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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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From:aislinggheal
Date:April 15th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
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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:

http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=longhair&keyword=Locks+of+Love&filter=all

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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