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locks of love

Posted by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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Have you ever donated hair to locks of love?


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:17am PST

Snowboarder Shaun White cuts his famous red locks

By: Courtney Baird

Even the casual winter sports fan knows who two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White is--and they likely know him for his fiery red locks. His nickname is the "Flying Tomato," after all, and many a media outlet calls his locks his "trademark."

But all good things must come to an end--and in this case, for a good cause, as White revealed on Tuesday through a Facebook post that he has cut off his shiny red tresses for the charity Locks of Love, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.

"I've been thinking about this one for a while, but it's for a good cause, so I'm going to do it," White says in the video. "Somebody needs it more than I do."

White appears slightly shaken in the video as the hairdresser, who he calls "Israel," ties his long hair into a ponytail and then cuts it off. "I'm still panicking," White says at one point.

White also mentions in the video that he hadn't told anyone about his plan and that he hopes to "mind freak" everyone with his short hairstyle.

by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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Gweneveer
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I have not. I believe they charge for the wigs they make, don't they? I think there is another organization that doesn't charge for the wigs.
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ae86mommy
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I haven't. I also heard they charge :(
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stressedmama24
by on Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM
My dd donated her hair when she was four. It was 16in. I think.
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Chillisarah
by on Dec. 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I haven't but I've considered donating to a non profit.

KelliansMom
by on Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I have thought about doing so ..but I would want to give my hair to a full non profit place so those that are getting the wigs wouldnt be charged.

And wow he looks so different with out his hair 

littlemascara
by on Dec. 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

my DD donated twice. I have never had hair long enough to donate or that was not colored. Often insurance will cover some or all of the cost of a wig for medical reasons.  Anyway, I agree, donate only to places you feel good about it.

this is from their web page: http://www.locksoflove.org/mission.html 

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

There are several problems facing children who suffer long-term medical hair loss. Most wigs sold by retailers are made to fit adult heads, and are much too big for children to wear. They often require the use of tape or glue to keep them from falling off, and these adhesives can burn or irritate the scalp. Often, the styles of adult wigs are not age-appropriate and synthetic wigs can mat and frizz with excessive styling.

The hair prosthetics Locks of Love provides are custom-made from donated ponytails for each child’s head. They retail between $3,500 to $6,000. The hairpiece forms a vacuum seal, like a suction cup, and does not require the use of tape or glue. Only the wearer of the hairpiece may remove it, by breaking the vacuum seal at the temples. Children can dismiss insecurities about classmates pulling off their hairpiece, or losing it at recess. They can swim, shower and do gymnastics – in short, they can be kids again. Each hairpiece is made from real human hair, and arrives long, so the recipient may style it to fit their face.

blondiemomof2
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 4:32 AM

I have never cut off enough to donate :(

FlyingMommy747
by Silver Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I have considered it, but I color my hair, so they would not take it.

sweetmissy_05
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

No I haven't.

jenniferlee_12
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I haven't, but my niece has.

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