Four years ago, Eliza Edmunds at age 14, suffered a form of viral encephalitis for which she was treated with chemotherapy and steroids for nearly a year. She lost much of her vision, some memory, and a lot of her hair.

This past year she decided to grow her hair for Locks of Love, an organization that provides natural wigs for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or disease.

“I know what it was like to lose your hair, and I wanted to help a child who had suffered from chemotherapy by giving them my hair. My mother has always said that I have ‘hair to spare’ and I say I have ‘hair to share!'”

At Cutting Edge in Camden, Jen Ames cut two thick braids of Edmunds’ hair, which she hopes will be enough for two children.

Edmunds’ lives in Rockport with her mother, Mimi, and this week will return to the Perkins School in Boston as a junior.