Why I Donate to Locks of Love
Who knew that getting a haircut could help others?
Most people have heard of Locks for Love, the public, non-profit organization that provides wigs for disadvantaged children who are younger than 18 and who have been diagnosed with a long-term illness that causes hair loss, such as alopecia areata. The purpose of Locks of Love is to help restore self-esteem and confidence in life.
Women and men alike may donate hair for these children, and even other kids can do so. However, it's often off-putting to many to grow out your hair and then cut most of it off; such a move can be too drastic all at once.
I've only done it once, but now I'm trying to do it every four years (that's about how long it takes for me to grow my hair out enough to have the minimum required length of 10 inches. I think it's a great way to help others; to you it may just be hair, but to them it can be what they need to succeed and progress.
There are a few guidelines to meet and keep in mind when donating your hair:
- Anyone can cut your hair just so long as it meets the guidelines. (My first-year college roommate cut my hair!)
- Colored, treated or permed hair is ok. However, bleached hair is not.
- Dreadlocks are not accepted.
- Hair doesn't have to have just been cut to donate it.
- Please don't get hair from the ground!
- Make sure the hair is in a ponytail or braid when sent.
- Don't send synthetic hair, or hair with extensions in it.
- If your hair is layered, the shortest pieces must be at least 10 inches long.
- If your hair is curly or wavy, you can pull it straight to measure 10 inches.
- Shorter hair in layers, and gray hair will be sold to offset manufacturing costs.
Mail your hair to 2925 10th Avenue N Suite 102 Lake Worth, FL 33461-3099 (make sure to use the whole zip code!) and fill out a hair donation form to get a thank-you card within 90 days of sending your hair.
I think people with long hair should seriously consider donating to Locks of Love. Even middle schoolers do it frequently. You may love your long hair, but think of it this way: you can always grow it out, but the poorer, sick children can't.
Locks of Love
- Locks of Love Hair Donation Form
Fill this out when sending in your hair.
- Locks of Love helps disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss