I have long, thick, beautiful hair that everyone always compliments, but it gives me headaches all the time. So I figured it was time for a change. I mean who wants headaches every day because of their hair? I had already promised my girls that I would donate my hair with them, only their hair was taking too long and my headaches were getting worse. I didn’t know many places that would take hair donations so I went with the only one I knew….. Locks of Love.
Instead of waiting any longer, I did something that no one thought I would do, or if they thought it they didn’t think I would cut my hair as short. I donated my long locks to Locks of Love. Truth is I have known plenty of people that have died of cancer. I also know one very amazing young woman that has battled Leukemia twice and went through chemotherapy and lost her hair. But to top it all off, late last year we got news that my own daughter my have a birthmark that contained cancer and we might have to go through it with her. This broke my heart in more ways than you can imagine, thankfully earlier this year she had the birthmark scraped from her head and they said it was benign. So together we agreed to donate our hair, I had always wanted to do it just never had but now I really wanted to do it.
See the hair? Wouldn’t that give you headaches? Leave it down and it gets pulled on everything, if you put it up in a pony tail it begins to hurt your head. No win.
On top of the wanting to do this I also NEEDED to have it cut off. See I have really thick hair, which also means when it is long it begins giving you headaches and back pain. Since I knew I had to cut it why not chop off 10″ and donate it to someone that can use my hair. No point in just tossing it all away. Take a peek at the pictures and watch as I chop it off.
If you are planning on cutting your hair and donating it to Locks of Love make sure to call first to see if they do it. Great Clips offers cutting your hair for free if you are donating to Locks of Love. They will also cut and style for $13 which I think it totally worth it.
Here are a few other places that do donate hair:
Children with Hair Loss: You are only required to have 8 inches of hair to donate. While they prefer hair that hasn’t been dyed or bleached they will take any hair in good condition.
Wigs for Kids: This one requires 12 inches of hair in order to donate. You may not have dyes, bleaches, chemicals or dreadlocks in your hair if you are donating.
Pantene Beautiful Lengths: The beauty of this one is it only takes 8 inches of hair to donate. If you don’t have that much hair but still want to donate they love $8 donations. No dyes, bleaches, chemicals and only allowed 5% of gray hair.
Locks for Love: You must have a minimum of 10 inches to donate. Most hair is accepted unless it has been bleached.
Have you ever donated your hair? Where did you donate? If you’d like I’d love to see before and after photos. (firstname.lastname@example.org)