Student donates his hair to "Locks of Love"

By: Shelby Levins Email
By: Shelby Levins Email

MADILL, OK -- One young boy's commitment to help a stranger is complete. The 7th grader from Madill grew out his hair for a full year for the non-profit “Locks of Love,” but the process wasn't always fun for the student.

We first introduced you to Dakota Looney back in March, as he was growing out his hair and wrapping up his 6th grade year. On Wednesday, he'll be starting his 7th grade year with a new hair cut. But he says he's starting the new school year with much more than just short hair.

It was no ordinary hair cut, for Dakota Looney, 12, it's the culmination of a year commitment to a kid he's never met.

"It’s just really exciting to know that somebody is going to get my hair and that I might see it again,” Dakota said.

Over the past year, Dakota's grown his hair past his shoulders so he could donate it to “Locks of Love,” but the process - through his 6th grade year - to get to this donation day hasn't be easy.

"You're going out of your way if you're a male - people calling you a girl and everything else,” Dakota explained.

But he never let un-kind words cut his good deed short. He stuck with his decision to grow out his hair, wanting to give it to a child battling cancer.

"Being that he's young man, it's probably a little more of a challenge, but it’s really nice to applaud him to do that because he's making a really good contribution. And he seems like he feels really good about it – which is really wonderful to see,” Kathi Honea a stylist at Hair Haven said.

Because Dakota's hair has never been chemically treated, Honea says it will make the best wig possible, and Dakota's actions clearly touched everyone in the salon.

"If you can get them to make good decisions when they're young, maybe they'll make good decisions and make less bad ones, because the world today is full of bad decisions,” Mike Looney, Dakota’s father said.

Dakota is not only leaving behind more than 8 inches of hair, he's taking with him a life lesson that he hopes to share with others -

"Not to make fun of anybody because of how they look, because because deep down they might be a nice person, “ Dakota said.

Dakota's hair cut was provided free by Kathi Honea and the Hair Haven salon. The hair it’s self will be packaged up and shipped to “Locks of Love.”


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  • by number one granny Location: mannsville on Aug 21, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    to dakota no matter what anybody saids you well get your reward from god you don't need anybody to tell you thank you because you have already made someone happy no matter what thelma our anybody else saids you have a big heart and granny is proud of you
  • by aunt Location: oklahoma on Aug 21, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    good job dakota i am very proud of u for doing this with your hair i dont carew what anyone easle thinks of it love you bubba
  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2010 at 06:33 AM
    the requirements for locks of love are 10 inches of hair. i hope they cut off enough. my 7 year old daughter donated 13 inches in June. So proud of her! and yes, we received our thank you note from locks of love.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    great kid, love his t-shirt
  • by A Location: TX on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    This young man is truly amazing. Most kids would not choose to go through the hard work and critism to complete such a wonderful goal to help a complete stranger. Thelma you should be ashamed of yourself for being so childish. Helping someone does not require any recognition if you do it for the right reasons.
  • by Proud Location: cooke county on Aug 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Thelma grow up. people should do good things to help others. Selfish people require recognition.
  • by me Location: ok on Aug 11, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    Thank You Thelma!
  • by Thelma Location: Sherman on Aug 11, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    I once donated 11 inches of my hair. Packaged it up and sent it off and did not get one thank you from anyone.
  • by Desiree Location: Texoma on Aug 11, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    Congrats to Dakota for sticking it out!! I just hope that many more kids your age will take the lessons that this is giving... Not just helping out a fellow person, setting a goal and not giving up when times got hard but that even kids your age can change a life for the better!! Way to go!!
  • by Granny Location: SE Ok on Aug 11, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    Your are not my kin, but I am proud of you just the same, the courage you showed, may it spread thru out, as for my self I have done this 2 times, and it gives a great feeling within. Thanks for your courage and your love for others unknown. granny
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