ADC audiologist donates to Locks of Love

Non-profit organization provides hair pieces for disadvantaged kids.

Penny Barron holds up donated hair

Penny Barron, ADC audiologist, has donated to Locks of Love three times.

An ADC audiologist recently cut and donated her hair to Locks of Love for the third time.

Penny Barron, M.A.-C.C.C.-A., ADC Audiology shared her story with staff and physicians at The Austin Diagnostic Clinic.

Barron was first inspired to donate her hair in 2006 when a friend told her she was growing out her hair to donate to Locks of Love.

“I looked into the organization and it inspired me to join her! Donating your hair is a very personal way to help someone,” she said.

Locks of Love is a public, non-profit organization that provides hair pieces for disadvantaged children under the age of 21.

The organization makes custom hair pieces for each child. The pieces form a vacuum seal to the child’s head so they can run, play, swim, and do gymnastics.

The hairpieces are given to the child long so the child can have them cut to a shape and style that suits them. Each hair piece would retail for between $3,500 and $6,000.

Barron says donating is rewarding, but it comes with other benefits:

  1. You save money on styling products
  2. You save electricity by needing to run the blow dryer less
  3. You save water by needing less time to wash your hair
  4. Save time styling and fussing with your hair
  5. You keep cooler in the summer

To donate, the hair must be in a ponytail or braid measuring 10 inches. Hair that has been colored or permed is acceptable for donation. Bleached hair, which includes most highlights, cannot be accepted.

Shorter hair and gray hair will be sold to offset some of the manufacturing cost.