Interesting, until recently, I've always had very long hair. No one ever suggested I donate, but plenty of people told me that I should sell it. A couple of months ago, I decided to cut my to a chin length bob. I donated a 10 inch braid to Locks of Love. Whatever they can't use, they sell to help with their costs. It's all fine to me, better to put the hair to use than just throw it away.
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I have heard of people donating however, know if no one who has received a wig and I'm thankful. It's hard to track some of these things and our golden rule is to do unto others! It's off of us and on to others! I do my due diligence!
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Thanks for the info. That is really interesting. I had no idea hair could be used that way.
I have a friend that regularly grows out her hair and donates. I don't know anyone that has benefited from the donated hair.
My salon donates the hair to be made into mats and soak up oil spills.
I do have really long hair but it is color treated and I don't want to cut my short at all.
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WOW! 7#s is a lot of hair! Mine would never weigh that much even if it was 10 ft long.
So, it was good to hear that 2 people know 4 people who have received wigs. Alopecia is a funky disease. You can lose some or all of your hair and have some or all of it grow back and can have it fall out once or many times. One of our weirdest ones was when my daughter lost the outer half of her eyebrows at age 9. I thought she had shaved them till I looked closely! We did have fun drawing them back in. I had to rein in her creativity a few times LOL
The NIH is really good about covering non-medical treatments sometimes. I think that psychologically having hair can make a difference in your outcomes.
I have donated to Locks of Love, as well as another place (can't remember the name now sadly) in the past. My hair grows quickly and frankly I'd just as soon have someone get my hair as it be thrown away. I have also known two people who have received wigs for free, but not from Locks of Love. I have known adults who received a wig paid for by an organization who does collect hair, but also helps fund wigs. A child I cared for received a wig, but again, I don't remember the name. Locks of Love is just the most well known organization who collects hair so that is what everyone assumes people should donate too. It's like the Komen foundation for breast cancer. It's the most advertised and known, but not necessarily the best to donate to. I've been told I should donate my hair, but I take it as a compliment that my hair is nice enough that someone else would want to wear it. Whether they meant it that way or not doesn't really matter to me. Now I keep my hair much shorter because long hair is sadly a migraine trigger (the weight of my hair is too much for my head -- I once donated a 14 inch braid that weighed almost 7 pounds!) so I can't donate any longer.
I've donated to Locks of Love a couple of times, but don't know any of the recipients of free wigs. I did watch a documentary one time about how costly human hair is and they showed how they process the hair and make the wigs. Makes me wonder if some of this costly hair isn't resold for vanity wigs (vs. wigs for medical charity).
Well, considering my hair would have been cut and thrown out anyway, I'm not offended, but hopeful that it did get used for honest purposes.
I have never had anyone comment to me that I should cut of my long hair and donate it to anywhere. I'd ignore any such comments.
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I haven't heard of locks of love here in UK. I guess we're really lucky because we have the NHS. When I had to have chemo 3 years ago I was given a voucher to go to a really nice wig place about 10 miles away. I was told to go as soon as possible, i.e. before my hair fell out too much. They gave me an hour's consultation and a free wig that actually looked pretty good. The wigs they supplied were exactly the same ones that they would sell to their paying customers so I was really fortunate.
Pantene donates to the Canadian Cancer Society up here.
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Yes, I had two eighth grade students who received free wigs from Locks of Love!!!
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I've worked both pediatric inpatient, PICU and ran a Peds outpatient clinic. So yeah, I've been around a lot of kids of kids. I also have a daughter with alopecia. When she was diagnosed at a major children's hospital no one said a word about free hair.
I just find it interesting that with all of the people on this site who might have read this and after 30 years in the business I've never met anyone who got hair.
As for "should" grow and donate, I'm all for it if you want to. It has been a bit irritating for some of my friends who have beautiful long hair to have complete strangers tell them they should cut it off and donate it. They always respond with they are not done with it yet.
That's interesting about Pantene. I didn't know they had that program. Who do they give hair to?
Edited by: LADYCJM at: 9/12/2013 (22:32)
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I have donated twice in the past to Locks of Love but I don't know of any child who has directly benefited from it.
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Do you work with sick children in long term care?
Locks of Love donates wigs to children with alopecia, mostly, although they will do so for other conditions t hat cause long-term hair loss. Generally, this does not include cancer patients, because this is a short-term condition.
It's on their website:
"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."
I know no children with alopecia, therefore I do not know anyone who has received donations.
And no one has ever said you "should" -- if you're going to cut your hair, then donate it if you want, but you don't have to grow your hair out just because you "have" to donate. That's silly.
I have not but I can offer insight on a better place to donate to. I donate my hair every 1.5 years because it grows like crazy. However I prefer to donate to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program. They take shorter or dyed hair that can't be used for wigs and sell it. This helps them pay to process the hair they can use into wigs, and I like that more people can help out without cutting off ALL of their hair. I donated the first time to Locks of Love and didn't hear a word back from them, don't know if they even received it. The last time I donated to Pantene they sent me their nice pre-written thank you letter, but someone slipped a handwritten note inside too saying I had beautiful hair and was very generous to give it up. I thought that was sweet.
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I have heard for years that we all should grow out and cut off our long hair and donate it to Locks of Love. God forbid we should want to wear it ourselves, but that's another story.
Does anyone personally know anyone who has ever received a free wig from Locks of Love? Stories about a cousins friend, someone's neighbors sisters BFF don't count. You have to personally know this person in order to answer YES.
I've worked in hospitals, clinics, home care etc for over 30 years and have never met anyone who got a free wig from them.
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