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April 15th, 2009

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07:56 am - Getting a haircut
So, it's time: I'm planning to donate my hair to someplace that makes wigs for kids who have cancer and thus have no hair of their own.

That said, I need some help:

If you have any experience with the various hair-donation organizations, I'd like to hear about it.

At the moment, my hair is between 10 and 11 inches long from the point where I can gather it into a ponytail. I don't know when I'll actually get it cut, but it'll likely be sometime in the next month, so it may get a bit longer to cover for "split ends" which some people like to point out but I simply cannot see (I think my hair is nice and healthy, thankyouverymuch). The hair isn't graying even a little, and has never, ever been dyed.

So, knowing nothing abut hair donation (or even long hair in general. . . you should see me trying to figure out what to do with it in the morning. . . it's a comedy sketch gone wrong), I turn to you guys.

Anything you might know about various Orgs, experiences you may have had, etc. Fire away? I could use the help here. I'm actually pretty lost on where to begin. I also don't know if I need to make an appointment through an Org or through a "supporting" stylist. I don't even know what Orgs are out there!
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Date:April 15th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Locks of Love is all I've ever had experience with:


Sounds like you're a good candidate for donation.
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Date:April 15th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
There's some controversy surrounding LOL (like the hair going to alopecia sufferers, not cancer victims, not that they don't need hair too), and they do not meet all of the BBBs standards for Charity Accountability. I'd do some more research. This is all stuff I've heard via being on the long hair community, so I don't have links or anything other than what I found on wiki.
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Date:April 15th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
The longhair community here on LJ has a lot of people who are very knowledgeable about hair donation. Their memories section has a bunch of posts about Locks of Love and also alternative donation options:


I know pantene has a program called beautiful lengths, and there's one called Wigs for Kids.

The program that makes hair mats to clean up oil spills is here: http://www.matteroftrust.org/programs/hairmatsinfo.html
It's a good option if your hair doesn't meet the guidelines for wig making. They prefer to receive big boxes of hair from salons, so I plan to take their info to my hair salon next time I get a cut. They also take clean pet hair!
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Date:April 15th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Locks does work with alopecia sufferers and not cancer victims although they do help the families out. I donated mine to Locks when I did my oath back in the fall. As long as it is a minimum of 10 inches from the elastic they are good with it, you dont even have to go to a supporting salon with them which works out well.
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Date:April 15th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Date:April 15th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Process-wise, I went to my stylist and announced I was donating my hair (about 18") to Locks of Love. I'd printed the form and broughts a plastic bag, but the salon actually bagged and mailed it for me, because they keep the supplies around. They also "donated" the cost of the haircut, so I didn't end up paying for that, either.

However you approach it, with whichever organization, I hope it's joyful and bureaucratically uncomplicated for you!
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Date:April 15th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I had a good experience with Locks of Love when I donated my hair before receiving chemo. I can't remember the name of the salon I went to; it was in Grandview on Granview Ave. between the ice cream place and the coffee shop. :-) I'll try to figure out what it's called and get back to you.

I've read the arguments against Locks of Love and am not convinced. They fall under three categories:

1) Locks of Love does not help cancer patients.

Locks of Love is a charity that provides wigs for children with medical hair loss on a sliding scale to make the wigs affordable. Most of the children have auto-immune disorders (such as alopacia); some do have cancer. It didn't bother me that the children I helped may have had a different disease than I did. The organization is very upfront about their mission.

2) Locks of Love uses donated hair to make wigs to sell for a profit.

Wig-making and wig distribution are shockingly expensive. Hair deemed unsuitable for wigs for children (such as grey hair) is used to make wigs for adult purchase (for example, adult cancer patients.) The proceeds go to funding the making and distributing of wigs for children. Again, the organization is upfront about this, and it didn't bother me.

3) Locks of Love violates Better Business Bureau standards.

BBB has about 20 criteria that organizations must meet to qualify for non-profit status. In 2002 (I think), it found LoL in violation of one of them (I think having to do with reporting.) In other words, LoL met the other 19 criteria. It wasn't enough to make me think the organization is corrupt, but you'll need to make up your own mind about that.

By the way, I think it's pretty cool that you're donating your hair.
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Date:April 16th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I like these folks better than locks of love. They were created by the company Pantene but are, you know, A real charity. http://www.beautifullengths.com/en_US/index_home.jsp

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