Thinking about a drastic haircut? Chopping off your luscious ponytail? Did you know that you can donate your hair to Locks of Love? Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that helps financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss. While chemotherapy is the best known cause of hair loss, there are a variety of other conditions that cause the hair to fall out.
Locks of Love first started in 1997 by partnering with a for-profit wig retailer. The founder was a retired cardiac nurse who had developed alopecia in her 20s. Her daughter also developed it and lost all her hair. She said it was 10 times harder to deal with her daughter’s hair loss than her own. Since it started in her garage, Locks of Love now has recipients in 50 U.S. states and Canada.
Many children lose hair because of an autoimmune disorder that causes hair follicles to shut down permanently. Other recipients have hair loss due to cancer, burns, or other skin disorders. Children with hair loss can receive unwanted attention from classmates and the hair loss coupled with the medical conditions cause the child to withdraw from normal activities. Most wigs are made in adult sizes and come with a variety of other obstacles. The hairpieces are a tool or support for the recipient to assist them in returning to a normal child life.
Locks of Love accepts donations based on a variety of conditions. For their wigs, hair must be 10 inches long, though they can use shorter strands to sell to other manufacturers for fundraising. It must be sent in tied up in either a ponytail or a braid. Locks of Love does accept hair that is permed or dyed, but not bleached.
To donate, simply fill out the form here and send it in with your hair.