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Donate Your Hair to Locks of Love

By January 23, 2009

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Locks of Love is an organization that accepts donated hair to make hairpieces for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. What began in the garage of a mother who knew about the pain of childhood hairloss has turned into one of the most recognized organizations nationally.

At your next haircut, why not donate your hair to Locks of Love? There are guidelines such as length and condition, but is well worth the snip!

Learn how to donate hair to Locks of Love
How to request a hairpiece from Locks of Love
Comments
June 13, 2006 at 5:16 am
(1) Rebecca says:

My daughter was going to donate to Locks of Love, but now I am thinking of trying to discourage her. I have read that the company has taken in hundreds of thousands of donatations, and yet has made only 1400 wigs total (not per year) since the charity began. Last year, they apparently made over $300,000. by selling donated hair. This is a scandal and a real shame, using the good hearts of children for their personal gain. I am really appalled and hope you will address the truth about Locks of Love.

June 13, 2006 at 10:59 am
(2) Lisa Fayed, Cancer Guide says:

Yes, Locks of Love receives many donations each year, but can’t use them all. Many times the hair is not in good condition or all the pieces are not long enough. They sell the hair to wig manufacturers that cannot be used.

Locks of Love pays for the maufacturing of the hairpiece that is custom made for wach child according to the size of their head etc. This is an expensive process, and although they recive a ton of hair donations, financial donation are needed as well.

What else do they do they do with the money? Just like every other organization, it takes money to run it – advertising, staff, etc.

I hope you will rethink your discouragement. Locks of Love is a great organization

September 28, 2006 at 2:11 am
(3) Vanessa A says:

I donated my hair about 2 years ago in Miami. I’m going to donate again in the upcoming week or so, but the problem is finding a location that gives free haircuts for donors! (I live in California, so that Miami location is too far away!) The Locks of Love site no longer posts participating salons. I don’t know why, but it’s kind of a hassle having to call up different locations, rather than simply checking a list online… I’m not sure what the program really does with the hair but I assume only the best. I haven’t heard of the rumor above until now, so I think it’s a fairly legitimate charity. Plus, a free haircut is a great incentive, since it costs so much for people with longer hair to get a salon cut!

October 30, 2006 at 12:53 pm
(4) Deb B says:

Even if they can not use the hair to make a wig for a child it will can help finance the program thru sales of unusable donations.
The better business bureau reports that Locks of Love meets their 20 Standards for Charity Accountability which covers finances, appeals, and governance of national charitable organizations..
They do not evaluate “worthiness” but I certainly think it is important … and if you if you planning on getting you hair cut anyway – why not donate!?!?

Check charities out before you donate… http://www.give.org/

May 21, 2007 at 10:41 pm
(5) paris says:

do u no what..

this is very good for children because some of those kids out there are suffering and its good for the kds to help all of them.i cant wait unyil i do it because im excited that i can help someone else because thats what jesus would want righttt.. love always Paris

May 21, 2007 at 10:41 pm
(6) paris says:

do u no what..

this is very good for children because some of those kids out there are suffering and its good for the kds to help all of them.i cant wait unyil i do it because im excited that i can help someone else because thats what jesus would want righttt.. love always Paris

September 7, 2007 at 12:53 pm
(7) Long Hair says:

Besides, shouldn’t about.com’s medical “reporter” Lisa Fayed know that the
organization is NOT for kids with cancer, but alopecia? Almost all kids with hair
loss due to cancer treatments are rejected by Locks of Love. Alopecia sufferers
deserve to have hair as well, but it’s only fair that donors (for whom donating
their hair is often a very personal gift, based on a connection to cancer in their
family) know where the hair is going?

September 7, 2007 at 1:02 pm
(8) cancer says:

I would like to add that some children with cancer do benefit from the Locks of Love organization. Long term chemotherapy can cause long term hair loss in children. Not to mention radiation treatments to the head can cause permanent hair loss.

It’s very sad that some people have to be so mean spirited without knowing all the facts.

May 17, 2008 at 12:12 am
(9) DMILNE says:

I KNOW THIS IS ALL ABOUT HAIR DONATION, BUT I CUT MY HAIR LAST YEAR, ABOUT 24-INCHES IN LENGTH AND SO DID MY SISTERS – 19 IN. AND 26IN. BUT I WAS WONDERING IF THERE IS ANY PLACE THAT BUYS HAIR? I’M PLANNING TO CUT MY HAIR AGAIN, THIS YEAR, ABOUT 16IN. WHICH I’M WILLING TO DONATE. I’VE READ THESE COMMENTS AND NOW I’M HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT DONATING MY HAIR JUST SO THESE PEOPLE COULD TURN AROUND AND SELL IT FOR MORE. ANYWAYS, IF YOU KNOW OF A PLACE THAT BUYS HAIR PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I APPRECIATE THAT.

THANKS
DM.

August 8, 2008 at 7:46 pm
(10) renee says:

in october of 2008 i am going to donate my hair to locks for love because I think that it is a really sweet program

August 10, 2008 at 3:01 pm
(11) Lisa Fayed, About.com Cancer Guide says:

I strongly support Locks of Love and will continue to do so. I think people neglect to take into consideration the costs of running a large organization like LoL. I do not think they purposefully sell healthy, usable hair for financial gain. I believe that much of the hair that they receive is damaged and does not meet the criteria to make a piece, which has very strict guidelines.

The salons and stylists that do participate do not screen donors for eligibility. They are educated on the how to cut hair to LoL specifics and properly package and ship the hair.

I think if a person’s hair doesn’t fir the criteria and gets sold to a wig manufacturer, she or he should still feel great pride in knowing that they still helped a child out. They made a contribution to help keep such a great org functional.

August 11, 2008 at 8:18 am
(12) Jan says:

Hi! Check the Better Business Bureau URL. LoL meets 19 out of 20 charity standards. There is no info on #13 – which is:
13. Accurately report the charity’s expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

Also, check the 2007 total income. It’s over 2 million dollars.

Yes, the LoL appears to be good in the service they provide but how MANY children actually receive wigs?

Sorry, but I wouldn’t donate to this charity.

August 11, 2008 at 8:21 am
(13) Jan says:
August 15, 2008 at 10:28 am
(14) Dakota [WV] says:

Hey, im a 16 year old guy from WV, and i have about 20 inches of blonde hair. i didnt like what Rebecca at the top said about discouraging. maybe shes never gone through a cancer treatment, and where that is a very very tough time for people of all ages, so much as a hair piece could get them on the track to feeling better about themselves.. and if cutting my hair off and giving it to those kids, i would be happy as ever. i saw a guy on the very familiar show, who wants to be a millionaire about 2 or 3 years ago, and was inspired. so from then on, i didnt cut my hair but one small trim [to help it grow faster] and now the day has come where i will go donate it. [hints to why im on this site right now] Even if ALL the hair isnt used, its still the thought that counts. its not a scam, its not a hack, who would use hair, and a organization to help children that was in cancer treatments, to make money? Thats a bit twisted. I believe in these companies and orgs, and i AM going to donate what i can to those children in need. I encourage all that want to do it, GO FOR IT! hair grows back, and its just a really awesome thing to do, to help kids that dream of having hair. I kno sounds weird right? Having hair is a dream? maybe not for some of us, but it is SOMEONES dream. We often take that for granted that the hair on our heads isnt a blessing. Rebecca, i dont know why you would ever discourage the donation of hair prosthetics to childeren undergoing cancer treatment, etc, because the companys make a profit, but i really hope you change your mind and i hope no one is effected by your opinion. If so much as cutting my hair and donating it would help out one other kid in the world, that is a wonderful thing, and im happy, and very proud to say, today [Friday August 15, 2008] i will be next in line to help. :] – Dakota Sumpter, 16, WV.

August 27, 2008 at 8:26 pm
(15) missy says:

I think that locks of love is a good thing, because i feel bad for any child that cant have their hair, because i know how much it would kill me not to have my hair. i love it so much and it pains me to see any kid without their hair.

September 17, 2008 at 2:44 am
(16) Nikki says:

I donated my hair to Locks of Love in June. They state very clearly all of the requirements for the hair that they receive. They also state that any unusable hair will be sold to offset costs. I do not believe that they are being deceitful in any way as they clearly display this information (the fact that it may be sold if unusable) on their donation website. I believe that this is still a very charitable and reputable charity and suggest that people carefully read the requirements before donating if they wish to ensure their donation will be used in the way that the intend it. Even if your hair is sold, as stated by statements above, the money is put towards the expenses incurred to make these gifts for very deserving children.

September 23, 2008 at 5:33 am
(17) Ryna's Mommy says:

I can see everyone’s point. And I believe I will definitely contradict myself, however, I can see both sides of this lovely spectrum.

I believe, if you want to donate, you should! And if you don’t, that is also your choice.
But instead of trying to make others not want to donate, why don’t we try and find another avenue.

I am trying to find somewhere to donate my hair. I don’t care that much for what I read about LoL, Wigs for kids (regarding the BBB). I have questions for them and may sound like I don’t want to donate, but here goes:
-How much money does it take to run this type of entity and of this particular size?
-If they are making thousands of dollars selling the unsuitable hair, what operating costs are there if they aren’t processing the wigs?!or that many?
And what’s up with Wigs4kids (that only helps those in MI) No offense to those from MI, just kind of hurts that if I would donate to them, only their kids would get help. Is it because you are on a smaller scale and can only assist those in your area?

None the less, I still want to donate, and want to feel secure that when I donate it will go to a child that needs it. It doesn’t matter to me whether the child has cancer or something else, they need it physically and emotionally.

SOMEONE HELP ME FIND A PLACE TO DONATE

Does anyone else have any answers as to where I could donate besides any of these places?

September 24, 2008 at 12:19 pm
(18) you can't see me says:
January 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm
(19) Kat says:

I have donated my hair twice to Locks of Love and am looking to do it again soon. However I was doing some online research and was really disappointed by what I discovered about Locks of Love. Here’s a good NY Times article to read if you’re considering hair donation. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/06/fashion/06locks.html

January 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm
(20) Malcom says:

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January 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm
(21) Crystal says:

If your cuting your hair at the same time you could donate your hair plus your not going to do nothing with it than troughing it away. Also it comes from your heartto donate you don’t need to ask for something back.

