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07-14-2014 12:17 PM
judsonc24@hotmail.com Wow, I just got my hair cut up to my ears after the ten inches and I was filling out the form to send in to LOL, but know I feel bad if it won't be used. The salon said they would love my thick strong hair. I don't know, I'm sending it in anyway, maybe somehow I could help someone. Thanks for the info people.
07-02-2014 05:27 AM
Mulvah
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Originally Posted by crazyms View Post
Sorry I know this is an old thread but since I have longer hair I found it interesting. I looked at the Shear Hope website suggested above and if you have an issue with LoL I wouldn't suggest them either. Their "What We Do" page says they suggest women SHAVING their heads at at least a 13" donation and raise $200. The hair donation is given to LoL and the $200 is for Shear Hope's costs! If LoL is shady it sounds like these people are even shadier! I usually just cut mine when I'm ready and leave it for the birds or put it in compost although I have considered donating it. I guess since there aren't any decent options for that I won't be bothering.
Look into Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
06-27-2014 12:53 AM
crazyms Sorry I know this is an old thread but since I have longer hair I found it interesting. I looked at the Shear Hope website suggested above and if you have an issue with LoL I wouldn't suggest them either. Their "What We Do" page says they suggest women SHAVING their heads at at least a 13" donation and raise $200. The hair donation is given to LoL and the $200 is for Shear Hope's costs! If LoL is shady it sounds like these people are even shadier! I usually just cut mine when I'm ready and leave it for the birds or put it in compost although I have considered donating it. I guess since there aren't any decent options for that I won't be bothering.
03-11-2014 11:38 PM
jsusnme

I understand the children do not get their wigs for free.  They are expensive for them.

02-06-2014 01:18 PM
Mulvah
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Originally Posted by Viola View Post
 

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. 

 

I think Wiki does a great job of outlining some of the issues, including links for support.  Your response was a year ago, so I have no idea what has been added since, but I donated to another organization prior to 2013 and it was because of all the shady accounting issues with Locks of Love up to that point. 

 

They are selling much more hair than they donate according to the numbers.

 

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Originally Posted by aussiewoman View Post
 

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?

 

http://www.gotobeautifullengths.com/

 

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.

 

I have donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and will do so again very soon.

 

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Originally Posted by Qre8iv View Post
 

This was eye opening for me.  I have very long hair and wanted to donate it, still do, but now I just don't know.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/05/13/locks-of-love-6-million-of-hair-donations-unaccounted-for-each-year/

 

Look into Pantene Beautiful Lengths.  Their rules were pretty straightforward and they will send you a notice letting you know they received your donation.  I was really happy with my experience compared to my Locks of Love donation.  I will be donating to them again soon.

01-30-2014 04:53 AM
Qre8iv

This was eye opening for me.  I have very long hair and wanted to donate it, still do, but now I just don't know.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/05/13/locks-of-love-6-million-of-hair-donations-unaccounted-for-each-year/

09-28-2013 02:55 PM
aussiewoman

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?

 

http://www.gotobeautifullengths.com/

 

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.

08-31-2013 11:33 PM
Viola

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. 

08-31-2013 05:26 AM
purplerose

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.

08-19-2013 06:14 AM
lilsmeme

RE:KIDNEY "JOKE"!!!Obviously you've NEVER had the unfortunate "business" of being sick and for that you should be thankful!!! You need to cherish your good health and NOT poke fun at those who suffer from health ailments!!

08-19-2013 06:09 AM
lilsmeme

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!!

07-08-2008 07:04 PM
reeseccup This may sound strange to some people...but here on MDC I feel comfortable enough to voice it.

A couple of years back I had 13-14"s cut off of my very thick never treated in good shape hair in thoughts of donating to LoL. I'm glad I did my research (thanks long haired communities for your information).

I have chosen, instead, to hang onto it for a day I have time to make a couple of dolls with my own hair sewn in for the dolls hair to give to my kids. What gave me the idea was my youngest was so sad when I cut my hair. He loved to finger it (rub it between his fingers) and stroke it, all for comfort. When I showed him the ponytail of my hair he got all excited and started fingering and stroking it with so much love, I thought...hmmm he needs a comfort doll for when I'm not in bed with him.

Just be thinking outloud.
07-06-2008 03:51 PM
a(TM)?Star Eye opening is right! I had no idea. I guess it pays to be skeptical about almost everything. :
07-06-2008 02:30 PM
lawschoolmama Wow, I can't believe this! Very eye-opening.
07-06-2008 01:13 PM
bscal
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Originally Posted by CupcakeMagee View Post
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."
I used to think the same thing until I started reading this thread. I love my hairdresser but every time I've had more than 1/2 inch trimmed she tells me "Oh, if you got a little more cut off you could donate to LoL and help those poor children with cancer." I think she's just uninformed and I plan to gently tell her that the next time I go to see her. It's hard having long hair, because everywhere you go ppl will ask you if you're growing your hair out for LoL. When you say no then you get dirty looks.

