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How to Donate Your Hair

Updated on March 13, 2016

Hair donation organizations and tips

There's been a lot of publicity over the past few years related to hair donation, including Hillary Swank's highly public hair cut on Oprah and Penn Jillette's pony-tail chopping. Before you take the plunge and donate your hair, however, make sure you do your homework in choosing a charity, take great care of your hair and have lots of patience!! Hair only grows about half an inch a month, so it takes a while to get those eight-12 inches needed to donate.

I decided to grow my hair out to donate to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program myself. Forty was approaching and the plan was to chop my hair off when I hit that milestone. (First time was Memorial Day weekend 2009! Love my new do!) The program appeals to me because it gives away the hairpieces, and it's the only one I've found that supports adult women. (Of which I am one!) But my sister-in-law and nieces made donations to Locks of Love with their church. You have to pick the one that speaks to you.

On the pages of this site, you'll find a list of charities that accept donated hair, tips on growing your hair out, resources for choosing that new hairdo and more!

Hair Donation in Three Steps

It's just that simple to donate your hair

This lens has a lot of information related to donating hair, but the whole process boils down to three easy steps:

Hair Donation: Step One

Choose your charity to donate your hair to. You'll find a lot of options and you might pick based on who the charity helps. Or just on the amount of hair you have to give. But do your homework and choose wisely, based on why you want to donate.

Hair Donation: Step Two

Grow your hair to the required length. This means taking care of your hair and yourself so it's as healthy as possible. Remember, hair only grows about half an inch a month, so this is quite a commitment!

Hair Donation: Step Three

Make the cut!! You can do it at home or have your stylist do it for you. Just be sure to follow all the directions given by your chosen charity. If you don't, they might not be able to use it and all your hard work (and heart) will have been for nothing.

Made the cut May 24! Looking forward to enjoying short hair for the summer!

Made the cut May 24! Looking forward to enjoying short hair for the summer!
Made the cut May 24! Looking forward to enjoying short hair for the summer!

Do You Really Want to Donate? - Make sure you're ready before you step up to the scissors!!

Hair is something both personal and emotional for many of us. Which explains why charities that give or discount wigs for children and adults who lose their hair because of cancer and other disease have such appeal. But make sure you're giving up your hair for the right reasons and to the right place to make those reasons valid.

Once you're sure you want to donate your hair, do your homework. Make sure you understand how the hair will be used, who will benefit and the requirements for making a donation. This is a big decision and you don't want to have donor's remorse later. And don't let anyone pressure you into cutting your hair if you change your mind. You'll find many of the organizations will be just as happy with your check as your hair (if not happier!).

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Hair Donation: Step One - Choose a group to give to and learn the guidelines

You probably have some specific and personal reasons for wanting to donate your hair. Maybe you had a relative with cancer and got to see first hand the personal side to hair loss. Maybe you are just planning to make a big style change and want your hair to do something better than take up space in the trash. Whatever your reason, step one in making that donation is deciding where to donate.

There are several organizations that take donated hair. Most use the hair to make wigs for children with some sort of hair loss, although there is one group that gives to adults and another that uses hair for mats rather than wigs. Make sure you do your homework on any organization before making a decision. Check to make sure their mission resonates with your personal reasons for wanting give.

Once you've decided what group you want to give to, check their guidelines to make sure your hair's long enough and that it's in appropriate condition to donate. This is critical to make sure your donation is usable.

Pantene beautiful lengths hair donation program
Pantene beautiful lengths hair donation program

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Pantene Beautiful Lengths was created to bring people together to share their strength and donate their beautiful, healthy hair to create free wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

The Entertainment Industry Foundation and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to distribute the Pantene Beautiful Lengths real-hair wigs for cancer patients around the nation. While this program aims to assist as many cancer patients as possible, ultimately the number of free wigs that become available will depend entirely on the number of ponytail donations received.

As Pantene Beautiful Lengths wigs are created, they are distributed for free through select American Cancer Society wig banks across the country.

Benefits: Women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment

Donation Guidelines:

  • Minimum of 8 inches long
  • Wavy/curly hair texture is fine-you may straighten hair to measure
  • Hair should be freshly washed and completely dry, without any styling products
  • Hair may be colored with vegetable dyes, rinses and semi-permanent dyes. It cannot be bleached, permanently colored or chemically treated
  • Hair may not be more than 5 percent gray

More information:

Wigs for Kids hair donation program
Wigs for Kids hair donation program

Wigs for Kids

Wigs for Kids

Since the organization began, Wigs for Kids has provided thousands of children with complimentary, custom-made hairpieces to help them look themselves, so they can enter back into the world without the ridicule and embarrassment associated with hair loss.

Benefits: Children who have lost hair as a result of chemotherapy, radiation treatments, alopecia, burns, or other medical circumstances

Donation Guidelines

  • Hair must be clean and dry.
  • Hair that has been cut and saved is suitable for donations.
  • Requested minimum length of hair donation is 12+ inches. (Pull curly hair straight to measure.) They will accept ponytails as short as 10 inches but definitely nothing shorter.
  • Gray hair is acceptable, but hair that has been chemically processed - permed, colored or highlighted - is not

More information on their website:

One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime and nearly 60% of women regard hair loss as the single worst side effect of cancer treatment.

Locks of Love hair donation program
Locks of Love hair donation program

Locks of Love

Locks of Love

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Benefits: Financially disadvantaged children 18 and younger with medical hair loss

Donation Guidelines:

  • Hair must be at least 10 inches (preferably 12") in length
  • Hair must be free of bleach. Colored hair and permed is acceptable.
  • Hair must be clean and dry
  • 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.
  • Cannot accept dreadlocks. 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.
  • Gray hair will be accepted and sold to offset the manufacturing costs.

More information:

Children with Hair Loss

Children with Hair Loss

Created as a resource for all children who have medically related hair loss. Mission is to empower these children to become whole again by making hair available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need.

Benefits: Children under age 21 experiencing hair loss due to a documented medical condition

Donation Guidelines:

  • Hair should be at least 8 inches in length; longer is preferred.
  • Hair must be clean and pony-tailed or braided (this keeps the hair in one direction).
  • Non-chemically treated hair is preferred (but any hair in good condition will be accepted).
  • Gray hair is accepted.

More information:

There are more than 370,000 hair salons in the US and each cut about one pound of hair a day!

Childhood Leukemia Foundation hair donation program
Childhood Leukemia Foundation hair donation program

Childhood Leukemia Foundation

Childhood Leukemia Foundation

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national non-profit organization that offers a wide range of services at no charge to children living with cancer and their families. Our goal is to make sure children battling cancer know they are not alone.

CLF provides thousands of custom made, 100% human hair wigs with kid-friendly hats (Hugs-U-Wear) to children around the country. Each custom-made hat/hair headpiece costs $150, an expense many families strapped by ongoing cancer-care cannot afford and which isn't covered by insurance.

Benefits: Girls who have suffered hair loss due to a variety of cancer treatments

Donation Guidelines

  • At least 12" in length (curly hair can be pulled straight to measure 12")
  • Chemically untreated from permanents or hair dye.
  • Do not accept gray hair (not suitable for children)

Angel Hair for Kids

Angel Hair for Kids

This organization is focused on kids in Canada and is a program of A Child's Voice Foundation there. They budget $800-$1000 to cover manufacturing and related costs for each hairpiece, so encourage cash donations as well as hair.

Don't confuse this one with the Angel Hair Foundation (listed below), which is solely focused on the state of Oregon. I found searching for info the Canada group that the Oregon group came up a lot in the results.

Benefits: Financially disadvantaged children in Canada who have lost hair due to a variety of medical conditions or treatments

Donation Guidelines

Wig Fund hair donation program
Wig Fund hair donation program

Wig Fund

Wig Fund

Wig Fund is quite a bit different from the other hair donation organizations, so make sure you understand just what you're giving to here. Rather than a non-profit that takes the hair to make wigs for random people, with Wig Fund, you're giving your hair (or money) to a specific individual.

There weren't a lot of funds set up when I went to take a peek, but note that there was one that was taking gray hair for donation. Many of the funds seem to be looking for cash rather than hair, but you might find a person you'd like to send your hair too if you poke around. This is definitely the way to go if you want to give your hair to a family member or just know exactly who is getting your hair.

The hair is collected by a wig maker, which then makes a custom wig for the recipient.

Benefits: Any individual who sets up a fund to accept donations of hair and cash to get a wig

Donation Guidelines

  • Only guidelines I could find related to selling your hair to the wig maker
  • Some funds listed specifics for their hair donations

Regional and International Organizations

In doing some searching, I did find a lot of organizations that accept hair donations outside the US or for specific regions. I've listed some of the ones I've found here for your information. As always, pay close attention to the details of how they use the hair and who gets the hairpieces.

Freedom Wigs

  • Location: New Zealand
  • They will pay you for your hair or you can donate money.
  • Hair must be over 14" to sell. Less than 14" can be donated
  • Wigs are sold at subsidized rates in New Zealand and around the world via independent resellers.

Little Princess Trust

  • Location: UK and Ireland
  • Specify that they do wigs for boys and girls
  • They accept hair that normally can't be donated, but note that the hair doesn't necessarily end up in a wig. All donated hair is sent to China to be made into wigs, just not necessarily wigs for the trust. The trust receives wigs back in payment for the hair.
  • Wigs are provided for free to children.

One Wig Stand

  • Location: Lebannon
  • Accept a little gray, but standards for donation are typical for other donations.
  • Group is involved in education for women on breast cancer
  • Specifically focused on adult women

Angel Hair Foundation

  • Location: Oregon, USA
  • Focused on hairpieces for kids in oregon
  • They do accept gray hair
  • Prefer hair to be non-chemically treated, but will take any hair in good condition.
  • Minimum of 12" or longer is preferred.

Why Gray, Treated or Dyed Hair Is Usually Not Accepted

It takes at least six ponytails and up to 20 ponytails to make a wig. Ponytails come from different people and are a variety of shades, and even though some hair colors may look similar, including gray hair, each is completely unique. To make a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color throughout, donated ponytails must be processed and then dyed to the same shade. This is a large part of why few organizations accept gray or chemically treated hair. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create wigs of consistent, natural-looking color. Gray hair, as well as some chemically treated or permanently colored hair, does not absorb dye at the same rate as other types of hair. It is much harder to color and, once colored, fades more quickly. Most permanently colored hair, once it is processed and re-colored, is too fragile and breakable under the rigorous processing required during the production of a wig.

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Hair Donation: Step Two

Grow your hair long and strong - You want it the best it can be to donate

You don't want your donation to go to waste, so make sure you put the time and effort into taking care of your hair as it grows out. Keep in mind any requirements your chosen charity might have in terms of chemical treatments (perms, haircolor, etc.) as well as the length to shoot for.

Key things to remember:

  • Heat is the enemy!! This means blow-dryers, curling irons, straighteners, hot water even. Now, I still wash with warm water (who wants to take a cold shower!), but avoid all other heat sources. I just wash at night now and let it air dry. It's made a huge difference in the health of my hair as it's grown.
  • Consider using a special deep conditioner once a week. I've never liked the hot oil treatments that much. I used the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask for a few months and loved it, then switched to one from Pantene. It takes a long time to use up one of these tubs! I think I had fewer split ends with the Neutrogena product, so I'd definitely recommend it. There are lots of options for deep treatments, though.
  • Careful with the hair products!! Most of them contain alcohol, which is really drying. Unless you desperately need them to keep your hair from becoming just crazy, go lightly here.
  • For some people, it is possible that areas of your life such as diet, exercise, hours of sleep, and stress affect hair growth. Healthy habits will promote healthy hair!
  • Yes, what you eat can impact how your hair grows. In addition to my regular vitamins, I've been talking extra doses of biotin. Check out the link below for more on the special hair vitamins out on the market.

