Last year, six college students lurched the idea to support cancer patients by donating their hair to make wigs.
Tangled, an initiative of Rotaract Club of Women's Christian College (WCC) and Green Trends Salon, was inaugurated on Thursday, with several students coming forward to donate their hair. This was an initiative by college girls to boost the self-confidence of cancer patients.
Chemotherapy, the one of the treatments for cancer results in hair loss from all over the body, gradually or in clumps. This side effect most often starts after the first several weeks or rounds of chemotherapy and tends to increase one to two months into treatment.
M. Kanaga Varsha, a first-year student of WCC, donated 11 inches of her locks and said, "I am glad my small gesture could bring a smile on the face of a cancer patient. This brings more joy than donating money."
At the inaugural function, actor Sarathkumar lauded the effort of the college team, and said it would go a long way in creating awareness on prevention of cancer and peer support.
R. Gitanjali of Rotaract Club of WCC recalled the journey of 'Tangled' and how several students were willing to shave their heads for the cause.
"We were more determined to carry this forward after we met cancer patients. Over 3,000 people donated hair that went into the creation of 300 wigs. Each wig costs about Rs.5,000," she said.
Tangled has now moved beyond Chennai including Bangalore and Hyderabad to around eight cities.
People can now walk in to any Green Trends Salon and donate hair. This year, over 3,000 stylists have been trained for the initiative.
S. Deepak Praveen, chief operating officer, Green Trends Salon, said, "We need hair locks of one inch thickness and length of six to eight inches to use in a wig. It takes four or five months to make them."