Afro wigs: Aberdare girl's six-year wait to donate hair

Girl finally able to donate her afro hair to charity that creates real hair wigs

1/11/2022 11:51:00 AM

Girl finally able to donate her afro hair to charity that creates real hair wigs

Poppy was 'over the moon' when a charity announced it was able to make wigs from her hair.

Poppy with her parents Jessica (left) and BekiMrs Lee-Burrowes said it was "disappointing" to hear the charity did not take afro hair but understood "because of the extensive work they put in to making these wigs and how important they are".

It can take 30 to 60 hours to make a hand-tied individual wig, according to Little Princess Trust's chief executive Phil Brace.The charity, which provides real hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other reasons, said it has always offered afro style wigs using straight hair which was later curled into the requested style.

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Image caption, Poppy with her parents Jessica (left) and Beki Mrs Lee-Burrowes said it was "disappointing" to hear the charity did not take afro hair but understood "because of the extensive work they put in to making these wigs and how important they are". It can take 30 to 60 hours to make a hand-tied individual wig, according to Little Princess Trust's chief executive Phil Brace. The charity, which provides real hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other reasons, said it has always offered afro style wigs using straight hair which was later curled into the requested style. But it was unable to find a wig manufacturer able to use hair donations from black and mixed race people in wigs. Image source, Image caption, The chairty made two wigs, including the one pictured, in its successful trials last year Afro hair can easily break in the wig-making process but after working with 120-year-old London company Raoul to develop a wefting method, "any child or young person who wants a wig now really does have a wonderful choice", Mr Brace said. "This was about ensuring that any child or young person can feel inclusive and be able to help and support children with cancer and hair loss." He added: "Poppy's a star, we are so indebted and grateful. "When you get a youngster like this that has made a decision that they want to do good for other people, it's really heart-warming." Image source, Family photo Image caption, Poppy has wanted to cut her hair for charity since she was about five years old More on this story