Hair Donation: Hair Care Aware

Get some help from the experts to grow your hair out in top condition.

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Hair Donation: Step Three

Time to make the cut

Lucky you!! You get to try a new hairstyle! Review the guidelines for your chosen charity, then head for the salon. Or, you can just grab a friend and make the donation cut at home yourself.

  • Ask if your salon gives free haircuts when you're ready to donate. Some organizations keep lists of participating salons on their websites.
  • Know how much you want to cut (and keep in mind how much will be left once you've cut enough for the donation).
  • Discuss your new style options with your stylist before he/she starts cutting. Your new dream hairdo might not be possible once you cut off enough to donate or you might need to leave some parts longer than others to make the new look happen.
  • Hair should be freshly washed and completely dry. Do not put any styling products into your hair before cutting it.
  • Gather your hair into a ponytail. Secure the ponytail with an elastic band. Ensure that the band is tight so as to keep the hair together after cutting it. You can put a second hair band around the middle of the ponytail to help keep the hair together.
  • Measure your hair from just above the elastic ponytail to the ends to determine if your hair meets the donation agency's requirements. If you have wavy or curly hair, you may straighten it first before measuring.
  • If your hair is layered, separate each layer into its own ponytail. It is okay to submit multiple ponytails of different lengths.
  • Follow the mailing instructions of the organization you have chosen to donate to. Be sure to include a piece of paper with your name, address, and phone number so that you can be contacted should there be any questions about the condition of your hair.

Bald and Bold

Turning Heads: Portraits of Grace, Inspiration, and Possibilities
Turning Heads: Portraits of Grace, Inspiration, and Possibilities

You'll note that most of the organizations giving away hairpieces are geared toward children and for good reason. It's just so much harder to be "different" when you're a child. While it is difficult for women to lose their hair - one of their most feminine traits - at a time when they might also be losing their breasts, there is a growing Bald is Beautiful movement. This book highlights some gorgeous women who have embraced their baldness rather than cover it.

 

Thoughts on this lens? Questions? Planning to donate your hair or have you done it in the past? Let's hear from you!

Most of the answers to your questions are on this site. Check the links above or any of the previous questions to see if it's been answered already. Thanks!

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      jammer430 2 years ago

      I donated back in '02 and sent it to Locks of Love . I was gave about 12 in. Am about ready to do it again because my hair is below my knees. It's hard to brush it this long.

      Thanks for the update! It may be just the thing to get me going!!

      Hope they have salons close to where I live.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Very thoughtful and informative lens, SusanVillasLewis, that does a good job about raising awareness. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      bunkerful lm 3 years ago

      Great causes here. Thank you for the list of organizations. I had no idea there were so many to choose from :)

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      Belva Boggs 3 years ago

      I am a licensed cosmetologist and used to work in the shop, but now I am a stay-at-home mother and writer. I used to get so emotional when someone would come in to donate their hair. It may not mean a lot to the person giving it, but it sure does to the person receiving it! Thanks for this lens.

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      techgadgeteer 3 years ago

      Great lens. I am thinking of donating my hair when it reaches a good length. This lens is very inspiring.

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      My mom donated her hair after her stroke. She had long hair too, went all the way down to her thighs. I am certain it was enough to help many children.

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      Marcel White 3 years ago

      Doing good is fine but inspiring many others to do, is still better. Congratulations.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      If my hair weren't gray I think that I might donate it after reading this lens. My brother grows his hair very long to donate regularly. In ancient Egypt it was the custom for teen aged girls to sell their hair for wig making, then to donate the profit to the cause of their choice. The popular cause back then to donate to was wildlife protection & conservation.

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      BlowDryBar 3 years ago

      I love this. I haven't donated my hair in a several years but I think you've inspired me to grow it out to donate again!

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      bluelily lm 3 years ago

      Here in India people from different walks of life donates or offers their hair at Trirupati Balaji once their prayed is answered.

      These human hair are also used make large size mats to extraxt oil from sea due to spillage.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      A great lens; and it's the first I'm hearing about hair donation. Thanks for sharing.

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      asmond5 3 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. Hate to say it but I had never heard of donating hair before. It does seem like a great way to help cancer survivors. I had bladder cancer myself. I was lucky tho the treatment they were able to give me didn't cause any hair loss but I can tell you the first thought that went through my mind when I was told I had cancer was "will I lose my hair?" so I can certainly relate to the subject.

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      warhistory 3 years ago

      Amazing!

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      nicolekato 3 years ago

      This is excellent. I donate my hair to Locks of Love, and it feels so good to be able to give back. Not to mention having long hair tends to make my neck really hot.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I'm supposed to donate my hair after my friend's wedding in two weeks and I can't wait!! This will be the first time my hair has been long enough to donate since middle school!

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      clevergirlname 3 years ago

      I grew my hair down to my butt then cut it up to above the shoulders. I took good care and didn't subject it to dyes or heat. I donated it and felt wonderful about it!

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      carol2 3 years ago

      After my son got a childhood cancer my daughters donated their hair to Locks of Love. My youngest donated a second time after her hair grew out, and I think she's planning to continue donating as often as she can. She was only 10 years old the first time she donated. It's a great way to help those going through chemo.

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      Susan 3 years ago from Texas

      @Joy2013 LM: I'm not aware of any specific charities in France that accept hair. There are a couple in the UK I have on this page, but I haven't spent much time looking for groups outside the US. Most of the ones I know about I just stumbled across.

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      erbeaz 3 years ago

      I'd love to donate my hair, but alas, I'm pretty grey now.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I was diagnosed with renal cancer in Oct 2012. My treatment req'd removal of 1/3 of my only kidney...but I did not require chemo, which means I got to keep my hair. When I meet the requirements, I will have a donation so that at least one person who DID lose their hair to treatment can get a wig...I was lucky so I must give back, only fair!

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      GrimRascal 3 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      I find hair donating weird. hehe.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I know an husband/wife team that both donated their hair. He explained to his employer what her was doing, and they let him grow is hair long for this project.

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      Haha, I doubt my hair could be donated. But thanks for the lens, I've been trying to get a lot of my friends to donate their hair

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      Dawn 4 years ago

      I am waiting until after winter to get my hair cut for locks of love charity. So far, it is to my waist.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. Truly amazing work going on which until I read this lens I knew nothing about!

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Hair is thrown out if it can't be used in some way. That means it either doesn't comply with the guidelines (not long enough, bleached, etc.) so it can't be used in hairpieces. I have read that some of the groups will sell hair that doesn't meet their guidelines but is acceptable to a general wig maker in some way.

      Most of the charities send out thank you letters, but there is no way to show your actual hair in an actual hairpiece, so they do not send you that kind of info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm cutting my hair today at 12 pm I'm been nervous I haven't cut it in over 2 years!! It's down past my butt lol.. I want a charity that shows your hair was actually used. I heard most of the time your hair gets thrown out and I want to make sure my hair is actually being used. Does anyone have any information on that?

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Great lens. I heard today in the news about in SA that they're literally robbing and stealing people's dreadlocks - so in light of that, this page is a very positive contrast!

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      miller83 4 years ago

      Never knew hair donation existed. What a great concept. Love the lens.

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      john9229 4 years ago

      Seriously, I do not know that hair can be donated. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: You can donate it to any of the organizations on this page. They're all national, though, so you'd have to mail the hair. There are the odd regional organizations like the one mentioned above in Oregon and I ran across one in Ohio once as well. But this isn't the kind of thing that tends to be locally done. Your best bet might be to contact your area children's hospital or an area oncologist to see if they know of anything in the area.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Where can I donate my hair? I live in Phoenix Arizona, is there a places where I can donate it in my location?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've been working on this endeavor for over two years now... first year plus to grow out the foiled color and get it all trimmed off, then to get more than the required length... I am doing this and donating to Beautiful Lenghts in remembrance of my best friend in college who suffered w/cancer for many years before finally being taken by it. Her name was Darla Rothacher Purl. So all of you out there who are struggling with this, know that it will be worth it and may just be the thing that brings comfort to a cancer patient. My cut comes this friday, 1/4/13. And good luck to all!!

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      chas65 4 years ago

      I so much admire those that make such sacrifices for the benefit of others. Most of us guys my age barely have enough hair for ourselves and fading fast. But I know how devastating it is for ladies of all ages to lose their hair.

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      xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

      Nice way of making your hair usable!

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: As far as I can tell, Locks of Love is the only one that charges ever and it does it on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. (They do also give some away for free.) The rest of the ones I have listed here give all their wigs away free.

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: It doesn't need to be in a braid to send it in to donate. Just bundled like a ponytail as opposed to a big tangled pile. (If you've got a big pile and not a ponytail, I'm not sure it's worth the time to pull all the hairs out into a neat line, then put on a rubber band to keep it from getting tangled.)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I cut my hair, but now it's in a huge bundle and I don't know how to pull it out to braid it, help?

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      webgal 4 years ago

      wish i could, but i swim and i'm a curlytop. good luck to you all!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      What a wonderful cause! Awesome lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Do any of these organizations give the wigs they make away for free? My dad is looking to donate his hair, and he'd like to make sure that who ever gets his hair doesn't have to pay for it.

      Thanks!

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      What a wonderful cause, blessed.

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      Didijudy 4 years ago from Canada

      What an awesome lens. Wish I'd have long hair to donate. It's such a good cause! Great job!

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      PiccadillyPunkin 4 years ago

      What a REALLY neat lens! I wish I had come across this before I cut my hair a few months ago. I considered donating my hair, but it just just a little too short...now I wish I had waited and grown it longer so I could donate!

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      dodgecommander 4 years ago

      nice lens, wish i have a long hair :)

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Chemically or just with a flat iron? A lot of places actually straighten your hair out either with a flat iron or by blow dry styling so you get a better idea of just how much hair is being cut, so that's fine. But chemical straightening wouldn't be.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can I cut my hair today if it is currently straightened?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i think donating my hair is a great idea because it helps kids with cancer and it makes them feel more enthusiastic about going out

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My hair is so long, never bleach, perm - coloured done any thing before very silky no split ends. Always take very good care all of my life I am over 50 Indian my hair colour is dark brown I am so please to give as donation my hair I hope is going to be useful for somebody.

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: I'm not as familiar with henna, but I'm assuming it doesn't color with a chemical process? In which case, I would think that would be OK. (My hair is a shade of turquoise right now, but it's not a chemical color, so it washes out and can be dyed over so I know that would be fine.)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have used henna in my hair for several years...will my hair be okay to donate?

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: As long as the hair you send is healthy and not bleached, it should be fine. Doesn't matter what the hair left on your head looks like! :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: im in new zealand and there are a couple here that take grey hair.maybe if you were that keen you could send it to the orginisations in new zealand!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can I donate part of my hair? I have bleached the crown of my hair. But everything else is natural.

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Yes - as long as it's been cut out and what you're left with to donate is virgin hair, you're good.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have bleach in my hair right now, but I'd like to donate my hair once I cut it out and grow my hair to the appropriate length. Is that allowed?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well, I have grey hair would like to donate it cancer wigs. Surely there is an easier way to bring in grey hair and make wigs. Grey is naturally not all one color. Many cancer victims are grey haired. I want to grow mine out, it is 4" now and donate it.

