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Local woman lops locks for cause, gets new hair do

By Staff | Aug 13, 2009

For 55 years Patricia Armstrong has sported a head of luscious, long locks.

Over the years she has bundled her brunette tresses atop her head in a bun, tethered it back and away from her face. But still her long mane was always there like an appendage.

“I have had long hair all of my life,” Armstrong said. “Long enough to sit on. “I think it was definitely my identity.”

But all of that changed on July 22. After lengthy hair consultations with Tribeca Hair Salon owner Domizio Melchiorre, Armstrong’s got her hair cut short. In less than two hours the Sanibel resident went from tossing a long mane that would take 45 minutes to dry to sporting a chic short, sassy – Jamie Leigh Curtis hair do.

But it is not the last that anyone will ever see of Armstrong’s long hair. The chopped locks will benefit cancer patients in the Locks of Love program. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 dealing with long-term medical hair loss, according to its web site www.locksoflove.org.

Armstrong said she is ecstatic over her new hair cut and decision to donate her shorn locks. Melchiorre is sending Armstrong’s thick tresses to the Locks of Love program. This is Armstrong’s third time donating hair to the organization.

The decision to donate to Locks of Love was easy but becoming a different looking person challenged Armstrong up until Melchiorre cut her hair.

“I finally decided I am done with this (hair), it’s time,” she said.

Armstrong armed with the support of her gal pals Cathy Maxwell and Sandy Boyle she let Melchiorre work his 36 years of styling skills and artistry on her hair.

Melchiorre scissored a precision cut that created a sexy, chic hair style like Hollywood icon Jamie Leigh Curtis sports.

“It was a very emotional thing to go through,” Melchiorre said. “She got total freedom.”

Melchiorre offers non-surgical hair replacement for clients and provides a complimentary hair cut to people donating their hair to the Locks of Love program. Tribeca Salon is located in the Village shopping center on Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.