Beth
07-06-2008 01:30 AM
CupcakeMagee Okay, so you know that dance Snoopy does when he's really happy... That's what I'm doing right now.

And that's because I have long healthy auburn (never dyed, never fried, never blow-dried) hair down my back, past my shoulders but above the waist of my jeans, and I get a nice little trim every few months from a hair stylist that I've been seeing since I was a little kid, and bless her heart, every single time I go in she says to me with a touch of sadness in her voice "You know, if you cut off about blah blah blah inches you could donate it to Locks of Love..." and I always say very nicely back "*sigh* maybe someday..." and smile and ignore her. 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."

And now I know I'm not alone!!! *Happy Snoopy Dance* I'm not the only person who's had people attempt to guilt trip them into hacking their hair off for "sick little children" who was then treated as though they were some sort of Long Hair Grinch for not cutting it off immediately. I feel so much happier about dealing with that nonsense now. Thanks everyone!

Oh and as for this comment:

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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.
It's awesome and I'm stealing... I mean, making a homage to it by using it promptly the next time the issue comes up.
05-31-2008 01:31 AM
EmmaJean through a thread somewhere I found this site with lots of good info and alternatives
http://www.squidoo.com/locksoflove

good luck!
05-31-2008 12:27 AM
annamari I was planning to donate my hair to LoL because it's sooo long and I've gotten quite sick of having the same hairdo as I had four years ago. I was all excited that since I was going to cut my hair anyway I could at least do something nice with it and help someone out.. and then I read the thread above. I'm not going to donate my hair now, since it seems like it wouldn't do much good. The trouble of having it cut to the right length and mailing it just isn't worth it if I'm not even sure it's going to honest people! But if there are any organizations that are clearly honest about their wigmaking services.. I would still donate. One of the posts above mentions another group but says they are also rather shady. Does anyone know of another group? I will be cutting my hair anyway, and it is nice hair if I may say so myself, so.. yeah. It would be nice to have it be used rather than just thrown away. Or, how does one go about selling it on eBay?
08-22-2007 07:51 PM
SwanMom Another thing to do with hair: It's great thing to put in your compost pile.
08-11-2007 11:40 AM
Tuesday I've been reading this thread with interest. I've only been exposed to Locks of Love from what I've read online. I do have alopecia universalis - developed it when I was 35 and have now lost all my hair. Since developing this condition, I've been absolutely mystified by the idea of donating one's hair to this organization to make human hair wigs. Yes, human hair wigs cost several THOUSAND dollars and they only last a couple years. And they are bloody annoying because unlike one's real hair, you are stuck with the same style. I do know children who wear wigs but I've not heard of them buying them or being awarded them via Locks of Love. Many children opt not to wear wigs because they are annoying, expensive and get in the way of many childhood activities. I have and do wear synthetic wigs and have to say they are expensive (hundreds of dollars) and only last 2-3 months. So, synthetic wigs may not be desirable for a child either. I mostly wear scarves and most people I know with alopecia or chemotherapy-related hair loss do similarly (especially in hot weather).

I'd say if you were interested in helping children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or to alopecia, you should make a donation to fund research for cancer or at www.NAAF.org - an organization, I should add, that makes no reference to Locks of Love.

I said at the opening of this post I was mystified by the interest in donating hair. I guess one has long hair and wants "to help". It would be great if the hair was made into wigs for kids (and adults - there is a need for adults too) but it seems like the company is dodgy. I've always been suspicious of LoL since people I know who have had chemotherapy generally lose their hair for a short time and synthetic wigs or scarves or are generally a good option short term option. Some ideas for people wanting to help: Again, I would be more interested in donating money to fund research for cancer than donating hair to an organization that seems suspect. Another idea - buy pretty synthetic wigs and donate them to your local Cancer society. I've donated several hundred dollars worth of new or nearly new wigs and it's always appreciated because many adults and children can't afford the expensive of even one synthetic wig which, at least in Canada, can cost $200 or more.
08-10-2007 02:46 PM
jamsmama No way would I ever donate my hair so that Lindsay Lohan can have hair extensions!!
08-03-2007 12:41 PM
sistermama
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For 2006 their program service revenue was $584,572 which thus is explained as "FUNDS RECEIVED FROM SALE OF EXCESS HAIR USED TO PURCHASE MANUFACTURED CUSTOM HAIR PROSTHETICS" (BTW I am not yelling, just direct qouting from their 990)
Plus no where in their 990 does it reflect the expense of those custom hair prosthetics being purchased. In fact it shows no supply or product costs whatsoever. This doesn't mean that they weren't purchased, but it does mean that the breakdown of their expenses is not terribly accurate and that you can't know how much of that $584k went towards purchashing prosthetics or instead towards supporting their high operating costs.

