Meridian Star

Law Enforcement

October 10, 2013

Star of the Week: Lauren Martin

MERIDIAN — By Marie Roberts / Guest writer

    When Meridian native Lauren Martin was born, her family gushed over her full head of hair and commented on how cute a pink bow would look atop her head.

    Ten years later, Martin lost her luscious locks in a tragic four-wheeler accident. Having surgery to mend a fractured skull required a full shaving of Martin’s head, and she spent the next year growing out her hair.

    “What ten year old girl wants to go to school with no hair?” asked Martin, whose brother was also injured in the wreck.

    Today, Martin uses the accident as an inspiration to others, encouraging people to donate their hair to programs that make wigs and hair pieces for others.

    “Organizations like Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths and Locks of Love are great ways to make sure your donation gets to someone who really needs it. Cancer patients are among the top recipients of these two, so I know my donated hair is bringing happiness to someone else,” Martin said.

    Each year, Martin grows out her reddish-blonde hair in anticipation for her yearly haircut.

    “I get a trim every six weeks to keep it healthy, but as soon as summer hits, I always have around eight inches chopped off,” Martin said.

    The 25-year-old enjoys having shorter hair through the summer months, and encourages others to try it once.

    “It’s too hot to have really long hair in a Mississippi summer. My friends and I always joke that it is time for a haircut as soon as the leather seats in my car are too hot to sit on.”

    “I remember hating not be able to pull my hair back in a ponytail,” said Martin, whose younger sister is now an advocate for donating hair. “I got picked on at school for basically being bald and I knew I didn’t want anyone else to have to go through that.”

    As for her ever-changing hairstyle, Martin says she likes to see the reaction of friends and family after a big cut.

    “You never know what their face will look like when I come home with ten inches less of hair that what I left home with.”

    For now, Martin is back in “growing-mode,” and plans to have at least 10 inches of hair to donate by next summer.

    “It’s just a really easy way to do something nice for someone else,” Martin said.

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