Hair today, gone tomorrow

Charlotte Guedry
The first step is to discuss how much hair will be chopped off.

Giving solely for the sake of giving is one of the most unselfish acts anyone can do.

For one local Prairieville girl, when she wanted to give, she did so in a way that spoke volumes.

Brynn Michelle Willis, 10, wanted to do something that would help children who were suffering from medical ailments that resulted in their hair loss.

Two years ago, she happened upon the charity Locks of Love.?The organization is a public non-profit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

With her giving nature, Brynn saw her chance to give back.

Her mother, Michelle, remembers how Brynn reacted to cutting her hair for a good cause.

“Brynn donated her hair to Locks of Love about two years ago. She read about the cause online and shortly thereafter went to Michelle, our hair stylist, to donate her ponytail.  Right after, as she was swinging her hair, she said she would do it again as soon as her hair grew long enough.”

Well, grow long enough, it did, and this year, Brynn decided to give once again.

For her birthday, when asked what she wanted, she told her mother that she’d like to have her hair cut and given to Locks of Love again. The giving, however, didn’t stop there.

“I started thinking about it, and since my hair was long enough, I decided to do it with her. I called my mother-in-law,  Donna Lynn Hamilton, who lives outside of Branson, Missouri, about Brynn’s birthday coming up.  I also told her about our donating our ponytails. She said she was going to donate her hair also, she just wasn’t sure when. Well, she said that day was perfect. So we planned for all three of us to have the hair cuts done by Michelle and Emily at A Shear Experience in Prairieville. It was a wild time at the shop, but all three cuts were done perfectly.”

Brynn is loving her new look and is even happier that she can do something that makes such an impact on so many other young children.

“Brynn is a very sweet girl and intends to give again,” said Michelle. “Locks of Love’s mission is to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.”

Brynn’s mother is very proud of her daughter, and of the giving nature that is so prevalent in her. No one in the family will be surprised if she keeps chopping off those locks for the benefit of someone in need.

“I’ve asked her if she really wants to go through that again,” said her mother. “She always says ‘yes.’”

The second step is to show Brynn just what her new hairstyle will look like.