WITH her natural long flowing locks, Chloe Hyde, from Baldivis, often receives compliments about her hair.
But her hair became somewhat of a discomfort.
“It just got so heavy,” she said. “I hated putting my hair in a ponytail, I would get really bad headaches.
“One night I was in my room thinking about getting it all cut off.
“I started thinking about giving my hair away to someone less fortunate than me.”
Chloe discovered a Variety-run program, the Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program.
It supports Australian children with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss from the scalp and, in severe cases, all areas of the body.
As hair loss leads to dramatic appearance changes, those with the condition often experience social phobias and anxiety.
Each wig is custom made for each recipient, ensuring they fit, don’t fall off and that the colour suits the child’s complexion.
It takes anywhere from 16 to 19 ponytails to make just one wig and it must be hair that has never been dyed, as the chemicals change hair structure.
These wigs can cost between $3500 and $5000 and need to be replaced every two to three years.
Variety’s program eases the financial and emotional burden for families.
“Hair is really everything, especially for young girls,” Chloe said. “Giving them wigs gives them confidence and restores their self-esteem.
“It makes me feel good to be able to help someone like that.”
Chloe said her dad had also inspired her to donate.
“He does so much for the community; I’ve grown up with it and seen how important it is,” she said.
Sporting a new bob, the 16-year-old was looking forward to her new manageable hairdo.