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Locks donated for charity
Help those with alopecia

by Jonathan Copsey

June 04, 2013

For Chloe Bonsecour, of Johns Creek, May 20 was her second time donating hair to Locks of Love. Amber Anderson of Taylor Brooks Salon cuts her hair. Jonathan Copsey.
Deborah Lee, 7, of Cumming, cut off her long locks to give to charity. The hair will help people with alopecia. Jonathan Copsey.
Jason Hunt and his daughter Katelyn donated their hair May 20 to Locks of Love. Jonathan Copsey.
Marc Gottfried decided the time was right to cut off his long hair. Jonathan Copsey.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. One-hundred-and-twenty people lined up to get their hair lopped off May 20 for the annual It's Just Hair cut-a-thon.

Held at Taylor Brooks Salon in Johns Creek, the event raises awareness of alopecia, an auto-immune disease that causes the body to fight its own hair, resulting in patchy or even total hair loss. It's Just Hair founder Diane Cooley created the event after her own daughter, Jenna, 13, was diagnosed with the disease.

"It goes dormant in your body and you never know when it will reappear," Cooley said.

The hair is donated to Locks of Love, which makes wigs from donated hair. Alopecia sufferers are some of the primary recipients of Locks of Love wigs.

While the event usually sees women and girls donate, this year, four men came in.

"I seem to always miss it," said Marc Gottfried of Alpharetta. "It was a good time and I wanted a chop for the summer."

After growing his hair out for years, he finally had it cut.

Taylor Brooks cuts the hair and styles the results free of charge.