January 30, 2009 at 3:02 am
(22) John says:

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January 31, 2009 at 6:26 pm
(23) Wendy says:

I’m very, very sorry, but Locks of Love is a scam…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locks_of_love

February 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm
(24) Arlene says:

i’ve been donating my hair 3times now…i started donating in 2005, 2006, and 2008 at the participating salon. But i never recv anything from locks of love saying they recv my hair. im happy to donate my hair to help out the kids and i’m blessed to have nice hair. i would like to know what happen to my donated hair.

February 8, 2009 at 11:00 am
(25) Cassie says:

I agree Arlene. I have donated before and I too never received anything that says if the hair was received or used. I donate because I want to give children a bit of something that even in a small way will help them through a hard time. I can understand how self concious people are and would like to think in a small way I am helping.

February 12, 2009 at 11:51 am
(26) KellyJaye says:

From LOL Website http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html : “If you wish to receive our personalized thank-you card, please fill out the hair donation form, or write your name and address on a full size separate sheet of paper and include inside the envelope. We cannot acknowledge donors who do not send their name and address according to these instructions.”
“To serve as receipt of your donation, a thank-you card is sent to each donor within 90 days from the date we receive your donation. Donor information must be clearly written on the hair donation form or on a full size separate sheet of paper and included with the donation. ”
“If you don’t receive a thank-you, it doesn’t mean that we didn’t receive your package! If 3 months has gone by and you have not yet received your thank-you, please e-mail volunteer@locksoflove.org and we will send another card. ”
“NEW!!! If you would like immediate recognition for your donation, you can fill out the Locks of Love Certificate of Appreciation (PDF) with your name and date and print!”

February 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm
(27) Suzan says:

God bless you DAKOTA, nice young man willing to donate his hair to help children. I’m glad to see your positive attitude. I’ll be sending in my 10″ ponytail this week. We’re blessed our hair does grow back!!

February 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(28) melody jones says:

i am a hair donater. me and my best friends Kelsi Shay and Kyra Jones are helping me on a science project. i have been wanting to donate my hair since i was 5, so our moms and dads thought about this idea.Thank you so much for your time. Melody Jones and Kelsi Shay and and Kyra Jones.

February 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(29) melodys bffff KYRA says:

HI me,melody, and kelsi are praying for you wishes and hopesto you.LOVE YA the girls that ROCK

February 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(30) melodys bffff KYRA says:

HI me,melody, and kelsi are praying for you wishes and hopesto you.LOVE YA the girls that ROCK

March 18, 2009 at 11:52 pm
(31) Josie says:

I am 13 almost 14 and this summer I am going to donate my hair to Lock Of Love. I look so bad with short hair but a little girl who has to face eveyone with a bald head is way worse than looking bad with short hair for me it will grow back think of others DONATE

March 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(32) Jessica says:

I have donated to locks of love before. However, looking at all of these comments and doing more research about the company profits and the fact the they only SOLD 113 wigs in an entire year… it has me thinking a second time. Does anyone know of a better group to send my hair to? I plan to cut it in the next month. Thanks!

March 23, 2009 at 9:56 pm
(33) GODOFPIE says:

I am donating my hair to either
Wigs 4 Kids
http://www.wigs4kids.org/
or
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
http://www.beautifullengths.com/en_US/
I have never had long hair before. I started growing it out 2 1/2 years ago when my aunt died of cancer. The research that I have done has convinced me that Locks of Love is not deserving of my donation. Look at their books. They are a registered non profit and their books are available for you to see. They took in $2M last year and made 113 wigs. Not a very effective non profit. That equates to $17,699.12 per wig. I called a wig maker in California
http://www.wilshirewigs.com/
and was told that if I sent them my hair they could make me a wig for $1000. Maybe I’ll start my own “non-profit”. I will be actively dissuading people from donating hair to LoL.
Jim

March 24, 2009 at 10:43 am
(34) Amanda says:

Several years ago, I was going to donate my hair to LOL. Well, I decided to take a look at LOL’s website, and learned that (and this may have changed since then) they only provided wigs for children with alopecia, because they viewed hair loss due to chemotherapy as “temporary condition” that would resolve itself when treatment was over. Of course, this angered me. How could these supposedly compassionate people deny a wig to a child who is very sick and possibly dying, while providing wigs to healthy children whose hair loss is -not- linked to a potentially fatal disease? Luckily, shortly after reading this, I learned about Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths. I sent them three pounds of hair, and felt great about doing so.

March 29, 2009 at 9:30 pm
(35) Hairdresser's Daughter says:

I have read every single one of the comments associated to this comment and I an simply amazed and appalled! My mother is a hairdresser and participates in the Locks of Love program and we have never heard a bad thing about the program. I am just about ready to donate my hair and have EVERY intention of sending it to LoL. I have a few questions for some of you: Does the company that employs you make a profit each year? Do they pay you a salary every week? Do you even have a job that makes as much of a difference in someone’s life as LoL does? Why is it a bad thing if this company is showing a profit? That could mean a lot of things … they received more hair donations than anticipated, they received a lot of “bad” hair donations that had to be sold, there were less children’s requesting wigs – God willing! I would rather see a company like this, who is making a difference in peoples lives, showing a profit than these pharmaceutical and insurance companies (and I’m in the medical field) who are raping us! Now, to those of you who seem to be bothered by the fact that these wigs dont go to cancer patients: Is cancer really the only horrible disease plaguing our country? Are you that shallow that you think children who suffer from alopecia don’t deserve a wig just as much just because they aren’t dying. Why is it not OK that this company primarily supports alopecia patients when there are companies out there that only support cancer patients? Let’s face it – there is tons of support and attention to cancer. How often do you hear about those that suffer from alopecia? Somebody needs to help them and recognize their needs!! (FYI – I am not anti-cancer; my mother just recently went into remission from cancer. I just think this is ridiculous!)

Last, but certainly not least … even if it is true that LoL only provided 113 wigs last year (or whatever year that was) … that is 113 children that suffered less embarrassment through their childhood. And to that I say KUDOS to Locks of Love!

April 6, 2009 at 7:23 pm
(36) Meredith Miller says:

I think that it is really cool that you are talking up Locks Of Love. The reason that i think that this is cool is because this year at my county’s relay for life I will be donating my hair for the 2nd time!

April 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm
(37) Joanna says:

I think it depends on who you want your hair to go to. Locks of Love may sell your hair if they can’t use it, and use the money to cover costs of making their hairpieces. They generally make permanent hairpieces for children with alopecia or other permanent hair loss, although they do sometimes make temporary hairpieces for cancer patients. Locks of Love isn’t the only charity out there to donate your hair to, so don’t be discouraged from donating your hair just because you disagree with what they do, or because you want your hair to go to a cancer patient.

April 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm
(38) Lydia says:

I’m 10 years old and from kidergarden, I remember having long hair down to my elbows. And, it was kind of fun having that much hair! So now I think about not having any at all. So, I’m going to grow my hair down to maybe about the middle of my forearm and get it cut, then donate it!

April 7, 2009 at 11:07 pm
(39) Patricia says:

I am considering donating my hair to LOL only because it was the only organization I knew about until today. As I looked on the internet for more inforamtion I can across World of Wigs and they make custom real hair wigs starting price…$2100 ~ this is a lot of money. It also takes any where from 10 – 20 ponytails to make 1 wig. So remember when you give to a non-profit your money doesn’t always go directly to the receipients but to help raise awareness, to help raise more money, to keep the lights on etc. If you give…Give with a Cheerful Heart.

April 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm
(40) jean says:

It all sounds great, give your hair, even if they cannt give a good account of where the hair or money goes… yea, right. Really how many wigs went to the hurting kids? That is the bottom line. There are other super org, that do right by all the hair they recieve, and not afraid to show where it all went. check them out.

April 26, 2009 at 8:24 pm
(41) susan says:

wendy- why do you say Locks of Love is a SCAM and then leave a link to Wikipedia that mentions nothing of this alleged “scam”? You should be ashamed of yourself for trying to deter folks from doing something charitable.

April 26, 2009 at 8:57 pm
(42) susan says:

hairdresser’s daughter- nice post. Way to go.

I personally am sick of reding LOL bashing all over the internet. I am sick and TIRED OF IT.

Locks of Love is not a scam. And anyone who tries to discredit it should be ashamed of themselves for doing their best to cripple a charity that is doing good for children.

Just because they don’t donate every single strand of hair to children of need…and just because they sell many of the locks to offset costs of their charitable donations….doesn’t make them a scam. I mean, what are you THINKING when you post such a comment?

Sorry, but I am just so sick of the bashing.

Does anyone here donate to any charities at all? Have you checked your favorite charity on the Charity Navigator?? Locks of Love is a four star charity. Hello!!!!!! That is awesome. Four star is great! Just to compare, Red Cross is a TWO star charity. Check out your fav….I think you will be surprised.

But to say they are a scam is such a mean thing to do. Bad PR for the charity that is totally unmerited.

They do not pretend to donate every strand to a child. Their website is quite clear about their intentions. A charity is not a scam if it does exactly what it says it will do.

The CEO makes $55,000 a year. If you know anything, anything, anything at all about charities or American corporations in general…that is NOTHING. The Red Cross CEO and the United Way CEO makes over half a mill. WHAT? Yeah!!! I still donate to them though. Because they do so much good, it is still worth it. Habitat for Humanity CEO? quarter mill. World Wildlife? $400,000. Unicef? $362,000.
So if the CEO of Locks of Love is scamming, she sure ain’t doing a good job of scamming! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The bottom line is that LOL is a four star charity. They provide wigs to children who need them and who can’t afford them. Period. End of discussion! Isn’t that enough for you? It is good. Don’t let uninformed, google-knowledge internet bashers folks who jump to conclusions make your mind up for you. If you want to donate to them…AS I DO….do so safely knowing your hair will be on the head of someone somewhere that really really needs it.

This is a good charity that costs nothing but a stamp for you to participate in. In a recession, I say that is a wonderful thing.

I am donating my hair this year. I have been growing it out for years to do this. I have read every internet bash, and can think for myself and still think this is a good charity, despite the mis-informed, incomprehensible bashing.

