Locks of Love- My Hair Donation Story

***BEFORE***
I finally had it with my hair this last week. Friday night I decided it was time to measure and see how short I was going to have to go with my 10 inch donation to Locks of Love. It was short! Shorter then I had been since elementary school. But I was determined to donate, so I told the gal to snip it. And in one fail swoop- she snipped my hair off into one huge pony tail. I looked at it and knew there was no going back. LOL- That was a lot of hair.

I didn't take a picture of the pony tail I was a little embarrassed to ask if I could take a picture before we donated it. And they were a location that would send the hair in for me. So I just let them have it and watched it next to the mirror my whole hair cut feeling pretty proud with my decision to donate.

That was just the beginning of my story. Beans was shocked when she saw me after my hair cut. She, along with my husband and two boys, marveled and flattered me with how beautiful I looked, but she was in a little shock. She asked, "Why so much." about the amount of hair cut off and I proudly told her about Locks of Love and what my hair would be used for. And I figured that was the end of this little tale.

However, without going into all the detail I found out that night that one of my very best friends has his three year old daughter in the hospital. They found a tumor on her kidney that had to be removed. It was cancerous. She is still in the hospital and she will be having radiation therapy. I've cried like crazy for my friend and his family. I've prayed harder then I have in a long time for anyone. My kids have seen me hurt for my friend.

Today on the way to my son's doctors appointment Beans put two and two together.

Beans: "Mom... when you had your hair cut, you cut it to help little girls that loose there hair."

me: "Yup."

Beans: "Why would a little girl loose all her hair?"

Me: "Well-- Its like Mommy friend that I told you was in the hospital. She may loose all her hair because of what they need to do to get the cancer out of her body."

There was a long pause at this point and I wondered what she was thinking, but I didn't ask.

Beans: "Mom?"

Me: "Yes?"

Beans: "If your friends little girl needs some hair because she looses all of hers I'd like to give her some of mine."

Well--- I cried. Never in my life have I been so grateful that my kids understood sacrifice. I told her that her hair may not be long enough, but that if our friend needed hair because she looses all of hers because of the cancer in her body that we would make sure she got hair. Beans said she still wanted to donate hers once it is long enough to donate. So I am happy to add Beans name to our list of people who have decided to donate.
***AFTER***

If you would like your name added to our list please email me or leave me a comment that you would like to be added. Also let me know if you want me to link your name to your blog or web page. I don't want to link if you don't want me too.

58 comments:

  1. I too wanted to donate & had been waiting for it to be just the right length & felt that I couldn't wait anymore. I got 8 1/2 inches cut off. If I would have just waited another 6 months or so I would have been able to donate mine like planned. I REALLY feel like crap now, lol. I'm glad that you got to donate your hair. Nicki

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  2. Awww, what a cute (and touching) story!! And you look awesome with the new cut. I really like it on you! I think you should grow it out, and then donate, grow it out, donate .... :-))

    ~Brenda

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  3. WOW! What a great thing you did :) And kudos to Beans for being such a thoughtful little girl. I haven't seen a picture of you before. I can see your daughter in your face :)

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  4. You look great with short hair!

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  5. I donated 13 inches this past spring. I didn't think my 3 year old understood until a few weeks ago when she asked me if she could donate her hair when it got long enough to other girls who need it. Thanks for giving to us all through your blog and your actions. The country is a better place because of moms like you!

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  6. You inspire me Jenn. I love the new do. And what an awesome daughter you have.

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  7. thank you for your donation and for sharing your uplifting experience. very wonderful!

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  8. I've been thinking about donating for quite awhile. When I read about your challenge a couple months ago, I looked into how much was required and the other details. I decided I'm going to do it. But you know, it seems like my hair has hit a growth stunt. Is that something like "a watched pot never boils"..."watched hair never grows"? Anyway, I got it trimmed a month or so ago to see if that helps. I think I'm pretty close, so you can add me to your list as well. (I don't have a blog or anything, but I'll try to remember to send you pictures when I get it chopped.)

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  9. I like it!!!
    You are much brave than me. I've thought about doing locks of love a few times, but can never bring myself to handle how short my hair would be after doing so...
    Good Job!

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  10. I love the story, Jen! What a sweet daughter! I am a huge fan of "Locks of Love" as well. I think it is a neat thing to donate in that way!

    Mindy
    Adopt a 'Do - Cute Girls Hairstyles

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  11. I did locks of love several years ago!!! well done!! i love your short hair!

