DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Hair is something most of us take for granted... until it's gone. That's why a Dothan mother is teaching her nine-year-old daughter that it's better to give than to receive.
Monday, Michelle Edwards and her nine-year-old daughter Alexis stepped into a hair salon for the first time in more than three years. Michelle has donated her hair 7 or 8 times since 2000.
Edwards is involved in organizations such as the American Cancer Society, she lost one of her best friends to ovarian cancer in 2013.
Edwards' suffers from Hashimoto's Disease, which weakens her immune system. One of the symptoms is hair loss, but that has not affected her.
"I’ve been blessed to not have the hair loss that other people have,” added Edwards.
That's why she believes donating her hair is her calling.
"Everything I’ve learned over the past 17 years; it's heartbreaking to see someone who can't grow hair, and we've met several people who can’t.”
"It's better to donate than sell. Because if you donate it, it goes to people who can't grow hair and then they can have the hair that you cut off,” added her daughter Alexis.
"I love doing this; it's a blessing for our hair to grow the way it does. I’m always excited to know that someone else is going to be able to share that blessing."
Edwards says throughout this journey, she is most proud of Alexis for wanting to follow in her footsteps.
Edwards recommends you do your research before donating hair, she suggests Locks of Love and Wigs 4 Kids.