This is a good charity..don’t be deterred.

April 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(43) Marcie says:

You really said it perfectly Susan!

I am bringing my 5-year-old daughter today to donate to Locks of Love.

A child in need is a child in need, PERIOD. And we want to help! It’s too bad that not everyone feels this way.

May 7, 2009 at 8:46 pm
(44) Lisa Marino says:

Last Year I had an accident, it forced me to relook at my life a little differently, then I watched a show about children with Cancer -they had it worse than I did. I made a decison to Grow my hair out…2 weeks before my cut a very good friend was diagnosed with Breast Cancer ,Last Friday I donated 12 inches of hair…I hope a child smile when they place it on there head.

May 18, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(45) blessings says:

Hello my daughter has donated her hair for the 1st time in 14 years she has autism and has received help as well I was real nervous for her be cause she LOVES her hair but loves to help other more, but I think we might be a half inch short on the length I cut off I hope they will still except it from her because she is sooo excited to help thanks to all others for you donations God Bless

May 22, 2009 at 4:34 am
(46) bc says:

I am 53 years old and have more hair than I deserve at my age. Grew it out for a woman that said she liked long hair on a man… well, she’s gone and I still have all this hair. Having read all the comments about LoL on this website, pro and con, I think Dakota (comment posted 8/15 08–line 9) defined the philosophy and attitude of LoL very succinctly. “it’s the thought that counts”.Alrighty then. I “thought about” donating my hair to LoL, but I got over it. Does that count?

May 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm
(47) Rita says:

Lol is a great thing to do. did you ever think that as a child grows there head grows too so they need bigger wigs so that takes more hair pieces. I am going (for the 4th time) along with my 10 year old (her first) on monday to donate my hair again. I do this every 2 and 1/2 years. my daughter onced asked me why i do this every couple years its because im a mom i told her. We were all kids once we know how it was to be bullied dont let these kids be bullied help them out. Let them feel special, They get to pick out the color and lenght they want. There innocent children.

May 27, 2009 at 11:44 am
(48) anna says:

I am ashamed to read all the terrible things said about LOL. My grandmother just died of cancer the first day of may this year. She was a hair dresser and cut hair for locks of love for many years I will cut my hair tomorrow in memory of her. She recieved radiation and chemo and lost her hair several times. Her wig was beautiful and she loved it. Even if they do not use ever peace they are a good organization. God bless them for the work they do.

May 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm
(49) Kristen says:

We have established that LOL’s wigs go mostly to children with alopecia, scalp burns, etc.

They are not “given” to the child. The child’s family pays for it. From LOL’s website “We provide hairpieces and repairs free of charge or on a sliding scale based on the financial need of those responsible for the children. $1,000 sponsors a Locks of Love child. This pays for the total cost of providing one cranial prosthesis. Retail cost of the hairpieces is between $3,500 and $6,000.”

LOL donates lots of money to research into the causes and treatments of alopecia. So theoretically if you send your ponytail and it’s not usable, they will sell it and may donate the money to research.

“Yes, we are always in need of hair. We forecast our need because our recipients can reapply for a new hairpiece every 18 months. One recipient could receive up to 8 hairpieces. Because these hairpieces are custom made, they cannot be reused.”

To sum it up, they give, or sell at a reduced cost, hairpieces to people who would never be able to grow their own. If you have a specific place you want to donate your hair to, do it. Google it, there are many. Pantene Beautiful Lengths says it gives women with cancer FREE wigs. Who’s to say that a child with alopecia is more or less deserving of a chance than a woman with cancer? It’s up to you. Donate where YOU see fit!

June 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(50) Eliza says:

In 2002 alone Locks of Love had raised over $150,000 by selling donated hair and had received another $213,000 in charitable contributions and grants, but provided only 113 human-hair wigs.

June 5, 2009 at 7:22 pm
(51) Maria Gonzalez says:

IN 1997 MY MOM WAS DIAGNOSE WITH CANCER, IT WAS VERY HARD FOR THE FAMILY SEEING MY MOM GO THRU THAT HAIR LOST PROCESS. NOW IN 2009 MY SISTER WAS DIAGNOSE OF BREAST CANCER, IT’S VERY HARD GOING THRU THIS AGAIN. MY 3 KIDS ARE VERY WORRY ABOUT THIS THIS DISEAS. I WANT TO SHOW MY KIDS ANOTHER LESSSON, THAT WE CAN HELP ANY BODY IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO. TOMORROW I WILL BE SENDING MY 12 INCHES OF HAIR. GOD BLESS ALL THIS PEOPLE THAT IS INVOLVED OF HELPING OTHER.

June 11, 2009 at 10:41 pm
(52) mrslong says:

you have to remember EVERONE needs hair to feel good about themselves and all you are going to do is throw it in the trash, so why worry if someone else is going to make money. They also have to pay for the hair to be donated and make wigs.

June 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm
(53) MrB says:

My 6 year old daughter heard about the LOL program on the internet. Tomorrow she is going to go donate her 12 inches of hair. I tried talking her out of it because I love her long hair but she will have no part of it. After looking into the LOL program I am really proud of her for standing her ground and I will be there when she gets her hair cut tomorrow.

June 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm
(54) Monica Affleck says:

I am hoping my hair is good enough to donate to Locks of Love, regardless if they sell the hair, or use it as a wig I am sure it is still helping someone’s child that would like to have hair, in one way, or another. It is still for a great cause.

June 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm
(55) mel says:

Me and my daughter(9yrs)have been letting our hair grow out for at least four years. Expect for the one or two trims to keep our hair healthy, our hair rarely saw a pair of siccors,a can of hairspray, and never a box of hair color.There is between the two of us about 48″ of hair to be given(or not according to some)to childern with cancer. It just feels good to know that I maybe helping a inoccent child. We don’t have much so while we can we’ll continue donating.

June 26, 2009 at 10:46 am
(56) Markie Hoffman says:

I am writing to find out how my nephew can turn his hair over to you then have a wig made for his grandmother. Is this at all possible?
Markie Hoffman

July 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm
(57) Caitlin says:

I understand that you may feel it is a scam. They use the other pieces of hair that is not used for wigs and sell it to help with the cost of making the wigs and some hair can not be used due to damage and being over processed.

July 23, 2009 at 10:58 am
(58) Marsha says:

I donate my hair every two to three years. I have been doing this for some time now and will continue as long as I have color in my hair. This is the least I can do to give a child a little comfort when they are suffering in other ways. I have had many friends that have donated at least once and are happy they did.

July 27, 2009 at 3:56 pm
(59) brenda says:

im a hairdresser and by word of mouth have been involved in giving free haircuts to those who want to donate to lol. i was under the assumption, as many were, that lol makes wigs for children with hair loss from cancer.i am glad to be more informed so i can pass accurate info on to my clients if asked. i do feel fortunate to be able to help any child in need (cancer or not). from a profession stance i have to put it out there, in defense of lol, that when i collect hair for donation, it is only a drop in the bucket for what it would take to make a wig. so please keep donating. it takes alot of hair to make a wig…give with a greatful heart!

July 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm
(60) Marjorie says:

Have any of you negetive people here ever lost your hair??? I have, at the age of 32 I was diagnosed with cancer. I went through months of chemo, lost 100% of all body hair. Do you really know what it is like for any woman, man or child to lose their hair? I am not a vain person but it sucked walking around without hair. In regards for who the peices are made for…does it really matter whether it was cancer or some other disease? Either way these children DO NOT have hair!!!Think about going through your whole life without hair, better yet shave your head and expierence it for your self. I guarantee your outlook would be much different. Ok, now when people donate hair..we all know that many people don’t have the most healthy hair. Not all of my hair is the healthiest but, I am going to donate it anyway. I will keep growing it and donating it because I don’t care what disease took a childs hair. If they sell what they can’t use for money, I really don’t care as long as it goes to something good. If you are worried about THEIR financial gain then sell your hair your self. But, if you are going to cut your hair then why not donate it rather than throw it away?

July 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm
(61) Maryann says:

Locks of Love uses deceptive advertising in their approach to obtaining hair and into return selling the majority to wig companies. Children ravaged by cancer which also robs them of their hair are promoted as the recipients of wigs made from hair donations Locks of Love receives for FREE. Locks of Love is a SCAM. When a 13 year old nephew was diagnosed with leukemia and lost his hair due to the cancer, Locks of Love refused to help this boy. NEVER, NEVER donate your hair to Locks of Love.

August 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm
(62) Teresa Nguyen says:

I have twice donated my hair to Locks of Love. I plan to grow out my hair and donate it repeatedly in the future. But for the time being, I will not donate my hair to Locks of Love because they do not meet the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) requirements to be classified as a charity. (This is mentioned in a previous comment.) I am currently researching other options and making sure charities that I find meet BBB’s standards. For example, from this research, I have found the following about Wigs for Kids from bbb.org:

Wigs for Kids (WFK) does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio – Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

* WFK does not meet this Standard because according to the organization’s reviewed financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2006, the organization spent $109,950 or 60% of its total expenses ($182,829) on program service activities.

Wigs for Kids (WFK) meets the remaining 19Standards for Charity Accountability.

Also, for Children with Hair Loss, Inc., they have the following on BBB.org:
Despite written BBB Wise Giving Alliance requests in the past year, this organization either has not responded to Alliance requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to the Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability. While participation in the Alliance’s charity review efforts is voluntary, the Alliance believes that failure to participate may demonstrate a lack of commitment to transparency. Without the requested information, the Alliance cannot determine if this charity adheres to the Standards for Charity Accountability. A charity’s willing disclosure of information beyond that typically included in its financial statements and government filings is, in the Alliance’s view, an expression of openness that strengthens public trust in the charitable sector.
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance reports on national charities and determines if they meet 20 voluntary standards on matters such as charity finances, appeals, and governance. The Alliance does not evaluate the worthiness of the charitable program.

Does anyone know of charities which accept hair donations and meet all 20 standards of BBB? I am looking for a charity to donate to. If you know of the charity, please provide their information from BBB.org and the url link to their website. Thanks!

