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Video: Donate your hair for charity: Locks of Love

November 10th, 2007 | Tina | Events and Activities, General, Health, Video | 5 Comments »

Donating your hair for charity is not only supporting a great cause, it is also a way to make sure that nothing is wasted in life and that in every act you do you are mindful. I donated 30 cm (14 inches) of my hair to charity today -for children’s wigs and in the video below you can see the event and get instruction how to donate.

One of the charities you can donate your hair to is “Locks of Love”. It is a well-established nonprofit organization dedicated to gathering donated hair for children’s wigs. The charity makes wigs for financially disadvantaged children across the U.S. who suffer from long-term medical hair loss. These children receive custom-made and fitted wigs made from donated human hair for free or on a sliding scale based on need.

Donated hair must be at least 10 inches long, clean, dry, and bundled into a ponytail or braid. Colored or permed hair is acceptable if it’s not chemically damaged. Most of the wig requests come from girls, and they want long hair. That’s why there is a minimum length. Hair as long as 14 to 16 inches is ideal. Short-haired boy’s wigs are made from shorter lengths separated from longer ponytails/braids.

“Wigs for Kids” is another nonprofit group that accepts donated hair. This organization also gives wigs to children affected by medical hair loss. Their hair donation guidelines are slightly different: hair must be 12 inches long and must not be permed or color-treated in any way.

While chemotherapy is the best-known reason for children’s hair loss, it does not cause a permanent loss of hair. After the treatment is over, hair almost always grows back within three to six months. In contrast, alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease, can cause patchy or complete hair loss that lasts for years. The cause of the disease is unknown, and it currently has no cure.

According to “Locks of Love” most of the children they help have alopecia areata, and the wigs are a great boost to the children’s self esteem.

Whether you have hair or money to donate, those in need will appreciate your hair and your generosity.

You can send your donated hair to:
LOCKS OF LOVE
2925 10th Avenue N
Suite 102
Lake Worth, FL 33461-3099

– My haircut was done by Khun Noi at “Your Hair” in Chiang Mai. It is located on 106/4 Sirimangkalajarn Rd, Chiang Mai 50200. Phone: +66 (0)89-5599586

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5 Responses to “Video: Donate your hair for charity: Locks of Love”

  1. Miranda
    May 11th, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

    Wow! This is so cool! Love that you did this for a great charity! But where is the “after” shot of your new do?!
    p.s. Love the soundtrack playing in the hair salon too. It makes me miss Thailand!

  2. Giten
    May 27th, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

    Hi!!! Great to see you here at least. Way to go! But my hair is never gonna be 10/12 inches long I think. Or we will wait for Pastor Shumba’s hair to be that long. But anyways a real inspiration.
    Who filmed it?? Thomas?? I know your hairdresser, he cuts mine too.

  3. Tina
    May 30th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

    My girlfriend Sandra filmed it. Good isn’t it?!
    The hairdresser is a very nice guy. Send him my regards.Thomas also has his hair cut as his salon because as oppose to many hairdressers he listens to you and don’t cut more off than you want etc. Sweet.Also a haircut is merely 200 Baht (5 $), which even in Thailand is expensive at all.

  4. kathleen mcreynolds
    May 23rd, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    we live in thailand how can we help donate hair here thank you

  5. kim
    May 24th, 2016 @ 3:56 am

    hi
    we live in Chiang Mai right now,where can I sent my hair to?
    thanks

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