‘Mullet Day’ benefits Locks of Love

Jemmi D’Amico cuts the hair of Gina Alkes at Colorado Chiropractic & Muscle Care, 2232 N. Seventh St., on Monday. The hair will be donated to Locks of Love and will benefit children suffering from medical hair loss.

The mullet, a famous (or infamous) 1970s hairstyle, returned to Grand Junction on Monday.

Colorado Chiropractic & Muscle Care, 2232 N. Seventh St., hosted “Mullet Over for Locks of Love,” an event to benefit the local chapter of the nonprofit organization that provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.

Bryce Christianson, owner of the practice, said several of his younger patients were diagnosed with cancer, underwent chemotherapy and subsequently lost hair, making the organization close to his heart.

“As a chiropractic office we help people, but there is only so much we can do especially regarding cancer and hair loss,” said Christianson. “We wanted to donate some hair and raise money for a good cause but we also wanted to spin it in a fun way.”

The mullet, often referred to as “business in the front, party in the back,” was a fun theme for the event, Christianson said as he showed off his newly-groomed mullet.

“I’ve donated my hair once before today and I know it could be embarrassing but I’m really glad to know that it’s going to a good cause,” said Gina Alkes.

Participants who attended the event with a mullet or other creative hairstyles received complimentary gifts including therapy supplies. Donations were matched by the clinic in the same amount to Locks of Love.
Jemmi D’Amico from Lakeside Salon was providing the cuts and said she absolutely loved the idea of helping those affected by hair loss.

“Losing hair can drastically take a person’s confidence down so to do this and give a child some confidence back is amazing,” said D’Amico. “My mom has battled cancer so I’ve seen first hand how devastating it can be and I’m just happy to help as much as possible.”

According to its website, Locks of Love’s main goal is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive these wigs and hairpieces free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

More information about Locks of Love and how to donate hair can be found at www.locksoflove.org.


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