April 15th, 2009
|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!
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: curious
Current Music: "Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season", - JB
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.