Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Cut your hair.

So many grown-folks fight hair loss. Men (and women!) spend lots of their money and time trying to "fix" their hair. Now imagine that you are a child with hair loss. What will the other children think? Will they make fun of me? It must be difficult. Thankfully, there may be help available.

Locks of Love "is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 years and younger suffering from long-term medical hair loss." If you're interested in donating your hair for this worthy cause, here are the guidelines:
1. We accept 10" minimum hair length (tip to tip), not wigs, falls, or synthetic hair
2. Please bundle hair in ponytail or braid.
3. Hair needs to be clean, dry, placed in a plastic bag, then padded envelope.
4. We need hair from men and women, young and old, all colors and races.
5. Hair may be colored or permed, but not bleached or chemically damaged (if unsure, ask your stylist).
6. Hair swept off the floor is not usable.
7. Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
8. Hair that is short, gray, or unsuitable for children will be separated from the ponytails and sold at fair market value to offset the cost of manufacturing.
9. You may pull curly hair straight to measure the minimum 10".
10. The majority of all hair donated comes from children who wish to help other children.
11. Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails for donation.
12. Please note: Anyone can cut your hair as long as the above guidelines are followed.

Remember, it's just hair. Yours will grow back. If your don't want to cut your hair or don't have enough hair to cut, you may want to volunteer or make a financial contribution.

Two more things:

* I wrote Locks of Love to ask if they accept hair donations from people with kinky hair so that black children who want to wear natural hair styles have the option to do so. I did not receive a response, but if anyone has information on natural hair wigs for children, please leave a comment.

* Given that treatment for blood cell cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, etc.) causes many, many children to lose their hair, please consider joining the bone marrow registry so that you can help cure these diseases and save a life.

So comb your hair, braid it up, and go get the scissors. A child will thank you.

"It's all good hair." - Michelle N-K Collison *


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Arnetta said...

Women's hair loss can be a very traumatic experience; simply because hair is a defining pint of personal style for almost all women. Bad toupees do nothing for the image and confidence of the wearer suffering from hair loss and probably self-esteem issues as well.

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Female hair loss is usually less of a problem in women than it occurs in men for the most part. Womens hair loss as compared to the response to the same issue for men is not the same; men view it as a way of life, women view it as an end to life.

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Yes, hair loss is a real problem in our days and even children suffer it. Locks of Love is very good and helpful organization. I'm very glad when I see that people are full of energy to help other people if they can.

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Irshad said...

I am like the your title "Cut your hair ". I think it is the most quick, easy and economical way to get rid from the hair loss problem.

I think you need hair for the hair transplant. but As I read the instruction about it on hair loss treatment counter that in hair transplant, hair of the patient other parts are used.

Is the hair of the other who is also suffering from hair loss can you accept.