Atlanta mom makes free custom wigs for children with hair loss
One Atlanta mom is bringing smiles to children’s faces who have suffered hair loss.
Free Wigs 4 Kids generously provides wigs for children who have lost their hair as the result of autoimmune disease, alopecia, radiation or chemotherapy.
Hair stylist Quilla Bohannon started the organization in August of 2018. Since, she said she has single-handedly made more than 1,000 wigs for boys and girls in nearly every corner of the globe.
“I’ve sent wigs to Jamaica, Canada, Chile, and Finland. It’s crazy,” she told Hey, Black Mom!
Bohannon, who lost her great-grandmother to leukemia, got the idea for her nonprofit after making a wig for the daughter of a mutual friend who had suffered hair loss. After posting a picture of the wig, Bohannon said her social media lit up with requests to make wigs for kids all over the world.
“I never thought I would be making wigs for kids,” she said, “and I didn’t know anything about starting a nonprofit, but I feel like this is my divine calling.”
Interested families can fill out an application for a free wig at www.freewigs4kids.org.
Bohannon asks that parents send in three pictures of their child so she can see the condition of their hair and look at their eyes and skin tone. Once approved, families can choose from the wig styles on Bohannon’s website, and she will create a wig in the hair color of their choice.
Bohannon is a one-woman operation. She makes all of the wigs herself, a process she said takes between one and three days.
When she’s not making wigs, Bohannon also manages her duties as a full-time mom, which means caring for her daughter and nephew, who are learning from home.
“I have a good support system. My mother and my sister are always helping me,” she said. “I built my salon in my home, so it’s convenient. It’s hard, but it’s better this way.”
Bohannon wants to continue to grow her organization and hopes that Free Wigs 4 Kids will eventually become a household name. She wants to be one of the largest providers of free wigs for children with hair loss.