Not once, but twice in the last two and a half years Caitlin Murphy has grown her hair beyond the 10 inches required to donate to Locks of Love. The first time was just before she entered the second grade, in August of 2009.
“The first time it was pretty hard (cutting off her hair)but this time I was kind of ready to get it cut off. It made me feel like I was helping. I think someone was happy when they got the wig,” said Murphy.
She regrew her hair and with a few trims a year to keep it healthy it was just over 11 inches in late February. She doesn’t have any plans to do it again especially since it gets difficult to care for when it gets that long.
According to her mom, Angie Murphy, “Caitlin’s hair is pretty thick so it takes a lot of brushing when it gets that long. A lot of conditioner too! She was ready for it to be cut after one frustrating night of brushing.”
According to the Locks of Love website “ 80% of all donations come from children who wish to help other children. Locks of Love is devoted to helping every child suffering from medical hair loss, thus we do not discriminate as to the cause of hair loss.”
For more information on the requirements for donating hair visit http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html