Locks of Love

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Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren’t even there before.
— Mignon McLaughlin

There are some acts of kindness that take a few minutes to complete and then there are those that take a few months.  For Random Act of Kindness Wednesday, I'm proud to feature my good friend {Katrina} who recently grew out her hair for over a year to donate to Locks of Love. 

If you’ve never heard of this charity, you must visit their website. They make wigs for disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. But in order for you to donate, your ponytail must be 10 inches long from root to tip. It takes a while to grow but totally worth it. 

I asked Katrina some questions about her experience and what advice she would give for someone interested in donating their hair.

  1. Why did you decide to grow out your hair for Locks of Love?
    I was inspired by you Jeanette when you donated your hair a few years ago (awww, thanks Kat!). I remember thinking what a selfless act that was and for such a beautiful cause. When I visited the website and saw the pictures of all the children needing hair I knew I had to give.

  2. What was the biggest challenge?
    Going through the “ugly hair” phase when it wasn’t looking great and all you could do was wear it up every day.

  3. Were you ever tempted to just give up?
    When I’d see someone with a cute short haircut I’d think “I should go get that done,” but then I’d remember the cause and mentally recommit myself.

  4. Any advice for those that are thinking of donating their hair?
    The most common thing I’ve heard since cutting my hair is how brave I am for making such a drastic change. My advice is this: Visit the Locks of Love website and look at the Recipient photos. A child or teenager trying to fit in when they look so different from everyone else is bravery! All I did was cut my hair which I would have done eventually anyway. Why not donate it to a beautiful cause instead of leaving it on the salon floor?

  5. Would you do it again?
    Definitely! I’m thinking of doing it every couple of years when my hair grows long enough.
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OM the moment for your soul and consider growing out your hair for Locks of Love. If you can't donate your hair, encourage others in your family or friends to give it a try. A friend of mine donates her daughter's hair every two years because she can't grow her's out and her daughter's hair grows like weeds. Last time, they even got dad to join in...he was rocking a ponytail for months!  What a great way to instill charity into a child's life!

P.S. Some salons cut your hair for free if you tell them you are donating your hair to Locks of Love.  Check out their website for details.

Have you donated your hair to Locks of Love in the past?  Share your experience in the comments below. 

I think Katrina has inspired me to let my hair grow out again…

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