Locks of Love often tossed

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They're cuts of kindness the gift of hair. But now a startling report reveals that the snipped hair called "Locks of Love" is often thrown away.
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Jen

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My 12 year old daughter waited until her hair was long enough to donate before she would have it cut. I seriously hope it wasn't just tossed. We followed every guideline. It would really disappoint me to know it wasn't good enough for "Locks of Love" but was good enough to be sold to someone else for use to pay the salary of a "board member".

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Melissa

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How do I go about finding a reputable salon to donate to? Can anyone give a list for the east Tennessee area? My daughter had beautiful, long, thick hair, but it was too much for her to handle. She agreed to cut it finally, just because she thought a child would get something from it. It was untreated and beautiful. We were told she would get a little note regarding her donation and now I guess I know why.

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Since: Jan 07

Tazewell, TN

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OMG!! I let my hair grow out for 8 years. I donated to lock of love this past april.. about 21 inches of it.. How could they do this???:-(
John

Knoxville, TN

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Sep 14, 2007
 
"Locks of love isn't the only organization that asks people to cut their hair vehicle for fundraising."

What is a hair vehicle?
Stacey

United States

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Sep 14, 2007
 
Usually the salons don't donate it, they give it to you and you send it in. My daughter just donated hers this summer and I got online and got the mailing address and the requirements and sent it in to them. However, I have never received a note saying they used her hair or what they did with it.... I am very disheartened now, I am going to check their website to see if there is a way to verify they received her hair. She is 7 years old and was so proud, I honestly hope that it wasn't a waste. There is another organization that does it too, it's called "wigs for kids" their requirements are a little different than locks of love. They aren't as publicized either so that may be a benefit for your daughter..
Melissa wrote:
How do I go about finding a reputable salon to donate to? Can anyone give a list for the east Tennessee area? My daughter had beautiful, long, thick hair, but it was too much for her to handle. She agreed to cut it finally, just because she thought a child would get something from it. It was untreated and beautiful. We were told she would get a little note regarding her donation and now I guess I know why.
whoa nelly

Memphis, TN

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Sep 14, 2007
 
my husband grows his hair for locks of love, and he WAS just getting ready to cut it. Since it has grey in it, I am telling him to just keep it!
Teresa - Kingston

Knoxville, TN

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You do have to take into consideration when growing your hair out for this charity that if you don't take care of it or the wrong person cuts it and sends it in that problems can occur. The condition of the hair is number one. If you don't have healthy hair and do extra things to keep it healthy, how can you expect them to use it. Would you like to have to buy a wig someday and it fall apart because they used unhealthy hair to make it? I think not. So...of the hair that is thrown away, there is a reason. Just make sure before donating that you go about it the right way. 1)good attitude, 2) healthy hair. Some of the problem might just be the donator's fault.

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Since: Mar 07

Maryville, TN

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Sep 14, 2007
 
Stacey wrote:
Usually the salons don't donate it, they give it to you and you send it in. My daughter just donated hers this summer and I got online and got the mailing address and the requirements and sent it in to them. However, I have never received a note saying they used her hair or what they did with it.... I am very disheartened now, I am going to check their website to see if there is a way to verify they received her hair. She is 7 years old and was so proud, I honestly hope that it wasn't a waste. There is another organization that does it too, it's called "wigs for kids" their requirements are a little different than locks of love. They aren't as publicized either so that may be a benefit for your daughter..
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I went to Ross & Co. in Maryville this past winter to have mine cut for donation. I had all of my papers filled out and the bag to seal it in and everything. The stylist informed me that they would be glad to mail it for me and that they sent in all of the donations they received once a week. I was a little skeptical at first, thinking they would sell it and it would never reach Locks of Love. But, being my first time I trusted them to send it in. It was about five or six months later that I received a little post card in the mail saying thanks for the donation (but who's to say they just send that and didn't sell it or toss it?). Be patient on receiving your post card from them. Like I said it took them a while to send mine.
Lynn

Kingston, TN

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Sep 14, 2007
 
I mailed 18" of well taken care of and properly packaged hair about four years ago. I didn't expect a reply, but the donation check I mailed along with it never cleared. I've always felt kinda funny about it. Should I try it again? I only have about 10" so far.

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Since: Jul 07

Knoxville

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Sep 14, 2007
 
John wrote:
"Locks of love isn't the only organization that asks people to cut their hair vehicle for fundraising."
What is a hair vehicle?
The new Ford Hirsute?
Babyjane

Baltic, OH

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Sep 14, 2007
 
This entire story sounds stupid...what does the quote "the charity has created a monster because people get so much from it" by the President of Locks of Love mean? That statement doesn't even make sense, nor does it answer the charges. Another quote..."to find out that they are throwing that hair...that these young girls..it's disappointing" is just as ignorant-sounding as the first one. Either these people interviewed can't put together a coherent sentence or the writer can't. Either way, they all sound moronic. I suggest reading the New York Times article because obviously this entire article was written by an idiot.
Hair question

