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ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — D.J. Payne, an incoming freshman at Robertsdale High School, gets his hair cut by Larry Ryan at Mike's Barber Shop in Robertsdale.

Payne was required to get his hair cut for the Naval ROTC at RHS and decided to donate his locks for Wigs for Kids, a national organization developed by a successful Ohio hairdresser Jeffrey Paul, who founded the organization 30 years ago for his 15-year-old niece who had cancer.

According to their website, wigsforkids.org, in order to donate, hair has to be a minimum of12 inches in length. Most children request 15 inches.

Hair must be clean and dry because wet hair will mold during the shipping process. Hair cannot be permed, color-treated or highlighted, but temporary coloring or highlights that will wash out are acceptable.

Hair must be tied into at least four sections around the head and separated into three sections using rubber bands. Hair is then cut and sealed in a plastic storage bag for transport.