If you are interested in knowing more about how to donate your hair to help children with medical hair loss, you will be happy to hear of Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss resulting from any diagnosis.
The required length in order to donate is 10 inches. It took me about a year and a half to achieve this length, and it might take even longer since typically, hair grows an average of 6 inches per year.
Finally, earlier this month, I woke up one morning and realized that it was time to let go of my long and shiny hair. I made the appointment and headed to the hair salon and was lucky enough to find a wonderful stylist who got excited with the idea and helped me achieved this dream.
First, she braided and measured my hair to ensure we were getting the required 10 inches length. Then, she made the cut and put the hair in a plastic bag.
One of the things that usually holds people back from donating their hair is the belief that hair should not be colored. Actually, colored is accepted, and you should not worry about not coloring your hair during this almost two year process of growth. Bleached hair is not accepted, though, so keep that in mind before lightening the hair you intend to let grow for donation.
Once you have your hair bagged and ready to go, you should print the form from the Locks of Love website and mail it out. All the information you need is linked right here.
If hair donation doesn’t sound right for you right now, I have good news! You don’t need to donate your hair to make a difference in the lives of these families because they accept cash donations as well. It costs a great deal of money to create quality hairpieces and the organization is happy for the help!
The idea is to help in the best way you can, and to share hope, love and faith during this holiday season.
And, in case you were wondering, this is me. Now with much shorter hair, but with a very happy heart.