April 29, 2009

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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Recently, I chopped a foot off of my body. Well, kind of. I actually cut 12 inches of my hair. Same difference, right? For the past two years, I've been growing out my hair. Yes, I'm lazy — but my real reason was to get it long enough that I could donate it Recently, I chopped a foot off of my body. Well, kind of. I actually cut 12 inches of my hair. Same difference, right? :-)

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For the past two years, I’ve been growing out my hair. Yes, I’m lazy — but my real reason was to get it long enough that I could donate it to Wigs for Kids.

As you can probably guess, Wigs for Kids makes wigs for kids. (Nah, really?) They need at least 12 inches of un-dyed, un-permed hair from each donor, and it takes 20-30 donations to make each wig. The wigs are all shaped to a mold of the child’s head, and the hair is cut and styled to the kid’s liking.

It’s a lot of work for the people at Wigs for Kids, but all you need to do is grow out your hair. Voila! An easy way to do something good — by basically doing nothing!

In fact, this is the second time I’ve donated my hair. Last time, I grew it out even longer:

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Another bonus of such an extreme haircut is that sometimes people don’t recognize me right away. Very good for my second job as an undercover spy. Whoops, now I guess you know my secret . . .

For more info on hair donation, check out the websites for Wigs for Kids and another similar organization, Locks of Love.

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

  1. olivia

    i did that once because my mom wanted me too. my hair was like all the way down to my waste it was pretty cool to donate my hair. i cut my hair like all the way to my cheek bones it was really short. it still is.

  2. Karen, STACKS Staffer

    @Sierra: I didn’t cut my hair for anyone in particular. It’s just something that I wanted to do, and I’ll let Wigs for Kids decide who gets my hair. :-)

    And a big thanks to everyone for the compliments and positive comments! I really appreciate them all! Sorry I’ve been slow to respond, but I’m on vacation this week — scuba diving in the Caribbean! I’ll post some pics from the trip when I get back, and you can all see what my new haircut looks like 40 feet underwater!

  3. Elizabeth

    I think it is a great way 4 people to help kids in need. If I could grow my hair that long I would totally cut it and give it to locks 4 love or wigs 4 kids.I would hope that people with really long hair would help the kids who dont have any hair.

  4. Alex

    This is a great way to help kids in need of hair.If I could grow my hair that long I would be helping kids like crazy. Also we need to do this becasue we dont always need our hair and instead of throwing it away we can give it to someone else.I would hope that people with long hair would help out with this cause. For sure you can count me in.

  5. Heather H

    Awesome! next time someone in my family gets a hair cut we will be sure to donate! :) It’s a wonderful way to help save the earth and be nice. it can help save the earth by not taking room up in a landfill (YUCK!) Instead, it will give someone who doesn’t have hair,HAIR!

  6. amber

    that was so nice of you to donate your hair to wig for kids… i donated my hair to locks of love but it went to my grandma that had lung cancer

  7. if_u_knew

    It is so cool you did this! More people really should. I have donated my hair to locks of love 3 times now. and it was really cool to know that my hair was doing some good in the world!

  8. bailey

    I recently got 10 inches of my hair for Liks of Live my hair looks awsome now! :)

  9. jamma98

    Wow you are so nice! I’d do that too! But i have short hair so it would take me like ten years!!!

  10. Noelle

    Kudos to you! Helping kids and adults is a great way to help kids who need chemotherapy (is that spelled right?!) They lose their hair from that, which would be a bad thing to happen to anyone (except for already bald people!)! Again, it is great that you did this, and the child who gets this wig will be one lucky kid!

  11. edward4ever

    Good thing to do! That’s really nice! I’m glad that you grew out your hair because you wanted to do something kind for someone, not because you just wanted a free haircut! (Yes, I do know people that grew out their hair until it was 14 inches just to get a free haircut).

  12. SPORTZSTAR12

    That is so cool you have donated your hair twice. I have donated my hair once for Locks Of Love!

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