, estimating it may take another four years to get the required 10 inches.
“I was proud of her [Kaayla] because I never really talked to her about that,” echoed her father, Armand Jourdain Sr. “That’s a certain amount of awareness for a very young girl.
“I’m really quite proud of her. She’s been growing her hair all her life, and it’s for a very, very good cause,” he added.
Labana Fox said last week that her daughter’s hair would be sent off to “Locks of Love” in the immediate future. She had to carefully wash and then dry it thoroughly in the time since the hair was cut, as per the strict instructions of “Locks of Love.”
Kaayla Fox, meanwhile, is encouraging others to donate their hair, too—as long as they have at least 10 inches to spare.
(Fort Frances Times)