By Janee Law
Ponytails will fly on Tuesday as members of the Locks of Love club at Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School celebrate its 15th anniversary with its annual charity haircut event.
The Locks of Love club, which currently has 30 members, is an adaptation of the organization Locks of Love, a nonprofit that helps children suffering from alopecia areata or cancer.
The organization takes donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics to help restore children’s self-esteem and confidence.
Senior Sophia Insinga, co-president of the club, said that the event will be held at Leslie’s Hair Salon on Green Street in Huntington, where more than 13 students will be cutting their hair and donating it to the cause.
“I think giving someone the ability to have more confidence in themselves, by giving them this privilege, is an amazing thing to do for them,” said Insinga, 17, of Cold Spring Harbor. “To see a difference in someone’s life is amazing.”
Hair between 10-15 inches can be donated to the organization. Both hair and funds raised during the event will be donated to the Locks of Love organization, which is based in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“In the past, we’ve had people show up who were so inspired by what’s happening that they just participated right there and cut their hair,” Insinga said. “Hopefully, if friends and family come to the event, they will feel inspired and maybe we’ll get some more people to participate in it. But either way, I think it will be a big turn out.”
Since the club's inception, the group has donated nearly $90,000 to the Locks of Love organization.
Insinga said that she enjoys watching students participate, adding “it’s very cool to see all these people coming together to do this.”
The event will start at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Leslie’s Hair Salon (9 Green St., Huntington).