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John Brannen
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New Glasgow mom and daughter donate over two feet to Locks of Love

NEW GLASGOW – Katherine Hughes and her daughter Katrina must have walked out of Friends Hair Care salon feeling a little lighter.

Hairdresser Jody Best-Cormier of Friends Hair Care stands with Katrina, 5, left and Katherine Hughes just after the mother-daughter duo had over two feet of hair cut for Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children. 

That’s because both decided to cut their long hair and donate it to a hairpiece company to be used for ill and disadvantaged children.

Together, the New Glasgow pair donated over two feet: 14 inches for Katherine and 12 inches for 5-year-old Katrina. It’s not the first time that Katherine has sat in the big chair to donate her hair to a worthy cause.

“I donated to Locks of Love when I was 6 years-old,” she said.

When she mentioned the idea of donating hair to Katrina, she not only wanted to do it but understood what it was all about.

“I want to help the little kids who are sick and need hair,” said Katrina with her newly cut hair.

Both feel it may be a shock to their friends, since Katherine works at Big Al’s and Katrina will be heading to New Glasgow Academy in September.

For hairdresser Jody Best-Cormier, it’s a good feeling to know that the hair from these haircuts will be going to a good cause and not swept up from the floor to the trash. She said it’s not everyday people donate so much hair.

“It’s hard because the hair has to be all natural,” she said. “To grow it all out and keep it natural avoiding things like dyes is huge.”

Best-Cormier couldn’t help but admire the little girl’s fearless smile as the hair came off.

“You’re looking some cute!” she said to Katrina.

It was a little emotional for Katherine as she watched he daughter’s hair get cut. It wasn’t just about losing that much hair either.

“I’m so proud of her. I don’t think her has been this short since she was born,” said Katherine about Katrina.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

 

john.brannen@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn

Organizations: Big Al, New Glasgow Academy

Geographic location: New Glasgow, United States, Canada

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