Baton Rouge woman’s 22-year hair donation journey makes a difference for those in need

BATON ROUGE – For 22 years, Stephanie Bowman-Brown has been making a difference by donating hair for anyone struggling with hair loss.

“Right out of high school, I started donating my hair,” she said. “I always donated to a charity that makes wigs for kids with cancer or hair loss or anything, any issue that would cause a kid not to have hair.”

Bowman-Brown researched charities to find the right organization to donate her hair to. She says that her hair grows fast, so she would let it grow and then cut off 10-12 inches at a time.

For the past decade, she has been donating to Wigs for Kids, although she initially started by donating to the Locks of Love organization.

“I have the attitude at this point that my hair still grows fast, and I don’t have grey hair yet,” she said. “It’s kind of one of those things I feel like I’m supposed to be doing. Another way I look at this is that it is a cheap way to help a child. It costs you whatever it costs you to cut your hair and whatever it costs to mail it. You’re helping out kids, and it’s not really costing anything. For me, it was a no-brainer.”

Bowman-Brown is married to a retired Baton Rouge Police officer and serves on the board of directors for the Capital Area Law Enforcement Foundation (CALEF).

She said she’ll continue donating her hair to the cause as long as possible.

“I don’t even know how to explain it. I feel like it’s almost like a calling for me since the first time,” she said. “At this point, I’ve been doing it for 22 years, and my hair is still steadily growing. Obviously, I’m meant to keep doing this because it’s a very good and heartwarming feeling.”

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