My various health conditions and medications prevent me from donating blood. Instead, I grow out my hair and about very four or five years I cut it short. The last two times I have donated my hair to Locks of Love, a charity which makes wigs to give to children being treated for cancer or who lose their hair for other medical reasons. My hair was finally long enough to cut to donate again, but this time I chose to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society. Like Locks of Love, Beautiful Lengths makes wigs for cancer patients — the difference is that Beautiful Lengths gives these wigs to adult women, particularly those being treated for breast cancer. Over the past few years I have come to know a few different breast cancer survivors who fought and won. I am also part of a community that was touched by one who, despite all the bravery in the world, was defeated. The world is a cruel place. If my hair can be made into a wig that will help some woman out there keep fighting, then I will gladly cut 11 inches (29 cm) off and send it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
Which is what I did.
As usual, I had an audience when the stylist put my hair into ponytails and made the first cut. Whenever I make the cut and donate my hair, I find myself seeing so many women with long hair and wonder why they don’t also donate. Hair is a renewable resource and a lot less painful to donate than blood.
If you have long hair, I urge you to consider donating it to charity. Locks of Love requires a minimum of 10 inches (25 cm) and Pantene Beautiful Locks requires a minimum length of 8 inches (20 cm). And if your hair isn’t long enough to donate — why not let it keep growing before you make your next cut? Your hair can help someone else feel beautiful again.