August 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm
(63) Dina says:

can u please send your addres because i am thinking of donating my daughters hair thanks

August 19, 2009 at 11:19 pm
(64) Kayla says:

i cut my hair today and it’s over 11in and im donating my hair to these kids, and even if it is a scam, its just hair! you cut it off in the first place, what are you going to do with it…at least try to do something! (it’s my first time donating) and i feel good about myself!

August 26, 2009 at 9:43 am
(65) Tracey says:

My daughter has mild alopecia. When it started at age 4 her bald spots were very noticeable and children would talk about them. We faced the fact that she might go completely bald and wondered how that would impact her socially and emotionally. We were blessed that her alopecia has improved over time.

The New York Times article stated that Locks of Love has 6 full-time staff members. It does not surprise me at all that they need this many people to run the organization. Salary and benefits for the staff are probably around $400,000. They would have all kinds of other expenses for offices, publicity, etc. in addition to the wigs. I agree with the person who said it takes lots of those ponytails to make a wig!

August 28, 2009 at 11:34 pm
(66) Rich says:

I don’t understand why folks are getting their gander up so much over a few people trying to provide a counterpoint regarding LoL. I don’t think people are saying that they won’t ever donate their hair… what they are saying is that they don’t agree that LoL is an efficient charity. Clearly, this charity takes in a lot of money, and some folks feel that it does not necessarily provide a service equal to what it takes in. Of course, there are a million ways to justify the cost of running the charity, and LoL has done a great job propagating itself as the “go-to” for hair donations. Just try finding other charities through a google search, and you’ll see… LoL is at the top of every listing. They have a mission, and they clearly state that they don’t help cancer patients because cancer isn’t a “long-term” hair loss disorder. Since they’re obviously so good at getting hair donations, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to donate one’s hair to another charity.

Shame on you folks that denigrate the people that provide checks and balances on a very successful (albeit seemingly shady) organization. You’re probably the same people that call anyone who questions the government “anti-American”. Educating oneself is a privilege some of you need to exercise more frequently.

To those of you that actually do some research into the matter and have learned a thing or two, congratulations and thank you.

As for me, I’ll be donating my hair (16inches +) to a charity with a little more transparency, and a low PR budget.

September 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm
(67) Deann says:

Last year my 5 uear old daughter made the dicision on her own to donate her hair to locks of love so a little girl somewhere who didnt have any hair could have hair. even though i was very pleased with her choice I was also a little saddened for this was her first real haircut and we did not get to save any of her long beautiful hair for her book. In doing this my daughter was told she would get a thank you card. she is now 6 years old and still talks about how locks of love LIED to her because she still has yet to recieve any acknowledgement of her wonderful decision.

September 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm
(68) Pamela says:

I see lots of emotional comments here. Don’t judge others for their decisions. Don’t assume anything. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Help others. Made certain your donation benefits those you wish to help. There are choices to be made. Some even sell their own locks and donate that money to their favorite charity.

September 29, 2009 at 9:20 pm
(69) hope says:

Locks of love is an organization for people who want to give HAIR for a good cause. i don’t think somebody would lie about that, if they would they are total IDIOTS

October 21, 2009 at 8:52 pm
(70) Asia says:

SELL your hair…DONATE the MONEY to a charity! Plus its tax deductable…if you care about that.

October 21, 2009 at 9:47 pm
(71) Mrs. D says:

It’s funny that the person claiming that LOL is a scam sighted Wikipedia as its source of scam-info. Wikipedia is the number one site students in High School and College are told NOT to visit because of it’s unreliability. Of all the scams I’ve seen out there LOL hardly qualifies as a situation that is taking advantage of others for their large monetary gain. I plan on making my donation of hair very soon to LOL without concern that a CEO is going to retire in the Caribbean from the profits of my donation.

October 25, 2009 at 9:33 pm
(72) Hawk says:

According to the NY Times article Pantene has given out more wigs in a YEAR than LoL has in a decade… sad.

November 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm
(73) Kerri says:

I believe that the Locks of Love organization is awesome! I’m finally going to go and donate my hair tomorrow about 10-12 inches. I’ve been waiting for a long time to do this. Just think of this way…hair grows back…kids with a long-term disease may never get the chance to have their own hair so why not donate yours. You never know when your very own child or someone else you know may need it too!! SO GET OUT THERE AND DONATE YOUR HAIR!!! GOD BLESS!!

November 5, 2009 at 8:36 pm
(74) Papaya says:

Hi, I was thinking of donating to LoL, and after doing more research, I am probably going to donate to either Sofia’s Hair for Health (seemingly, a very pure and sweet organization) or Pantene Beautiful Lengths (Pantene already makes insane amounts of money, so this branch of the business seems like it also has a pure focus). Also, LoL requires at lest 10 inches of hair, while these 2 require less.

Wherever you donate, I think donating is definitely a wonderful thing to do to help others, so just choose an organization and feel great about it. Apparently, it does take at least 6 donations to make a wig, so let’s keep doing it!

November 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm
(75) greg says:

I’m wondering if there is a “locks of love ” equivalent in Canada, I’d kinda like to keep it in my own country if possible…..not that cancer knows or cares what country it’s in

November 14, 2009 at 4:05 pm
(76) Laura says:

It makes me sad that people these days lack all common sense, and will say anything to make others look bad. If you don’t know your facts on how a non-profit orginization is run, and how expensive it is to make hairpieces out of human hair is, then keep your mouth shut.

November 17, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(77) Crystal Babineaux says:

I just called Locks of Love because I am not sure if they could use my hair or not. The woman who answered the phone acted like I was bothering her. She definitely wanted to get off the phone asap. I was rather surprised since I know it is a charity and my hair is over 10 inches long and she acted like she could care less. She told me to call a salon. I don’t know of any who do the locks of love. I thought they need someone else who will at least act like they care.

December 5, 2009 at 4:44 pm
(78) Destyni says:

i am going to donate my hair but i want to die it really bad so i want to knoe if i can die cani??

December 20, 2009 at 12:22 am
(79) christy says:

I donated 20 inches today and so happy I did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm
(80) ginny says:

I had two of my girls donate before finding some disturbing statistics that have been stated here.

I have since sold my daughter’s hair on hairtrader.com. There are wig makers/doll makers/crafters, etc. out there using human hair.

If the statistics quoted above don’t bother you, continue donating to LOL. For those of you who question the books and the fact that the organization seems to have strayed from it’s original intent, sell your own hair. Then, if you are so inclined, donate that money to a worthy cause of your choosing. OR, find a child/adult who needs a wig and buy it with the money you got from your own hair.

January 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(81) TINA says:

IS SO SAD HEAR THE U JUST MAKE $$$ FOR YOUR OWN POCKET, MI FAMILY DONATE HAIR TO LOCKS OF LOVE AND THEY WHERE SO HAPPY ABOUT THE HAIR WILL GO TO SOMEONE HO REALLY NEED IT, NOW IS SO SAD TO KNOW THE LOCKS OF LOVE DONT USE THE HAIR AND THEY SELL IT SO SAD :(

January 7, 2010 at 9:20 am
(82) Ann says:

I have to tell you I have done alot of research and the fact that LOL will not fully disclose it’s finanacials They have collected so much hair and given so few wigs out. Their board gets to decide who is worthy and who is not and the scope of the people it helps is so narrow I have that this organization is not worthy. I have started contacting all the hair salons in the area and sending them this information because people have a right to know what is not happening with their donations. LOL should be ashamed abusing peoples trust. My daughters and I thought it would be great to help some children in need and so we will sell our hair and donate the proceeds to a deserving organization one like St. Judes. I strongly suggest you do it too.

January 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm
(83) Jim says:

Locks of Love does NOT supply wigs for cancer victims, as they say it is temporary hair loss. Do your research, sell your hair to the highest bidder and donate the proceeds to the charity of your choice.

January 21, 2010 at 3:04 am
(84) Candace St. John says:

I am sorry to say but locks of love is a scam. over 50 children from CHOC hospital in Orange were turned down by LOL for wigs and they had made it so difficult for the familys they just gave up. Also a local wig shop had told us it costs approximatly $150.00 to have these made in China. The hair is donated. The cost to make these wigs is a lie and these children are now being helped by a local wig shop and they are raising money to help these kids. I think its horrible what they are doing.

January 24, 2010 at 1:40 am
(85) Ryan says:

I was wondering if anyone could let me know the minimum amount of hair lenght needed to process a wig for dissadvantaged children. I’ve currently been growing my hair for about a year and a half and it’s about 13 inches, the only thin is it might no all be that lenght and I herd only the best hair is chosen to make these wigs. I’ve taken very good cair of my hair and would be honoured if my hair could make a wig for a child in need. So if anyone could respond on what they think of my situation and when I should cut it. One other thing, when I cut it what do I do with the hair. Where do I send it and does it need to be in a box or anything. Thanks so much.

February 2, 2010 at 11:30 am
(86) Elayna says:

Thank you everyone for your opinions and information. Like someone previously stated, LOL was the only org that I had heard of before today. Part of my identity all my life has been my long hair. But when I accompanied my dad to MD Anderson, everthing inside me changed. Everyone there is living in their reality of having cancer. So I will be turning 30 this Thurs (same day as my appt at the salon), and for the first time in my life have short hair. Now having learned of and looked at Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths site I feel it is the better suited place for my donation. They are affiliated with the American Cancer Society, and agree that with already having monies invested in the product line of the company this branch off is truly focused on the charity side. Regardless of where someone donates, it just needs to be the right fit for them!

February 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm
(87) Margaret Cavender says:

In June of 2009, I sent a hair donation to Locks of Love. It was 3 sections of hair in a braid. I never received acknowledgement of your receiving the hair. I noted on the application that the hair was really old (80-90 years). It had belonged to my mother-in-law who had had it cut and processed into hair pieces. She gave them to me since it matched my hair pretty much. I learned about your taking hair for wigs from my sister who donated her own hair. I have never grown my hair very long at any one time and wanted to share the hair pieces for cancer patients. If at all possible, I would like some kind of reply. My address is 858 Alta Road, Charleston, WV 25314. Thank you for your attention to my request.

