Saturday, February 26, 2011

Locks of Love

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Every quarter, I like to talk about something we can do to give back to our communities or people in general. This quarter, I am talking about Locks of Love.

I really like my hair. My hair and my eyes have been my favorite features of myself for as long as I can remember having a favorite feature. My hair has its issues, but overall, it is thick, curls well, has natural curl, and great natural body. I even once got a "Great Hair Award" in college (Holla Natalie!).

I always had rather long hair--it makes sense right? If you like it, keep a lot of it! I remember when I first heard of Locks of Love and thought, essentially, "Wow, that is really nice. I could never do that." 

One day, about four years ago, an 8 or 9 year old girl came to church with her hair super short. I found out she had donated her hair to Locks of Love. It got me thinking. If she can do it, I should do it. I should be less selfish than an 8 year old. 

And I did it! I chopped my hair off when Kaitlyn was six months old. I packaged it up and sent it off to Locks of Love. The photo above is actually me. How did I feel? Of course I felt happy! How did my hair fair? Well, guess what, it grew back! Then when McKenna was two months old, I chopped it off and did it all over again. I imagine I will continue that cycle. 

So what is Locks of Love? You can check it out at their website: http://www.locksoflove.org/ for full details. In short, they are a non-profit organization that has no political or religious affiliations. They give hair prosthetics to children under the age of 21 who have long-term hair loss for whatever reason.

There are several ways you can help Locks of Love. The first and most obvious is donate hair. Guidelines:
  • Hair can be color treated
  • Hair can be permed
  • Hair can have been cut off years ago so long as it has been stored in a ponytail or braid
  • Hair can NOT be bleached
  • Hair can be layered so long as the longest layer is 10 inches
  • Hair needs to be measured at least 10 inches from tip to tip--curly hair can be pulled straight to measure
  • Hair needs to be in a pony tail or braid. It cannot be swept off the floor or shaved off the head. It needs to be in a pony tail and cut above the elastic

You know what is sweet? Locks of Love estimates that 80% of the donations they receive are from children who want to help other children. 

You can also volunteer. If you live in Florida, you can donate time to the facility. If not, you can become a participating salon or host a Locks of Love event. See the website for more details on volunteering.

You can also contribute financially. 

You can see cute donor photos here: http://www.locksoflove.org/donor.html

And cute recipient photos here: http://www.locksoflove.org/recipient.html

Locks of Love is a great organization helping kids to have hair! They are giving me nothing for writing this and don't even know I am writing it. 

Another hair-donating group I know about is Pantene Beautiful Lengths. These donations go to making wigs for women with cancer. Requirements are similar, though the length is 8 inches instead of 10. See their website for more information.

And please, share your stories and photos of your own hair-donating experiences! Also, if you know of any other reputable hair-donating groups for great causes, please share that as well!



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7 comments:

serra said...

last time I cut my hair short the salon lady asked if I wanted to donate it to locks of love. I said sure, and they actually sent it off for me. So, you can do this without having to do anything except pay for the haircut! -- which you were doing anyway, right?

MA Mom said...

So glad you posted about Locks of Love! I've been growing/cutting my hair for the last 10 years and had the joy of sharing my auburn hair with them every other year. I'm hoping to donate enough to "complete" a wig in the next ten (it takes 10-15 ponytails to create).

JenD said...

Locks of Love is a great charity, so glad that you're supporting them! I don't know if this the right place, but I wanted to know if you've ever done a post on moving from a crib to a big bed. I am thinking of doing it soon with my son, almost 2, and wanted some tips... Thanks for all of your great posts, I recommend your blog to friends all the time.

Niamh said...

I donated a 12 inch ponytail to Pantene Beautiful lengths a few years ago. I've never had such short hair but it grew back fast. I want to do it again, but my hair has been a lot less healthy since I had my baby over a year ago. It's not as thick and doesn't grow as fast. :( Will that ever change?

Thanks for posting this! My boss got breast cancer and lost her hair and that is what prompted me to donate.

Becca said...

I was the same way. The first time I heard about it, I thought I could never do that! Now Locks of Love is the only change in hairstyle I ever make :) I grow it out, cut it short, grow it out, cut it short. My hair grows pretty fast, so it takes about a year and a half to get it long enough to cut again. It's even kinda fun to go from long to shorter hair over and over.

Kristi said...

I'm currently growing my hair out to donate! My husband wants to too, but I'm not sure I'm that selfless. :)

Plowmanators said...

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Niamh, I think for some women, hair changes will change again, but honestly, I think for most, the changes are permanent...at least until you have another child and new mysterious changes happen. The sacrifices we make... :)

lol Becca! I am the same way. Locks of Love is my key to changing hair style.

Kristi, I don't blame you :)

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