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      SherriDW 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens. I've had a few close relatives that have both donated and received hair. I think it's great.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Lewister: I have to agree Susan. How do we tell if our hair is only 5% gray? Mine's about 7-8 inches (depending on whose measuring, and only the top areas of my head seem to be starting gray. Too many of my friends have had chemo (in their 50's) and wouldn't mind gray hair.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my hairs are very short and not so strong i will do something to donate them thanks for the lens

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Do you mean where can you get it cut for donation? Or is there an organization in the Austin area that takes donated hair?

      For the first, anyone can cut your hair to donate. Just look below for the directions and you could pull a stranger off the street to it. Not much to it. As to organizations, I don't know of any local ones - just the national ones listed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Where can I donate my hair here in Austin somebody know or i

      n san marcos

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thank you for this great lens about donating your hair - my wife donated fourteen inches this spring to the "Pantene Beautiful Lengths" program to create free wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

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      pearls2cents lm 4 years ago

      This is a very nice lens...it got me thinking. I have been growing out my hair for about a year and was thinking of cutting it. But now I want to grow it out more so I can donate it. Thanks!

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: I'd be more interested in what Charity Navigator has to say than the BBB in this case. And, given that people are donating hair - which costs them nothing - rather than money, I'm not sure even that would be relevant. I want to know my money is being used wisely; the hair was just going to get tossed anyway.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A lot of these charities have no or poor reviews by the Better Business Bureau. :/

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: True. But with the exception of the Pantene program, the rest of these are making hairpieces for _kids_. Who don't need or want to have one with gray hair. The donated hair is frequently dyed to get the entire hair piece the same color and gray hair doesn't take color the same way the rest of the hair does, which is also why most won't accept it.

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      thegrayrabbit 4 years ago

      I get teary eyed every time I think how strong these people are both the givers and receivers. Inspirational lens and reminded me of how thankful I am.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am in agreement that more places need to accept gray or graying hair. Women are more 'into' (if you will) the fact that gray hair is okay now...I guess you could say it's 'in'...So, we need more gray wig or hairpiece options out there. For those of us who wish to donate, our options are limited at this point in time, which I don't mind, as long as I know there is someone going to be able to use it. I know Locks of Love uses gray hair to cover manufacturing costs and that's all well and good, but we need the hairpieces and wigs as well for those who are going through the chemo and losing their gray hair and don't want a brown, blonde, brunette or black wig!!! :)

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      kgdunst 4 years ago

      This is a real hair donation. It would be a great idea to introduce this to the parents society club in the schools.

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      AS soon as I have the money for a cut, I'm going to donate probably to Locks to love. But if my salon kows which needs it more, I'll let them know that one.

      Imight have to wait a couple more years as not only do I have to have the 12" but I want extra so I don't get Hair cut shock!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Nice lens, I'm seriously thinking about donating to locks of love, but I'm stuck on deciding to cut it.

      TonyB

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      ToneyWernsman 4 years ago

      Nice lens... if it makes a difference in even one person's life, you've done a very good thing! :)

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      KarlHarer 4 years ago

      Great informative lens!

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      PhilipFowles 4 years ago

      Well I don't have much hair to donate, but I'll definitely tell my girlfriend about this. Thanks for the cool lens! :)

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      Josavich LM 4 years ago

      Lots of good info here. My wife cuts hair for a living and has had many people donate their hair over the years.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      It's a very inspiring and lovely lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice Lens. My hairs are not good enough to donate thanks for motivating. And i prefer donating human body parts.

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      t2000q 4 years ago

      I did this about 4 years ago in honor of my grandmother who died of cancer, was great to be able to pitch in to help others.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @jazziyarbrough: actually, Locks of love will take colored hair, as long as it is not bleached

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      CarlynMitri 4 years ago

      Dang... I should've been donating my hair this whole time! Well at least I know now!

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      unqedomain 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this information , I really appreciate it!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Wigs for Kids DOES accept grey hair. There's a link above. Good luck!! I have two little girls who want drastic hair cuts so I'm trying to figure out where to donate and how much they actually take off to be able to!

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      Tas3000 4 years ago

      I can imaginE that losing your hair as a child would be a nightmare. Sign me up!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning to cheer on those thinking of donating their hair, what a wonderful act of generosity!

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      fathomblueEG 4 years ago

      I am proud to say I donated my very long red hair to locks of love this past June. It was a very wonderful feeling to help others out there that enduring without the simplest dignity they deserve. Donate today if you haven't already:-)

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      Danielle 4 years ago from Australia

      What a lovely lens! I had no idea that hair donating was out there.

      Thank you for promoting awareness about this. I would be devastated if I lost my hair, it would be a beautiful gift to give to somebody.

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      lezsaysit lm 4 years ago

      Touching and useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      lovetolink 4 years ago

      My daughter has also donated her hair twice. Proud mom :)

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      Onemargaret LM 4 years ago

      We donate kidneys, livers, and more. Why not donate hair? Love your lens.

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      vivamywedding 4 years ago

      I never knew that donating your hair could help many worthly causes. Will look into it. Thanks for the very detailed info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughter has donated her hair twice already and we are planning our third trip to the salon. I am so proud of you Emma.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree. My husband's hair is very long, thick, wavy, silver, women are always telling him how beautiful it is. I finally have him interested in donating, now no gray hair.

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      mysweetjane lm 4 years ago

      what a great idea to help people out rather than leave it on the hairdressers floor!

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      tonyplaysthemambo 4 years ago

      Just donated to Locks of Love for the third time about a month ago. Unfortunately, it takes me about four years to grow it out long enough to donate. Great resource and some really great organizations!

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      anilsaini 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am truly bummed. If 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and over 60% feel that hair loss is the single worst side effect, why can't I donate my gray hair for some nice older woman? My mom had brain surgery and had to have her head shaved. There was no one to give her any donated hair. Why is gray hair so unwanted?

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      CameronPoe 4 years ago

      This is a great idea. I've read about celebs donating hair for causes and I like it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Some hair places will cut your hair for free if you donate it. So don't forget to ask.

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      Susan 4 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Hair needs to be in pretty healthy condition to be made into a hair piece. Not to mention the fact that the person getting the hair can't grown it anymore and cut off the split ends. Not sure they'd want a wig made with a lot of split ends, really.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HI

      THIS IS MY FIRST TIME I WANT TO DONATE MY HAIR FOR THE KIDS WITH CANCER . I HAVE A QUESTION MY HAIR IS LONG BUT IT HAS A lot OF SPLIT ENDS ... CAN I STEEL DONATE IT ?

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      dcosmato lm 4 years ago

      Awesome list of donation sites! My mom and I are growing our hair to donate in honor of my little sister who died last year from cancer. Locks of Lock provided her with two wigs and restored her self-worth and dignity. We want to help someone else with a similar need. Thanks for pointing out the value of these programs!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the info. I have donated my hair twice so far to Locks Of Love and will be ready to donate again in a few months. I have been looking for a different charity to go to women. So glad I found your site and now have a new place to send my hair this time.

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      looniestlove lm 4 years ago

      wow, this is such a very interesting and inspirational lens, I never knew that my hair could be put into good use and could be donated in order to help other kids who are suffering with hair loss and leukemia,I'm really humbled by your lens, thank you very much for sharing this wonderful information with us.

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      jazziyarbrough 4 years ago

      I have never thought of donating my hair, but this lens has great useful information just incase I decided to. Thank you for sharing. It is a wonderful lens that surely educated me on all of the steps for donating hair. I never knew that you could not donate colored hair!

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      My cousin's young daughter did this today! I was so impressed. I think it's a wonderful cause. If I had the patience to grow my hair that long, I'd donate too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am going today to cut 10+ inches off my hair to donate. It's a big step for me as I've been growing it for a while and I'm scared of change (who isn't right??) HOWEVER. I know mine will grow back, and this is an extremely good cause. I think it's going to be great. <3

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      HomeServices 4 years ago

      Wow! I am so impressed. I will definitely share this lens to a couple of my friends so that we can get more people to donate their hair.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      I had to come back and tell you how much I appreciate this site. I'm planning to donate hair soon, and your site is a great resource explaining how to do this, where to do this, and what the guidelines are for each organization. Thank again!

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      piarejuden 4 years ago

      Wow.. what a lens! Amazing! If I wasn't struggling to griw my hair long, I'd have donated too.... thanks for the share.. I am sure a couple of my friends would love this info...so I am sharing your lens too!

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      skatersollie 4 years ago

      It's great that people are willing to donate for a good cause

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      tailsandsnouts 4 years ago

      I never realized that there were so many places to donate your hair. In the past I've donated to Locks of Love and Pantene usually once per year since my hair grows so fast.

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      DeepikaBhardwaj 4 years ago

      good idea...........it is amazing.......

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      cabletiesandmore 4 years ago

      Very interesting ! Till date I have idea of donating all organs other than "hair donate". In my country there are so many occasions when people devote their hair in religious places and a few of such places sell it in market but most of the places it is just a waste. Good idea to share.

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      totalbountyweb 4 years ago

      I'd be happy to give up my hair especially for little kids who are battling with cancer. Great lens! - Jules Mariano of Total Bounty

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      Hypersapien2 4 years ago from U.S.

      I saw a documentary on this and it was very moving. Much gratitude to everyone who donates.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ulta Salons offer free haircuts if you donate to Locks of Love.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My hair grows unbelievably FAST - I have donated 12+ inches every other year for the last 12 years. Just a few months after my very first donation my mother was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer (she won that battle) so now my donations have become something that is very near and dear to both our hearts.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      What a beautiful idea. Unfortunately my hair doesn't meet all the criteria - no need to go into that! Blessings to you and all who benefit from donated hair.

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      Valkerie LM 4 years ago

      I'd love to donate my hair, alas, it is chemically treated. My husband is undergoing daily cancer treatment right now and I see a lot of women in all stages of hair loss and growth.

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      viscri8 4 years ago

      Pity I did not come across this lens a month ago! I never thought about donating my hair -- so I just threw it away when I had to shave my head. Blessed this lens nevertheless for the good cause!

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      queenofduvetcover 4 years ago

      My daughter has waist length hair and she wants to get it cut soon. We are going to donate the hair when the cut does happen. This was very helpful, thank you. =)

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

      Interesting info, was thinking about cutting my hair, but I'll have to measure and see if it's long enough.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my friend Irma wants to donate her dughter's hair that she recentlt cut, but

      she doesn't know where to go.

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      Ajeet 4 years ago

      Donating is always good. And I support that. But I still find hair-donation a little strange (and I do not mean any disrespect there.)

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      DeniseDurham2011 4 years ago

      I am growing my hair out right now. It is about a foot long & I want it to be quite a bit longer. Thank you so much for all the options of hair donation places! I only knew of one before today. Thanks, also, for listing the guidelines for each place.

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      tinamahan 5 years ago

      What a wonderful topic! Thank you for sharing the fabulous programs available. I keep my hair short now, but it used to be long. I wish that I would have known more about these programs then, as I would have loved to donate.

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      Dywaz 5 years ago

      half of year I grow hair and did not know about the option to donate. so sad : (

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my son has been growing his hair to donate. Thank you for this one stop shop of resources and information. It has been a year and a half in the making, he plans on cutting it in May. :)

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      ottoblotto 5 years ago

      I did 2 donations, one at 12" and one at 20" to Locks of Love. They work with kids with alopecia, and since my husband has alopecia, that's where we wanted to help. Excellent lens!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i have nothing to donate. my hair is always short when my husband is in town. when he is away for business, i have the chance to sport my hair longer. i save a lot of money on parlor visits because he is my hair stylist. that's his hobby. blessings for this charitable lens.

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      Sam 5 years ago from Australia

      Very interesting! I would definitely consider doing it.

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      anonquid99 5 years ago

      Feel free to ask your fiends to join you, make it a group challenge.

