I’ve never kept anything from Ava about my mom’s cancer, the fact that she lost her hair, or the fact that the cancer took her from us. I keep it all at an aerial level, but she understands what cancer is–after all, in kindergarten she lost a classmate to cancer and having to explain that to a kid is heartbreaking.
The loss of my mom motivated me to try to raise awareness through prevention by pushing friends and family to see their doctors regularly. But it also made me want to raise money for incredible organizations that truly help those fighting the ultimate fight.
(More on the current fundraising project soon)
So, Ava got her hair cut really short in March and the plan was to donate it to Locks of Love. After hearing from a friend (thanks T!) that Locks of Love SELLS hair and CHARGES for wigs, she recommended that I look into Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
It took me a while to send her beautiful, long ponytail, but when I did, she was ecstatic when she got this ‘thank you’ in the mail from Pantene yesterday–especially because she never expected anything in return. She was so proud of herself and her pride made my heart explode.
I had never heard of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, but I was happy to learn that it is an actual partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society, the largest non-profit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease. So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country.
I found this great comparison of Locks of Love and the Pantene Beautiful Lengths programs. I had no idea that Locks of Love charges some of its recipients! If you want a quick break down of what sold me about Pantene of Locks, here you go:
- Pantene’s minimum donation requirement is 8 inches of hair to make a hairpiece. This makes donating more realistic for many people. Most people don’t have 10 inches of hair to donate.
- Locks of Love’s minimum is 10 inches but will accept shorter pieces and sell them to offset the manufacturing costs of the hairpieces.
- Pantene’s wigs benefit women whose hair loss is attributed to cancer. Locks for Love’s wigs are sold to children under 21 with hair loss resulting from any array of factors. This is important to me because cancer is the reason I was inspired to help in the first place.
- Pantene does not accept hair that is more than 5% gray. Locks of Love accepts gray hair, which they also sell.
- Pantene does not charge for the wigs, no matter what the recipient’s economic status.
- Locks of Love does not provide all of its hairpieces for free. According to its website, prices for human-hair wigs are set on a sliding scale based on the recipient’s family income. Cancer is expensive enough, the last thing a family should have to factor in is the cost of wigs (my mom’s were a couple hundred dollars EACH).
Source: Glamamom (my two cents are in italics)
I totally get it, everyone needs to offset costs and cover overhead. But seriously? Selling the hair?
If you’re interested in donating, here’s a link to Pantene’s instructions, including their mailing address.
This isn’t a sponsored post, I just want help to pass the word on if you or someone you know is thinking about donating their hair. I’m all about helping, no matter how, but if we can do more good for more people let’s do it.