But of course, I was going to make sure I donated it since I planned on making a BIG change. I mean, I was already packing up my life and moving from Alabama to Indiana for grad school and quitting my job of 3 years, might as well change my appearance too! Women do those things.
So when the hairdresser gave my back my 13.5 inches of rubberbanded hair, I had to make the decision of where it was going to go. I could've left it with my hairdresser, but I wanted to it myself (so I could blog about it duh) so I could make sure it went where I wanted it to go.
I had no idea there were so many organizations out there to donate hair to! I have created an easy-to-reference spreadsheet so you can check the requirements for length and chemical processing in case you are ever interested in donating!
Each organization also requires clean, dry hair that is rubber-banded at each end. It should be measured straight (especially if you have curly/wavy hair). You can see in the picture above, my salon added extra rubber bands along the length of the pony to ensure no loose hairs would come out (and they still did because I had some old layers)
Since I had ombre and had highlights at the end of my hair, there were only 3 organizations that would accept myy color-treated hair. So my next step was to review each organization's cause or purpose. Their are organization's that are just for cancer, just for kids, etc. If you are interested in donating, take your time and find an organization that speaks to you!
When I researched Locks of Love, I knew that was one of the larger known organizations and they also make hair prostheses instead of wigs. But when reviewing their donation guidelines, it clearly states that any unusable or unused hair WILL BE SOLD to offset manufacturing costs. I know this is a non-profit organization, but I didn't like the fact that my hair may be sold to somewhere else when I donated it. They also charge families a large sum to receive a hairpiece.
When reviewing Children with Hair Loss, their mission was to be able to provide a hairpiece to any child with a medical related hair loss. And their goal is to never charge a family at a time when they need the most help. This really hit home to me. Since I've worked in pathology for 5 years, I see all types of biopsies come through the lab for more than just cancer. And knowing a child could possibly be teased at school because he/she did not have hair just breaks my heart.
This was the organization I decided to donate my hair to. I also donated money and received a shirt and cute little bracelet. I'm hoping my small monetary donation will help a family be able to get a hairpiece for free. If you are interested in donating, please visit their shop.
I also have an extra black-band heart bracelet that I want to giveaway to one of my readers! I love this bracelet! I wear mine with absolutely everything. It is adjustable and let's be honest, I just love hearts! Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!
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Please contact me if you have any additional questions about hair donation! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org!