February 20, 2010 at 1:54 am
(88) Katherine says:

My husband has been growing out his hair since we got married in Sep 2006, and at first only grew it out for his own benefit… but we have been giving some thought and we’ve been looking into donating his hair for some one else’s benefit.
Some one who’s been going through more challenges than we could understand. We’ve been looking at donating his hair at Locks of Love, in hopes that his hair will go to a wonderful child who will enjoy it as much as he has.

But we do have questions of our own. Will the child have to pay for it? (We’d prefer not.)
My husbands hair has never been dyed…never been mistreated with any hair straightener or blow dryer. His hair is beautiful and it is naturally wavy and doesn’t frizz. which is every womens dream. His pony tail is 20.5 inches long!! just the pony tail.
So I’m wondering if any of you know what hair salons might participate in the donation process. We are based out of California.
We’d greatly appreciate any of your comments before we make our big decision!

February 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm
(89) FRANK H NORTH JUDSON,INDIANS says:

I AM DONATING MY HAIR FOR THE FIRST TIME. IF I DIDNT IT WOULD GO IN THE TRASH. I HOPE IT WILL HELP A CHILD IN NEED, I WILL MISS MY LONG HAIR BUT IT MAKES ME HAPPY TO DONATE IT

February 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm
(90) Jan says:

according to BBB it DOES NOT meet their chairty standards since July 2008-July 2010

March 5, 2010 at 10:07 am
(91) Anne says:

Locks of Love sells unusable hair to off set costs… and people have a PROBLEM with this???! There are several companies that make wigs and you can order them on the web. I have done extensive personal research. A wig that is custom made, as all childrens’ wigs are, has a STARTING COST of $300. Longer hair, as many young people wear, is more expensive because the long hair is more difficult to match. Human hair wigs are HAND TIED by a real HUMAN who must be paid for their skills. The wigs are donated or provided at a low cost. IF they provide 1400 wigs at a production cost of $1000 each, that is a total expense in creating the wigs themselves of $1,400,000! As a business, and yes it is a business, they do need funds to pay personnel, buy supplies, and maybe even expand so they can provide more wigs for more children. Bet you wouldn’t complain if Bill Gates bought ONE WIG and gave it away! You get your hair cut… either the hair goes in the trash or someone is helped by it. Get over it already.

March 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm
(92) Jeanine V. says:

Kudos to #91 = !! By the way, this will be the 3rd time for me donating to these kids!.

March 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(93) For Mom says:

My mom had brain surgery a year ago and we found out that she is in stage 4 cancer of the brain (it’s non-operatible). She lost all her hair during treatment and my brother and his sons all got their hair buzzed off to support her during this time, but since I am a girl I decided right then that I would wait until her hair is fully grown back before I go and get mine cut. At the time my hair was just below my ears, but I know that by the time I do go and get it cut I will have at least enough hair for 2 wigs worth. The thing is I am doing this for a good cause not for fame and glory. I keep on tell my mom that this hair is for you even though it is attached to my head and she is all for it, so when I do it cut it, it will be done in her name so someone will benifit by it reguardless who is going to recieve it in the end…

March 28, 2010 at 7:50 pm
(94) Juliette says:

Next week for Easter I am donating for the second time. I am confident that this is truly the right thing to do. I am 8 yrs old and just want to do something good for another person. My hair grows quickly and I’m sure I’ll do it a third and maybe fourth time in the future. Peace…

April 9, 2010 at 11:38 pm
(95) shirley says:

I AM DONATIGG MY HAIR WITH LOVE,I AM LEAVEING IT IN GODS HANDS.

April 15, 2010 at 11:39 am
(96) JT says:

I have donated my hair twice and am getting ready to do it again. I’m not sure what all this talk of a scam is about, the Locks of Love website says it sells some hair. It is hair that cannot be used by them but the money they make from selling it helps offset the cost to make the wigs. I say if you are going to cut it then why not donate it!!

April 22, 2010 at 8:29 am
(97) Kim DiMauro says:

Check with your local salons to see who will cut your hair and mearsure it correctly. while it is in a pontail in several different sections on the scalp according to how you would like your hairstyled in the end. Salons like mine will take the time to give you a great cut and make sure that your syle is nicely done,not looking like it was cut from a ponytail and making sure that it is 10″ so that it may be used for Locks of Love wigs.WE CUT THE HAIR FREE OF CHARGE AND BLOWDRY INCLUDED.This a great donation that you and your stylist are providing for someone in need.Anything shorter than 10″ usualy from what I have heard is sold to off set cost of makeing the wigs. This is Great! Keep Donating…:)Kim’s Hair Studio in Higganum Ct

April 27, 2010 at 2:40 am
(98) Glenn says:

In September of 2006 my daughter passed away from cancer and ever since then my sister donates her hair at least every year just to help the cause, not because she wants a haircut; she loves her long hair. It saddens me to find out that when she donates her hair they do not trim her remaining hair to make it look OK without a fee. She holds a professional position for employment and since the economy has effected everybody these last couple of years she is concidering not to donate. I feel if people are doing such a great deed, the should at least get a free trim; not a style or anything that costs the salons tons of money, but at least trim it where it looks ok.

May 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm
(99) Christina says:

question for Lisa Fayed: if the hair donated is not good enough for locks of love and they sell it, why would it be good enough to sell and use for a wig that somone has to pay high dollar for but not good enough for a free wig???? make no sence to me!! still sounds like a fraud

May 6, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(100) Melissa says:

There are other organizations that anyone can donate hair to. Pantene Beautiful Lengths is for women with leuchemia, they take a minimum of 8 inches. I have heard the rumors about LoL, but honestly even without I like pantene better, less restrictions. I know there are a few others out there, even an organization that takes hair clippings and makes oil absorbing mats for spills! It’s a lot of hair, it takes eight ponytails to make a wig according to LoL so make sure you are giving your huge donation to a organization that makes you content, wherever that may be!

May 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm
(101) Madison says:

My name is Madison and I am 7 years old and this will be my first time donating to Locks of Love. I am donating my hair because I want to help some other children that have had cancer and lost there hair. My cousin had cancer at 6months old and she is another reason why I want to do this. She is still alive and is 11years old now, she had only a 10% chance to live. I plan on doing this tomorrow for Mother’s Day for my mom. My mom raises money every year for the American Cancer Society to help save lives and to show support to my cousin. Donating my hair will be my donation this year. I will sure to do it again. I have never cut it since I was born and I will be donating 16 1/2 inches when we cut it. I will miss it:( But it will grow back and I will do it again and again:)

May 11, 2010 at 11:37 am
(102) Brooke says:

The bottom line is that you are cutting your hair anyway! Why not send it to a charity instead of just sweeping it into a garbage can! If one child gets a wig out of it, i am satisfied! I am a cancer survivor myself and I had to pay 1,000 dollars for a real hair wig. Some people can’t afford that and they should have resources. It really doesn’t matter to me if they lost it to alopecia or Cancer. Either way it is gone and they need help. Why not help if you can! Don’t get discouraged by people who are saying bad things about Locks of Love! They are an amazing organization, and I think they are doing everything they can to make quality wigs with the hair they are sent! I mean it is really genius of them to make profit from the hair they can’t use!

May 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm
(103) Brenda says:

Yes, they may make a lot of money and you may not agree with how they do some things and I am sorry about that. You also need to remember that kids don’t understand all of that. If you happen to be lucky enough to have a healthy child that’s great. Some parents are not that lucky. What you should be thinking about instead of the money or unused hair is teaching your child about helping others. Even if her hair is not used, she would never know that. She would however feel good about herself for being able to help. Just a thought!

May 31, 2010 at 5:02 am
(104) mariah says:

being a cancer survior of 20+ yrs. i can totally understand donating the hair.i think it is wrong of having a income on if you can get them.because even if you make money 100K+ plus you still have all the bills. you shouldnt have to be low income medicade base which is what one nurse told me you had to be to get a wig. like families going threw this has 3500 just for a wig. when i was sick and most familis like us we had to go for treatment so we had to basicly have to home. home home and the home where i was treat plus my patent has to pay all the bills and airfare and what ever else that came up. if we donate it because we want a child that is sick to get hair if the need and want it. one nurse told me “angle hair” is better. no income and they are 100% hair not mix and when they can they take the hair from paceint. and when done they can be giving back to be reused for someone else.

mariah survior of ALL 20+ yrs

June 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(105) Honestly! says:

For (91): You said, “IF they provide 1400 wigs”…and that’s the sticking point. Even according to their own statistics, LoL hasn’t provided that many wigs in 10 years. And your math is no good even for 10 years of wigs (fewer than 200 wigs per year) and only ONE year of income (over $2,000,000)!

Let’s do the math again (not even taking into account that some kids PAY for their wigs): 200 wigs per year x $1000 per wig = $200,000 per year. Where’s the other $1.8 MILLION?

I agree with (99), who said, “if the hair donated is not good enough for locks of love and they sell it, why would it be good enough to sell and use for a wig that somone has to pay high dollar for but not good enough for a free wig???? make no sence to me!! still sounds like a fraud”

I’ll be checking into Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, Wigs for Kids, or selling my hair and donating the money somewhere else.

June 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(106) stephen says:

my daughter recently donated her hair with a local hairdresser who sent it to locks of love. her pictures was supposed to be in the newspaper for doing so.she & ihave been checking the paper daily and waiting for a long now,but still no picture.today the paper came with a pic of 2 other girls pics in it which donated after my daughter did.what happened to my daughters pic?

July 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm
(107) Michelle says:

My daughter donated to LOL when she got her first real haircut at 6 years old – she donated 16 inches! Never received a card, thank you note, or anything. I tried contacting them, and they have not replied. It has been 3 years. She and I are getting ready to donate our hair together this week, and we will find another avenue.

July 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm
(108) Vini says:

So i went to the hairdresser to donate my hair, i was really scared cause i loveee my long hair but felt that this would be a good deed. She told me that it had to be 10 inches from the shortest layer, without even thinking i let her cut it. Come to find out, it is 10 layers from the longest layer and now i am stuck with a ridiculously short hair cut. Life lesson – ALWAYS know your facts.

