For those who missed the fun and excitement via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook this weekend, I chopped off my hair. Obviously I didn’t cut it myself, but it is short now. The ponytail itself contain about 6 inches of hair, and another 1-2 were taken off in the process of the style. Normally I completely freak out about having short hair, but this time I’m not upset. Oddly enough, this time I actually like it! *GASP*. I had been wearing it in a ponytail or braid all the time. No one ever saw it, and when it was down it felt heavy. I figured with a short ‘do I would at least have a tad aspect of style. Oh and since getting it chopped, running has been heavenly and I have not had a single tension headache, something I grew accustomed to having nearly every day.
When the pictures when up, so did the questions…mainly “Did you donate”? Unfortunately, I did not have enough hair to donate this time around, but I am not against the idea. For those of you thinking about taking the plunge in the near or distant future, perhaps donation is the right route for your leftover locks? I’ve compiled a medium list of organizations one may want to consider if going with a donation.
Remember, length, treatment history and cut/storage are often key components in donation. I’ve included the name of the organization, a link to their donation page FAQ is possible, and as a description their listed mission/vision statement. Some organization are free for the recipients, some provide only for those with medical conditions, others are for age specific needs, please read up on your chosen destination if these types of issues are a concern.
For 10 inches or more
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.
Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.
The effects of hair loss go deeper than just a change in a child’s outward appearance. Hair loss can erode a child’s self-confidence and limit them from experiencing life the way children should. With an injured self-image, a child’s attitude toward treatment and their physical response to it can be negatively affected also. Wigs for Kids helps children suffering from hair loss look themselves and live their lives. (Side note, they are based in Westlake OH, I included them for my local peeps)
Wigz 4 Kids :
Our goal at Wigs 4 Kids is to provide a wig to every child or young adult in Michigan who is in need of our services, as our funding permits. Having an understanding of their emotions and feelings, we strive to provide an environment where a child can feel at ease. Each child learns important practical skills to help them through this difficult time.
Since moving into our new Wellness Center, we have expanded our programming to include educational & medical support services. We help our kids heal from the emotional, social and psychological side effects of hair loss in an affirming setting.
To provide natural-looking quality hair systems to children and teens who face hair loss.
Angel Hair Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that reaches out to kids in Oregon who have lost their hair due to medical illness. The foundation provides the funding needed to purchase “Angel Hair Systems” for kids and teens. Children have received some over 160 systems since its inception, and now provides some 35 systems every year.
For 8 inches or less
Children with Hair Loss :
Children With Hair Loss was created as a resource for ALL CHILDREN who have medically-related hair loss. Originally, CWHL’s focus was on children fighting cancer, until we found out that there were a lot of other reasons why children lost hair including Alopecia, burns, Trichotillomania and other rare diseases and disorders. To this day, Children With Hair Loss has never charged a child. Currently, we provide a customized human hair replacement and care kit to over 300 children a year. It is our mission to empower these children to become whole again by making hair replacement available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need.
Our goal is to assist as many of these children as possible in changing their lives by improving their outlook and empowering them with a degree of self-confidence that will allow them to face the world with renewed self-esteem.
We created Beautiful Lengths because healthy hair means a lot to us, and the appearance of healthy hair means so much to women battling cancer. We want to be there for women when looking and feeling healthy is so important to them. As one breast cancer survivor put it, “It was very hard when my hair started falling out. It really takes away who you are when you look in the mirror.”
Many of the women we help say that putting on a wig makes them feel like themselves again. And when you donate your hair to the cause, you’re helping make that happen.
Was taking hair donations of any length to create oil spill clean up mats. If this interests you, they do have an email list and will send notification when they are once again in need of donations.
On a final note, I believe these are all US organizations. Canada and other friends…have any links you want to share?
Would you ever consider donating your hair? Why or why not?