|Yeah I get asked that a lot. My new response is "wow you look healthy! When are you gonna donate a kidney?" The looks are priceless.|
But, each time I would think to myself "I MUST be the ONLY person who has to go through this each time they go near a salon. Sheesh."
NOTHING!!! I have been donating to locks of love for ten years. I grow my hair specifically to donate. Requirements are the hair be TEN inches from gathered part of ponytail. NO BLEACHED hair. No more than 5% grey due to coarseness of hair shaft. Color treated hair is ok. Be sure to MARK DIRECTION of hair growth of donation. This mix up can cause wig to tangle BEYOND repair!! Please be careful with that point. Locks of love makes PROSTETICS by request ONLY-no hair pieces. The other donation are stored for future use. They use @ 60% of hair donation. Rest of hair goes to offset costs of making piece. VERY WORTHY foundation. Good luck and many blessings to you and yours!!
I remember years ago I cut off my butt-length hair and donated it, and my grandfather cried. I wasn't telling anyone, but my aunt asked if I donated it, then told my grandfather. My grandfateher and cousin and Sil all had cancer around the same time. In my area, LoL is pushed as helping kids with cancer have hair. I have never even heard it talked about as giving wigs to alopecia patients.
This is an old thread, but since it's been revived, I thought I'd post the Charity Navigator rating: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=9285#.UiLe_xYmzdk
I had always heard not to donate to Locks of Love, but when I looked into what the problems were, really, they didn't sound bad. It sounds as if they have to sell some hair for profit to make up the difference, because wigmaking is an art and requires a lot of work to make a custom wig for someone that is going to look good, and it's not a profitable business, so they have to cover the costs somehow.
Interesting information ladies. I have been growing my hair for the sole purpose of donating it and I am ready to do it. Do any of you know anything about this group?
They make wigs and are associated with the American Cancer Society.
It seems though they say you cannot donate if your hair is dyed, I never use bleach, but I use over the counter box hair color and not sure if they will take it, but locks of love does take it and so I don't understand the difference.
Thanks ahead for any info.