8-year-old boy donates hair to Locks of Love


Tristan Swenson, 8, has been called a girl many times over the past two years. But he never let that stop him from his goal: to donate his hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hair pieces to children with medical hair loss.




“Some people thought I was a girl, and it didn’t make me feel good,” Tristan said. “But it feels very great now. I finally got to cut my hair to help kids who are sick.”


The third-grader at Kingston Elementary School had about 12 inches of hair cut Saturday at Reflections Hair Salon in Genoa.Danielle Swenson, Tristan’s mother, said she’s very proud of her son’s sacrifice. She said coaches and peers often mistook him for a girl, but he just let it “roll off his back.”


“We signed him up for football, and the coaches thought he was there for cheerleading,” Danielle said. “Another time he was pitching in a baseball game and someone thought a girl was pitching.”


Tristan said he got the idea to grow his hair from his dad. Both Tristan’s father and uncle have donated their hair.


“I had long hair at the time, and the reason I donated was my mom died of cancer in 1992 and she had a wig. I figured, I had nice hair, and I wanted to help a child,” said Brian Swenson, Tristan’s father, who donated his hair twice – in 1998 and again about two years ago.


Leif Lundgren, Tristan’s uncle, grew out his hair specifically to donate, after seeing what his brother-in-law did.


“He [Brian] was my inspiration,” Lundgren said. “It sounded like a good cause, a good thing to do. It’s a big commitment though.”


Lindsey Greenlee, the stylist who cut Tristan’s hair, said donating hair to organizations like Locks of Love is becoming popular, but mostly with girls.


“I don’t see a lot of boys,” Greenlee said. “Usually boys can’t last that long, they cut it off before [it’s long enough].”


Tristan said he’s ready to start growing his hair out so he can donate again. He said he wants to do this his whole life.


“He looks so different. He hasn’t had short hair since he was 6,” Danielle said with tears in her eyes. “But the fact that he wants to do this again, I don’t know if I can find the words.”


Lilly Robbins, communications director for Locks of Love, said the organization relies on donors like Tristan to make the hairpieces. She said anyone can donate, but the hair needs to be at least 10 inches long.





“Our mission is to return a sense of self-confidence to children suffering from hair loss,” Robbins said. “These pieces aren’t wigs that you can buy. They’re specially made for a specific child, and they’re as real as can be.”


Robbins said it takes between nine and 10 ponytails for one hairpiece. She said last year they made more than 400.


“There’s always a need for donations, as long as there are children to help,” Robbins said.


For information on Locks of Love or to apply for a hairpiece, visit www.locksoflove.org.



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Kaley Cuoco Strangest Haircut? 'Big Bang Theory' Star Appears On This List

Kaley Cuoco made celebrity news this year for her personal and professional milestones. There was the New Year’s Eve marriage to husband Ryan Sweeting, those lucrative Big Bang Theory contract negotiations and, oh yes, the haircut. Yesterday, Extra TV named Cuoco’s cropped locks as the most-searched celebrity hairstyle of 2014. But that wasn’t the only end-of-year list that singled out Cuoco’s pixie cut.


ET Online gave the Big Bang Theory star the dubious distinction of having the third “strangest” haircut of 2014. The website points to one styling in particular: the 60s-inspired look she sported at the Vanity Fair-sponsored opening of a new Vera Wang store in Los Angeles.



“It pains us to put ‘Big Bang Theory’ [star] Kaley Cuoco on the list, but the pixie cut she got in June when her hit CBS show wrapped has definitely not been the most flattering look on the red carpet.”



When Cuoco first appeared with the short hair, she gushed about its new fashion possibilities. Inspired by Michelle Williams’ similar look, she said her Big Bang Theory bosses were supportive of a new image for Penny. Indeed, when The Big Bang Theory debuted its eighth season this fall, Penny had a new job as a pharmaceutical rep, was engaged to Leonard, and was sporting the new cut.


As for that specific styling for the Vanity Fair event, Cuoco said on Instagram it was 60s-inspired.


ET Online went on to say that the short hair made Cuoco look older, and not in a good way. Cuoco’s pixie was behind Hilary Duff’s topknot and Robert Pattinson’s bowl cut on the “strange” list.


Ironically, in Spring 2013, Cuoco told People that sporting a different haircut — bangs — on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild awards was a mistake she would never make again. She said the hair distracted from the rest of her style.



“I will never do that again! That was my faux pas, and because of that, they hated everything: the [Romona Keveza] dress, my shoes, everything.”



But this time around, Cuoco is making no apologies. She’s taking to social media to thank her Big Bang Theory fans for standing by her.




True to Kaley’s assessment that her short hair would not only be appropriate for her Big Bang Theory character, but open up new style possibilities, the actor sported a swept up look at the People magazine awards earlier this month. Cuoco’s Christine Symonds stylist explained how she made it work.



“Kaley’s look tonight was sexy and edgy. Her dress was heavily embellished so we kept the hair up and off her face with tons of texture.”



The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays on CBS.


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Do One Thing: Donate hair to Locks of Love

As 2015 steadily approaches, many are thinking about those resolutions and changes they wish to make in the New Year.


If you’re like me, a new haircut usually tops the list. But why not turn a standard haircut into a good deed?


Locks of Love began in 1997 as a nonprofit organization to help distribute hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.


Hair donation in just about any form is accepted by Locks of Love for the hairpieces they create.


A few acceptable donation examples include permed or colored hair, bleached hair, hair swept off of the floor, curly hair, gray hair, short hair and more.


If your hair donation is less than the minimum acceptable length of 10 inches for a standard hairpiece, the donation is still sold to help offset the manufacturing costs.


Every little bit helps.


If you are not going for a significant hairstyle change, but would still like to help, Locks of Love always accepts financial contributions as well.


For more information on Locks of Love and how you can donate, visit www.locksoflove.org.


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