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    Saturday, My friend/love interest (I'll just refer to her as "J") and I were watching Pre-season football at her parents house. J has hair just past BSL and is approaching waist. Her hair is very healthy. I always make an effort to tell her about how beautiful her hair looks long. She has had it very short since I've known her, but she tells me when she was little it was so long she could sit on it. I tell her she should grow it past her butt again. She says she is growing it out for Locks of Love and that is is going to cut it when it is about 3 inches longer. I try to tell her to reconsider her decision.

    While we are sitting down with her parents, her mother comments saying she needs to make an appointment with the hairdresser for a "trim;" even if she is going to grow it out for this "locks of love thing." I commented saying I think J's hair looks very beautiful long.

    I think she is on the fence about donating it, and I was wondering if you guys have any input?? It's her hair, and I'll try to be respectful of her decision if she decides to cut it, but it just makes me incredibly sad

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    Maybe do some research with her? I have heard that Locks of Love discards or sells most of the hair they get. She'd really do more good by saving/donating some money to a good cause, like the local food bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidermom View Post
    Maybe do some research with her? I have heard that Locks of Love discards or sells most of the hair they get. She'd really do more good by saving/donating some money to a good cause, like the local food bank.

    She says wants to make a difference, by making people happy. I haven't done a lot of research myself on Locks of Love. I don't know how I would approach her about it, without coming off "pushy." Thanks for your input

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    DEFINITELY make sure she does plenty of research on Locks of Love before she makes the big chop! I know lots of people who've donated their hair to them, and I also was under the impression for a long time that it was a kind and noble thing to do-- but now that I know the truth, there's no way I'd ever consider it. They toss out donated hair, they sell donated hair... Everyone thinks that all the hair goes to make free wigs for children with cancer, and it's just not true.

    If she's aware of the truth and still wants to do it, well, I guess it's her hair and her choice. Just please don't let her do it uninformed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by halo_tightens View Post
    DEFINITELY make sure she does plenty of research on Locks of Love before she makes the big chop! I know lots of people who've donated their hair to them, and I also was under the impression for a long time that it was a kind and noble thing to do-- but now that I know the truth, there's no way I'd ever consider it. They toss out donated hair, they sell donated hair... Everyone thinks that all the hair goes to make free wigs for children with cancer, and it's just not true.

    If she's aware of the truth and still wants to do it, well, I guess it's her hair and her choice. Just please don't let her do it uninformed!
    I know they will want her hair and and say anything to get it because she has never dyed it, and it is a vibrant shade. I just don't want to see her throw it away after making an effort to grow it out for so long. I will tell her to make an informed that decision. Thank You!

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    Maybe you could tell her to look into Pantene Beautiful Lengths as an alternative, if she is determined to donate her hair. As I understand it, Locks of Love hair is mostly used to sell wigs for kids with alopecia, not cancer. Well, the hair that gets used in wigs, anyway.

    I've also heard of another organization (the name's not coming to me) that uses hair donations to help clean up oil spills, another honorable cause.

    Just take a look around to see what you can find out about Locks of Love. I haven't done all the research on it that some members have, but I know a lot of people have found out about it, and then regret having donated their hair to them, because it wasn't used the way they thought it would be. Or worse, their hair wasn't even usable at all (though your girlfriend's hair probably is usable... but they'll probably sell it, not make a wig and give it to a kid with cancer).
    Note: My starting length of APL is from long before I'd ever heard of the LHC. That's just when I started consciously growing my hair out again.

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    I can not believe how uniformed people actually ARE about LOL!! I can't count how many times I've been personally approached about donating. Once people see how long it is they automatically ASSume that I'm donating to LOL!

    I figure if they are bold enough to mention LOL to me; they have given permission to be schooled. ALL have walked away enlightened and informed. If your friend wants to "donate" to make a difference, (and not that I'm advocating a chop...), but Pantene Great Lengths does wigs for women who ACTUALLY have cancer and the women receive the wigs at no cost to them...Which LOL can't say.

    I'd do some research, give her the info and preface it by saying, "I'd hate for you to make an uninformed decision that you might regret later..."

    I would feel really duped if I donated to LOL thinking that a kid with cancer would benefit from my generousity...Not realizing that these wigs are sold on a sliding scale based on the parent/guardians income...These wigs sell from $3500-6000k.

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    SV: Great minds think alike! We cross posted, sorry!

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    I hope your friend reconsiders. I have read a lot about the program. I won't ever consider it again.

    My Locks of Love Story...

    My son had long hair when he decided to join the military during war time. He asked me to cut his hair two weeks before he had to report for basic training. He didn't want Uncle Sam doing it. He ask if I would send it to Locks of Love for him. I said yes. Within a year he was in Afghanistan.

    He called home one day and I had to make a confession... I told him I had not sent his hair to Locks of Love... I couldn't bare to part with the beautiful hair I had braided many mornings for college. I just couldn't do it! I was worried something would happen to him and I wanted to keep his hair. He laughed and said, "It's ok Mom I never thought you would give it up, I know you too well" LOL!

    This is a photo I took the day I cut his hair... and cried the whole time I was cutting it.

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    Wow, he had gorgeous hair! Thanks for keeping it!

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