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      I didn't know different groups had different requirements for hair. I like your lens.

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      Chris 5 years ago

      How desperate are these organizations for more hair? It seems like donating hair is pretty popular.

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      zillermil 5 years ago

      I'm psyched to see some of these take colored hair -- I have a ton of hair I want to chop off but thought I couldn't donate if I had colored it. Thanks for the tips!

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      My daughter has done this and it's really a great cause!

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      Alex Graham 5 years ago

      Great Info! I am glad you are getting the word out! I have participated once already. I hope it will be second nature one day for myself and the world!

      Thanks again!

      Alex

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      I love the concept of donating hair. Also love the information you put together here. Squdiliked.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've always thought about it but never really had all the information that your lens provided. Thank you.

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      JohnCake 5 years ago

      I never really gave hair donation any thought but I have always been considering getting my hair dramatically shortened and now I think my conscience will make me donate it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      where can I get a free hair cut at t a salon to donate!!!! ( keep in mind I can offer tips!)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is the first time I heard about hair donation, Thank for the great information.

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      Too late for me - too old to grow it without resembling a grey haired old hag, but my daughter's is nearly waist length and she is bound to fancy a change in due course. It would feel really good to chop it for a good cause. Really enlightening lens, well deserving of the top 100.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really want to donate my hair but not sure if my hair is acceptable, or meets the requirements. I dyed my hair black a few months ago, and recently dyed it with a semi permanent hair dye. Will my hair be accepted? Thanks

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      My 5-year old wants to do this which is what led me to this lens. I am so proud of her, but as a mom, it is so hard to see her cut her long, beautiful hair! :) I think we wil be going through with it later today...so nervous!

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      Doreen Katzaman 5 years ago

      My oldest daughter just got her hair cut a few days ago and is donating it. I have also donated my hair once. It is a great feeling to be helping others in such a way. Even my youngest daughter has donated her hair. She has been blessed with a beautiful reddish-brown hair color that many women wish could be bottled. She was happy to be able to share it.

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Wish I had hair to donate. Nice lens -- really well-written and heart-felt!

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      Afteretc 5 years ago

      I have done this, but a long time ago! As a kid I had alopecia areata. Great lens!

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      mizzburdette 5 years ago

      I wish i had longer hair i would do this!! love this lens

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      Mastersipep 5 years ago

      great lens! so touching... its not easy to grow your hair and watch it cut for 12 inches, but then it is more difficult for those cancer patients esp. children. they've lost their hair and even lost their hope and joy... lucky for those who have not suffered. how i wish everyone would participate in donating their hairs....

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      Angel_Lou 5 years ago

      Even if there were times to donate my hair - they are sadly over...

      Nice lens anyway!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I got my hair cut today and I am donating it. :) this is my second time doing it. I really love to do it.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and have decided to donate my hair. That's why I did a Squidoo search today about hair donations. I'm so glad to have found you. I just haven't decided for sure which organization to donate to.

      This site is great and touches the heart. Thank you for all the videos! They are inspiring!

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      mediawizard lm 5 years ago

      This is so great that this Squidoo lens people are aware they can help people and especially children with hair loss.

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      niceman91 lm 5 years ago

      I never thought of ways to donate hair before this.I love this lens since you listed a great way of how to make use of your hair instead of wasting it.Great job! :)

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      My wife is getting her hair cut to donate right now!

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      EeBooker 5 years ago

      interesting article!

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      thebestmousetrap 5 years ago

      Its such a loving offer, not a sacrifice as some say, there isn't a nicer thing in the world than to do this.

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      JackieSonia 5 years ago

      My hair is down to my waist, but I've been told it wouldn't be accepted for donation since I straight iron my hair and before that I chemically straightened my hair. Would love to, though.

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      TopToysForKids 5 years ago

      Great lens, this is a wonderful cause, and way better than just getting it cut and thrown away! :)

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Great lens! My girlfriend just recently went from mid-back length hair to a length that doesn't even come close to touching her shoulders and she donated all the hair they cut off.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      I've got some hair I think I could part with!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, this is a very useful lens! I'm almost 14, and I'm planning on donating my hair on my birthday, or maybe my 15th birthday if I can't convince my parents to let me, or if it's too short (haven't measured it yet, but it's pretty long). I kind of want to shave it all off... But I'm not sure. Is there anyone that could give me a bit more info on that?

      Thanks :)

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      Great Lens and beautiful gift to people in need ... Thanks for sharing this information! Blessed

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: I'm not sure Locks of Love has ever given wigs away for free. It's been on a sliding ability-to-pay scale for as long as I can remember. I think Pantene gives them for free, but I'm not sure about others.

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      SiochainGraSonas 5 years ago

      Great lens. I started growing my hair out a few months ago.

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      trees001 5 years ago

      Such a wonderful gift to give! Thank you for sharing this!

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      wiedruce 5 years ago

      Wow..I never thought of donating my hair until I get through your lens...I might think about it first since some part of my hair turns white...its natural when we're getting old!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. One squid thumbs up vote issued!

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      camaster 5 years ago

      I already donated to Wigs for Kids. It's such a great idea, and even better to make a lens about, spreading the word about it is always a good thing. Thumb up!

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      I've been thinking of doing this. My hair is so long, I need a change and it's such a great cause! Excellent idea!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      such a good cause, thanks so much for writing this page, blessed...

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      James Jordan 5 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Cut off at least 10+ inches on my client today with Light Blonde natural hair. It was so great! I should have done a before and after but was caught up in the moment! I think it's going to be perfect for someone!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Wow... 1 in 3 women get diagnosed with cancer!!! I was nit aware it was that high. Thanks for the good write-up.

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      Merstarr 5 years ago

      Great cause & lens too!!

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      donatetimeshares 5 years ago

      Wow I have never had the courage to cut off all my hair so I can donate it. But you have given me the inspiration! Your lens is extremely informational. Continue the good work

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      Great lens! I donated mine to Locks of Love.

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Layers are just fine; highlights generally are not. One hairpiece uses hair from several people and they dye it all to match. Previously dyed or colored hair doesn't work as well for that step.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For children with hair loss is high lighted hair acceptable? And is it okay if you have a phew longer layers?

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      katemiya 5 years ago

      My sister donated her hair years ago. I've never been able to grow it long enough to be able to cut enough off at once for donation. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You can also sell your hair to the hairtraders.com if you would like to make some money.

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      BusinessSarah 5 years ago

      This is a very informative hub!

      A hair stylist friend of mine told me that currently there's a surplus of donated hair just sitting there because organizations are having a tough time coming up with funds to actually make the wigs -- is there any truth to that? Are some organizations better than others in that respect?

      Thanks for the great information!

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      My girlfriend's hair is getting down to her belly button, and I was mentioning your pop tab Ronald McDonald lens to her and mentioned you had written 200+ lenses and shared the title to this one, with an instant response of "oh! send me that, I was wondering my options" So of course, thanks again for your time putting this together. You are clearly well versed in many topics and your writing is very easy to follow and be made useful. Please don't stop! Take care.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my hair was really long to but my sister in law has breast cancer and she has lost all hers so i am going to donate my hair on her behalf she also had long hair and before she started chemo she donated hers to i love her so much and if i can help her i am gonna and i love my hair to but i love her more and her lumps r shrinking and that is so wonderful and although she has cancer she is still going strong she is the a wonder person and has inspired me to help those who need it most i love u darcy marrs and i am very proud of u.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi mi nAME IS THANIA AND MY HUSBAND AND I DECIDED TO CUT OUR DAUGHTERS HAIR BUT WE CAN'T FIND A PLACE TO DONATED... WHERE CAN WE DO IT????

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      samsaradakini 5 years ago

      i love how you were so detailed in explaining each charities requirements. i had no idea a ponytail or braid was mandatory. [now i do not know what to do with the loose hair i have in a baggy...] but that is okay, because i will grow it again and this time know what to do.

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      Formosangirl LM 5 years ago

      I've donated my hair for last times to Locks of Love, and my daughter has only donated hair (never merely a haircut because she has beautiful child's hair). Thanks for the lens.

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      JeanJohnson LM 5 years ago

      I'm growing my daughters hair out so that she can donate it. I was happy to find your lens because I have been wondering how to go about donating. thanks

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      RuthMadison 5 years ago

      I'm glad that some people want to donate their hair. Before they do, I hope they will carefully research all the claims of the charity! HOWEVER, people must realize that it is not appropriate to ask someone like me (with hip-length hair) when I'm going to donate. My hair is my business and I'm keeping it. That doesn't make me selfish. I love my hair. If anyone else asks me that, I'm going to ask them when they're donating their shoes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi guys, I am a South African university student and i am wanting to do drive for hair donations. However I don't want to donate to a charity that doesn't help international cases. Can anybody help me? I just feel that cancer is an international problem, so why limit it to one area that benefits? Any help would be great :)

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      ananimoss2 5 years ago

      My child donated her hair and received a thank you postcard. She can't wait for her hair to grow back, so she can donate more. Great cause, isn't it!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Absolutely FABULOUS lens, and for great causes for sure... thumbs way way up from me :)

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      When I was teaching in Northern Alberta, one of the teachers on staff used to grow her hair and donate it on a regular basis.

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

      I've donated my hair about three times I think. May do it again someday if I let it grow that long again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have donated my hair at least 5 times (Lost count.) I'm looking to do the next very soon. I get my hair cut and every 2-2 1/2 yrs. I usually donate 12-16" to locks of love, but someone told me they no longer donate to them because locks of love now has the receiver of the wig pay for it. Does any one know if this is true? What organizations give the wigs for free?

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      inward 5 years ago

      Have donated my hair a couple of times. It's nice to know that someone who really wants it will get it.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      My friend is going through Chemo and it is so true that the hair loss was almost as dramatic for her as the mastectomy. This is a good article with good resources...*Blessed*

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      Adriana 5 years ago from New Market

      I donated my hair twice so far, and I hope to do it again. Jut have to wait until it gets longer, as this time i don't want really short hair myself.

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      bhthanks 5 years ago

      sounds like a good thing to do, but don't know if i could grow my hair that long and then cut it

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      beatricezuck 5 years ago

      i would really love to donate my hair too.., but since i have a very short hair right now, i'm not able to donate.. :(

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Sorry - I don't know of any groups that take shorter lengths of hair. I know if you send shorter hair to Locks of Love, it goes in their "to sell" pile, so they do get some benefit out of your donation. If you absolutely have to cut your hair Dec. 1, that's about your only option.

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      kimadagem 5 years ago

      I've done this twice now and am working on donation #3. I highly recommend it, for two reasons. 1) The last time I donated one of the other stylists told me she'd been helping some of her customers choose wigs and she'd noticed the price of the "real hair" wigs was coming way down - to the point where a lot more people could afford them. I really think that's because of all the donations. And 2) It makes you feel good! Whenever I used to get my hair cut I could never do more than a couple of inches because it felt so *drastic* to do more than that - it would take me a long time to get used to it. So I never went from "long" to "short" hair all at once; it had to be a gradual process, over several haircuts. But not anymore.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is there anyone left who doesn't have a minimum length (or at least a lower one)? I've been growing my hair out specifically for this since November....up to 5 inches now. I plan to cut it December 1st, but I won't make the 8 inch minimal that all these places require. Matter of Trust didn't have a minimum, but they say they no longer take hair donations.

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      davidcam 5 years ago

      Great lens for those considering the chop!!!!

