Post # 1
It’s time I chopped off a good length of my hair. I figure I may as well do something with it.
It’s not coloured or permed. I think 12″ that many of the charities want is too much. It would be 6″ for sure, and maybe 8. It depends on how it’s measured, the back is probably longer than the sides.
I’m also not sure about mailing it internationally. I don’t care if charity doesn’t take it, I just figure someone should make use out of it whether or not I get any money. I will also check with my salon, just haven’t got to it yet.
Post # 3
@AB Bride: I think that the 12″ of hair is more usable for wigs and that’s why most charities ask for it. I would probably just call and ask if they could use the 6″ or 8″ donation for something.
Post # 4
@AB Bride: I believe Locks of Love will take shorter hair and sell it to help offset costs of making their hairpieces.
Post # 5
@LadyBear: Thanks! I’ll have to check with some of the charities I guess, along with my salon!
Post # 6
It’s really great that you are donating your hair, and with all donations I think you should be well educated about the charity to which you are donating.
Most people think that their hair that they donate to locks of love go directly into making a wig for a child with alopecia, but often times the hair is sold to overseas companies, and the money they make from selling your hair is then used to buy a wig. There are numerous articles that compare the number of donations LoL receives per year to their ridiculously low output of charity wigs, so it makes you wonder what they’re really doing wth all that hair. Also, locks of love does not give out free wigs, but rather wigs at a reduced cost to families.
Here is a very recent article about all this:
It just bums me out when people think they are doing such good (especially with something as transformative and emotional as cutting all your hair off!) and in reality their hair isn’t doing what they thought it would do, or go where it should.
The pantene beautiful lengths program is much more clear in where your hair goes when you donate it, and they provide more wigs, and free wigs, to people with cancer. Obviously, donate where you want, but many people don’t know what locks of love is really all about.
Post # 7
check out Pantene Beautiful Lengths. http://www.pantene.com/beautiful-lengths-cause/PanteneBeautifulLengthsDetails.aspx?id=pantene-pbl-faqs&lang=en-US
they do take international donations and I *think* they are one of the programs that does not charge the recipient for the wig.
Post # 8
Hm… I’m not sure what to do with hair now actually. During the BP oil spill I shaved my head and donated the clean, damaged hair (they specifically wanted damaged/porous hair because it soaks up oil) to make booms to help cleanup… now I’m like what does one do with hair when there’s no oil mess? Hahaha.
(Edit, I was shaving my head anyway, I’m not that much of a saint.)
Post # 9
I donated mine to Locks of Love about a year or so ago. They say 10″ minimum. I bet they would take an international donation, why not? I think you are doing a wonderful thing. Why not make good use out of what you would otherwise throw away!
Post # 10
I donated my hair to locks of love last year and yes it is a 10″ minimun for hair. Also its a great thing your considering doing.
Post # 11
@emstar168: Thanks! I tried looking into it yesterday, but I found 2 links that were broken. The one posted here works!
@MrsSmith13: I’m not really cutting my hair for charity. It’s just really long and is driving me nuts! Thanks though! I just figure if I would be getting a minimum of 6″ off something should be done with it!
Post # 12
@AB Bride: So true I am about to cut most of mine off to and I agree its to short for any wig and sucks to just waste it you know.
Post # 13
When I was in highschool, I donated 17″ to locks of love (with 5″ left over). I think their min is 10″, but maybe they will accept shorter lengths now. I haven’t donated hair since – my short hair turned into a curly Italian afro and I’ve stuck with long hair since then. Maybe I’ll donate again someday. Maybe.
It was a bit freaky to see my everyday hairstyle (my ponytail) lying on the radiator for a few days. Very unreal!
My advice to you is to braid your hair and fasten it with a scrunchie at both the top and the bottom of the braid before you cut it off (so that both ends of the cut ponytail are tied).
My hair was wet when cut, and we cut it in just a ponytail fastened at one end. It curled so much while we waited for it to dry (my hair is typically straight but curls in the summer and if I let it dry flat) that it became difficult to place in an envelope and mail later on. Plus, strands of hair kept falling out of the single scrunchie!
Oh and I would get tracking and insurance (can you insure hair? haha) on your package. It would be terrible if the post office lost that one!!
Locks of Love will mail you a “thank you” postcard in the mail about 3 months later. That’s it. It was a little anti-climatic (though I suppose everything is when you’re 14).
Post # 14
Make sure for a fact that the hairdresser sends it to where you want it to go. I donated 18in once and the girl sold it instead for about $1,000. Apparently true red never dyed hair is worth a pretty penny. I felt horrible about it. The last time I chopped that much, I Iiterally walked the chemo floor of the hospital and gave it to a girl waiting for her treatment. My sis was doing yreatments at the time and hair was always a topic of discussion.
Post # 15
Seems like you are leaning toward donation, so my comment is unnecessary, but I just wanted to say it might not be worth selling it. I sold 13″ of my hair on thehairtrader.com (which is mostly scams) during grad school because I needed money, and I got about $170 for it after lots of back and forth and dealing with sketchy people (there are a lot of hair fetishists out there). It wasn’t really worth it. For 6 or 8 inches, I’m not sure you would be able to sell or even donate it. Most people want 10 inches or more.
Post # 16
@AB Bride: You’re pretty close to having the donation length – could you stick it out for another few months? My coworker did, and managed to raise a fair bit of money for the Hair Massacure – http://hairmassacure.com/