I am usually entirely too impatient to grow out my hair.  Every few months I run into my hair stylist, Ben, and adamantly exclaim, “It’s got to go!  Chop it all off!  Do whatever you want – just do something drastic!”  (Yes, with Ben I have complete, blind trust – but that’s beside the point.  Getting back on track…)  A couple of years ago I decided to commit to long hair.  I pushed through my neuroses and grew an outrageous amount of hair.  It was great until one day, I discovered that it was no longer doing a thing for me – no style, no body – it was just hanging there – it had to go!  This is where Locks of Love comes in.  I’ve heard about this organization for a long time but never really knew the details.  They are doing such an amazing thing providing wigs for sick children so I thought I would share my experience in hopes that some of you out there might be encouraged to give your hair the next time you need a drastic change as well.

First, I never knew exactly how much hair they needed.  The answer:  10 inches.  Your hair can be layered; the longest layer just need to be 10 inches.

Second, I always thought that I wouldn’t be eligible to give because I have my hair colored.  This is not the case.  From what I understand, it used to be, but they are in such need of donations that they now accept color-treated hair.  Bleached hair or hair in dreadlocks are the only kinds they can’t use.  If you’re uncertain whether your hair would be considered “bleached”, ask your stylist.  

Third, it’s so easy to donate!  Just visit the Locks of Love website and you’ll find the address.  You basically just stick your ponytail in a bag and a padded envelope and mail it in.  No forms to fill out or anything like that. 

I know there are a lot of brides out there who grew their hair out for their wedding and are looking to cut it off when they get back from the honeymoon.  I encourage you to donate your hair to such a worthy cause.  When I went to get my hair cut, the donation requirement was about 3-4 inches shorter than I had originally planned on going.  However, my hair grows, and by going a little shorter for a while, what I cut off can make a child happy instead of just going in the trash.  I share this with you so that you might consider doing the same the next time you go to the stylist.  It’s well worth it and I actually really like my shorter hair.  What can I say?  Ben is fabulous! ;o)



  1. Rick Frazier on March 2, 2009 at 10:00 am


  2. Valerie Schooling on March 2, 2009 at 11:09 am

    You look beautiful, congrats…isn’t that a wonderful feeling? I have donated a foot of hair 3 times in the past 4 years! Very very worth it! I’m so proud of you. :-)

  3. Chris on March 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

    that’s awesome! my wife has donated to Locks of Love twice! Once while we were dating and then again after our wedding! The hair salon makes it so easy too!

    she also loves how much quicker it is to wash and blow dry her hair afterwards too!!! :)

  4. Emily Beaty on March 2, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Beautiful, Mel! Love the new look. I’m hoping my hair wasn’t bleached, so I can participate! Such a good thing to do.

  5. cat from nextexit on March 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I just did this two weeks ago!!! Yay! You look gorgeous.

  6. marcia truitt on March 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Hey gorgeous! Yah, that’s right. You!

  7. Jennifer R. on March 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Love it Mel! Very hip and cool like you. I think I need to visit your guy!

  8. esm on March 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Mel, you are beautiful, inside and out, and I love you with all my heart

  9. LC on March 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I love your hair! :-D That was a fantastic idea to put Locks of Love in your blog. I’ve never heard of them before, I’m glad you mentioned them! I like that picture of you and your kitties.. Hhmm.. I miss seeing those cute little adorable things! :)

  10. Jacqulyn on March 2, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I love it! It looks fabulous!!! I donated mine and it’s a great feeling. Do you think there is an organization where you can donate cat hair for needy cats? I think you might have some candidates there to help those hairless cats. OR for Kitty Wigs!

  11. sarah rhoads on March 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Melanie! Thanks for posting this.. you totally just kicked me in the face! I have been wanting to do this for a while now (my hair is super long) so thanks for the reminder and for giving back in such a cool way!

  12. Liz on March 2, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    cute Mel!!!! i love the one with the kitties! :)

  13. Ariana on March 3, 2009 at 10:48 am

    You look amazing! I liked your hair long, but the style is just awesome. I’ve done LoL a few times and have loved it every time. I tend to like my hair long, but as you said, my hair will always grow back and how can you say no to kids. Good for you and you look fabulous! Oh, and fyi for some, there are certain hair stylists that will give you the haircut for free if you tell them it is for LoL.

  14. mel on March 3, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Thanks so much everyone! You make my day. :o)

  15. Joy Nudd on March 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    You are looking hot my friend! Is it hair cut season? Garrett just made me an appt. for tomorrow, he got his today (its been waaay overdue!)
    Miss you guys :)

  16. KariAnne on March 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Very Cute! Must be something about Ben’s and being great at cutting hair. My hairdresser Benny…awesome, he’s the best EVER! I can say this honestly because he’s also my amazing boyfriend. Locks of Love is a fantastic organization, kudos!

  17. david & kimi b ~ ohana photographers on March 4, 2009 at 10:26 am

    yay!!! locks of love is an awesome organization!!! good for you mel! your hair looks gorgeous, but you’re just all around gorgeous! we <3 you!

  18. Bradford on March 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Your hair looks great, Mel!

  19. Cathy Crawley on March 4, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    You are so beautiful, inside and out :)

  20. Tara on March 4, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    You look gawwwgeous! And you’re the only person I know that has donated to LoL and still had enough hair for a good sized pony tail, so there’s that :)

  21. anna crane on March 5, 2009 at 7:18 am

    aaack! you look fabuloso! can’t wait to see you! :D

  22. Delicious on March 5, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful!!! Love you!

  23. brandy j on March 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Oh Wellington and Dirtball, how I long to meet them someday! I already love them=)

    You are gorgeous girl. And what an awesome gift! I hope you grow your hair long again, I think their are lots of people out there who would love it!

  24. Aunt Tracy on March 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Love the new look Mel and the new blog!

  25. mel on March 9, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Thank you! :o) I don’t know if I’ll immediately start growing it out again but this is definitely something that I’d like to do multiple times in my life. Such a cool organization for sure!

  26. Tapp on March 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I love your hair Mel and I love the kitties!

  27. Tapp on March 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    i love the hair, mel and i love the kitties!

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