July 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm
(109) The Kid says:

Children are our future and if we can not provide, to every child in this world, a safe secure world where they can recieve medical treatment, have donated hair made into wigs so that they can have hair again. Then we do not deserve to have children or life or anything, except the same un-human horror of pain and suffering that we force our children to go throu, Ex. a child had a hair wig made for him and because this child wasn’t worth a damn, the wig was made to have the plastic bindings stick out underneith the wig, the doctor then forced the wig onto the childs head and glued it to him so the plastic binding would punchure the childs head causing pain untill the child died due to infection. thank god someone was their a saint a hero a really pissed off kill u all how dare u traet children like this. The only treatment i can offer is to destroy those who hurt children, God or Jesus will not pervent me from bring justice to children who are hurt abused or treated like garbage. NOT NOW OR EVER, I SWEAR TO ALL, SHALL CHILDREN SUFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 17, 2010 at 10:49 am
(110) Gwen says:

This is an awesome and blessed program for those in need. Members of my family has benefited. Thank you so much.
Is a person who smokes allowed to donate? If so, how is the hair cleaned and cleared of it?

Self-esteem is elevated and lives are changed by Locks of Love and those who donate. Keep up the awesome work. God bless you all in abundance.

July 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(111) Amy says:

I’m growing my hair to donate for the first time and am disappointed to hear about the shady dealings that Locks of Love is involved with.

I will be finding another organization to donate my hair to that doesn’t have as many questionable practices.

July 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm
(112) jacqueline groner says:

if your concerned your hair will never reach locks of love, you can always ask for the hair and donate it yourself. i did and as far as i know it has been accepted. it is a wonderful program, i know children who have recieved wigs from locks of love. my son was supposed to die in 2002 and he gave them a miracle and survived! we have been on chemo for 9 years and every chance i get i donate my hair to the children i see everyday! i just donated 29 inches and my daughter who don’t even know the difference at age 3 gave 10 inches. some people think because they haven’t had a trim or they have a perm, ect., ect., they can’t donate, but i say what do you have to lose? if they can use it then why not try? most people don’t even think to donate and let the hair hit the floor and get thrown away, but i think of these children everyday! remember kids like my son and god bless all of them and everyone who tries to help!!

July 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm
(113) Jamie says:

My sister and I donated our hair today to LOCKS OF LOVE. We love it!!!!!!!!

July 23, 2010 at 11:17 am
(114) Kim says:

I’ve been growing out my hair for 2.5 years now, and will be getting it cut short. I was going to donate it to LoL, but have since decided to donate it to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths instead.

My decision isn’t based on the negative comments about LoL…there will be negativity with ANY charity. I just feel that Pantene’s organization does so much more than LoL while operating in the same parameters (non-profit) and makes more wigs for everyone – not just children under 21.

July 31, 2010 at 11:27 am
(115) smokeygrey says:

Shame on all of you who feel the need to put down LOL without doing your research. As many commentors have previously printed, the organization CLEARLY puts in writing the criteria for donations and the purpose of their organization. Even after numerous comments left on this site, people still believe the hair goes toward cancer patients. If you want to know the who and what of an organization, do your own research! You obviously have internet capability. Stop taking the word of anyone’s writing (including my own) and get your own facts.

I am fortunate to have a healthy, happy child. My family has not been touched by cancer. This did not stop me from making a hair donation several years ago to LOL. I do not have a problem with them selling my hair (if they deemed it unworthy) and applying the profit toward the cost of making another’s persons hair into a wig. At that time, the organization did list salons that participated, which is a shame too, because they seemed to have stopped that now. When I scheduled my appointment, the cut itself was free, although other services had a charge (ie, shampoo & blowdry afterwards) which I did not have an issue with anyways. I wasn’t doing it to get a free haircut. I had printed out the information sheet to enclose with the hair, the salon I went to took care of the rest. They took care of mailing it (and showed me several other donations that they took in that day) and gave me a certificate right there on the spot to ‘congratulate’ me for the donation. I do feel bad for the several parents who have commented that their children did not receive an acknowledgement for their donation. I can understand that it would be an important factor for their children to receive it.

I am 45yrs old now and my hair does not grow as fast as it once did. I am also graying (more than what I like to admit), but I intend to donate again. I’ve been working on my hair for 2 1/2yrs now, getting it to my standard of what I would like to contribute. I was leaning towards Locks of Love again, but I might go with the Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths instead. I will do my own research into the other charities mentioned in this site and make my own decision, but in the end, the hair will be donated to a cause.

I do not feel the need to tear down an organization just because I don’t agree with all of their practices. I don’t believe for one instint that Locks of Love is getting rich off of my donation. I don’t believe that they misled any of you. If you received your information through word of mouth, then there lies the culprit. Many charities do not completly do everything they say– Red Cross, Salvation Army…. all have their falacies. Do your research and make the best choice for you!

August 3, 2010 at 2:37 am
(116) just my 2 cents says:

I also have donated my hair twice in the past to Locks of Love. I also am a hairdresser and have cut many many other peoples hair for Locks of Love. Not all of it was of great quality. But if they wanted it donated I sent it in, so you see that there may be very valid reasons for not using all of the donations. There are however are no valid reasons for the minute amount of wigs that they are making and are selling or donating. So yes grow out your hair and donate it to a great charity, but do your research and be satisfied with your own choice. That’s why God gave us free will. God Bless, and may you never have need of anything.

August 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(117) Karen says:

Oh good grief people. LoL does NOT help children with cancer. They help children with alopecia. Cancer is hard to deal with, and donating your hair is a nice thing to do. The people discouraging donating to LoL I think are NOT discouraging donating hair, just suggesting donate some place else. Maybe some place that will help cancer patients too? Instead of turning them away! Pantene from what I read will give the wigs to anyone. Don’t have to have alopecia. Don’t have to be a child. Just have to need hair. I would rather donate to them, since I know some day they may help a child, or even me! How irritating would that be, to spend my life donating to LoL, and then some day I have cancer and lose my hair, and they won’t help me out because I’m not a child and I have cancer, not alopecia. Pantene might some day return the favor.

August 8, 2010 at 4:41 am
(118) tresa says:

it takes mutiple pontail donation to complete one hair piece if you discourage you child it take that much longer for an other child to have what yours has naturally so think if the shoe was on the other foot how would you feel then

August 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm
(119) Elizabeth says:

It takes 6-10 ponytails per hairpiece. The cost per hairpiece is. Roughly over $1,000 and that is just for a standard 10inch one. A 10 inch ponytail is only 8 inches long after manurfacturing which is only jaw length. They provide hairpieces to all ages under 21 with any condition that causes temporary or permanant hair loss. However only children between ages 6-21 with certain permanant conditions receive real hairpieces and they provide synthetic wigs to all others. All of this is provided at no cost to the recepient, so the charity still needs money to manufacture. They sell unusable hair, such as grey hair, molded, or ruined hair for costs. This charity is for an amazing cause and it bothers me that there sre people too busy speculating and picking apart to see the benefits of a wonderful thing. And hey its a discounted or free hair cut so what’s the problem?

November 29, 2010 at 8:14 am
(120) Courtney says:

Many will not read EVERY single comment on this page and will usually just read the top few, and then the bottom few.

Once again, LoL Does NOT ultimately donate FREE wigs, they will either help “off-set” the costs on a sliding scale, or “sometimes” give out free wigs, but only on a case by case basis.

The wigs go to children that have Alopecia mostly, with the occasional cancer patient, or burn victim getting a wig.

Personally, I have been growing out my hair for a couple of years now to donate, and was going to donate to LoL, but after doing research and their questionable practices I will be donating to Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which gives cancers patients FREE wigs.

December 15, 2010 at 11:35 am
(121) Samantha says:

WoW! I actually have sat and read these comments (stay at home mom with 2 sleeping kids at the moment) and WOW! I decided a year and a half ago i wanted to cut my hair, not donate..just cut. Its extremely long and straight and with 2 very young kids i barely have time (usually) to sit at the computer let alone actually ‘do something’ with my hair. Anyway, when i brought up a haircut to my husband he automatically frowned and said not to cause he likes my long hair. Next thing i know hes telling me about a mornibg radio show he listens to that does free cuts once a year, in april or may, for people that donate. It was october when he told me about it. I decided to wait and do it since its such a good cause and i know i have healthy long hair. They donate to LoL.
Im now questioning if i should donate to them. I still want to donate but just possibly to someone else. I do think what theyre doing is really good but i just now think theres probably a better program out there, some ive found out about on here, that could get my hair to a child in need. It says 113 wigs were done last year..or year before..from LoL and i understand it takes ALOT of hair to make a wig but with how much hair they recieve it bothers me that only 113 were done. Its fantastic for those that did recieve those wigs but i know there are sooo many more children out there that would also be grateful for our hair.
Im a little torn now on if i should wait and donate to LoL or go with another organization. Im sure more research will help..

December 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm
(122) soon2bpixiecut says:

I’m 15, with hair down to my waist and will soon be giving it to LoL. My cousin, whose hair grows quickly, always donates it to them and I trust it’ll go some place it can do some good.

December 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm
(123) Cathy says:

It’s HAIR for goodness sakes. FREE hair that grows back and hair that you’re going to cut anyways. Might as well donate it. Donating is the act of giving & i’d rather “give” it away instead of throw it away. After all, i’m not going to use it and if it CAN be used for good, even partial good, I say go for it!!!

December 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(124) Woody says:

Donate to charities if they’re going to give it to kids. If you want to donate for the sake of donating, just send it to me, I’ll make the money selling it to their wig makers and give a kid a wig a year.

If we don’t hold these organizations accountable, how else can we make sure what we donate is reaching the kids?

And if you just want to feel good, donate to the tons of charities out there where they have no idea where the money goes.

February 6, 2011 at 1:21 am
(125) Tarah says:

I’m going to be 28 in 3 days and I just donated 16 inches of virgin hair to LoL and I’ve never felt better in my life! This was my first donation, but it won’t be my last. If you’re reading all of these comments because you’re unsure of who you want to donate to, think about this….. you’re going to bring a smile and sense of normalcy to some child out there and it is the most amazing feeling in the world! No matter how much money is made by an organization, you are doing what you can to help. I chose LoL, because I believe in them and what they are doing for children who are in unfortunate situations. As a side note, you have to remember that it won’t matter how amazing one company is, because there will always be someone out there to tear them down. To all of the children reading this who have not received a wig, you are beautiful and loved very much even by people you have never met.