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Patti - that's pretty much what's on this page. You had to go past all the groups to get to this section. Just pick the one that most closely matches her reasons for wanting to donate.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My 5 year old granddaughter decided yesterday that she would like to donate her hair to children with cancer. We watched a tv show that not only saddened her for a bit, but also inspired her to do what she can to help. She has very long blonde hair and wants to get her hair cut short. We just need a reputable organization to send it to, know of any? Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would really like to donate my hair but it has been dyed. Does anyone know where I can send it that will accept my blonde hair? it is in excellent condition, and 10 inches long.

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      katprice lm 5 years ago

      I donated once to Locks of Love in 2003. I had to remember not to squeeze so much shampoo into my hand. Short hair just needs a tiny amount.

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      Fushi LM 5 years ago

      "Susan" Your lens is a great inspiration to one who is need of a new look with style donating hair with would be a great cause. Hair is a symbol of beauty but it needs care and affection to maintain it. Hats off for a great lens keep it up

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have donated my hair 2 times...Is a great feeeling...I wish I would have done it all the times before I cut my hair and never was asked if I wish to donate it... I would do it again and again... even my niece cut it and I have her ponytail here and we are going to send it to locs of love...

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      I personally know several people who have benefited from donated hair. I think it is a noble donation and has a far more reaching psychological effect than anything else.

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      lallaig19 5 years ago

      This seems like it's a very good thing to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      atticanibal 5 years ago

      Wow .Didn't know u can donate your hair :P

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my daughter wants to donate her hair but theres no way i can have 8 inches in length cut off. does anyone happen to know of a group that will accept hair shorter the 8 inches

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This article was very helpful on guiding me through the hair donation process. I just cut off 10 inches and will be sending it off to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. I love my hair but I know it will mean so much more to a woman in need.

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      *~*~*~*sprinkles of SquidAngel dust*~*~*~*

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @Paloma09: That's great! However, it takes hair from more than one person to make a hairpiece and none of the organizations that make them track whose hair goes to whom. She can certainly donate to a group and certainly get to know someone who needs a hairpiece, but that's outside what the groups that take hair donations handle. Sorry.

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      Paloma09 5 years ago

      my little sister wants to donate her hair but she wants to have a relation ship with the girl but i have no idea where to go or sign up ?

      i need help .

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      SuperBusyMoms 5 years ago

      Great lens for those considering the chop!

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      kopitozie 5 years ago

      Nice idea about hair donate

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Marlene, you need to read through the information on the groups to determine which ones will take colored hair. I'm sure they'd be thrilled to have a braid that long, but most don't accept colored hair. Their sites also give information on where to send the hair, which is likely to be the same location for taking it in person.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just cut my hair and would like to donate it for children or women. It is colored hair and braid length is 18 inches. I would like to deliver it in person - I will not send via mail.

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      Karla Whitmore 5 years ago from Arizona

      Love your lens! Wonderful job! I've been thinking of growing my hair out some more and then donating it.Thanks for the information.

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      Jessi 5 years ago from United States

      This is a great cause - I donated my hair to Locks of Love last year. It was sad to have short hair but it was for an important cause. :)

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Great way to contribute to someone who really is in need of hair.

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      LetsWingIt 5 years ago

      Very thoughtful and indeed a great way to help out with something you naturally have and do not need. This also work for men as long as our hair is nice and long perhaps?

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      rangiiria 5 years ago

      Like this - thanks.

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      Marcia 5 years ago from England

      Wow! What a fantastic and informative lens - I've never heard of this before. Thankyou for opening my eyes - hair is a big issue to me as I suffered Trichotillomania as a child (when one pulls out their own hair) and I have written a lens on my experience. I'm going to look further into things you have mentioned and hope I can bring some joy to someone by donating my own hair (which did grow back) when it gets a bit longer. I'm so glad I found this lens and have bookmarked it for future reference - thanks!!

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      love4rocks 5 years ago

      What a great idea.

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      clfischer99 5 years ago

      This is a great idea! My mother dealt with cancer for years, and I wish she could have taken advantage of this.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Interesting idea. Too pitty it is too late for my hair, the years took their toll. Maybe I can still grow a ponytail? Thanks for this lens:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my mom had cancer, she battled it for years, thank you GOD, she beat the odds and beat the cancer, she did lose her hair, and it really disturbed her in the morn not being able to fix yourself up , so i decided to grow out my hair, i am her son, i have been growing it out since 2009 and now in dallas tx july 2011 i am donating it to locks of love, my baby from australia will be here to witness the cutting, good luck to all frankie juarez jr sa tx

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      mamamia2011 5 years ago

      i want to cut my long hair but now i know what to do to the cuttings. thanks for this lens. :)

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      mulkurnia lm 5 years ago

      Wow, Never heard of this before. Hair donation is an interesting new concept to me. I do not know whether there is a such charity in Singapore.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Wigs for Kids and Children with Hairloss accept gray hair for wigs! I'm assuming they dye it later. Locks of Love accepts gray hair as well, although they sell it to offset prices, so if you want to directly benefit people with cancer and other diseases, I'd suggest going with Wigs for Kids or Children with Hairloss.

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      Serj 5 years ago

      Pretty interesting...albeit donating your own hair seems a bit bizarre

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i want to find out info about the organazations that take hair for cancer patients my dad died of cancer in 08 and before he cut it it was to his shoulders mines past my shoulders an inch

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Does anyone know of salons in the Boston, MA area that offer free haircuts for hair donations?

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      MissBuffySpears 5 years ago

      I donated my hair for the first time about a year ago. My hair is all grown out and is ready for a second donation!

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      LAZI 5 years ago

      I first heard of hair donation few years ago. Want to congratulate all donors.your doing a great thing.

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      eshorad 5 years ago

      Wow! I know a lot of people who can benefit from this info! thank you very much for building this lense! xD

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      sociopath-free 5 years ago

      A great idea for those that have enough hair!

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      StellaSingles 5 years ago

      A friend of mine just did this today, and while hesitant at first she finally realized it was for a great cause. She was blessed with a lot of hair, so why not deliver some hope to someone who is less fortunate. before long, I'm sure she'll be back to her "belly button length" hair again.

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      Texas Avon Rep 5 years ago

      I actually got my haircut for donation just this morning.

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      jder 5 years ago

      As you can see from my picture, I need to grow a lot more hair before I can donate!

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      Gerald McConway 5 years ago

      Thanks, was looking for this information for my girlfriend who is getting ready to cut about 18 inches off the back of her hair. Nice job!

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @WeGotNthToDo: Gender is irrelevant. It's just that it's more common for women to have long hair and to care about covering a bald head with a wig. So the entire process naturally attracts more women.

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      WeGotNthToDo 5 years ago

      So mostly hair donator should be girl? o.O

      And thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have had long hair most of my life. Recently I have lost loved ones to cancer. I want to donate my hair in honor of them. I was very disappointed to learn that even the organizations that make wigs for adults didn't accept gray hair. I am really torn now on what to do. Any suggestions?

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      robinrags 5 years ago

      Very nice lens Susan ... thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have heard that some take gray hair but sell it to wig companies. It may not make it into a free wig, but at least the profits do still help.

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      achraf lm 5 years ago

      so many easy ways to make others feel better. giving money is not the only way to help!

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. I wondered about guys who tell me they grow there hair long to donate. Thanks for making me smile.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love this! What a wonderful way to help others!

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Thank so much for sharing these information. It would be such a privileged to be able to do something even if its a small thing for you but it is already a big thing for others. This is truly a remarkable lens.=)

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      avgsuperheroine 5 years ago

      I donated my hair once a few years ago. I even discovered a new favorite hair style by trying it.

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: I don't necessarily disagree, Debbie. But with the exception of the Pantene program, these groups make hairpieces for kids. Which wouldn't want gray hair. As for Pantene, I'm sure trying to get just the right amount of gray hair all with the same amount of gray is just a bit tricky and would result in long waits for a hairpiece until they got it right. I don't know. I can only tell you what they say about why they do it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Lewister: I don't understand why a wig cannot be made from gray/white hair. I have cut 12 inches off my hair which is more than 90% white. Why not make a wig and NOT dye it. Don't you think elderly women suffering from cancer would like a wig of their own color instead of a dyed wig. If I had cancer I would not like to be forced into changing my natural appearance because no group makes wigs for older people. What do you think?

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      propertyandlands 5 years ago

      Having lost good friends, and seeing friends lose cherished little ones, this lens is moving. Thank you for creating it.

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      kerjapartime 5 years ago

      I never think about this.good lens.

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      Wow great lens. I'll be showing it some social love today. My brother and all his friends donated there long hair in a group effort.

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: It comes down to two things - 1) most of the groups make hair pieces for children, not adults. So they don't want hair that has gone gray. And 2) gray hair doesn't take dye the same way, which makes it difficult to get all the hair the same color for a hairpiece. Since it takes hair from at least six people to make one hairpiece, they have to be able to dye it all the same color.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Why won't the cancer society take salt and pepper hair? I know older people have cancer and lose their hair in treatment and need wigs and can't afford to buy them outright. My mother had cancer at age eight-eight, had surgery removing the lump and cancer. She is taking treatment for prevention and her hair is thinning.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      My daughter and daughter-in-law have donated their hair several times. I wear mine short so won't be doing that but think it's wonderful thing to do!!

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      Jyoti Jain 5 years ago

      Nice lens, hair donation for Childhood Leukemia Foundation and for children with hair loss, 2 reason is dominating me .

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      HomepageHeroes 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. My wife has donated her hair in the past to Locks of Love. She is getting ready to do it again. Great cause, great lens. I'm going to favorite it and lensroll it with my lenses.

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      CuppaJo 5 years ago

      This has been something I wish I could do but unfortunately my hair just doesn't get that long.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      This is very inspiring. Donating hair may be one of the most beautiful thing a person can do to a person who is fighting such illness. It's like your own little way of telling that they are not alone and we are supporting their fight. Thanks so much for sharing this information. What a heart-warming piece!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. My sister inlaw is going through Chemo right now, so thanks for her.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Next year will be my 4th time donating my hair.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks a bunch

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Jennifer - I don't normally publish comments with email addresses for privacy reasons, but I wanted to be able to respond. The other pages of this site have links to all the different organizations where you can send your daughter's hair. They will have the addresses on them, as well as pictures of children in need of hairpieces. I have never heard of a donation group sending pictures in their thank you letters - again, probably for privacy reasons. But there are pictures and stories on most of the sites if you click through to read them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I have a 7 year old with Red hair who has never had it cut since birth. Since it's past her butt, I am allowing her to cut it in the next month or so. I would like to donate her hair to a child who needs it. I'm looking for an address or the proper envelope to mail it in to assure it reaches an organization for a needy child. I would also like to know if there's any organizations who would allow a photo of the child with the donated hair piece for my child to see what cutting her hair has done for another child who can't grow their own. Please respond ASAP. Thank you so much for your help in advance! We have a whole 12 inches to spare! My email is jenn01220@yahoo.com for anyone who wishes to reply. Thanks again!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my daughter is 6 years old one of the girls in her school has no hair, and other girls make fun of her one day my daughter came home crying and saying mom i want you to cut my hair and make a wig for the little girl at my school she really touch my heart and a have asked her are u sure you want to do this and she said yes mom i do want to donate my hair.

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      JamieSueAustin 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Locks of Love takes shorter and gray hair. It isn't put into children's wigs, but they do sell it off to offset manufacturing costs, so it still helps a child.

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      JamieSueAustin 5 years ago

      @RubyRavn LM: People really do that? Jerks! I would have never thought to say that to someone.

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      JamieSueAustin 5 years ago

      My husband donated 18 inches to locks of love. The stylist cut his hair for free!! I donated once, but I have trouble keeping my hair healthy when it's long.

