Locks of Love

@Modestah (11195)
United States
April 14, 2007 6:49pm CST
Have you heard of this charitable organization yet? You donate your hair which is then sorted and used to make natural wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness or disease. My daughter decided she wanted to donate her hair so I looked for a place that will take care of sending it in and such...and found that they will also donate the hair cut for you. Inspired by her I decided to get mine cut as well. I was able to donate 7 - 15 inch sections. We both got a fresh new look for free (other than the tip we gave to the stylist) and at the same time were able to contribute to a worthy cause. At the locks of love website http://www.locksoflove.org/ you can find a long list of shops that donate the cut. There are more than what is listed.
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@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Bravo! That is so wonderful! I wish I could do that but I have FHPB. I am luck to have the hair I do have! BUt I just love it that people who are able do donate! HUgs to you! THat is wonderful! Rhonda
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
What is FHPB if you do not mind my asking, is it something to do with premature balding?
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• United States
15 Apr 07
LOL Well let me just say that I have battled this and right now YOU"D never know I have it. But yes it is female hair pattern baldness. The fact that I do have hair is a true gift. And if anyone is losing their hair you need to go to a Dermatoligist because it is also a symptom of lupas
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@villageanne (8579)
• United States
15 Apr 07
My mother had hair down past her hips and she got it cut and donated it to Locks of love. It is amazing how fast her hair grows. I dont know anyone whose hair grows as fast as my Moms.
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Great! does she have American Indian or Asian blood in her? It seems those ethnicities grow their hair fast and luxurious.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
if i ever cut my hair i intend to donate to them. my hair is well past my waist,they could probably make several wigs of it. it's a great organization :)
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
They'd probably be thrilled to get your lovely hair! Mine was down to my hips when I had it cut. I had it all twisted and clipped up, when I asked them if my hair would be accepted. (It was not in the best of conditions, having split ends) and when I de clipped it they gasped and showed me around to the other beauticians. It was a little embarrassing. I guess they were not expecting so much hair to come tumbling down. It was still below my bra line after the cut, so I did not feel like I was needing one of the wigs! It was so much easier to comb after the donation, hehe.
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@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I think that this is one of the most special organizations that I have ever heard about. I have known several people who have donated hair to this organization. It really does go prove that there is some way for EVERYONE to be charitable and help others. Even if one cannot donate money to organizations, or have a lot of time to volunteer, there are ways like this that they may be able to help!
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
you make a very good point, there IS something that everyone can do to contribute to helping others. Even if locks of love is not it, there is something else - relatively easy that can make the world of difference to someone.
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
I have never heard of this organization, but I think it sounds like a really great idea. I am on my way to check out that website you provided, as soon as I'm finished responding to this discussion. Thanks for letting the word out. You're right, it's a win-win situation for everyone involved. Thanks again for sharing.
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I sure hope that it is established in Canada, as well. If not, surely the hair can be mailed to the organization. It would be really something if the group goes international - and helps children all over the world. I am not sure what their bounds are.
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Me and my daughter have donated to locks of love on different occasions. I had extremely long hair and had it all cut off and I donated that to locks of love. My daughter had her hair cut off and she did as well. I think it is a great organization! I commend these salons for their participation!
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Brava! that is wonderful! I agree with commending the salons who not only make it easier by knowing the regulations but also sending in the donations.... plus their generosity in donating the haircut is tops in my book!
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@gabesmom (1246)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Thank you for this information. I have heard that human hair can be used to make wigs for cancer patients but never researched it. I will definitely look into this and donate my hair to the organization. What a wonderful way to help out!
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
you are most welcome. It is a great way to help others, and also yourself. A win win situation! You need to have at least 10inches cut to donate and the hair can not be color treated, I am not sure about permanent waves.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
My mother does this on a regular basis, I know of at least 4 separate times now that she's donated. Last week my 12 year old daughter donated for the first time and got a free style....it looks good but makes her look older! If I'm remembering what my mom told me correctly, you can't have dyed or permed hair, and if you have had that done to your hair, it has to be completely gone - like a year or more since you did it I think.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
thank you for the confirmation about the permed hair, I was not quite sure, I only knew the restriction against dyed hair for certain. As I do neither one (can't excuse pampering myself that way) it did not effect me any. Thank you for raising such a thoughtful daughter. Yes, my girl was 10 at the time and the cut made her look older too. Too bad long hair does not make ME look youthful. lol.
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@bad1981 (799)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Yes! I used to work for a hair salon that did this and numerous times I have donated a locks of love sample of hair. I think it is a great thing to do for the people in need.
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Great. How wonderful to be a part of a business that is so charitable. I would think it difficult for a stylist to meet the donation requirements. If I worked with hair cutters all day I would probably be getting my hair cut, dyed, permed, whathave you on a frequent basis. Kudos to you!
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• United States
15 Apr 07
Excellent. The first time I heard of Locks of Love I was so impressed. I think it is wonderful that children will get nice wigs made of real hair so that they will feel better about themselves. After all they go through when sick, thank God somebody came up with this thoughtful gesture. My daughters have donated their hair to this in the and several of their friends have as well. It's good to get the word out. It's especially great if someone is going to get a haircut anyway, and you tell them about Locks of Love. They are usually delighted to help out. I think you have to donate sections at least 10" long, if memory serves. Nice idea to add this here where it should get lots of attention. What a great cause.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
that is exactly right, 10 inches minimum. I am wondering if this is an international organization. I think that Mexican women have wonderfully thick hair that grows quickly too.