It also noted that from the time of their founding until 2005 they helped 1,700 families. That doesn't seem like a large amount of people to me for the vast quantities of money they are reporting. Plus the nest egg they are sitting on is now over $2million, which is HUGE for a company with their annual revenue. My old nonprofit has an annual budget of about $1million/year and we were thrilled when we were able to put together a reserve fund of $100,000. That was considered an accomplisment for someone of our size.

I say sell your hair people, and donate the money to a more transparent organization.
07-28-2007 11:40 PM
sonrisaa29
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Originally Posted by sistermama View Post
I think the main thing about them is not how many wigs are or are not made compared to how much hair they get but that their ture admin costs push 50% and they are sitting on a $1million nest egg that resulted directly from money donated directly to them and the sale of hair donated to them. Who knows, maybe they are saving it up to build some massive building to somehow benefit kids with cancer or some such thing, but you would think that if that were the case they would have a capital campaign going for it so they could get as many donations as possible. Anyway, like I said before, their financials look very fishy to me.
According to their 2006, 990 they did give the University of Miami $350,000 for research purposes. For 2006 their program service revenue was $584,572 which thus is explained as "FUNDS RECEIVED FROM SALE OF EXCESS HAIR USED TO PURCHASE MANUFACTURED CUSTOM HAIR PROSTHETICS" (BTW I am not yelling, just direct qouting from their 990)

I do find it interesting that they spent more on paying their publication and printing costs than paying their employees.They ended up spending around a million or so on operating costs, such as travel, occupancy and so on.
07-27-2007 06:28 PM
myfairbabies For someone that wants to do something with their hair rather than throw it away, you can sell it and then donate that money if you want (or just buy yourself something!). i used this site http://www.hairwork.com/bidhere.htm So if you feel bad cutting your hair and not doing anything with it, sell it here! It's way better than e-bay too.
07-19-2007 06:57 AM
Terrilein I have waist length really thick hair and haven't been given the LoL line since they don't practice in Germany, but I've heard aweful stories of school sponsored LoL events on several sites including the longhaircommunity. The basic gist of each story is that every long hair girl gets hunted down and pressured into parting with her hair - even if her hair doesn't fit the LoL guidelines because the pony tail is too short, hair is bleached or damaged, whatever (btw, hair that is too short or grey is sold to offset their manufacturing costs according to their FAQ). I have yet to hear about LoL doing anything to curb this sort of hysteria. Too bad I say. They can't be held responsible for this kind of behavior at schools, but they could at least make a disclaimer on their site. And they do mention that an estimated 80% of all donations come from children who wish to help other children. I wonder if they have any estimates of how many of these donations were procured under duress?
Even if LoL were a first class charity, I still have my issues with the hysteria surrounding it. It just raises my hackles to hear of these girls receiving guilt trips for having long hair. Of being told to help all those kids with cancer by cutting it off. Why don't these schools sponsor events to raise money for cancer research instead? Then EVERY child could participate instead of mobbing a few girls.
07-11-2007 07:20 PM
AlexisT The cost of making these wigs is astronomical. I know women who have custom human hair wigs. They run into the thousands, and a huge portion of the cost is the work that goes into making them.

i would imagine that some kids with alopecia do want a wig--teenage girls, for example, want to look "normal". It is a small market, though, so LoL gets more publicity than it deserves.

(Not that I'm defending all of LoL's practices, but this is something you should be aware of).
07-10-2007 04:47 PM
Isaac'sMa Bummer. I donated about 16 inches of my hair to LoL right after ds was born
07-10-2007 11:31 AM
VegHipMama I don't have a dog in this fight, but since my best friend's husband has been donating to them for years, I started following the links provided here so that I could let them know. It seems that all the info in the links are from at least 5 years ago. When I went to the BBB's give.org site, for example, and rooted around for the most recent info (valid until 2008), LoL was considered to be in complete compliance: BBB's 2007-2008 findings for LoL

Is it possible that the organization has gotten new management and cleaned up its act?
07-10-2007 02:21 AM
asoulunbound Oddly enough, forgot to LINK the org!!!
http://www.shearhope.org/
07-10-2007 02:19 AM
asoulunbound bummer. I donated to LoL.
Here is a great organization I wish I knew about when I cut my 22 inches. Two of my friends were able to donate- Jade and Carron in the "hope giver" section.
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