Introduction: Someone Really Wants Your Hair.

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Grow your hair. Tie your hair. Cut your hair. Donate your locks.

Step 1: The GROW Part

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The real helper of this instructable is if you don't use a lot of chemicals on your hair. The longer the better for this step. Any hair longer than 12 inches is cool. Any color is useful (you have more colors of hair than you think). Any type is useful curly,straight,wavy whatever ya have to share. Cleaned well with perfume free shampoo for 2 weeks.

Step 2: Tie the Hair Up Good

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use at least 2 hair ties or plastic wire ties and gather as much hair as you care to donate in the final step. (Give until it hurts folks this is for kids self esteem) Then firmly gather the hair into bunches or a single ponytail whatever is most convenient. If using wire ties use pliers to tighten them firmly.

Step 3: Cut the Hair

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This is the easy or the hard part (depending on your attachment to your hair) I used a hair trimmer to remove the pony tails and smooth out the scalp. A razor blade or a pair of hair shears will do too. Don't worry your hair will grow back

Step 4: Donate Your Hair

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Take your newly shaved head and your locks to the computer and hit in Locks of love and find the Donate link and giver a whirl..

Comments

Carebearmom made it! (author)2014-09-22

Thanks for the idea of turning your donation into an Instructable! It's a great way to inspire others! I created a female version!

hishealer (author)2009-12-03

No offense, but this is really hard to read without punctuation.

porcupinemamma (author)hishealer2012-04-01

It is offensive. PM the author and play grammar police in private.

Helen Baq (author)2009-06-03

It's misleading when you say "any color is useful", as LoL will not use hair that's more than 5% grey. There are many guidelines that LoL has and it might be handy for some folks if you posted the guidelines. Many people have regretted cutting their hair just to find it is useless. LoL throws away more hair than it uses. They have also plainly stated that they could use money donations more than they can use hair donations. They get much more hair than they need, as they only make about 100 wigs per year, the rest of the hair is sold or thrown away. Most of their wigs are not given freely and they do not, except rarely, provide wigs to cancer patients. There are other charities out there that make wigs for cancer patients, either exclusively for or including children. Please thoroughly research any charity before donating to it.

It's not even necessary to grow your hair out to donate to Matters of Trust. They take hair any length and in any condition, they just ask that it's clean. While they don't make wigs for children with alopecia, like LoL does, they do use the hair to clean up oil spills and help save animals who are the victims of oil spills. They will take animal hair, as well, though they prefer human hair. I doubt they will end up with too much hair like LoL has, though I hope they do.

hishealer (author)Helen Baq2009-12-03

I read on LoL site that they sell the hair they can't use to offset the costs of making the hairpieces, so a donation is never wasted.

Helen Baq (author)hishealer2009-12-04

They throw a lot of the hair away.  :(

I believe it says on their website that they often throw hair away if it is not useful to them. Sometimes the hair is too damaged or chemically treated, etc.

hishealer (author)Helen Baq2009-12-17

http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html 

"Shorter hair will be separated from the ponytails and sold to offset the manufacturing costs. Although the shorter hair cannot be used in the hairpieces, it still greatly helps to reduce costs."

They are also clear on what is usable and not acceptable.  Please research before arguing a point like that.  I have been donating for 3 years now, every year, and the guidelines do change, so I research again every year.  I do know what I am talking about.

bassclarinet23 (author)Helen Baq2009-12-02

How does the Matters of Trust use hair to help animals/ the environment? That sounds cool, but what do they do with it?

Helen Baq (author)bassclarinet232009-12-04

They have found that human hair absorbs oil extremely well. They use the hair to make mats which are used to soak up oil spills and help clean up animals that are covered with oil. The hair soaks up the oil from the water's surface or the animal's fur or feathers and keeps it from re-polluting. The mats can then be composted and used in gardens to provide nutrition for the plants and to keep animals away. They explain it really well on their website: www.matteroftrust.org :)

The nicest thing about donating to them is they will take any length of hair in any condition and they will take animal hair, as well, though human is preferred. Hair salons can ship them the clippings from their floor. :D

bassclarinet23 (author)Helen Baq2009-12-04

Wow. That's really cool. I think I'll look into that.

ehedward (author)2007-05-09

I've been thinking about doing this, and my sister told me that locks-of-love was struggling these days b/c they evidently have way too much hair, but don't have the money to bind the hair into wigs. Is this true? If so, are they still collecting hair while they fund raise? What's the deal with this? Does anyone know? Thanks!

hishealer (author)ehedward2009-12-03

The site says that they sell the excess or unuseable hair to offset those costs.