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      terrygw 5 years ago

      I find it quite useful for anyone who want to donate but don't have cash.

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      RubyRavn LM 5 years ago

      Great information for those who choose to donate. I have hair below my butt and I will never cut it. While I respect those who do, what I don't appreciate are the people (strangers) that walk up to inform me that I "need" to cut my hair and donate it. When I inform them that I won't do that they get very irate. Even after telling them that my mother died of cancer at the age of 56, and when I offered to cut my hair so she could have a wig from it (its very thick & heavy - the type she'd wished for her whole life), she absolutely refused, saying that it was "very pretty right where it its."

      Huge kudos to those who can & will do this, but please don't be one of those extremely rude people who berates a total strange for their choices. I make my donations in other forms, my hair just won't be one of them.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      My grandaughers have donated there hair to Locks of Love. It made them feel great and grandma was so very proud. Great lens.

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      JanezKranjski 5 years ago

      Great idea, if you want to donate something, but you don't have money or other resources.

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      DevBlue 5 years ago

      This is new to me. I could never have thought of this. Good, original lens.

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      ManojBala 5 years ago

      I never think about this kind of Donation

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Excellent lens. I have long hair and when it's time for a trim I will be donating my hair thanks to your informative lens! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      linseeturner 5 years ago

      What an inspiring lens...donation can do A LOT of good!

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      Susan 5 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Any hairdresser can just cut a ponytail off for you. Actually, you can do that yourself. Or are you trying to find someone to cut it for free? That's a different ball of wax and no way to find that other than call around. But you don't need anything fancy to actually make the cut. Just make a pony tail and whack away. (You might want a hairdresser for after that though to ensure you still look good. :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my son is 16yrs old...grown his hair up to 10 inches.maybe a little longer...he wants 2 donate it to cancer research...can't find hairdresser that will assist....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. Donation of hair is great way to give back to those who lost their hair. Thanks for sharing.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I think that this is fantastic. My own hair doesn't seem to ever grow longer than what you see in my photo - just kind of "splits" and disappears. It's really very fine. I'm grateful that I have it, however, and have great admiration for people who donate their hair. You did a great job on this lens! :) Kath

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      suzycarpenter 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! My grand daughter and her boyfriend are in the process of growing their hair long enough to donate. Will fwd this to them. Thanks Suzy

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      whaleriders6 5 years ago

      I've done this 4 times now...and will do it again! Great lens to raise awareness about a fantastic cause.

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      beardedman 5 years ago

      It's always a nice thing to donate anything to those who can use it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I want to donate my hair however it is not quite 10 inches. It is about 8 inches and grey. more salt and pepper. I want to know If this is possible ? If so where and how.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ~ Dropping by to leave my Angels April Fools' Day Quest Blessings ~

      It may be April Fools Day, but this lens is no joke, I was very proud to donate my hair back in January, after having 14" cut off, what a wonderful feeling

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have hair that grows very fast, so whenever it reaches past my waist, I cut a foot of it off and donate it to Locks of Love, In my life (I'm 32), I have donated over 6 feet of hair. I support all who "take the plunge" and donate! :)

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      Joyce T. Mann 5 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      My son grew his hair really long -- almost to his waist -- then donated it to locks of love. great lens!

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      eclecticfuzz 5 years ago

      It's great to find concise information on this. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just cut off 12 inches again. This is my fourth time I am donating my hair since I found out about the programs to donate hair. I am Japanese and my hair grows very long and very thick. The way I see it, it's hair and I am lucky it always grows back. Think of that poor child who can not grow hair!

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      I've seen a lot of "Locks of Love" donations made... I think one day, I just might be able to donate my hair. :-)

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The donation pages on Locks of Love's and Pantene's websites both state that color-treated hair IS acceptable under certain circumstances. For instance, Pantene accepts hair colored with rinses, vegetable dyes or semi-permanent colors, but not hair that's been bleached. So, FWIW, here are the links:

      Locks of Love's donation page: http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html

      Pantene's donation page: http://www.pantene.com/en-US/beautiful-lengths-cau...

      I started in September 2009 with a very short style so it's taking awhile to get it all one length and then letting that previously shortest length grow out - it's about halfway down my back now. Another year or more to go.

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      lizziehumphreys1 6 years ago

      ive always thought about donating my hair to charity, but i'm not sure i would have the courage! i know that sounds awful :( my hair is really long and i have grown it for years...im not ready to let go of it yet, maybe some day though!

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Jessica - if you look right above this section, you'll see the link to not only the fact that it's generally not accepted, but why. This does vary by group, though, so read through the page with the different groups to see if you find one that fits your needs.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Can you donate hair if your hair is dyed ?

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      free ebooks onl 6 years ago

      Great lens! I never thought of the dying issue. Good to know.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If my hair was bleeched a year ago will some organizations (such as locks for love) take it?

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      Angela_Rosas 6 years ago

      My sister just donated her hair to locks of love. It was so long, down to her hips before.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: The only way I know to donate hair to a specific person is to have a wig specially made yourself. There is no way for the groups to guarantee that your granddaughter's hair would go to your daughter. And hairpieces usually use hair from 6-12 people at a time, so I'm not sure she could donate enough for one piece. That would be a question for a wigmaker.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a daughter with alopetia areata...her daughter wants to donate her hair to be used for her Mom a wig.... is that possible? If so, what does she need to do.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: The instructions for every group I'm familiar with very explicitly say dreadlocks aren't acceptable. There was a big brouha here in the states a few years ago when a famous athlete cut his off to donate to Locks of Love and was rejected. They just aren't usable for a hairpiece. But if anyone knows of one - post it here so I can add it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My son has waist length dredlocks he would like to donate, are these acceptable to anyone?

      Please advise who would be interested and how to proceed. gilesathome@hotmail.co.uk

      Thanks

      M

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      bigredmarketing 6 years ago

      My wife has done this at least three times. I really do appreciate the people willing to do this. Such a giving gesture.

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      aakashmittal92 6 years ago

      I want to but now i can't.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hair is a body part, like blood. Either you get paid upfront for the hair or you donate, but you can't take a tax deduction.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @ArtisticCupcake: Most donation places prefer natural colored hair but I believe they can dye it just like hair on your head. I imagine they have to dye some hair to get enough uniformly colored hair to make one wig (it takes a lot).

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      JenniferP1 6 years ago

      My sister was talking about this last year, I will have to check with her and see if she went through with it. I would have never guessed there was such a demand for it...I am sure it feels good to do the deed and know your helping others...

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      M_Moore 6 years ago

      Very informative, and I didn't know so much about donating hair.....didn't realize all the resources that were out there to do this....thanks for the information!

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      nancymcconnell 6 years ago

      Nice Lens, my Granddaughter donated her hair!!

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      ArtisticCupcake 6 years ago

      My hair is super long, but parts are dyed auburn or chestnut. Do, I wait until the color is gone?

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Hi This is a great topic. my hairs not long enough great lens

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Um. I have no clue. My guess is the best you would get is the value of the hair. You don't get to deduct the cost of drycleaning when you donate a coat to Goodwill; it probably falls within that same concept. And I'm not even sure about the value of the hair part. The charity would have to issue a statement to you with that dollar amount on it and they aren't in the habit of doing that. Would just add to the administrative cost and burden.

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      dezwards 6 years ago

      You learn something new every day! Fascinating lens. Many thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Last summer I donated 10 inches, my hair is so thick they had to separate into 4 braids. It took me a good 2 years of loving care. My question is if I intend to donate again next year can I use a tax deduction the cost of the care i.e. salon trimmings/shampooing as a charitable donation or the value of hair?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dear Sally Bo,

      Locks of Love will accept your donation. Ck the website for specifications.God bless you--RMB

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      lynnrdavis 6 years ago

      This is so awesome. What an opportunity to be a blessing!

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Depends on the group you're donating to. Some have no problem with gray, some only want hair with no more than 10-15% gray, some won't take gray at all. It's usually listed in in the information/directions for donating for the specific group. And it doesn't hurt to double-check with them to ensure it's acceptable.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Followed all the instructions, cut 18-19 inches of virgin hair, never bleached, colored, rinsed, dyed, however I am a mature woman with salt and pepper hair. My purpose along was to donate and would be horrifide to know it could not be used because its gray. I have 2 friends with the same color hair that's been lost to cancer and were overjoyed to know of my decision to donate my hair. I am always told I have beautiful thick hair from friends and hair dresser. Question: was my sacrifice for nothing???

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      MindProjects 6 years ago

      I didn't know it is possible to donate at all.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: You might not have dyed your hair in a while, but the ends of your hair were probably around when you did dye it. The previously dyed parts need to be grown out and trimmed off before you start measuring to make a cut for donation.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm wanting to donate my hair foe awhile... its almost at my but, but I've been told by so many they wont except died hair, I haven't died it in over a year and a half closer to two years... is this true???

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      its4hry 6 years ago

      i did donate my hair to locks of love

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      tobejim 6 years ago

      Only if I was paid to do it - but I guess that isn't donating then.

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      I didn't know about donating hair. thanks to you now I do. Yes I wish to donate my hair once it grows long enough. (got it cut in December)

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      MoiraCrochetsPl 6 years ago

      i am planning to donate mine, but i don't know what charities here in the Philippines accepts such.

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      AshAffiches 6 years ago

      @najem lm: Yup. People have been "donating" their hair in india for hundreds of years

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      najem lm 6 years ago

      I did not know that was even possible and now it is so easy.

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      dreamtravelvacation 6 years ago

      How perfect for me to come across your lens. 16 years ago, I had chopped my hair off and donated them to Locks of Love. After reading your lens, I looked up Pantene and saw that they accept at least 8" and less than 5% gray. Guess I better hurry up before my hair goes all gray. :-)

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      HiatusBath 6 years ago

      I've thought about this several times. I think it's a wonderful thing to do. I'm waiting for my hair to grow out right not but it won't be long until I want it short again. I'll have to donate then.

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      DestinationsHoliday 6 years ago

      I am proud of my kids. Both have donated more than 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love! Well written article and thank you for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @dogodor: Please read the whole lens before stating how much you love them

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      dogodor 6 years ago

      Locks of Love! I love those guys. It is a great non-profit.

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      Richard Ark 6 years ago

      Great lens & Congrats in making the overall top 100..!

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      vinayg972010 6 years ago

      In our country India there is a temple called Tirupati where people donate their hairs for getting blessings from god. Millions of people donate their here every year at this temple.

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      Craftybegonia 6 years ago

      That is a great thing to do! Especially, children that donate their hair to other kids (like in the case of Locks of Love) who have lost their hair because of alopecia or chemo, so that they will not be mocked in school. Great lens. Voted up.

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      compugraphd 6 years ago

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      You missed one choice in your poll -- My hair doesn't grow long enough. :-D - that's the choice I would pick....

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      jamiew23 6 years ago

      Wow I never knew you could do this, I'll spread the word. Thank you for the info :)

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      chocsie 6 years ago

      a few years ago, i cut off 17 inches of my hair and gave it to locks of love. i really felt good when i got back a note and knew that I'd helped somebody :) great lens, btw!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      this is meaningful and benefits so many. thank you for this lens!

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      DavidCzajka 6 years ago

      Hehe First time i have read this kind of thing :P hope that i will try this thing out someday ;) because of my long hairs

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      sig2k30 6 years ago

      This cool lens, know i know what next use of my hair

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      Dorishappy 6 years ago

      How can I donate my hair? Is there any organization to collect my hair?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: My daughter is 7 and has beautiful curly hair and is ready to cut it and donate it for another child. She sees pictures of other children with no hair and says that is reason why she is donating and cutting her hair. I am still unsure who and where to donate her hair. It is an emotional experience for both of us.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm 60 yr old, and am graying nicely, thank you. Is there any organization that can use my 50% gray hair?

