Since the age of 5, Poppy has wanted to grow her hair out in order to donate it to children experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy.
Poppy, who lives in Aberdare, Wales, was inspired at a young age to to grow her hair long to help other children during a difficult times in their lives. But when her family began looking for a charity to donate to, they learned that many charities and wig makers were unable to make wigs using real afro hair, as it is often more delicate to work with. To make an afro wig, most wig makers use straight hair, which is then styled into a tight curl.
The charity Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs for children who have lost hair while undergoing chemotherapy and cancer treatment, recently helped design a new technique for sewing hair which makes more genuine afro wigs for children possible.
For Poppy, she just wanted “to help and be generous.”
It’s important to donate afro hair because it’s a big part of people’s identity,” Poppy said.
Phil Brace of Little Princess Trust shared that it’s important for them to have genuine afro wigs for children.
“We wanted to just give that extra choice and ensure that we could give that heritage wig, that heritage afro hair,” he said. “There are enough challenges with hair loss for a young person, without having to worry about whether they get the wig they want
He said that their charity has been looking for more afro hair donations, and he described Poppy’s donation as a “selfless act of kindness.”