February 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm
(126) Angel says:

Many people here think the debate is between “Sweeping your hair in the garbage” or “donating it to LoL.” That’s not what this thread is about! People come here to try to figure out whether they should donate it to (1) Locks of Love, or (2) Pantene Beautiful Lengths, (3) some other organization.

Everyone that comes to this page is ALREADY planning on donating their hair- if they weren’t, they would just cut it and not even be visiting this website. Yeesh.

All I have determined so far: Pantene seems to be able to give away more wigs the way their program is set up.

February 16, 2011 at 9:43 am
(127) Marion Buller says:

The American Cancer Society also supports a program called “Wigs For Kids” http://www.wigsforkids.org/
A local beauty salon has been giving free haircuts at our Relay For Life event for the last 5 years to anyone meeting the criteria for hair donations. We’ve had donors between the ages of 4 to 74. Being a cancer survivor who needed a wig at one point in my treatment I know how important this is for one’s self-esteem. If we can help a child who is going through this to feel better about themselves we should do it and not discourage those who unselfishly donate to good causes.
Thanks to all of you donors. You have helped put a smile on many faces.

February 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm
(128) Grace Blake says:

Hi

Can locks of love be hand delivered in Boston area, or is there a better way to ensure that donaztions are received promptly. I have had friends tell me of their donations being mishandled, damamged in shipping-such a waste for sucha worthy cause! Can’t imagine cuttin my daughter (or son’s) hair and having it slip through mail Yikes!!!

My family really would like to donate burt onlyif we can be assured that our fab locks are safe!!!!

Thanks foa advice in advance:)

February 27, 2011 at 11:01 am
(129) think about it says:

C’mon, people! Think about this! Don’t you think it just MIGHT cost thousand of dollars and hours of time to thread a wig STRAND BY STRAND?! Not to mention that it just MIGHT be going to research to help treat or cure on of those conditions?! Or do you just want to scream fraud when you don’t know what you’re talking about! Anybody in the wig-making business here? No? Know anyone who is? I do! Wigs cost money and plenty of time to make, especially to specs and with real hair. Especially when you have someone else do it and have to pay them! LoL doesn’t make their own wigs, your forgetting that part? They have to order them from a manufacturer. Also remember the “sliding scale” for the families who can’t afford them? Who pays for the ones who get them free? The ones who can afford them! Besides, if they were really so much more expensive, dont you think the families would go elsewhere? There are other wig manufacturers out there! They’re really not making that much money on these wigs and a lot of it goes to research. Believe me, i’d like to see LoL out of business, but only because kids don’t need wigs anymore!

March 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm
(130) Judy White says:

For those choosing not to donate to Locks of Love, but would still like other options, you might try Pantene Beautiful Lengths. They have a minimum of 8″. You can read all about them on their website.

http://www.pantene.com/en-US/beautiful-lengths-cause/Pages/default.aspx

They probably have things you’d hesitate to agree with also, but give them a try.

March 9, 2011 at 8:55 am
(131) Monica says:

Don’ t know much about LoL but Panteen also takes donations and they only ask for 8 inches.
My daughter donated her hair 1 year ago to Panteen and since they help women as well and not just kids it made her happy since her grandma died of cancer.

March 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm
(132) Jess says:

The truth is, what Locks Of Love claims to do is in nice nature. But read the website yourself.. while they’re marketers tell you it does go to children with cancer, they are almost always turned down because they benefit more from “synthetic” hair. Trust me, I would know what this rejection is like. And while it could be true that the hair that isn’t fit is made for donations, the ridiculous amount of donations they recieve they’d be able to make more than 2000 wigs. From their own records, they get about 2,000 ponytails a week, or about 104,000 a year. Even if half of these were unusable.. and even if it took 5 per wig.. that’s about 10,000 per year. As someone with experience on both sides.. with Locks of Love and with a child with cancer, you can’t say I don’t know what it’s like. Locks of Love is not what it claims to be.. and I believe if you truly want to help there are plenty more good intentioned organizations out there. But before you say I don’t know what I’m talking about.. take into consideration that I’m a 14 year old girl who, after my encounter with Locks of Love, decided to do a little digging.

March 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm
(133) Jess says:

And to clarify, I am more than happy for the children who do recieve reduced priced wigs.. but I do not support a company who knows fully about the misconceptions about their company and does nothing to clear them up. That is lying, and I do not support lying..especially when it gets the hopes up of children.

April 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm
(134) Amy Schmitt says:

I donate my hair every year to Children with Hair Loss. Why ? And Not Locks Of Love. Well I did indeed donate to Locls of love intill I heard they charge the families to purchase the wig’s. Myself have a special needs child and I know first hand how hard it is to deal with stuff like this and ontop of al this to have to PURCHASE a wig for your child.. Nonsence !! I DONATED MY HAIR AND MY TIME so a child could have sometime they cant have and your companty is gonna charge a family $$$$ noway.. Thats my opinion. So I hope you take it at heart and and I stand by my Children with Hair Loss. And it only goes toward Children(not adults)..

April 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm
(135) Debbie says:

What about Pantene’s hair donationing? Does anyone know how good that program is? I read that it was similiar to Lol.

May 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm
(136) Revenwyn says:

Cancer this, cancer that, it’s almost as if people forget that there are low income women and children who lose their hair due to alopecia, trichotillomania, and other causes.

There are two of us living on under half the federal poverty line for two people, and I cannot afford a wig. I’ve been bald for 15 years and I’m not finding a single charity that will work of me because I DON’T have cancer, I DON’T have alopecia, I have Trichotillomania.

June 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm
(137) Going to Give says:

From the WikiPedia site referenced above:

First, the negative (as outlined above) .. please pay attention to the DATES if these statements: “According to a 2003 report by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, in 2002 alone Locks of Love had raised over $150,000 by selling donated hair and had received another $213,000 in charitable contributions and grants, but provided only 113 human-hair wigs. Their 2008 IRS Form 990 reported over $1,925,000 in total revenue but stated that they gave only 401 hairpieces / wigs to Locks of Love recipients.”

Now for the good : “The BBB 2010 report now lists Locks of Love as a reputable charity.”

So, it would seem, since all the bad press and reputation, they have redeemed themselves, at least in so far as being a ‘legitimate’ charity.

As many have pointed out already, most of their donations go to sufferers of alopecia areata, which is CLEARLY stated on the home page of their website. People calling this a “scam” because the hair doesn’t all go to cancer sufferers have simply not read the information that is readily available on the Locks of Love website.

I also thought that their wigs went to cancer patients, but this is obviously a widely held misconception that was dispelled for me by simply reading the very first paragraph on their home page.

July 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm
(138) Olivio says:

People like to draw conclusions very quickly, I agree with the last comment (137) but don’t let those negative people make the decision for you. They are entitled to their opinion but you should check the facts. LOL is not a scam. They are very clear on what happens to their donations and they are open about their operations. Not everything in charities is bright and perfect and they don’t just run on miracles. They need people like us to care enough to donate. I really liked what Dakota(14) said.

My son was loosing his hair due to a side effect of a medicine but we were able to stop it and reverse it, but when his hair was falling off l was feeling hopeless and afraid he would lose his self esteem.

So if you ended up reading this because you wanted to donate your hair, read the good comments too and don’t just let the negative ones influence you, make an educated decision. Out of all these people that donate, who knows, maybe you will be the one that will put a smile on a child out there.

July 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm
(139) Alex says:

Please, let’s remember. What happens when we get a haircut? it goes to the TRASH anyway!!!, so why not send it to any of these charitable organizations, just make sure YOU MEET the requirements and don’t send your hair for the sake of donating, you can actually cause more burden than doing good. That’s the situation for LOL: It seems as if they receive a lot but not provide as many wigs, but check out their numbers and do the math. They also receive WAY too many hair donations and the majority is damaged; they waste more time going through unusable hair. And This goes for Christina (99): the Hair that is not good enough but good to sell for other wigs? Depends on the type of hair, some goes to the trash and some they sell it to offset costs and they also use money to invest in Alopecia research.

August 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm
(140) Mary says:

I has really upset when I read some of the comments simple because it is very sad to read that there is people that can put a price on the suffering of a child. How its that LoL can ask the patient to send in recommendation letters my god have it cancer is not bad as it is. My two young girls wanted to donate their hair to these organization but after I read all the comments I’m totally against it. Not because if they sell the hair or not but beucase the difference these people make between one sickness and another is like saying which one will you want to have cancer or alopecia so you can get some hair donation for a wig. I guess is just a matter of money for some people

September 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm
(141) Aya Eavey says:

I am donating my hair, as well as my daughter’s, to locks of love. While we have been blessed to not have suffered from cancer, I did have alopecia areata as a young teen, and I personally know the emotional pain and embarrassment caused by not having hair. It took years for my hair to get back to some semblance of normalcy. My heart goes out to the young ones that have alopecia, and I know what you are going through. But keep your chin up and know that there are people out there that care and are willing to help you out.

October 3, 2011 at 9:45 am
(142) Donna says:

I feel that if I give my hair 2 lol, I’m giving from a pure heart. If lol is misappropriating the $$ 4 personal gain, then that’s between them & God.
Only God can judge the heart of man. I know if I bless some 1 that is undeserving of the blessing, it bounces off them & comes back 2 me multi-fold, in many forms.
Some call it karma, some call it other things, but I call it the law of reaping & sowing. If I plant tomatoes, I don’t expect 2 get watermelon or cucumbers.
How many apples do u get from 1 seed?
Just sayin’
Donna

October 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm
(143) Diana says:

One thing I didn’t notice is that the hair is NOT FOR CANCER PATIENTS.

October 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm
(144) Heather says:

I know first hand what it is like to lose your hair from cancer, and I suffered permanent hair loss from it in one specific area of my head because I did radiation treatment from a brain tumor. I had cancer when I was 7 and then again at 14, and I am now 20 with a large bald spot on my head.

I understand what it is like.. but it isnt anything to be ashamed of. I hate locks of love because all its doing is telling kids that they cant be pretty or confident without hair.