Masher1 (author)ehedward2007-05-11

Well if your hair is 12" or less i suppose. But curly long hair will always be in demand i think. Any long hair stock is helpful. The long hair wigs are the most needed for girls and a head full of curly or wavy hair is as valuable for wigs the longer it is. The short hair selections over there i bet are getting huge. So keep it to encouraging the lass with the 2 foot long hair to take a chance on a fresh head of hair and a new image experience for some little girl's self esteem. The pool of 15 inch and longer hair is where i think the LOL hair bank is needing donations. Curly and wavy hair another thing to consider in demand. Keep in mind the wig making process loses around 2" of the hair so longer is always better. And i bet any Wig tying persons would be in demand also ;)

crazyboy (author)2008-05-31

Ewwwww I feel bad for kids with cancer but wouldn't synthetic hair be more...sanitary not to mention cheap?

bassclarinet23 (author)crazyboy2009-12-02

Free donations are surely cheaper than manufacturing synthetic wigs.

miaspamm (author)crazyboy2009-01-15

It's probably much more comfortable to have real hair, and plastic just wouldn't look and feel the same.

bowakowa (author)2008-07-20

Growing my fouth head, which is great, I am a misanthropic antisocialist who can't be bothered with the latest "Rachel", and I'm helping a good cause at the same time. The good vibes are nearly nauseating. Good Instructable

forgesmith (author)2008-06-24

The link above needs changed, this is the current one. Oh, and the site says 10" or longer, see site for guidelines.

Only 1-2" to go...

HillaryHM (author)2008-06-20

Many of my students (I teach 5th grade) do this - donate hair - even the boys! They get so excited about helping out - and almost all plan to do it again as soon as the hair grows long enough. I'd love to do it, but my hair can't get past my chin before I go stir-crazy! Thanks!!

TheCheese9921 (author)2007-05-04

i was thinking about doing this but i gota convince my parents

Masher1 (author)TheCheese99212007-05-11

Trust me they will not say anything if you explain yourself. Show them the LOL site for starters. You will be surprised whether you be Boy or Girl how understanding a parent can be about doing good things for others.

cry_wolf (author)Masher12008-02-23

And along with that, most parents dislike very long hair on males, so i think it'll work out if you talk it out. Communication is key.

Thursday Next (author)2007-05-15

My stepdaughter did this once but they wouldn't take it the next time because it was dyed.

That's likely because hair that is heavily processed is also seriously damaged. For example, going from dark brown to pale blonde or using heat straightening tools on a regular basis does a number on each hair strand by stripping off the outer cuticle, leaving only a spongy inner layer. This inner layer is impossible to work with as it breaks while being tied and does not style correctly if it is incorporated into a wig. (All wigs are cut and styled once they are fit onto the recipient.) So, it's not the simple fat that it had been dyed, it was likely the fact that the hair was too damaged to use. Please tell your stepdaughter that she did a terrific thing, even though the charity will be unable to use her hair on a wig. There are other things she can do to assist child cancer patients. When she was a young teen, my daughter used to knit soft caps with no inside seams, or bright colors and with funky embellishments. Perhaps your stepdaughter can find some other way to help, and she can still color her hair to her heart's content.

coolflame (author)2007-05-27

getting rid of your hairdo and help a child back into a more lucky joyful life? great idea - think i will do this.

MercuryCrest (author)2007-05-09

I actually do this every 4 years. It's just enough time for me to get used to having long hair, enjoy it, then get sick of it and have an excuse to cut it off. As far as I know, any participating salon will cut it for free as long as you're going to donate it. This really is a wonderful cause.

royalestel (author)2007-05-08

I have a SCAD professor that does this. Cool.

ilnepasdequoi (author)2007-05-07

my daughter and i donated our hair two years ago, but we went to a participating salon and got free hair cuts. you don't have to cut your own hair.

HamO (author)2007-05-05

Excellent instructable of a commendable act. Thanks for shearing and sharing!

Dzwiedziu (author)2007-05-05

Why not skip the last two (or even three) parts? ;)

TheCheese9921 (author)2007-05-05

nice mulet on step 3 lol

lemonie (author)2007-05-05

It'll be a lucky child who gets your locks! (yes I know how this really works) L

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