When Michelle Willis of Gonzales was told by her 8-year-old daughter that she wanted to cut and donate her hair for a cause, the question was would her daughter be able to go through the ordeal.

When Michelle Willis of Gonzales was told by her 8-year-old daughter that she wanted to cut and donate her hair for a cause, the question was would her daughter be able to go through the ordeal.


Brynn, a student at Dutchtown Primary, had been growing her hair since birth, only to every now and then get it trimmed.


A few years ago, Brynn's grandmother donated her hair, and Brynn never forgot the experience.


After that, she continued to tell her mom she wanted to donate 10 inches of hair to help a child who is not able to grow hair. There was no answer but “yes,” and the next step was to get in touch with the organization Locks of Love.


The day was set for July 24 at Salon Venus in Prairieville. The visit started with a book of hairstyles, where Michelle and Brynn agreed on her new hairstyle.


Owner/stylist Michele Crawford took Brynn’s long hair in her hands and placed a hair rubber band around the top of her tail.


Crawford then said, "Are you ready, Brynn?” And, she said with a big smile, “Yes.” But over in the corner, Mom was saying, "I’m going to cry."


“Brynn, are you nervous?" she asked. Brynn was not, but Mom was. The cut was made and Brynn was given her lock to hold.


Brynn mentioned that her dad, Jeff, and her brother Braeden, 9, were in Texas and Braeden didn’t know she was cutting her hair. She couldn’t wait for his reaction.


Michelle mentioned she was so proud that Brynn only wanted to donate her lock to children suffering from Narsassem, a disease where children are permanently bald.


After the new hairstyle, Brynn was glowing, because she never remembered not having long hair.


The first thing she did was take her new bob-style and moved her head back and forth just to she show good it felt to have hair fly around. Michelle, Brynn, along with Crawford, couldn’t believe the transition and the thought that one day another child would be able for the first time to experience the feeling of hair.


To find out more about Locks of Love, visit www.locksoflove.org/donate.html or the chairty Brynn chose www.charityguide.org/volunteer.


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