The BEST organization I have found is the St. Baldricks foundation. Youtube has TONS of videos about them and I think this is the best angle to approach hair loss. Dont be ashamed, dont hide it. Come together and be bald and beautiful. If a child accepts themselves instead of hiding what is happening, they are hiding who they truly are. Cancer sucks. I know. But we should raise awareness another way.

October 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm
(145) samson says:

isn’t it funny? i can cut my hair off and live with it just fine, why can’t someone without hair live without it? i believe the solution to everyone’s problem is to be happy regardless of how they look. i don’t look down on people with hair loss cuz of a medical condition and they shouldn’t feel bad about the hair they lost. love yourself no matter what, and the people who judge you because you don’t have hair don’t deserve to be apart of your life.

December 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm
(146) samantha says:

I’m 17, years old and I’m going be donating my hair in June sometime , i through donating my hair to locks of love would be a great way to help other family’s going through cancer treatment with a family member or family friend and, well i have cancer that runs through my family and i still have a chance of getting cancer in my lifetime and i through since I’m native that it would be great to donate my hair to this foundation and the other reasons I’m doing this is because I’m getting tons of support from my family and friends and teachers at school, also a friends recently shaved her head and is donating it to locks of love and that inspired me to also shave my head and also donate it!

Samantha

February 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm
(147) brandon says:

i wish you had some info about it…

February 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm
(148) kate says:

wish you had info on it i am doing a report on a charity but i cant find information.

March 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm
(149) jenna says:

I definately won’t be donating to locks of love…I’d rather throw it away then give it to those greedy b@$t@rds. I was so angry once I started reading more and more about these crooks… Over $170000 to make one wig by their own audits.
IF THE HAIR IS GOOD ENOUGH TO SELL AND GOOD ENOUGH FOR THAT SOMEONE TO BUY IT WITH THE INTENTION OF SELLING IT, WHY IS IT NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR A CHARITY? FOR KIDS WITH CANCER THAT DON’T CARE IF THE HAIR IS PERFECT, ITS GREAT.

I’m a little dissapointed that there are so many comments, but very few about pantene’s beautiful lengths. Kind of afraid to know if they are as bad as LoL, because then who do we donate to?

There is only one person that I found the need to comment to directly, as cruel as my thoughts may seem, number 136, the girl with Trichotillomania. Im sorry and I know its not your fault you have it and I know there isn’t anything you can do about it, but I don’t get why your surprised they refused you a wig.
It’s actually a little ballsy of you to ask and ignorant of you to be pissed they won’t. You have a condition that caused YOU yourself to PULL out every strand of hair you had and you want someone to give you more to pull at and ruin?
I feel bad for you that you have this, It is horrible and unfair but the truth is the truth as horrible as that me be, and you did it to yourself. Don’t ask to have a wig that you are in all likelyhood going to ruin when it can go to someone who will take care of it and value it. You want a wig, go buy one.

March 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm
(150) Jenna says:

So I did some digging on Pantene’s Beautiful lengths program. All I did was send them an e-mail asking a few questions about how they run thir business and I have decided to just copy/paste the part of their answers that shocked me and is sure to shock all of you, since it seems the general opinion is Locks of Love is pretty crooked and not a first choice charity for those that care to take the time to look.

Here’s Valari, from the Pantene Team

If your hair meets our criteria listed on Beautifullengths.com, it can be used to create a real-hair wig. However there are occasional donations that we cannot use (e.g. chemically-treated, more than 5% gray, shorter than 8 inches). Hair that is not suitable for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig-making process is being donated to Locks of Love and will be included in their established system of selling unusable hair – all additional funds secured are directed toward their non-profit program.
We are pleased to be able to support their charitable efforts and make sure that every single hair donation either directly or indirectly benefits someone in need of a real-hair wig. It takes four to six ponytails to create one real-hair wig.

Ok, thats NOT cool. They’re in cahoots with the big bad!

I also told them that my hair is long enough to cut 8 from the bottom, then cut another 8 and I was really close to adding a third cut (my hair is just at mid-bum now) and I wanted to know if I should give it the extra few months to get that so they could get 6 usable ponytails all from my hair, so enough for a full wig so that this person could have my all natural really pretty blonde/red combo hair. I get sooooo many compliments on the colour (as does my sister).

I was told that all ponytails must be coloured to create a realistic looking wig. I guess my natural colour is not realistic because it didn’t come from a box of dye…

April 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm
(151) Bio-traitement says:

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May 8, 2012 at 9:22 am
(152) Stephen says:

Gonna make the big leap today… 22″ cut off… Listen… i know bout the money thing… but if EVEN just ONE kid gets a helping hand…. wish me luck… OH.. and i am Male with 22″ extra…

May 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm
(153) Kathryn Colby says:

I have really good hair, no split ends, no perms or colorings and it’s unique in color. I used to donate to wigs for kids until a friend of mine was CHARGED for the WIG and I know the hair they got was FREE. Locks of Love gives the wigs to the needy. I normally go to Smart Style in Walmart to cut my hair. No matter what state I live in at the time, they have always cut my hair for free. I always get a picture with the hair stylest at the time of my haircut. It is not about if your hair is used or not, it’s about donating something of yourself without being PAID back that should count, it counts in your heart. YOU did the right thing. Lets hope that the company is doing the right thing, as well. This will be my 4th time donating my hair to Locks Of Love. I’m going to trust that they make a wig for a cancer KID.

May 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm
(154) Fatima says:

When I donate to locks of love, which I’ve done every 2 years for a while now, I do it on my birthday every May and I do so because it makes me feel good about helping children who need this. If they are not doing their part, then shame on them. I will still feel good for what I’m doing. Sad to say this may be the last time as I am starting to see the need to color my hair and that it not acceptable. We’ll just have to see in the nest two years what happens.

June 2, 2012 at 11:56 am
(155) sherri says:

I live in Broward County Florida and would like to donate my hair to Locks of Love. Where can I find a list of participating Hair Salons that are willing to cut it for free

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August 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm
(157) Freddie Clark says:

I recently cut hair at a LOL event. There were a few kids there who were recipients and happily showed off their wigs and beamed about how much they loved them and were so happy to be able to get one. The amount of donations needed to make one wig can be as many as 13! Some people also donated shorter lengths which are sold to other companies to help offset the costs of making the wigs which start at about $3500.oo. Every business, non prof or not has operating cost and the sale of shorter hair sold helps make the wigs more affordable as well. No one in the LOL fly is selfishly making money off donations so to disuade people from donating bc some hair is sold is a disservice to the kids who need it. Its a gift that one can give that will make a difference in a childs life, so pls disregard the negative posts about it and give something that costs nothing but means everything to a child who needs it. Its a selfless act that makes a difference so why poo poo on it?

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September 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm
(160) Natalie Paul says:

This will be my 4th year donating my hair. My hair grows so fast with in about a year and a half its time to cut, so i make it a point to donate my hair. It is some thing that I’m very proud to do. I don’t make very much money so cant not give money to the association. I lost a very young cousin when i was young to cancer and to see her with her little bald head was hard for me as a child. Just knowing that i can possibly change a little girls life makes me feel good. I also refuse to dye my hair just so that they can use my hair. I it has been about 7 years now that have not dyed my hair. I just wish that there were more people out there that can think of other peoples feelings and needs. Thank you for starting this great organization.

December 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm
(161) Mayra says:

Hi everyone, I have dinted my hair 2 times to thank God the gift of life since I am the mother of 2 healthy
children. Now my oldest child is 5, her name is Aislynn, and she wanted to help Santa to make other kids happy. Within our conversation she ask me what were the happiest moments of my life, so I told her about the most beautiful motherhood gift, she got up and said that is it!!! You donated your hair to make others happy, so I want to give the gift of hair like you. I am so proud of her! Now my problem is that I cut it, but I have no idea where to send it. Help please! She wants to help santa so his helpers can make a wig for christmas.

February 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm
(162) Dalina says:

Hi

I donated my hair to hair hopes and was able to meet and talk to the parents and the young girl my hair went to. I have a video on you tube of me cutting my hair off and it shows the girl and the wig that was made with my hair. Hair Hopes helps all the children that have been turned down by Locks of Love. The wigs are made here in the USA by Wiggin Out. From what I have learned not ONE child from all the children’s hospitals has been approved for a wig by Locks of Love. Here is the info on Hair Hopes

Hair Hopes
2400 West Coast HWY
Suite 4
Newport Beach,CA 92663

Make sure you include all your contact info

March 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(163) cher says:

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My mom grew her hair out in the remembrance of her sister that died of cancer. When she found this out she went someplace else and gave it to them.

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June 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm
(165) Zalexis says:

Im prob going to donate my hair because my dad has cancer even though he wont need a wig im steel going to to do it after my birthday. any body who disquriges i think havent delt with cancer or stuff like that

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September 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm
(167) Taufau says:

I’ve been looking for an address to donate my hair and two of my daughters hair pieces, but there is no address, and I’m about to give up searching, so an address will b e great..

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December 3, 2013 at 3:06 am
(169) amanda says:

for the first time in 5 years i decieded to cut my little mans hair and the salon had asked would we like to donate in to locks of love and that the salon would send it out and my son would recieve a certificate of appreciation and went on how he would be helping other children we were all excited and for it that was in august of this year we are now in december and havent heard anything how do i find out futher information on this it means alot to me and my son

December 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm
(170) HazzyDebs says:

i need an address as to where to send my hair when i do get it cut in a few weeks.. and is there a place in my are that might cut my hari for free for donatiing it to Lock Of Love. just a thought. I’m in Lutz Fl which is the North end of tampa bay and the suth end of lutz. thanks if some one could me me on this matter. probable after the first of the year i’ll be getting my hair cut.. it’s been over 3 yrs now… Debs

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April 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm
(172) Linda cervantes says:

My niece just got diagnosed with breast cancer she will have surgery on April 24, and start her chemo right after I would like to donate my hair but would like to know if there is any way we can have it go to her? and where do I go . thank you

April 15, 2014 at 11:13 am
(173) summer says:

My 8 year old donate her hair to locks of love and i am happy that she did because it will help someone else that needs it to and she wants to grew her hair again to donate again.

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