Morristown, TN

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Sep 14, 2007
 
Hair vehicle? Maybe an hybrid Toyota Toupee?
Shannon

Mount Juliet, TN

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Sep 14, 2007
 
Locks of Love says on their website that the hair they don't use is sold to offset costs..."Gray hair will be accepted and sold to offset the manufacturing costs."
If you are going to cut your hair and it is 10 inches you might as well donate. It has a better chance of helping a child or the organization in a ponytail than in the trash.
Holden Caulfield

Mineral Wells, TX

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Sep 14, 2007
 
A charity that isn't totally legit? I am SO appalled. I imagine they barely can stay in business at this rate. It is so heart wrenching to know that so many people may have labored so hard and dealt with so many life changing trials to grow their hair that long.

Metallica said it best in their cover of the Misfits song "So What?"
Caleb

Maryville, TN

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Sep 14, 2007
 
Babyjane wrote:
This entire story sounds stupid...what does the quote "the charity has created a monster because people get so much from it" by the President of Locks of Love mean? That statement doesn't even make sense, nor does it answer the charges. Another quote..."to find out that they are throwing that hair...that these young girls..it's disappointing" is just as ignorant-sounding as the first one. Either these people interviewed can't put together a coherent sentence or the writer can't. Either way, they all sound moronic. I suggest reading the New York Times article because obviously this entire article was written by an idiot.
I agree. The article was difficult to understand, especially the quotes. In general, I don't have too much difficulty reading them either, even when others find faults...

Anyway, it is disappointing that they would do this. Personally, I will probably never grow my hair long enough to donate, but my sister did, and it was a big deal for her. I've had friends that have as well (I think at least). It IS disappointing to find out that it might not have been used.
Jen

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Melissa wrote:
How do I go about finding a reputable salon to donate to? Can anyone give a list for the east Tennessee area? My daughter had beautiful, long, thick hair, but it was too much for her to handle. She agreed to cut it finally, just because she thought a child would get something from it. It was untreated and beautiful. We were told she would get a little note regarding her donation and now I guess I know why.
The salon cut my daughters hair. We put it in a ponytail bound very tightly. They cut the ponytail off, we made sure we had 14 inches, just for good measure. We put it in a ziplock baggie and mailed it to Locks of Love ourselves. She received a postcard, thanking her, about 1 month later.

For the smart ass that said so what, this is what, I have a 12 year old daughter with extremely thick hair, it was very hot on her in the summer. She is involved with various sports. It gets hot and is a pain to deal with. She wanted her hair cut to keep her cool and to make upkeep easier, but wanted to wait until it was long enough to donate. It is a child with compassion, that is what....don't you think the world could use a little more of that?? Maybe even some adults with compassion about someone other than themselves.
Tommy Atkins

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Sep 14, 2007
 
Holden Caulfield: Wouldn't that mean that the Misfits said it best?
Laura

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Well I hope that my non- gray, never colored, never permed, very well maintained 28 inches (yes, 28 inches) made it to the charity! I went to my regular stylist who had tried to convince me for years (starting at 14 inches) to donate it. Not to sound upity or anything but I had beautiful, healthy hair and had been in over 45 hair shows.

I didn't want to cut my hair but last Christmas was a hard time financially for me and I have always donated something at Christmas time (something my son and I have done since he was 2). Generally it was names off the Angel trees. But I couldn't afford for he and I both to purchase this past year so instead I allowed him to purchase and the only thing I had to give was my hair. So, I decided to donate. I mean what better gift than a new head of hair for a cancer stricken patient? I cried the whole time it was being cut. My stylist followed the guidelines etc. I did receive a very nice purse from the salon that was pink and says "Locks of Love" on the inside of it. I assumed it came from them but looking at it now anyone could have placed that logo on the inside.

This story discourages me from ever doing it again. My hair grows so fast and even though it hasn't even been a year yet I have enough to cut off again for donation. But after having read this I am thinking of not. It's a sad day when you have the best intentions at heart and you're trying to do a good deed for others only to find out it may have been thrown away.
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whoa nelly wrote:
my husband grows his hair for locks of love, and he WAS just getting ready to cut it. Since it has grey in it, I am telling him to just keep it!
Grey isn't the color of hair...it is a film of mildew that is on the hair...I know that they color the natural hair once a wig is made so that it all matches for whomever the wig is made...tell him to still send it.
I used to work for a salon and would send in monthly donations to Locks of Love with the donors name and address on each ponytail I cut.

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Since: Jan 07

Tazewell, TN

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People really don't understand! when you have grown your hair for so long and then waltz into the salon with your nerve up to have it cut off, you will never know that feeling unless you have experienced it.. I remember when I said to cut it I was thinking I would be fine. After they cut the pony tail they handed it to me and my eyes begin to fill with tears.. for years I had had long hair and now I was holding it. The only thing I can remember is that the way I got through it was knowing it was going to some one who had none. This is the most sicking story I have read. I will never donate my hair again!

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