Local girls shed locks for others

Local girls shed locks for others
Sowmya Ragothaman sat quietly in a chair at Shear Image Friday in Vermillion as stylist Carrie Cook gathered a length of her thick, dark hair into a pony tail.

With a simple snip of her scissors, Carrie shortened the 8-year-old girl's locks considerably.

The trimmed hair didn't wind up on the floor around the stylist's chair, however.

Carrie saved every strand of Sowmya's pony tail. It will be sent to Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. It meets a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.

The prostheses provided to children help restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Sowmya learned of Locks of Love through a friend who had also donated her hair.

"She also heard about it from her sister," said Rekha Srinivasan, Sowmya's mother. "She wanted her hair cut and she thought she might as well donate it."

Earlier Friday, Sydney Eiler from Ponca, NE, stopped at Shear Image. It was her 16th birthday, and she celebrated by donating some hair to Locks of Love.

"I wanted to give a present to somebody else today," she said.

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