Free hair cut for those who donate to Beautiful Lengths program during Relay

Friday, July 13, those who wish to donate to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, can get a free haircut from Headfirst Hair Salon stylists. The hair cuts will begin just after the opening ceremony at the Morrison County Relay for Life (about 8 p.m.) and will continue until just before the luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m.

Those who wish to donate to the program must have at least eight inches of hair to donate. If hair is wavy or curly, measure it when it is pulled straight. In addition, hair must be no more than 5 percent gray; be free of permanent color, bleach or other chemical treatments such as Japanese straightening. Vegetable dyes, semi-permanent dyes and rinses are acceptable, but untreated hair is preferred.

Restrictions are put on the hair donation because it takes at least six ponytails to make a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig and each one comes from a different person with a different shade of hair. For a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color throughout, all these ponytails must be processed and then dyed to the same shade. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create a wig that is one consistent, natural-looking color. Gray hair, and some chemically-treated or permanently-colored hair, does not absorb dye at the same rate as other types of hair. It is much harder to color and, once colored, fades more quickly.

The Pantene Beautiful Lengths program uses donated hair to make wigs for a woman who has lost her hair due to treatment for cancer. “When you donate your hair, you are giving a precious gift to a woman in need,” the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Web site says. For more information on the program, visit

The 19th annual Morrison County Relay for Life will be held Friday, July 13, at Flyer Field in Little Falls. The evening begins with a survivor dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Little Falls Community Middle School. The opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m., followed by the cancer survivor lap around the track, the children’s lap and the parade of the 33 teams who have signed up to walk the night away in the hope to help those afflicted by cancer “Celebrate More Birthdays.”

During a 10 p.m. luminaria ceremony, the candles will be lit inside the white bags bearing the names of cancer survivors or victims that surround the track and field. The public is invited to walk the track and view the luminaries until the 10 p.m. ceremony. Once the ceremony is finished, only registered team members will be allowed on the track.

To ensure the school’s property is kept in tip-top shape, no food or beverages are permitted on the track and only tennis shoes must be worn on the track.