Yesterday close friends and family saw a snippet into a new hairstyle I’m proudly rocking over on Facebook. The new do is drastically different from the long locks I’ve been sporting for the past 2 ½ years. So today, I’d like to share my experience of donating to Locks of Love...
I don’t know about you but donating anything not only makes you feel warm and fuzzy but also provides to someone in need. Whether its clothing that no longer fits, money to charitable causes, blood, or simply your time to an organization, the little things add up and pay it forward. Nothing like it.
Can’t believe I’m showing old pics, Ha! Rockin' pink zebra hand-me downs since the 90’s?!
Mom liked long while Dad snuck me off to the barber for short. Overtime it began to dawn on me instead of wasting all that hair, why not do something about it? A couple years later, in my early teens, my good friend Oprah (what Instagram friend doesn’t count?) featured Locks of Love. I remember the episode being full of stories of young children in need of hair and at the end asking for donations. And that was all the motivation I needed, the rest was history.
Yes, I was a blonde for a short time.
I’ve been an avid donor since I was 13 or 14 and donate once about every 3 years (max). So throwing around numbers and estimating: about 5-6 donations ranging from the minimum 10 inches and more. Even at just 10 inches that’s 60 inches or 5 feet of hair!!
Needless to say, I’m extremely blessed to have hair that grows quickly.
Every time my hair is really long, random strangers make a comment, compliment, etc. which is when I proudly spread the word about donating. “Good for you,” “Do they accept colored hair?” “I’d love to do that someday” are some of the many responses. While Locks of Love has a great information page and an FAQ, I’d like to touch on a few I get asked frequently:
- Do they accept colored hair? Absolutely! Unless it has been bleached (aka most highlighting techniques).
- What is the minimum donation? Like mentioned earlier, 10 inches. You’d be surprised that it really isn’t that long.
- Do they accept layered hair? You becha, as long as the longest layer is at least 10 inches.
- Do all salons participate? Unfortunately, no. Be sure to check your stylist or call around to see your local salon’s policies. Some places accept but require you to send it in (which isn’t hard).
My donation yesterday was probably the best experience to date. Sure, I probably could have donated months ago, and even talked about it for a few but something told me to hold out and let it grow a little longer. So after months of hair getting stuck in doors and windows, blowing out-of-control in windstorms, and removing wads from my brush daily (really, only like 3 pieces of hair)… it was time. Don’t get me wrong I love long hair, but I have an equal fondness of short hair especially in the summer which made it the perfect time.
What made the experience so amazing was the anticipation building for months, finding the right salon, and taking some time to really think through the perfect style. Here were my inspiration photos:
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Sure I was mostly attracted to the colors, but the theme was edgy. And edgy is exactly what I got, and then some:
My stylist, Shannon from Now & Zen Hair, was absolutely fabulous. Let me tell you, it was like a match made in heaven. A couple minutes prior to making the appointment the only comments I saw on their Facebook page were:
Initially she was shocked at the request, but quickly said, “Honey, you sat in the right chair today.” She proceeded to tell me that she finished a short do that morning and frequently works on another stylist's hair:
to ease the minor nerves I had. Believe it or not, I was most nervous that the beau would still like me since he’s only known me with long hair.
I rarely get my hair cut after it grows to a certain length (usually just straight trim it myself) so it was quite a treat to have such a passionate, extremely talented, and creative stylist.
I still plan to add a splash of color to the already bold style, so stay tuned.
17+ inches of hair!! By estimating at least 10 inches of hair since I've started, brings the total to approximately 77 inches of hair or 6 feet, that’s taller than I am!! And best of all, all the hair over the years has gone to create a hairpiece to brighten a child’s life.
Help spread the word, on donating hair by pinning or re-pinning this image to Pinterest:
Donating and volunteering has such an indescribable satisfaction. I plan to be a lifetime Locks of Love donor.
Have you donated your hair? Do you belong to any volunteer groups? What type of charities do you donate to? If not, try it once and hopefully you’ll be hooked!
In the spirit of giving, have you entered for your chance to win a custom portrait? No? Click here to enter.
P.S. I was not paid or perked from the salon or Locks of Love; I just happily support amazing experiences.