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Salon to host drive to collect hair for children with medical woes

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

By Ken Jackson
Staff Writer
The stylists at Double J Salon & Spa in St. Cloud are in the stretch run of their annual challenge to provide hair for wigs to go to children who have lost their own to any medical reason.
Giving those people under 21 their hair, and in some cases their dignity, back is nice, but giving Scott Ramsey, the Big Boss of next weekend’s Silver Spurs Rodeo, a pink hairdo will be even better.
Double J Salon, owned by Lisa Johnson, is in the middle of its annual drive to collect hair to provide Children With Hair Loss, a nonprofit organization that provides customized human hair replacements, at no cost, to children who suffer from medically-related hair loss, with hair for wigs. Salon patrons can choose to contribute their cut hair to the annual effort, which is in its fourth year.
Johnson and her cast of cutters will work right up until next weekend’s rodeo, including at the rodeo, to surpass last year’s total of 5,060 inches of hair collected.
Pam Sanderson, Johnson’s sister and co-worker in the family business, said by working in the industry, they were able to find a use for all that hair hitting the floor just awaiting a broom.
“We’d just throw it all away otherwise, but why throw away something kids could use?” she said. “It was just a matter of finding an avenue for it.”
While the stylists in the shop were just going to compete with themselves this year to surpass the 132 wigs they saved hair for last year, Ramsey came in with a better challenge. He wagered that in two weeks the salon would not be able to collect 1,944 inches of hair — a sentimental number referring to the first Silver Spurs Rodeo in 1944.
Should they reach the goal prior to the first bull bucking Friday night at the rodeo, he will have his hair dyed pink in honor of that night’s Tough Enough To Wear
Pink performance.
According to the salon’s Facebook page on Thursday afternoon, Double J was just 177 inches away with over a week to get there. Considering one woman was able to donate more than 60 inches at one time, the stylists are only a few more short cuts away.
“We’re going to get there,” Sanderson said.
More than 7,200 inches of hair has been collected by Double J Salon & Spa since it started, noteworthy since it takes just six people to donate eight inches of hair to be able to create one wig.
“I’m so excited to make it to the 10,000 mark (later this year),” Johnson said.
The Double J Salon & Spa is located at 3684 Old Canoe Creek Road and will be open Tuesday through Friday this week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to anyone who wants to help the cause.
“As much as we want Scott to have pink hair Friday, everyone who donates gets a certificate,” Sanderson said.
CWHL (www.childrenwithhairloss.us), based in Michigan, is a nonprofit organization started in 2000 that provides the hair replacements complete free of charge. It operates entirely on revenue from donations, fundraisers
and grants.

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