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      rengiesuerte 6 years ago

      I am not anymore scared for baldness now that I know hair donation is possible. Cool lens anyway!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: What a great learning experience for your daughter! Her giving should be commended and encouraged to be part of her life. Talk to her about responsible giving. Read to her all of the information on what Locks of Love does not tell you about their operation. Guide her to choosing an organization that is more in line with what her ultimate goal is.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Have read so much tonight that I am not sure which direction to go...I have a 6 year daughter, who has grown her hair to donate. We call her hair "Magic Hair" as she can go to bed with it wet and awakes with no snarles and same style everyday. Now we are ready for cutting and not sure where to turn. She watched the Locks of Love documentary and is all about donating. I would love for her to be acknowledged for her donation, but am skeptical for supporting her decision. Any further direction would be helpful.

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      ankitrawat 6 years ago

      let me done mine today!

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      the-good-stuff 6 years ago

      I really admire you for doing this. I think it's awesome to donate hair to someone who needs it. My own hair is bleached and not very healthy, so I cannot donate, but if I ever go off the dye, I'll definitely remember this!

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      LauraMarie LM 6 years ago

      I think donating your hair is a great ideas especially as it helps make wigs for others

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      Fcuk Hub 6 years ago

      I also donated my hair, it was just above my knees. They even make a make-up brushes from humans hair. Very interesting.

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      Fascinating! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I donated my hair to a child that needed a wig here in Dallas. I actually sent my hair to California Newport Beach Wiggin Out Salon and they found a girl with Cancer here in Dallas. I cut off my 22 " of hair and my friend donated her hair and we met with the little girl and her mother. It was so amazing to experience that. I am really happy that Wiggin Out set that up for us. Anyway, we have been keeping in touch with the little girl and she LOVES her wig and her mother sent us pics. We decided not to go with Locks of Love because we heard the kids are NOT able to get wigs and they are keeping all the finacial donations. That made me really sad. The address to Wiggin Out is 2400 West Coast Hwy Suite 4 Newport Beach, CA. 92663 Make sure you add your contact info cause they will let you know when they use your hair and you get a thank you note or a call usually first from the parents thanking you. Its is a wonderful thing that they do!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i cut my hair for children who lost all of ther hair and i fellt bad i cut haff of my hair for child of need i hope i can help

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      jaiganesh156 6 years ago

      donate hair? this is one strange lens i read :)

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      Pip Gerard 6 years ago

      I wish I knew about this years ago. I had natural hair to my waist many times. I had gut feelings that the last hairdresser I went to was keeping my hair when I did a big snip.... now I realise what a commodity it really is.

      Awesome lense... really really helpful.

      Sadly I started dying my hair for the first time about 8 months ago so no donating for me :( Shame cause my hair grows so fast and I would love to give to cancer kid patients.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I dye my hair. Looks like my only options are Locks of Love or for cleanup of oil spills, is that right?

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      UrbanFarmAndBee 6 years ago

      I've donated my hair to Locks of Love about a year ago. My hair was all the way down my back and when I read an article about donating hair to kids with cancer, I got inspired. It felt good to be able to do this for a kid.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm getting ready to send in my donated hair. This is the 6th time that I am donating. I cut my hair every 2 years. So for the past 12 years, I've donated my hair. I think I'm going to continue to donate my hair for as long as God gives me healthy long hair.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      im going 2 cut my hair just 2 donate it ..2 a kid in need of it of the holidays ....im 21 years old i been growing it since 04 but on and of cutting inches of every month ,,well its long enough, and im proud 2 be doing this ..and would really appreciate some one that could let me know a gud spot 2 donate ..thank ya boi hash contact me on face book.com/hashiel1

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Best wishes to you this holiday season. Nice to see that this awesome lens has been doing great over time, and stays in the top. Awesome!

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      brandano 6 years ago

      Wow... this is new.Donate hair.its amazing,,, i would to like this.

      Something new to donate.usually ur hair just to wasted.but this u can donate. Nice squidd. ^_^

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      JVandewalker LM 6 years ago

      Donating your hair is one of the best things that you can do for someone in need. Cancer patients go through a lot as it is, and it is a wonderful thing for them to have a way to cover their head. Thanks for sharing how to make it happen.

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      If my hair wasn't so dry ( and now getting so gray) I'd think about donating my hair - but trust me no one would want it. Congratulations on making the list of The Best Squidoo Intros Ever!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great information on How To Donate Your Hair. Congrats on making The Best Squidoo Intros Ever list.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Congratulations on your intro being chosen one of the top 35 on Squidoo. Well deserved, and the rest of the lens is just as excellent. I remember Hillary Swank's haircut on Oprah.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Nope, surprisingly many males donate. One of my daughter's high school guy friends donated about 12" to her project. It was really thick, three times the thickness of younger girls.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Im a male, started growing out my hair about a year ago.....does it make a difference in hair quality because im a male......

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Best bet is to ind a wig maker and give them your hair and a template of the head. We found a place in Astoria, NY that seemed very resaonable but I haven't seen the quality yet. We are going to try them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is there any way to designate who our hair goes to? Or is there a place we can have a wig made for a family member?? What kind of cost are we looking at?

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      JacobHughes1 6 years ago

      I have short hair. I probably can only donate 1 cm of my hair, lol

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      fbaum818 6 years ago

      Thanks for the lens. I did read that donated hair was used for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean up.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: It takes at least 3 heads of good hair to make one wig.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My daughter's Girl Scout Gold Award Project is to collect hair and have it made into wigs for 10 children in the Chicago area who have lost their hair for any reason and can't afford to buy a wig. No finanacial statements and no essays, just a wig. She will make templates for each head and have the wigs made from the donations. Anyone interested in donating can contact us at GotHairForKids@att.net To date she has collected 10 ponytails and $305. BTW, my daughter lost her hair and it is growing back. She donated before she lost her own hair.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Yes. They're listed on the second page of this site with the other organizations that accept hair donations.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/our-mission - they take gray hair.

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      PopStarPeaches 6 years ago

      I am planning on donating my hair, and this lens gives a lot of great information about how to do that. Great job! *Blessed by a Squid Angel*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Locks of Love sells the greys to offset the production cost. You can donate if it is no more than 5% grey.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just donated mine to Pantene on Friday!! 13 and 1/2 inches!! My cousin who just completed her treatments for Lymphoma was my inspiration to donate. I think it is a great cause! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You can straighten the hair or blow it dry to reach the required length.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: From what I've read, you could just pull a strand out straight to measure just to make sure it's long enough. For the purposes of cutting, it might be easier if it was at least a little straighter, but I wouldn't worry about getting it ramrod straight. As you can see from my picture, my hair has a lot of wave to it. They don't care that her hair arrives curly, so go with whatever makes it easier on whomever is doing the cutting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My daughter has long curly hair and would like to donate her hair this Xmas for someone in need. My question is this, she has curly hair, should it be blown dry straight to get the desired measurement, or measured from it's naturally curly state?

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      StriveDigital 6 years ago

      Great lens . I have donated twice to Locks of Love. It's was hard each time as I am very attached to my long hair, but it's for such a great cause.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my name is jesus and i am donating m hair after christmas.it will be my first time...very excited.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      in New York ... Astoria ,Queens.... Redkens "Saloon Salon" give FREE haircuts to, locks of love donors ... 1 718 956 3366

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      Joy Lynskey 6 years ago from Moneta, Va

      Great Lens! I wanted to do this when I cut off about 8 inches of hair earlier this year but didn't know quite how to. Will definitely do so now that I do!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello, I've donated to locks of love for the past 5 years. A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. instead of donating to locks of love, I thought I would donate my hair to her. Only problem is I can't find any wig shop or organization that will donate their time and efforts into making the wig, since its a bit of an expensive process. Any ideas or thoughts? I'm in Dallas, Texas.

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      dsmiles22 6 years ago

      Great ideas. I've always wanted to do this. Now that I don't color my hair anymore, I'll have to look into it.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I recently did this again, for the second time. I think by the time it gets longer there will be gray though

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I never thought about this..but what a great lens

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      needatitleokc 6 years ago

      I wished I had known this before I cut my hair off had to though it was shedding like crazy I guess when I was walking through the cancer

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      This is such a great thing to do for people in need.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @jolielaide75: I am a black female that is looking to donate my hair for the cause, and i have 14 inchs i am willing to cut off. Its all up to that person.

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      jolielaide75 6 years ago

      I love this! It's so sweet to do something so selfless as to donate one's hair. I'm not sure if this is something that black people can do though...I know there is a need for ethnic hair, (after all, cancer or alopecia is not something that only white people can get) but I'm not sure if there is enough information in our community to do something about getting donations. Maybe that's a project that I can look into!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      I haven't been able to get my hair long enough to donate, but I have friends that will donate 20+ inches every few years

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I know someone that just donated to locks of love. This is a great cause, love the lens.

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      HarleyDude 6 years ago

      My daughter donated her hair to the locks of love! Great Lens!

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      MiseryBusiness519 6 years ago

      My brother's got really long blonde ahir, I wish he would donate it!

      Thnaks for sharing :)

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      cathy5342 6 years ago

      I own a salon. And if the patron is donating their hair, I waive the cost of the cut. I think a lot of salon will do that. So make sure that your stylist knows that you are donating. Don't be shy. Remember, hair does grown back, and its a great cause.

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      ChristopherFranko 6 years ago

      hmm. ive got enough hair to donate. maybe i will :D

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Selling it isn't a bad thing. It takes more than just donated hair to make a hairpiece. There's a lot of expensive hand labor involved plus other administrative costs. Money from selling hair can help defray those costs.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: No one makes straight gray wigs - part of that has to do with the fact that most of these organizations make wigs for children. But some of the organizations do accept gray hair, but double-check to see what they do with it. Some will sell unusable hair to defray expenses, others will just throw it away.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Locks of Love takes grey!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, Did you find anyone who will accept gray hair.

      I want to donate but not if they just sell it.

      Thank You

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is there anyone who makes gray wigs? My hair has never been colored, but Pantene won't take hair that is more than 5% gray.

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      CoolFoto 6 years ago

      Congrats on well-deserved LOD!

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      WebIsFun 6 years ago

      It's nice to donate your hair - it fells good. Some places will use shorter hair for helping soak up oil spills.

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      cory_wilson 6 years ago

      This is such a good cause. I had a friend form college take part in hair donation. It's such a rewarding feeling helping someone feel better about themselves.

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Fascinating..I wouldn't have even thought to do some of the research when choosing to donate hair..I would have just picked one and cut it. Blessed by an Angel.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      My mom is a cancer survivor, so I know how difficult it is to fight cancer. I wolu definitely donate my hair.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My hair is ready to be cut to donate! I started growing it a little over a year ago and know I have well over 12 inches. Just making sure I know EVERYTHING I can possibly know before I go to cut it off. I had no idea there were more places to donate than Locks of Love, although it doesn't surprise me. I'm now going to research the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program as well. Thanks for all the info!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I had dyed my hair about three months ago with color from a box, it was just an auburn color, nothing crazy. I'm worried though, that I may have had my hair bleached a year ago, and if that would still make it unacceptable to donate? I wanted to shoot for sometime next year to donate, because I want to get my hair as healthy as possible. How long would it take until it was indeed healthy enough and all of it was out of my hair? My hair has at least 8 inches to donate right now, maybe more.

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      I admire people who deal with helping others. Donate your hair does not cost really hurts, but it can improve quality of life of others. Congratulations on this wonderful lens.