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  12. Thanks for sharing your story. Locks of Love is a WONDERFUL program. I have donated every 18 months (that's about how long it takes to grow out my 10 inches) since I started having kids. Taking vitamins and eating healthy seems to help my hair grow faster. My 5 year old (then 4 1/2) donated 10 inches about a year ago. It's great when we can be examples to our children and teach them how they can serve others at such a young age. I just donated in March, but I'm growing it out for the next time (about Sept 2010).

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  13. It is such a wonderful thing to do - I donated a few years ago - you can find my post about it here: http://thisandthatcraft.blogspot.com/2007/03/locks-of-love.html.
    So nice to see that your daughter understands - how precious.
    Oh and the new do looks great - love it!!

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  14. I've donated three times in the past 5.5 yrs. Not only is it wonderful to donate to such a great cause, it also surprises me how many people tell me that they also have donated.

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  15. awww how sweet!
    I donated mine a few years ago and felt really good about it. You can add me to your list. I think mine would yield about 6 inches now so I've got a bit more growin' to do!

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  16. I have really enjoyed your blog for both the hairstyles and the fun stories you share. I wanted to comment and join your list the first time you posted about Locks of Love, but life was a little too much for me right then. I started growing my hair out because the demands on my time meant that being able to pull it back in a pony tail and go was a must, I have kept growing it out so that I can donate it. I am going to be donating my hair on Feb. 9, 2010. That will be one year since I lost my mom to ovarian cancer. During her 4 year battle she lost her hair twice to chemo. She never got a wig because she always wore her hair in super short pixie cuts so it wasn't that much of a difference to her. She sported an amazing collection of hats and scarfs instead. We know first hand what it is like to watch someone you love look so obviously ill, and this organization is doing a wonderful thing in helping these kids and their families. I am hoping that it will make the day a little easier knowing that I am helping someone else in their fight with cancer. I'll let you know. :)
    Oh yes, I think your hair cut is adorable. I hope mine will turn out half as cute.

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  17. I have donated my hair twice in the last 8 years. I don't seem to do it because I have planned on it, but because I no longer like how my hair looks. I get it cut to about shoulder length and layered; then a few years later I start getting the layers cut out and the a couple years later get it all cut. My hair seems to grow quickly. In the end (both times), I am happy to be able to give my hair to Locks of Love.

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  18. That was beautiful to read. Made me tear up, and that's pretty rare. I wish the best for your friend's daughter. No child should have to endure such pain.

    Your hair looks FABULOUS! So healthy and bouncy! Way to go! What a great thing you have done. And that little girl of yours....you have obviously done a wonderful job parenting her :)

    I have donated 3 times, and our 6 year old donated for the first time this Christmas. She's got another year before it will be long enough again, but she plans to do this as often as her hair allows :)

    Here is our daughter's donation: http://ourtwoblondies.blogspot.com/search/label/Locks%20of%20Love

    And this is my last donation, right before our second daughter was born. I got a friend from school to donate with me :) (I'm on the left) http://ourtwoblondies.blogspot.com/2006/12/donation-day-my-friend-from-massage.html

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  19. Love the cut, super cute! I have donated twice. Once 11 inches and the second time 14 inches. It does feel nice to have a short little do.

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  20. I donate my hair every time I get it done. I love my hair highlighted but won't do it because they don't take highlighted hair and I think of it as a waste to just cut it. I my hair is long enough but hubby asked me to wait till it is a little longer so that it is not too short. You look great and I think is is great what an example you set and what a great daughter you have. I would be happy to donate if you need. Hubby would have to suffer. he he

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  21. My hair never gets long enough to donate, it has crossed my mind on several occasions. I grew up with a girl who had to wear wigs her entire childhood, and even now as an adult. One of my co-workers does it every year. She is a very low maintenance girl who doesn't fuss over her hair. She goes once a year and has it cut and donates it. Her hair dresser teases her that she feels like her Gynecologist only seeing her once a year. She loves to tell that story every year after she donates. I think what your have done is very kind and generous. And your daughter has a big heart. BTW your hair rocks short! Way cute!!

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  22. I grow out my hair and donate it to Locks of Love every other summer!! I think it's a wonderful thing to do, and I'm proud to be able to do it.

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  23. Aww how sweet - that choked me up!! What a caring little girl you have.

    Your hair looks adorable!! :)

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  24. My daughter donated 12" inches last November ans is growing it out to donate it again. And by the way, your hair looks cute!

