Layton salon owner donating hair through ‘Wigs for Kids’

Nov 14, 2022, 11:19 AM | Updated: 11:56 am

LAYTON, Utah — A Layton salon owner is chopping hair for a cause, changing kids’ lives and confidence for the better.

Kassidy Gutierrez is a stylist affiliate for the Ohio-based nonprofit organization “Wigs for Kids,” which helps kids from all over, including in Utah.

So far, she said in her home salon, there are at least 10 clients a week coming in to donate their hair to the cause.

The wigs are valued at around $1,800, but for the recipient family, it’s all free.

“These children are going through some kind of major health crisis. Whether it’s radiation, chemotherapy, alopecia, burns, anything,” Gutierrez said.

McKell Jackson has been growing her hair out for years.

While she took her turn sitting in the chair, in a couple of months or so, a child in need will be taking her seat and getting a new wig.

“I don’t know the child that it’s going to, but I have kids myself, and I can sympathize with the idea of just going through those hard times,” Jackson said.

Gutierrez has met and helped some of those on the receiving end, who she said, maybe not through words, but through their eyes will tell you, it’s so much more than getting a new wig.

“Their faces just light up when they look in the mirror. They see themselves again. It really makes them motivated to keep going,” Gutierrez said.

In just the last year, she said there have been enough donors sitting in her chair to make hundreds of wigs.

“These are custom made to the child, and they’re made for children who are normal children. They do the monkey bars. They swim and they run. These wigs can withstand all of that,” Gutierrez said.

For this haircut, Gutierrez said she cut off 14″ to 15″ of Jackson’s hair.

“Yep. It does look cute! I feel modern,” Jackson said.

The question now — would Jackson do this again? Her answer? “Yes!”

To donate your hair, Gutierrez said you need to have at least 12″ or more of non-treated hair. They also accept gray hair.

Wigs are hand-tied by volunteers, so it takes a couple of months to complete.

To find out more, or look for a salon and/or stylist who is an affiliate with Wigs for Kids in your area, click here.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(KSL TV)...
Lauren Steinbrecher

SLC airport reports few delays for post-Thanksgiving travel

Major U.S. cities were hit with severe weather Sunday, leading to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations on one of the year's busiest travel days.
8 hours ago
(Mountain Green Fire Protection District)...
Josh Ellis

Pilot walks away from Morgan County plane crash

Authorities say a pilot "miraculously" walked away from a plane crash in Morgan County.
8 hours ago
Salt Lake city Fire at the vacant home. (KSL-TV)...
Michael Houck

Firefighters extinguish fire at vacant Salt Lake City house

First responders took down a fire at a vacant and boarded-up house Sunday evening. 
1 day ago
Trent Anderson and his 27-year-old horse, Duncan during the parade before the car hit them....
Shelby Lofton

EXCLUSIVE: Car crashes through barricades, hits horse and rider during Christmas parade

A man and his horse are recovering after being hit by an alleged DUI driver during a Spanish Fork Christmas Parade Saturday night.
1 day ago
A trailer rollover blocks two left lanes of I-15. (Utah Department of Transportation)...
Michael Houck

Trailer rollover blocks portion of I-15, suspect in police custody

A person is in custody after attempting to flee the scene of a car crash involving a trailer Saturday afternoon, police say.
1 day ago
Massive blue ice sculptures with a starry sky....
Brooke Williams

Ice castles are constructed by hand one icicle at a time

Cold temperatures means construction on the Ice Castles at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center has officially begun, and it's coming together one icicle at a time.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Layton salon owner donating hair through ‘Wigs for Kids’