PHOTO: Cameron Pasker, 4 years old, had his first haircut on Jan. 4 for his birthday. Cameron’s hair grew out so curly that his parents, Mel and Jerry Pasker, couldn’t bring themselves to ever cut it. (Photos submitted)
PHOTO: After cutting off four ponytails, Cameron Pasker was able to donate his curly hair to the Locks of Love organization. Pulling his curls straight, he had over a foot to donate to another girl or boy in need.
By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
For his fourth birthday, Cameron Pasker did something few boys his age have the opportunity to do. He donated his curly hair to the Locks of Love organization!
According to their website, “Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.”
While Locks of Love requires a minimum of 10 inches for people to donate, Cameron’s parents (Mel and Jerry Pasker) hadn’t actually measured his hair. Mel explained Locks of Love pulls curly hair donations straight to measure. With Cameron’s hair so curly, it came to more than a foot when pulled straight. They were able to cut off four ponytails to donate.
Having Cameron grow out his curly locks wasn’t something the Paskers ever thought about.
“We never had a specific reason for growing his hair,” Mel said. “I just noticed as his hair started growing when he was a toddler that it would curl at the end. I love curly hair, so I decided to let it grow and see what happened. The little curls grew in to ringlets and were just adorable!”
She said they thought the more his hair grew out, that the curls would pull out, but that was not the case.
Having such long and curly hair, Mel said bath time in the Pasker household wasn’t always easy. Cameron dreaded taking a bath because he knew combing his hair at the end wasn’t the best experience.
“It was time to cut Cameron’s hair when he would cry at bath time. He would scream and cry when it was time to comb through it because it would get so snarly and combing through it was quite a task. He would tell us that he wanted to have hair like his big brothers.” (Cameron’s older brothers are Gary and Brendan.)
Expecting her fourth boy soon, Mel said she knew she didn’t want to go through the hassle of combing his hair out every time. So, they proposed the idea to Cameron about cutting his hair and donating it to a girl or boy who didn’t have hair because they were sick.
“He was totally on board!” Mel said.
With such long locks, Mel was honest in saying it was hard for her to see her son get his haircut. Prior to making the appointment, She actually put it off for a couple of months.
“Then, when the day came, I broke down when she (Sara Hanssen of Styles-N-Smiles) made the first cut. It was very hard to say good-bye to such beautiful hair,” Mel said. She added that Jerry also had a hard time, as he referred to Cameron as “Fluffy,” with such full and curly hair.
At the age of 4, this was actually Cameron’s first haircut ever! He’s never even had his hair trimmed before. However, he did experiment with cutting his own hair with a pair of scissors at home. Cameron accidentally cut a chunk out of his bangs.
“We think that was a sign,” joked Mel.
Now that his hair is short like the “big kids,” Cameron loves his new haircut. His parents said bath time is fun again for everyone.
The Paskers said Hanssen was great help in the process of cutting Cameron’s hair so he could donate it to Locks of Love.
“On the day of the appointment, Cameron felt very comfortable with her and he did a great job for her. We really appreciate everything she did for us!”