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  25. I have donated my hair one time...I love the idea behind it and you really brought it home to your little one...it is so amazing to see your children connect the dots.
    Your new do is adorable...
    I lvoe your website...I am a MAJOR hair dork and now my daughter can have beautiful hair because of your tutorials...thank you for your posts!
    C~

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  26. I have four daughters and they have all donated their hair except my 1 year old. I have also donated. We have been blessed to have thick fast growing hair so it seems like a no brainer to help little kids in need. My girls were all so proud of themselves. The youngest one was 5 and she just beamed the entire time. I knew it was a sacrifice for her to cut off her "princess hair"

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  27. I've donated before and plan to do it again. How much did you end up measuring off? I think my hair is close to the length yours was, but I thought I didn't have enough ... it's been driving me crazy and I just want to do it, but think I'll have to wait until next year to have enough length.

    Your hair looks super cute too!

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  28. Jenn, I can sympathize. I had 13 inches cut off 3 years ago and donated it. It was time for a cut and a change and I knew I wanted to donate, but I can still hear what it sounded like when those scissors cut through my pony tail!

    Melanie

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  29. My daughter and I are on the list, we are going to do hair cuts on Monday, mine's not long enough, but hers might be, I'll let you know.

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  30. My Little princess donated this summer but this is the third time she has donated, Too cool for hair has also donated twice, but try as I might Baby Mermaid refuses! Locks for love is a great cause and if you would like to link my girlies names to our blog I would love it!

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  31. Ok call me a sap but that made me cry.

    I would love to donate, but Im afraid if I ever let my hair get that long my wife and mother would kill me. LOL

    Love and Prayers,

    Tim

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  32. ♥ Cute! I love the locks of hair program! fabulous! :)

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  33. 2 years ago our family was watching Extreme Makeover. They were building a house for a family who had a litte girl with cancer. It showed her getting wigs. My three year old, (KarLee) asked about it and we explained how she got the wigs and what was wrong with her. It took two years for her hair to be long enough to donate. She gave 12 inches to Wigs for Kids in March of this year. She was so happy that she could help.

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  34. Kids are seriously so sweet. I'll add a little prayer for your friend. I donated my hair to locks of love about 3 years ago. It's been super short ever since, but your story makes me want to grow it back out to donate again. Add my name to your list please. I'm proud to be a part of the club!
    Emily

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  35. Thanks, for sharing this story. My daughter's hair grows like crazy so finally a few months ago I decided that instead of cutting every few weeks I would just let it grow a while and then donate it. I explained to her about Locks of love (she's 5) and now she is very excited to give her hair to another little girl. We are at 23 inches so we will be donating in about a month.

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  36. My adorable daughter donated hers in May of 2008. She is now saving up for donation number 2!!

    My hair has never been long enough to donate, lol. I wonder how long it would take...

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  37. What a wonderful story Jenn. I love your new Do.

    We love donating to locks of love. We all grow our hair out long, donate and repeat. Our older girls have all donated around 3-5 times, but the two youngest are still waiting for their first time.

    They love the thrill of short hair after it being so long and I am better able to emotionally part with their long hair knowing that it will help someone else.

    (If you add our name, I don't mind if you link.)

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  38. You've done a wonderful thing. Congrats. And for some extra inspiration and perspective, I invite you and your readers to check out this video -- ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/1277 -- about the ahamoment of one woman, facing cancer herself, who decided to donate her hair. I think you'll enjoy it.

    All the best,
    jack@ahamoment.com

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  39. Your new haircut is really flattering. You look beautiful!

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  40. Locks of Love is a fantastic organization and you did a good thing by donating to them.
    The one thing that is a little misleading about LOL is that most children with cancer and not eligible to get a wig through them because their hair loss is not considered long term.
    LOL does say on their website that their wigs are for long term/permanent hair loss and most of the wigs go to children w/ alopecia. These children deserve hair just as much as any other child so LOL is doing a great thing for them. There is just a misconception that the hair donated will go to kids with cancer when the truth is that most of these kids will be denied a wig from them.

    I encourage people to continue to donate to Locks of Love because they do some really great things. Just be aware that if you want your hair to go specifically to children with cancer then there are some other great organizations, such as Wigs for Kids, that accept donated hair. If you just want the hair to go to a child in need, then continue to donate to Locks of Love.

    I hope this comment is not taken the wrong way. I just know of some parents of kids with cancer who were disappointed to find that their child could not get a wig through LOL even though people they know generously donated their hair in honor of their child. I think that you did a good thing and your hair will make some child very happy and in the end that is all that really matters.

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  41. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Margaret

    http://grantfoundation.net

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  42. Thanks for sharing your story! I'm still waiting a little longer before I donate mine, but I'm getting really anxious about it too! Beans is a sweetheart and that is so awesome that she understands.

