When my daughter recently decided to cut her very long hair, it just made sense to talk to her about donating the hair she was cutting off. She was instantly energized by the idea of helping someone that needed the hair she was getting rid of! It seemed like a win/win. But when I started to do some research on the most well known donation agency – locks of Love, I decided that probably wasn’t the best use of her hair donation.
Which left me wondering – what other hair donation options are there? Fortunately – there are quite a few!
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It turns out – there are quite a few different options for donating your hair, and even your pets hair for good causes!
Below you will find some Locks of Love alternatives:
Wigs for Kids – Wigs for Kids, is a nonprofit organization that has been serving children suffering from hair loss since 1981. Wigs for Kids depends on monetary and hair donations from generous individuals. Wigs for Kids never charges the families that receive the custom Hair Replacement Systems. They make wigs that kids can wear playing sports and being active kids – that dont fall off! They also offer a Girl Scout badge donation opportunity.
Pantene Beautiful Lengths –Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene® and the American Cancer Society®, the largest nonprofit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer. The fund turns donated hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distributes wigs to cancer patients across the country.
Wigs 4 Kids- This Wellness Center and Salon is dedicated to helping build the self-esteem of young patients dealing with hair loss as a result from various illnesses such as cancer, alopecia, trichotillomania, as well as burn victims. They provide free hair replacement systems and support services for clients under age 18, throughout the state of Michigan.
Children with hair Loss- Children With Hair Loss was created as a resource for all children who have medically-related hair loss. They are committed to never charging families, and providing their wigs free of charge to children under age 21.
Matter of Trust: Clean Wave- Hair floats, right? That is why it goes down your shower drain last, and can sometimes block your drains. The Matter of Trust creates hair mats, that are non-toxic to the environment unlike petroleum based mats and booms. Oil companies drill oil and use oil to make oil based products that clean up oil spills. The Clean Wave program offers an efficient, eco-alternative to that cycle! Pretty cool. They also accept pet hair. Check their site for more details!
You will always want to do your own research on the charities you donate to. And it’s important that you think about what your goal is when you donate. Do you care if your donation is sold instead of given to someone free of charge? Do you mind if it goes to an adult or a child? Does your hair length and type qualify for the donation center your considering? All these questions are worth asking yourself, if you dont want your donation to end up in the trash.
PS. All of the charities above accept monetary donations as well as hair – so if they tug at your heart strings please consider donating in that way as well!
If you’d like more information on our reasons not to donate to locks of love, check the hyperlink above to be linked to that article.