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      carinsuranceq 6 years ago

      Unique idea for lens creation..But if you ask me...who would really love to part from the nice long mane? and if you do not have beautiful hair you cannot donate it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great And Interesting Lens! Love It!

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      rdbdotme 6 years ago

      Wow, I didn't even know such a thing really existed. Very informative.

      Thanks rdbdotme

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I found a general fund that needs donations of money and gray hair for wigs for people with hair loss due to medical conditions including cancer. It is the Silver Generation of WigFund.org

      Here's the URL: http://www.wigfund.org/wig-fund.php?id=4356180

      I can't vouch for the organization except to say that they were very responsive to my inquiry and that they described this as an ongoing fund to donate free naturally gray human hair wigs to people with medically related hair loss.

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      AslanBooks 6 years ago

      I love it that people do this. Great lens.

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      kraji lm 6 years ago

      Interesting but I think my hair is not good enough for this. :)

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      purple_hippo 6 years ago

      I have enough hair to donate but there is something really significant that is going to happen in my life and I am waiting for it. Morbid but significant. Then I will begin a whole new life with a whole new do.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @elizajane202 lm: Are the ends still the old colored section? Do you have enough to trim that part off and then cut for a donation? The challenge with colored hair is the damage caused by the original coloring and potential damage when they color it again to get all the hair in the piece the same color. (Totally understand about the long hair giving you headaches and wanting it gone. But such a cool thing for you and your kid to do together!)

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: There are salons that work directly with Matter of Trust because that group will take the sweepings off the floor and it's a great use for the hair rather than just dumping it in the trash. But most human hair that is cut is too short for use in a hairpiece. Most of us don't cut off that much in one go.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: The addresses are on each group's website. They don't care what country packages come from!

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: If you had streaks, weren't those bleached to get them in there? In which case, no, you can't donate. Or, well, your hair wouldn't be accepted for use in a wig, but would be sold or tossed.

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      elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

      I colored my hair three years ago and am wondering if it would be too early to donate it? My hair is super thick and constantly gives me headaches so I figure I'll grow it long one time, chop it off and donate it. But not sure if they'll take my hair. Thanks for the other tips, they'll help my 10 year old who is wanting to donate.

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      MaryRay1 6 years ago

      Such a wonderful thing to do!

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      RosaAmarilla 6 years ago

      I donated my hair several years back, and I've never been sorry that I cut it so short for a good cause. I love having long hair, so I wanted to give that gift to someone else in a way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hair donation should be advised to all the salon owners instead of throwing out those unwanted hairs :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am from Europe. I need to know if it is possible to send them somehow.

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      howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

      I've donated my hair to Locks Of Love twice! It made me feel so good, and helped a child!! My hair grows about an inch a month, so donating my hair is an easy and great thing I can do to help. I absolutely recommend donating your hair.

      Thanks for the great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would like to donate my Indian long hair. I live in germantown, MD, 20874 usa

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      banjalukahotels 6 years ago

      Bah :(((( why i didn't read this before i cut my hair :(((

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Very good information! I had heard about it, but didn't know where to turn for more info. This is good. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: My grandma has recently started chemo and she really loves my hair. Is there any hair donation center where I can ensure my grandma gets my hair for a wig?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is such a great idea. Many of my friends have donated their hair to Locks of Love. Now i am growing mine to maximum length to do the same. Thanks for the tips on how to do it.

      Maxine xx

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi. im still growing my hair out but i was just wondering... i dyed my hair a few months ago if i donate my hair a few weeks before christmas would it matter that i dyed it at all? its not a funky color i just dyed my hair back to the original color (brown) i had a few streaks in it before so i dyed it back to brown.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: wow thats fanstic I think im gonna do that

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I donated my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and do so every year. Every summer I look for a cooler 'do, so why not donate it, if someone else can use it?

      I've now gotten in the habit of seeing my hair as "someone else's", and thus try to take very good care of it.

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      RosegardenAdvic1 6 years ago

      got to know about hair donation only thru yr lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      nanasattic 6 years ago

      Great information! I donate mine to locks of love about every two years (mine grows really quick). I hope your lens encourages others to donate as well.

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      newfacebooklayouts 6 years ago

      Hair Donation... something new...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My hair goes past my butt and Im going to donate it around the end of this month. But I don't know what to do with my hair after that. Ive been growing my hair out all my life and Ive never cut it. So im kind of scared about what to do with it. Im really excited for my first haircut! :)

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: The big thing to keep in mind is that they don't want it swept up off the floor. So you could a _bunch_ of small ponytails, cut those off, then bind them together in a bunch before you bag it up to send. No loose hair, no hair swept off the floor. Sounds like it might be doable for you.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: The big thing I always see is bleached as being unacceptable. They need to be able to color several batches of hair all the same shade, so your hair needs to be in as top-notch a shape as possible. Double-check the guidelines for the different groups because they do vary a little on this one.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My hair has always been short and spiky, until now. Even now though, it ranges from about 6 - 8 inches in length and I'm thinking of donating it in a few months. My question is this: Can I donate several small locks of hair, each at 8 inches in length? I don't mind shaving my head (I'm a guy...so I don't care). My hair won't be long enough to donate one giant 8 inch ponytail.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      probably

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      can i not donate if i have colored hair

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Michelle - the only way to ensure your hair actually goes to your grandmother is to have a wigmaker make a wig for you. There's no way to ensure she'd get it otherwise. Have her check out the Pantene program, though. I don't believe they charge for their wigs, but I can't remember the recipient qualifications. Then you could donate your hair to pay it forward.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Tom - if you look at some of the groups, a couple take as little as 8 inches and at least one as little as six (that I can remember). Alternative is to cut it and sell it and donate the money. (Which is what Locks of Love does with unusable hair.)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My grandmother asked me about donating my hair. She was recently diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and starts chemo soon. I absolutely want to donate my hair to hair ( its very long and thick) does anyone know a way I can donate my hair to her so she may be able to get a wig or a discounted wig with my donation?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      no i have not done before but want to give to women that have lost or children but if your one of these that charge the person for their wig im not interested

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was planning on growing out my hair to donate but my hair is around 7 inches on the top and 5-6 on the sides and I really don't think I can hold out until my hair is 10-12 inches to cut so I was wondering if there are organizations that can use shorter hair for boys? any help, thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi Susan, I really marvel at this wonderful lens. It is for such a good cause that ` we donate our own hair for others. Great to see this resource of info. is going strong and well.

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      xasjmak 6 years ago

      This is a good thing, rather than your hair in vain. better to be donated so good for others.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi! My grandma carole died when I was little. but she received a wig. So I want to give back and donate 10 inches of my hair for someone else to benefit from. It was hard to cut my hair off but it will always grow back.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My granddaughter is almost 7 years old. She recently donated 8 inches of her thick curly hair. I was hoping she would get a thank you note in the mail so she would understand what she did. I explained it to her but I think with a note and pictures from your organization she would fully understand. We have a teacher at the school she attends who recently lost her hair due to cancer. I would like to put my granddaughter's picture along with a note from Panteen in our local newspaper to go along with a story about this teacher.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just cut my hair for my third donation, only 10" this time because I didn't want it too short. The first time I had 23", the second was 15". I can't give blood, but my hair grows like a weed, I get at least 7" a year. I'm 52 years old, and if I can help someone feel better about themselves in a difficult time, then it makes me feel good too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have donated 10-14 inches of my hair to Locks of Love since 1999. This past Sunday marks my 6th cut for donation: '99, '01, '03, '05, '08, and 7/11/10--22 inches this time! and it's still brushing the tops of my shoulders! I have heard of charities for women and thought I might start alternating between the kids' one and the women's one, but I couldn't remember any specific charity name, which is why I was googling it when I found this page! Neat.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This a great thing you all are doing! (:

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      GuyB LM 6 years ago

      Quite a selfless act indeed, terrific lens and topic

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      Wow, that is detailed. Nice job, enjoyable read.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've donated my hair twice and am growing it out to do it a third time. I first decided to do it when my mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 she has since beat the breast cancer and has just recently been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. I can't do a whole lot to help cancer patients but if donating my hair helps them even in a little way then i'll do it for the rest of the time that I am able.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How could a person donate their hair to make a wig for a family member going through chemo?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have now donated twice. First time, I had 10" and 16" sections. This time, 8". Just have to figure out where to send it this time.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There are so many people donating there hair to help clean up the oil spill. This has always been an informative lens for readers to find, nice to just stop by again. - Best wishes Susan!

      Susie

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just how much is bleached? Any lightening of the hair?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Does anyone know how much you would need to lighten to become 'bleached'? I dislike my haircolour and have about a foot to donate, but it has been lifted two shades - can I still donate?

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      hifiamplifiers 6 years ago

      Bah ,i was have about 4years ago , really long hear ...I just cat it ,and the my hair stain in salon in down ...Sry for my bad English :(((

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      yellowvenus 6 years ago

      I have a lot of hair to donate. I'm donating it today. Thanks for the interesting lens.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Valerie - if you look at the second page of this site, you'll see all the organizations I know of that accept human hair. The only one I know of that does anything for adults with cancer is Pantene and you can follow the link to their site to get the info for where to send your hair.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i want to donate my hair to adults with cancer is there an address for that my father died 2 years ago from small cell lung cancer and his mother my grandmother is now dying of it can you help me find a site that i am looking for?

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Melinda - you can get the address for donating off of any of the different groups websites. Check out several of them on the second page of this website - http://www.squidoo.com/donateyourhair/63531692-Whe... Once you figure out where you want to donate, just check their website for the details on where to send.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have had a very long hair but I had it cut due to some reasons.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hello i love to help people in need i'm 20yr old i will love to donate my long hair to kids that need i'm cutting my hair next week but need an address to send it to but i but its to donate for those lovely kids that needs or anyone that needs it i hope someone enjoy it

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      Francesca231 6 years ago

      I had hair long enough to sit on and went and got it cut a couple of weeks ago into a bob. I really wish I had read this first as I would've loved to have done this.

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      celia19O5 6 years ago

      I have had a very long hair but I had it cut due to some reasons. Sometimes I feel regretted !!! If I knew this donation soon, maybe I had sth for donation ...

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      ChaosAndCritters 6 years ago

      My son is growing out his hair to donate. He has beautiful blond curls that grow very fast. I have to admit, I can't wait until his hair is long enough to cut... it's starting to get wild!

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      petanu 6 years ago

      I will donate. Thx for the article

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      Athren 6 years ago

      way to go! it is nice to see some one cares about something you don't see every day

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: yes, i just read online that "Locks of Love" accepts colored hair in healthy condition.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I hate to be naïve about this, but I just don't know - if I lighten my hair (about 2 shades) is that considered 'bleaching'? I'd love to donate, but have disliked my natural colour all my life.

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      junflors 6 years ago

      a great article so many thing to learn God Bless and more power.

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      mich1908 6 years ago

      What a great lense! This is something new to me..

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: As pinksailboat says, Locks of Love will take dyed hair. But not bleached. So if you've gone blonde, it might not work. Oh, but Locks of Love doesn't do cancer patients, so there's that as well to consider. Pantene will take colored hair if it's not a permanent coloring. Check the rest of this list on the "Where to Donate" tab at the top of the page.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: locks for love takes dyed hair.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i want to donate my hair where cancer patients can use it . i can cut about 18in. off but i have colored my hair for many years can i still donate

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank !! That great donate.

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      Susan 6 years ago from Texas

      @anonymous: Actually, check out the Matter of Trust site. They're collecting hair for use in the booms with the oil spill. And that hair can be in any condition. Your blonde hair could be sucking up oil in the Gulf. :-)

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