Janice Walters-Taylor

March 4, 2008 - Janice Walters Taylor of Blairsville, Georgia donates hair to Locks of Love

Janice Walters-Taylor recently decided to donate her hair to Locks of Love. Cosmetologist Robyn Odom Wilson at Mayfair Salon gathered up Janice's hair into a tight ponytail and with a few swipes of the scissors the process began.

It was an emotional moment at Mayfair Salon and Spa in Blairsville, Georgia. Owners Tony Smelt, Katrina Smelt, and other staff members listened as Janice Walters Taylor and Robyn Odom Wilson told personal stories of how cancer has affected their loved ones.

Janice says, "I am cutting my hair and donating it to Locks of Love in honor of my sister who lives in upstate New York . She was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy. She recently had reconstructive surgery and is doing fine."

Robyn also has a story to share. She says, "My mom was diagnosed with "stage four" ovarian cancer one year ago. After two surgeries and multiple chemotherapy treatments she is in remission and doing well."

Janice explains, "Locks of Love is a program that people need to know about. This non-profit organization provides hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Most of them have lost their hair due to a condition called alopecia areata which has no known cause or cure. The hairpieces help restore their self confidence and self esteem."

Janice Walters Taylor owns Appalachian Kitchens where she takes the best of local area produce and combines it with wine. Her infused products are sold in North Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee. Janice also does private label work for Chateau Elan and Buckhead Gourmet. Hopefully she will enjoy the shorter hairstyle as she prepares her gourmet recipes.

Janice also spearheads the Georgia Mountain Express Network, a woman-to-woman business networking group. The next meeting is at Grinds and Glazes on March 5, 2008 at 7:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Sandra Maughon and both men and women are invited to attend.

There are several guidelines for donating hair to Locks of Love. Hair must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut. It must be clean, dry, and measure at least 10 inches. Colored, permed, and gray hair is acceptable.