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  43. Jenn -
    I love the new do. I think it looks great on you. Wish I could donate hair, but mine never grows that long. The longest I've gotten it my whole life is just past my shoulders. And then it is so fine and sparse it wouldn't do much good anyway. I'm so jealous of all you guys who have hair.

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  44. Hi Jenn,

    I gave you an award today on my blog.

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  45. Your hair looks great, and what a wonderful thing you did! How incredible that your daughter wants to donate, too!

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  46. My 8 year old daugther, Maggie Degarimore donated her hair 2 days ago. Almost 14 inches of beautiful thick red hair that I know will make some little girl very happy. I just read your story and I wept. It is amazing to me how eagerly children give when they know there is a need.
    Kimberly

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  47. I'm not much of a fan of long hair on me, but I did donate a few years ago, when it had gotten rather long for me. There is nothing like knowing that by doing something so simple you can give a child the confidence they just might need to fight and overcome such a hard time. After reading this story, I think I might suffer through growing out stage so I can donate again, and be able to have that kind of conversation with my daughter. Wish me luck to be patient enough.

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  48. I've donated my hair three times now in about 5 years time. My hair grows fast and I love that someone out there gets new hair because of me. My oldest was going to come with me last time but decided she didn't want her hair to be cut that short to get the 10 inches required so next time I get it done I'm sure she'll come with!

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  49. Thankyou for sharing your story i have always thought about donating but was never patient enough to let it get long enough...well im gonna do it know after reading your blog so i soon will be a first timer :)

    god bless!
    ldmomma07@Yahoo.com

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  50. I think it is so wonderful that you donated your hair, I have done it a few times and this last time my little girl donated her hair too. It was a super lesson to a 3 year old that someone needed her beautiful princess hair more then she did. We plan on donating again when our hair gets long enough.

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  51. In 2006 I wanted to cut all my hair off and then I realized if I just waited a little bit longer I would be able to donate it, so I did. A very close family friend thought that it was very cool and she decided to do the same. Her hair was kept in a very short buzz cut. Well as time went on and her hair got longer and longer she also became sick... all this time she had planned to donate her hair for someone with cancer, well what we didnt realize is she would end up with cancer herself. So the night before she was to start chemo she cut all her hair off and sent it into Locks for Love. She is hawaiian and as you might know hawaiians tend to have VERY thick hair. As we started parting it into pony tails we realized we were going to have enough hair to donate FOUR seperate and very thick ponytails.The irony of this story always touches me :)

    meagan_t_barrow@yahoo.com

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  52. Way to go!!! I just did the same thing this summer. I admit that right after it was done, I nearly cried because my hair was SOOO short, but this is the first haircut I've ever had that my husband has just LOVED! and everyone else too! :) My little girl was also very intrigued by my new do and where all my hair went. Someday she is sure she'd like to try it... if we can ever get her poor thin hair long enough! (You can see pics on my blog.)

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  53. Good for you! I just did the same thing this summer and it was awesome. I admit that right after the cut, I nearly cried because it was sooo short, but I have loved it and so has everyone else, including my husband, who never has an opinion on my hair! My little girl hopes to donate someday, but I don't know if her poor hair will ever be long enough! (You can see pics on my blog)

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  54. What a great post! Your hair looks great in both pictures! I wanted to donate my daughter's hair, but we had to cut it and it wasn't long enough yet. Oh well...as she gets older it will get easier for us to care for longer and then we will donate. Great hair ideas. Thanks! I'm going to add you to my blogroll...and you can come over and snag my blogroll button if you would like.

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  55. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I really want to donate my hair ASAP (I have very very thick, curly hair- so I'm ready to get rid of so much of it!) But I'm unemployed at the moment and can't afford to pay for a haircut... I've heard that salons sometimes hold events giving complimentary haircuts to those willing to donate. I'm not sure where you are, but would you happen to know any in the Los Angeles/Inland Empire area?

    sarcasminamerica@hotmail.com

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  56. I remember reading this post a few months back and being reminded that even little things like getting hair cut can be turned into an act of service and a teaching opportunity. So for the past few months I didn't trim Emma's Hair and on Monday we finally got it cut for Locks of love. Thank you for your example, reminder, and great hair dos.
    Here is a link to Emma's cut http://scottandlaurahilton.blogspot.com/2009/11/locks-of-love-hair-cut.html

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  57. I'm glad you and Beans donated your hair! How touching! I'm considering donating my hair, but I'm waiting until I can sit on it (yeah, weird length) so it'll still have some length. Now I'm tempted to just cut it off and not wait!!

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