Why Wigs for Kids?
For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing custom made hair-replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair because of health crises, all at no cost to them or their families. Certified cosmetic therapist and stylist Jeffrey Paul, founder of this not-for-profit organization, relies on donations to help children through health crises while empowering them with confidence and self-esteem.
Paul founded Wigs for Kids after promising his 15-year-old niece, who had been diagnosed with Leukemia, that she would have her hair in time for her long-awaited gymnastics tryouts. Paul worked with doctors and prosthetics specialists to devise a hairpiece that would withstand typical kid activities, such as swimming, gymnastics, and sleepovers. They came up with a wig that adheres to the scalp and stays put, even under the most aggressive conditions. Even after getting wet, it would still look like the child’s own hair, because every strand is hand-tied.
The cost to create just one child’s Hair Replacement System is $1,800. 20 – 30 ponytail donations are required to make just one wig, with each being made custom made to perfectly fit the child’s head. This provides comfort but also helps them feel as normal as their friends and schoolmates. With their wig they can take part in all activities without having to worry.
Hear from the parents and children
“Thank you so much for gifting this amazing hairpiece for Taylor, allowing her to continue to be the confident little lady that she is!”- Taylor’s mom
“Although Gianna doesn’t understand why she doesn’t have hair, she knows that she is still beautiful. We still have hope that one day her hair will grow back. Until then we have a beautiful wig that helps us go through each day at a time.”- Gianna’s mom
“The hairpiece lets me show others who I really am. And lets them know that I am not fragile. It shows others that I can do everything they can.”- Victoria
“Darby’s hairpiece is truly life-changing for her. Thank you to all of the people from start to finish who contribute to making hair replacement systems a reality for children like our Darby.” – Darby’s mom
How you can help
You can work with your stylist to donate your hair to be part of a hair replacement system. Click here for more information on donating and here for more information on how the donation process works.