Girl shows that she cares through donation of hair

first_imgWHITTIER – Natasha Burks patiently sat in a salon chair at LuLinda’s Future Look beauty shop in Uptown Whittier on Thursday. It was the day before her seventh birthday, and Natasha was getting her first haircut. She was shedding her long, brown hair for Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that uses donated human hair to make wigs for cancer patients and other victims of hair loss. “I want to help out kids who don’t have hair. Then they get to have wig hair and they could feel better about themselves,” Natasha said, her locks blanketing the entire back of her chair. That’s another first. “She never wore her hair loose. Every night I would braid it,” Burks said. Natasha’s recent hair donation totaled about 20 inches, according to Lulu Mu oz, who did the cutting. And as most parents do, Burks saved a separate set of locks – a 6-inch-long braid – from her daughter’s first haircut. Lauren Kukkamaa, communications director for Locks of Love, was impressed when she learned about Natasha’s donation. Kukkamaa said children often donate their first haircut to her organization, “but to not have one until you’re 7 years old is pretty incredible,” she added. “Every time we hear about another child who has dedicated his or her years to growing out their hair with the intention of donating to us, it’s incredible,” she added. “They grasp this ability of growing their hair out for a child who’s in need, and it’s a way of giving themselves.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Natasha’s mother, Patricia Burks, said her only child is growing up. Burks, 45, recounted how she’s spent the past six years washing, combing and styling her daughter’s hair. Natasha would sit on a vanity chair, her mom said, and Burks would stand feet apart from her to braid her hair every day. “I love long hair, so I never wanted to cut her hair,” Burks added. “I like combing it and making it into all kinds of styles. “I just always made sure I had conditioner.” Natasha said she’s ready to start doing her own hair. In fact, the Whittier Christian School first-grader planned to wear her newly cut locks curly, and without a ponytail, to school Friday. last_img read more

Paris France – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pr

first_imgParis, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineDesigned by one of the most gifted designers of our time, a high-security safe has been developed on paper in Paris, which the specialists at the house of Döttling in Maichingen have built for the coming generations: the “Narcissus”.A room installation at first glance, the safe only reveals its capabilities when it identifies its owner and has been activated by him. Then two handcrafted interior cabinets containing watch winders and jewelry drawers emerge from its steel body, which weighs 800 kilos (1,764 pounds) and is sheathed in high-gloss, chrome-plated aluminum. Fully automatically, the safe, with its fully reflective surfaces, pays tribute to the personality and aesthetics of its counterpart when closed, while enshrining all that is of highest value to its owner in its interior.At 1.80 m (5.9 ft) high and 1.0 m (3.3 ft) wide but just 30 cm (11.8 in) deep, the “Narcissus” breaks through previous aesthetic and technical limits, presenting an ultra-slim high-security safe. This highly innovative safe is also a very personal statement by a public figure who has made, and continues to make, history in the worlds of fashion and photography. Accordingly, the first model is reserved for its creator, Karl Lagerfeld, who photographed it personally.At 250,000 euros ($340,000), it is the most expensive safe in the world and will be limited to a small production run of 30 specimens. “I am not interested in what people want. I’ve designed a safe that I would like to own and which will stand in my home. Markus Döttling built it for me,” commented Karl Lagerfeld, referring to his masterpiece.For more information visit www.doettling.com.last_img read more