Donating your hair....

Make a Difference - Donating your healthy hair to organizations like Locks of Love can make a big difference in a child's life.
@kelly60 (4550)
United States
March 10, 2007 1:52am CST
I have had long hair for most of my life, although I usually get it cut at least a little every year. Last year I decided to let it grow and see how long it would get. This spring I will be donation it to Locks of Love. For those who don't know, Locks of Love is an organization who collects healthy hair and uses it to make wigs for children who have lost their hair because of illnesses such as cancer. In order to qualify, your hair must be sent to them in a clean ponytail or braid at least 10 inches long. There are other conditions on the site, so make sure you read all of the details before cutting your hair. The website where you can get more information is here: http://www.locksoflove.org/index.php Donating your healthy hair to organizations like Locks of Love can make a big difference in a child's life. I'm not sure if there are similar programs available outside of the United States, but I would suggest those in other areas may want to search. It is a great cause, and can make a sick child very happy.
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@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
12 Mar 07
Obviously you like long hair or you wouldn't have it long. By cutting it and donating it to sick children is a very unselvesness act of kindness. I think anyone who would make that sacrifice has true meaning to empathy, understanding in such a way of sharing their love. Good for you and Thank God for Good People.
@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I have had long hair most of my life so it will really be a change for me to have that much cut off of the length of it. For many years now though, I have been working with children, and more recently with hospice patients. I've seen both children and adults suffer from various ailments and I want to do whatever I can to help them.
• Canada
27 Mar 07
Like I said Thank God for Good People. You will be awarded for what you're doing, I believe that, and in the mean time I hope you learn to like your new hair do. Also thank you for BR, that truly made my day.
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
28 Mar 07
My 13 year old tells me that I'll look funny with shorter hair. I'm sure it will seem strange at first. It has always been long so it will be a big change. It is for a good cause though, so it will be worth it no matter what.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
28 Mar 07
That is so sweet. I would do that too if my hair would grow that long. I have good hair but it always seems to reach it's limit and then it won't grow any longer. Thanks for letting people know so they can also help others.
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
15 Apr 07
The shortest length I have found so far has been 8 inches for Pantene Beautiful Lengths. I doubt that there is anywhere accepting shorter lengths of hair donations, although it is possible. Thanks for your response.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Two of my daughters have each donated their hair to Locks of Love twice. My hair is down to my waist and I have been considering cutting it to donate. Several of the girls in my Girl Scout Troop have also donated their hair many times over the past 10 years. What is nice is that Locks of Love sends the girls really nice thank you notes. They put those notes in their scrapbooks and memory books. Locks of Love is a very good positive program that all people with long hair can participate in. Go ahead....recycle your hair.
@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
28 Mar 07
If you decided to get yours cut, donating your hair to a good cause makes perfect sense. I never thought of it as recycling my hair before, but now that you mention it, that is exactly what we are doing. I guess this gives a completely new meaning to the term recycling. Anyway, It's great that these girls are so giving. I think that it is a great program and will be proud to donate my hair to them. It is also wonderful that they sent the girls nice thank you notes. It's nice to let them know that their deeds are appreciated.
@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
13 Mar 07
My SD12 has donated hers to Locks of Love a couple of times. I wanted to, but ended up getting way too frustrated by the length and cut it myself before it was long enough. I think it's a great thing to help out kids.
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
23 Mar 07
That's great that she donated hers. I know that sometimes long hair can be frustrating to deal with while waiting for it to get long enough. That's why I usually end up getting mine trimmed before it reaches the required length.
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
Hi, kelly60. I would ask those who might be interested to donate. There was a case in our country when there was a huge oil spill in the sea. Thousands of people were affected because of lack of food as well as the bad smell it created. And then, someone suggested of hair acting like a sponge to absorb the oil and somehow lessen the spread of it. This campaign brought a lot of people to donate their hair from every parlor/salon. Pretty cool. But I also know of a religion where members wont cut their hair and like you, just let it grow to where it would stop.
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
23 Mar 07
You're right, there are some religions who won't allow members to cut their hair. Also, donaating hair to a cause such as the oil spill you spoke of may be a good cause for the many who wish to donate their hair to a worthy cause but don't want to get donate quite as much hair as is required for Locks of Love.
@Karmalina (647)
• Australia
10 Mar 07
That's a great idea! I might wait a while before cutting mine back to boy-short and do the same. You are so sweet for doing that. I'd like to know that my hair (which gets on my nerves and I'm ready to pull out already) has gone to a good cause.
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I've never donated it before although I have had it long enough to donate it before. This time will be the shortest hair cut I have had since I was a little kid, but I think it's time for a change. It helps to know that it's going to a good cause.
@vicky19810 (1601)
• China
13 Mar 07
oh really,lol...it is a very funny thing,but in my place,there is not a organization like Locks of Love.if having,i will go to donate my hair also.lol...
@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I don't know what is available in your area. I know that hair can be prepared and mailed to Locks of Love and mailed to them following the instructions on their website if you really want to donate.
• India
15 Dec 07
I do it myself all the time since 5 years ago when my hair started to grow abnormally meaning some part grow slowly while other part grow fast, well that's the sign of getting into baldness state, that's why I use only the razor to cut my hair especially now that I'm alone in a foreign country working but when I'm home with my family, my wife cut my hair still free of service.