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@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Modestah thanks for putting up a good post for discussion. I happen to have heard of Locks of love organization and I let my hair grow for 2 years and donated 14" of hair it was one thick ponytail the stylist snipped off! she was quite happy at the tip and then she went ahead an convinced another girl about growing hers longer ( this girl was not sure about growing hers but she wanted to donate), she got pretty much convinced about donating hers and promised to grow hers out till it reached the mark! Yes it is a very worthy cause and hair pretty much grows up without much fuss... wish more people donated. Thanks for the topic ... cheers :)
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Fantastic! you grew it out specifically with donating in mind! that is wonderful and says a lot about your good character. Thank you for commenting on this thread.
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I plan on getting mine cut as soon as the weather warms a bit more. I had written a discussion mentioning Locks of Love, along with a couple of other places who also accepted hair donations for making these wigs. My sister usually cuts mine for me, and I was planning on sending it myself. I didn't know that you could get your hair cut and sent for free.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Kelly, I am sorry if my discussion stepped on your toes. I could not find another similar topic, even at the bottom of this page where it shows similar topics. Was it a very long time ago? I would be interested to learn of other places that take donations. I am especially interested to find out if there are places that make the wigs for adults who have lost their hair.
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
17 Apr 07
No, you haven't stepped on my toes, and I'm glad you wrote this. I'm glad that you mentioned about getting free haircuts through the Locks of Love. I hadn't heard of this since I always have my sister cut my hair for me. I had just heard of the hair donation program so I had planned on sending my hair in to them myself. My discussion was written about a month ago. Locks of Love is mentioned in the original discussion, and there are links to a few more organizations listed in the comments. Here is the link to my discussion if are interested. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/865519.aspx
@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
15 Apr 07
This is a wonderful organization that helps to create hair pieces for children who have lost their hair from chemotherapy treatment. Having worked with kids who have lost their hair during their treatment, in a hospital setting, I have seen the results first hand. Anyone who does this really makes a difference to these young kids. This is a great thing for children to do for other children and all they have to do is grow their hair long enough to be cut. It's a beautiful gift from one person to another.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
thank you for sharing the prospect from the other side! from the recipients side, that is heartwarming. And thank you also for the work you do. It must be one of the most rewarding as well as heartbreaking jobs around.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I think this is such a great organization. Last year, I cut and donated 13 inches of my hair to them. There was only one salon that participates with them in my area, so I had a friend cut my hair for me. Then I went to the Locks of Love website and printed out the donation form and sent my contribution in.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
17 Apr 07
so you went the extra effort and sent it in yourself. KUDOs to you! I had to go 45 miles one way to the salon we chose to cut our hair. The one in town that would send it in said they were too booked up to take any new appts. We are able to do some shopping in the town 45 miles away so we made a day of it.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
17 Apr 07
Well, it was about time for me to get a haircut and I thought instead of just cutting and throwing it away, why not send it in to a worthy cause? Just because I didn't need or want it anymore, didn't mean there were others who couldn't use it.
• China
17 Apr 07
Does it have the branch in China? I want to donate my hair, but my hair is very short. Can it do? Another question, who monitor them? can you sure the donation will be used in proper way instead of business interests? I know, lots of sauce and painting are made from hair.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
17 Apr 07
Hi Xia. I am not sure if it is international, world wide, or not. Perhaps on the website you can find the necessary information. I do know that the hair must be cut in lengths of at least 10 inches, so no - the short hair won't do and will need to be grown out. I have never heard of sauces and paint being made from hair.
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I actually found out about locks of love years ago when one of the children I was working with in the hospital playroom was losing her hair. One of the nurses passed around a flyer in hopes that someone would donate. My hair was down to my tush and it was just about spring time so I was in need of a major hair cut. I was not planning on getting rid of that much of my hair but I figured it was going to a child in need so why not. I have since donated my hair 2 more times over the years and I have many friends that have done the same. I think it is wonderful thing and anyone who can donate should. Like you said a fresh new look can be a great thing, for you and to the child or children that get the donation.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
17 Apr 07
precisely, it is a win win situation all the way around. How wonderful that you were able to donate these 3 times. And everyone else that has donated, yay! thank you for your helps.
@mansha (6301)
• India
15 Apr 07
I had heard of this and didn't knew how to approach them. I would look if there is any such shop in my vicinity and get my hair cut there from this time. Mine are due. thanks for the link. I have heard there is a cloth bank too, do you know how can we send our clothes which are in good condition to them,I would love to donate a few of those too and even all my kids toys.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
17 Apr 07
fantastic! I hope you have as happy an experience as we did. I have not heard of the clothes bank before, and generally just donate to the local thrift shop/food pantry. I imagine they send off what they can not sell or donate locally.
• Philippines
15 Apr 07
Hey! that's cool. Maybe I can grow my hair and donate it when it is too long already. Will take note of the website you posted. Thanks. There is always room for charity =)
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Yay! a very good idea! thank you for bookmarking the website for a later date. kudos to you.
• United States
15 Apr 07
yes i have done that before and so has my dad. i did it when i was younger i had very long hair, past my butt and i am tall, as the same thing for my dad.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 Apr 07
great, I had not heard of a man donating before. I have teased my husband that he could donate his beard, it gets so long.
• United States
15 Apr 07
I have heard of this organization and have donated my hair to them on two respective occassions. When I am having a significant amount cut I go to my hairdresser and she takes care of it all. I have donated over 20 inches of hair so far...:}