My Triple Locks of Love


It is strange how your hair can become a part of your identity, especially as an artist.

If you have known me for any length of time, you know that I have always had long hair. Ever since I was a little girl, I had long ringlets and could braid my hair down to my waist.

I later learned about this non-profit called Locks of Love that collects donated hair to make wigs for children. At that point I was ready to get my hair cut for the first time in my life (except for the occasional trim of course). I recently cut my hair for the third time for this wonderful organization (yes, my hair grows really fast!) I sent in all three 17″ ponytails in hopes that they will transform a child’s life. It sure feels great to have short hair again and to give to this cherished organization at the same time!

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. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.


About Cherish Flieder

Cherish Flieder is an internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator. Cherish’s designs have been seen in fashion apparel, books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, crafts and more. She is the creator of Something to Cherish®, an artistic brand that joyfully connects with the hearts of women through her original watercolor mixed-media artwork on pre-treasured gifts, home decor, fashion accessories, and keepsakes. Cherish is also the founder of the art licensing community She regularly teaches marketing, illustration, design, and technology at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Connect with Cherish on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.


  1. Cherish Flieder on January 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    What a great story Les. What a wonderful surprise.

    It is fun to do as a family, one of my cuts I did at the same time as my Mom who has beautiful brown/black hair and my little sister with naturally red hair. It was fun to see all of our colorful ponytails together.

  2. Les on January 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    that is so cool Cherish. I wish I could do it but
    I don’t have much hair! ha!
    I have friends I know who have done this. The mom
    and the daughter and even the son. It was funny because we did not know the son was doing it. We all kept wondering what he was doing with such long hair! Then we found out! What a beautiful labor of love.