Locks donated for charity

Help those with alopecia

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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.