Jasmine Pelzer is a real life Rapunzel who decided to cut her long locks for the first time and donate them to Wigs for Kids.
The six-and-a-half year-old whose hair fell past her waist has only had a few trims since she was a baby to keep her hair growing healthy, but she has never had an actual haircut.
Unfortunately, Pelzer’s locks have recently become a problem and started to grow a little too long, said Holly Pelzer, Jasmine’s aunt. “Her hair kept getting staticy every time she put a hat on and brushing it was becoming a tough task,” she said.
Pelzer’s family decided to look into hair donation programs and came across Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that has been serving children suffering from hair loss since 1981.
In a statement on wigsforkids.org Jeffrey Paul, certified cosmetic therapist and founder Wigs for Kids said, the value of each custom-made hair replacement is $1,800. “These are custom-made hair replacements. Each prosthesis is hand-tied and is made completely from human hair. We make sure they look just like a child's own hair,” he said. “They won’t come off on the baseball field or in the playground. Kids can count on them.”
Unlike other hair donation organizations, Wigs for Kids gives each wig to a child in need at no cost.
Since children were able to receive the wigs for free the Pelzer family decided it would be a good organization to donate to.
“We told Jasmine about the program and how it would help sick kids, and after that it was up to Jasmine to decide what she wanted to do,” said Pelzer.
Last week Jasmine finally came to her decision and decided to cut her hair and donate it to Wigs For Kids.
“I cut my hair because I wanted to donate it to help other kids,” said Jasmine.
On Wednesday afternoon, Jasmine visited the Post Office with her family to mail out her hair donation of 13 inches to Wigs for Kids.
Pelzer said, “Jasmine is really excited and the family loves what she did. Everyone says she made the right decision and we’re all happy to have helped.”
“Now Jasmine can finally brush her hair without a struggle,” she said.