Post # 1
Has anyone donated to Locks of Love before? I want to in August (I’m in a wedding and I want my hair long so I’ll be able to do more with it), but I’m not sure my hair is long enough because it’s naturally curly. I’m just wondering if I should have it straightened and then cut? Also, did you send it in yourself or did your salon do it?
Post # 3
@futuremrsndl: I’ve never donated but it looks like if you straight the hair (physically or I guess with a straigtener) it needs to be 10 inches:
- Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
- Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
- Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.
- Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable because it is not bundled in a ponytail or braid.
- Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off.
- We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
- Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.
- Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
- Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
- 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House
I have, twice. The salon sent it in for me both times. Call ahead and see if they will do it.
Post # 5
I’ve done it twice. One time the salon had a partnership with Locks of Love and they gave me a free haircut and sent the hair in for me. The second time it was a different salon that didn’t, and I sent it myself. Some salons have events where they give you a free haircut and send the hair in, but it’s only on certain dates during the year.
Post # 6
I have donated to Locks of Love and regretted it. They force their recipients to pay for their wigs. Most of the hair they recieve they sell.
Wigs for Kids give wigs away for free.
Post # 7
@Hyperventilate: + 1. I chose not to donate to locks of love for this reason. Pantene beautiful lengths also does not charge the recipient for wigs.
Post # 8
@futuremrsndl: I recommend Pantene Beautiful Lengths rather than Locks of Love. Beautiful Lengths actually donates all of their wigs, and they’re specifically for women with cancer (Locks of Love sells wigs…). It’s a really great program. My former high school partners with them and does an assembly each year where students, staff and alumni come together and donate their hair. I actually donated in January, and I think something like 150 people donated.
You actually only need 8 inches for Pantene, and curls can be straightened. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I’ve donated twice. It’s a really awesome thing to do!
Post # 9
@emstar168: ah, that was the other one I was trying to find. I couldn’t remember the name for the life of me. Thank you.
Post # 10
@emstar168: This! Do not donate through Locks of Love.
Post # 11
@futuremrsndl: I considered Locks of Love when I donated my hair. I decided to donate, instead, to Wigs for Kids. I found that when I researched it they use their donations (both monetary and hair) in a more efficient way.
Post # 12
@futuremrsndl: in case you didn’t m ow, locks of love has been caught in a lot of scandals recently with actually selling the hair for wigs n such. I’m about to chop my hair and donate it to wigs for kids. It all goes to children with cancer/permanent hair loss.
Post # 13
I agree with PP that recommended Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Unlike Locks of Love that charges for their pieces, Pantene donates their pieces to women who lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Something also worth mentioning is that majority of Locks of Love pieces do not go toward cancer patients rather than children suffering from alopecia. Lastly, Pantene only requires 8 inches vs LOL’s 10 inches.
I’ve donated to Pantene twice and LOL once (the first time). I’m planning on chopping off my hair for Pantene once the wedding is over in February.