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Where to Send Hair?

Hello! I’d love your opinion!

I’ve decided to cut my hair off this Friday. I’ve been wanting to cut it for months now and I’ve finally found the time. I’m planning to cut a lot off. Here is a picture taken about a month ago (right before we all graduated… so we’re being a little silly):

Long hair. I’m second from the left.

 And this is the length I’m planning to go for (from a few years ago):

Oddly standing in front of a window… and the hair on the other side of my head is pulled back (not missing)

 BIG difference!

My hair is so long because I am lazy and just don’t get it cut. Once it’s a certain length, it just lives in a ponytail or bun anyway and it’s easy to ignore. And to be honest, I was really digging my “running hair:” a powerful ponytail swaying behind me. But my hair has gotten so long (and heavy) that my hair just hangs in a low ponytail down my back, stuck to my back sweat, too heavy to be supported by 2 elastics. Sexy, I know. But it’s finally long enough to be donated so that’s what I’m doing! I donated it 2 years ago as well.

Here’s where I need you. Two years ago, I donated it to Locks of Love. Now I’m hearing that they are controversial and I should donate it to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths or Wigs for Kids. The reason that Locks of Love is considered controversial is because:

  •  They don’t use all of the hair for wings. Lots of the hair gets tossed because it doesn’t meet the requirements (length, not dyed, etc) or because it’s moldy. I know my hair will be long enough, my hair is completely untreated (please see my lazy comment from above), and as long as it’s not moldy when I mail it, it should be fine.
  • Locks of Love sells some of their hair to defray their operating costs. Should this bother me? I’m torn.
  • Many of their wigs go to children with alopecia not cancer. This doesn’t bother me at all, hair loss is hair loss.
  • They charge their recipients on a sliding scale based on income. This bothers me.
  • Here’s an article that explains it better than I do from the NY Times

Here’s a quick set of differences between Beautiful Lengths and Locks of Love that I found on this blog:

  • Pantene’s minimum donation requirement is 8 inches of hair.  Locks of Love’s minimum is 10 inches but will accept shorter pieces and sellthem to offset the manufacturing costs of the hairpieces.
  • Pantene’s wigs benefit women whose hair loss is attributed to cancer.  Locks for Love’s  wigs are sold to children under 21 with hair loss resulting from any array of factors.
  • Pantene does not accept hair that is more than 5% gray.  Locks of Love accepts gray hair, which they also sell.
  • Pantene does not charge for the wigs, no matter what the recipient’s economic status.  Locks of Love does not provide all of its hairpieces for free.  According to its website, prices for human-hair wigs are set on a sliding scale based on the recipient’s family income.

For more information, please visit their respective websites. (Glamamom got this information from their websites)

Someone else suggested finding someone who builds wigs (for regular sale), selling my hair there, and then donating that money to a cancer charity. I wouldn’t even know the first thing about going about that!

What do you think? I’m leaning towards Beautiful Lengths because they give the wigs away for free. But I don’t know if I’m missing something and they also have controversy….


Comments on: "Where to Send Hair?" (2)

  1. Tough one. From the few things I’ve read, Locks of Love has some questionable practices. Be sure to let us know what you decide and post “after” pictures.

  2. […] promise, next week, to update you on the Haircut! (which I did do! Over 12 inches cut off!) And the Relay for Life that T and I did together last […]

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