We first met Charles through a facebook alopecia support group, he was looking for a wig for his child where he wrote:
Hey everybody this is my daughter Kaelynn. I am writing to ask for some help on where to look for a wig for my daughter or how to go about getting one for her. If there is anyone in the Oklahoma City area I would really appreciate some help. Thank you
The problem with getting a wig for Kaelynn, she is a small child, most companies don’t carry this size, on top of that there are so many factors that go into a wig that it would be impossible to find the right color, texture and density that would make it look natural. Charles had contacted another organization that would not make Kaelynn a wig until she was 6 but his daughter wanted to play with hair now!
We wanted to mimic what Kaelynn’s hair would look like if she were able to grow her own, so we looked at photos of Kaelynn and her family. We saw a few shades of dark and golden brown. Being Kaelynn was only four she would probably have some light baby hair left. We had taken a hair donation from another four year old, Kaylee, it was her first hair cut and she had the baby fine light color that we needed:
Kaylee and her mom started a fundraiser for Hair We Share which raised $75.00!!. Kailey also got to learn at an early age how it feels to give, her mom sent us this message:
“Thank you for allowing me to teach my daughter the true gift of giving. What you do is absolutely amazing and I am honored that Kailey’s beautiful hair could be donated to Hair We Share”
We needed more hair for Kaelynn’s wig, so we put up this post asking hair donations, on our facebook page:
We were quickly connected with a mom who wanted to donate her daughter Shae’s hair. Six year old Shae had long light brown hair to her waist. She had it cut and sent it right away! Shae was not very pleased with her hair cut the first night, but the next day she felt good about what she had done and she made this video to tell everyone:
Shae also made a card and sent some stickers to give to Kaelynn, this melted our hearts!
On the inside she drew a picture of herself handing her hair over to Kaelynn and she also signed her baby brothers name!
We needed one more donation for Kaelynn. We needed a dark brown color. Shae’s mom runs an ISO (In search of) group on facebook, where she posted:
ISO donations torwards Kaelynn’s wig fund! This little girl just needs to raise $480 more to have enough to get a wig made for her. Then she needs some more hair. My daughter donated her hair to her but she needs more! If you can donate hair or money, even if it’s $5 or $10, you would make this sweet little 4 year old’s dream come true! There are over 5,000 people in this group…. we could totally make this happen.. even if we each just gave $1!
Within a day a hairdresser commented:
I’m a Hair Stylist with 10+ years experience. Anyone who has 8-10 inches of brown hair and wants to donate it to Kaelynn I’d be willing to do a free hair cut on, at my salon and then you could pick up from the salon. Let me know
The day after that the hairstylist posted this photo from 11 year old Neolani. Later we found that Neolani had a special reason for donating her hair, Neolani doesn’t like having long hair but when she lost her aunt to cancer she decided to grow out her hair and take good care of it, this was her third time donating her hair.
We now had all the hair we needed and we had started a fundraising page to cover the expense of making the wig, within two weeks Kaelynn’s wig was fully funded and her fundraising page was flooded with messages of inspiration!
On one of our facebook posts about Kaelynn her grandmother wrote that her granddaughter wanted so badly to play with bows in her hair. We set out to find some special bows to send along with the wig. We contacted numerous Etsy shop owners who make custom bows asking if they would donate a few. None of them responded. We finally got a response and it came from the mother of a five year old, Lexi. She explained her daughter wanted to start this business so naturally she supported her. Lexi Barettes makes custom made bows for $5.00 including shipping to anywhere in the USA. Lexi chose the bows for Kaelynn, they were Disney Frozen and Mickey inspired:
Kaelynn is having fun with her new hair! Her step mom mentioned in a post that she seems happier since she has the hair. The girls who donated feel so good that they were able to help this precious girl. This was really an emotional and touching experience for everyone involved!
Kaelynn is so beautiful with or with out hair. Hair We Share does not believe in using wigs to cover up, we believe in children feeling confident and beautiful above vanity. But throughout our careers as wig designers we have seen how much hair really helps a person to feel beautiful, and we are blessed to be able to provide that feeling.
Hair We Share was formed in July 2014, we are currently working on our goal of making wigs in every color, texture and size so that we can quickly service someone undergoing chemotherapy, if you can imagine this is a LOT of wigs! We are asking people donating their hair to start a fundraiser, we are using a grassroots approach where hair donors ask their family and friends to donate a small amount and this will sponsor the wig that their hair will be made into.