Don’t Cut It—Donate It.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 15, 2012
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Two Photos: Before, After cutting off her Beautiful Long Hair: which Photo shows a bigger Smile?

“My friend shaved off all her gorgeous blonde hair in support of one of the teachers at our school whose 3 year old son and 2 year old daughter both have cancer. She is beautiful inside & out. (Photo)

“In case anyone was wondering, yes, she donated it to Locks of Love.”

Via their site:


Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

How Can YOU Help?

Make a Hair Donation or Financial Contribution

Plan an Event to Benefit Locks of Love

Register as a Participating Salon

Help in our National Headquarters

Other Ways to Help

Another Reddit comment, from whence this post originated (We found it worthy and inspiring to share up this mindful action)

I let my hair grow to shoulder length in college (I am a man) so that I could donate to locks of love. First year I tried it was long enough so I did it. Second year it was half an inch too short, but the organization said that they could take it and use it to clean up oil spills. I figured “A big oil spill isn’t likely to happen any time soon” so I waited till it was long enough to donate to locks of love again.

Two weeks later, deepwater horizon.

tl;dr donate hair if you can no matter what the cause, it helps.

For more, click over to Reddit.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Don’t Cut It—Donate It.”

  1. Megan says:

    I’ve donated to LoL twice. It was so empowering. To me, it was just hair, but that’s because I know it will grow back on my head. Kind of humbling to realize other people can’t take it for granted like I did.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Update: Appears Locks of Love may not be an ideal non-profit to work with: Ashley Marder Bowman
    Like · Reply · about an hour ago

    Elephant Journal thank you for the info! Add it to the blog itself?
    Like · 42 minutes ago
    Elephant Journal

    Ashley Marder Bowman I am a hair dresser and we donate through a different organization Bc of practices that are not becoming of an organization that is supposed to be helping people but are making a profit instead
    Unlike · Reply · 2 · about an hour ago

    Hannah Greenfield I thought Locks of Love was less than immaculate in their business practices…
    Like · Reply · about an hour ago

    Valerie Sereno I did this for my sister who has leukemia. However, my hair was too short to donate. I would do it again in a heart beat.
    Like · Reply · about an hour ago

    Megan Fitzgerald Barbour I did locks of love when my hair was to my waist. but I didn't shave my head lol she took it to a whole nother level! she is awesome

  3. andeejo says:

    shoot. so. i did that in med school, again a couple years ago, and am almost ready to donate again… any ideas as to another place to donate??