Would you donate your hair?

United States
December 6, 2006 6:05pm CST
Locks of Love (http://locksoflove.org/) collects hair to make wigs for children with chronic hair loss from medical conditions who can't afford wigs, themselves. I have donated my hair to them twice, most recently this summer. In 3 years when my hair's back, I'll probably do it again. Would you consider donating hair to them? If not, why not? Or have you already done so? -'Dee P.S. I apologize for not making a nested link, but there's a problem with the site that won't let me post when I try to do that.
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@breezie (1249)
• Canada
7 Dec 06
I donated my hair a couple years ago. My daughter also donated hers when she was 6. It was completly her idea to do it. She has been growing it out again for the past couple years and plans to doante it again when it is long enough. She hadn't ever had her hair cut at all until she donated it and it went from er waist to her chin. I was so proud of her for doing it. Mine is getting pretty long again so I will donate it again when I get it cut. I ususally groww my hair to my waist and then get tired of it and cut it off so I may as well donate it.
• United States
7 Dec 06
Aw! That was sweet of your daughter—thanks for sharing! I can certainly understand getting tired of long hair, though I'm rather overfond of mine for that. I just start missing the wave that the length pulls out. & a nice thing about donating is that even when you get a complaint (as I did), they're somewhat mollified by your losing your hair to a good cause! (At least, I think he was.) -'Dee
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@toonatoons (3740)
• Philippines
24 Dec 06
why not, if it's for a good cause? recently, a province in the philippines was affected following a major oil spill that polluted its waters. the public and private institutions alike appealed for hair donations to sweep out the oil from the waters.
• United States
25 Dec 06
Hair donations to sweep up oil? I haven't heard that one, though I guess it makes sense… I *put* oil in my hair.
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@shmeedia (1045)
• Canada
24 Dec 06
when i was in college, i had a friend who was bald (a female) and i went with her to a wig shop. once inside, the shop owner went beserk when he saw my hair and promptly started combing it through and begging me to donate. though this wasn't locks for love, it was a very nice natural hair wig shop. since i was a stupid teenager and had been growing the mop for years there was NO WAY i was going to let him have this personal treasure. now years later i realize i made too big a deal out of it and should have let him take my hair. i had something unique, in that i was born with two-toned hair. now it's gone wiry and streaked with grey, and i doubt it is healthly enough to turn into anything worthwhile (plus it's not so long anymore). after getting rid of all the broken ends and treating or removing the grey, they wouldn't be left with much to work with :( if my hair would actually decide to grow again, i might consider it, but it seems to just get damaged very easily, break off etc, and therefore takes FOREVER to grow even an inch or two :( but i love the locks for love idea.
• United States
25 Dec 06
Brittle hair sounds like a nutritional problem, and possibly hard water exposure, too. At any rate, thanks for that little story… I doubt anyone would "beg" me for my hair, in that it's too normal (brunette with the slight wave pulled out by the weight when it's long), though at least mine's pretty healthy. For now. ^_^
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
7 Dec 06
This is a lovely thing for you to do, such a good idea, I will look into it for myself.
• United States
7 Dec 06
I'm glad you like the idea & that I've inspired you to (maybe) do the same! -'Dee
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@AmbiePam (48678)
• United States
10 Mar 07
Yes, I donated my hair to locks of love 2 months ago. I suffer from PCOS, and have lost 50% of my hair, but it will grow long in the back. So I grew it really long to make up for the amount, and sent it in. I want something good to come out of my illness.
• United States
24 Apr 07
Yikes. I have PCOS, too, but it hasn't progressed that far yet. My mother has lost a lot of hair from it, though. [e-hug] -'Dee
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@RebeccaLynn (2256)
• United States
28 Jan 08
My eight year old donated 13.5 inches to them this past year. They ran a full page picture of her in the newspaper holding up the pony tail to thank her. It inspired my 65 year old neighbor to do the same thing. I'll donate when my hair is long enough. I think it's a wonderful thing that locks of love does.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I've thought about doing it but I haven't looked into it. I'm going to go to the site and check it out. I'm not sure if my hair is long enough. I usually get it cut when it starts to get too long...so I'll have to see how long I need it.
• United States
10 Dec 06
sure, Id love to do this in the future
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• United States
11 Dec 06
^_^ I'm glad I put this out here for you to find out about, then.
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• United States
15 Jan 08
I have not donated my hair to them. I have a cousin who just did though. I'm not opposed to it, but my hair just finally grew out and I don't plan on counting it any time soon.
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@_Greeneye_ (1526)
• India
27 Dec 06
k i will
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
19 Jan 09
You know I would, but I keep my hair short, especially since it's getting white at the temples, and thinning. But I'm glad you had donated and plan to again. I think we all need to find ways to look beyond ourselves.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
17 Nov 08
I've donated my hair twice before and I'm planning to do so again soon. I originally planned to keep doing it, but I have a weird pattern with how I do my hair. The first time, I grew my hair super long... cut off and donated 24 inches. And then awhile later I had my hair cut even shorter, to a boy's cut. Finally this all grew out, and I donated about 17 inches the next time. Then awhile later I cut off the rest and had my head shaved. It finally grew out, I trimmed it so it was even again, and now it has grown out enough that I can donate 12 inches. I'm still debating how much longer I can keep growing it out this time. I might be forced to cut it because they don't approve of my long hair at work and it doesn't look good for someone my age. This might end up being the last time I do this. However, if they can get more hair from me shaving my head, I would definitely do that because I know I'd probably end up doing it a week or so after the hair cut anyway so I might as well just do it all at once.