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Women cut hair for good cause

Jill Darby

October 23 marks the ninth annual Make A Difference Day, and a group of local women have gotten together to do their part by parting with some of their hair.

Maureen Fernandez and 15 other women have committed to having at least 10 inches of their hair cut off to donate to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair for medical reasons.

According to Fernandez, she got the idea when her close friend Diane Middleton, with whom she worked at Caesars Tahoe, died from cancer two years ago.



“Almost all the ladies doing this, work at Caesars and knew Diane, or have a relative who works at Caesars,” said Fernandez, who plans to donate almost 20 inches of her hair, which she estimates to be worth about $500.

“The Tahoe Hair Train is a nickname we started using,” Fernandez said.



One member of the “train,” Gail Meindel, came up with the idea of having hair sewn into hats.

“Kids could even pick out a hat to have the hair attached to,” Fernandez said.

U.S. freestyle ski team member Brooke Ballachey plans to have her name and e-mail address attached to the inside of the wig made from her hair, so she can keep in touch with the child who wears it.

On Oct. 23, Cree, at Sessions Salon will be cutting hair free of charge for three hours, beginning at 9:30 a.m. This service is available to anyone who wishes to donate at least 10 inches of virgin hair to Locks of Love.

The Hair Room is also donating its services to cut hair for those interested in donating.

“We’re ready to get it off of us and onto someone else who needs it,” Fernandez said.

Monetary donations are accepted as well, and will help pay for making the wigs.

For information, or to join the Hair Train, call Fernandez at (530) 541-2688 or Sessions Salon at (530) 541-2722. The toll-free number for Locks of Love is 1-888-896-1588.


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