I always thought Locks of Love was a great program. A few days ago I was talking to my friend about how I’m growing my hair out again. I like it long. My husband likes it short. So we compromise. I grow it out and get it cut again when he gets annoyed. When we got together in high school my hair was waist length.
I told her that every time I tried to donate my hair the salon would tell me they just stopped doing the Locks of Love free hair cut program so eventually I shrugged my shoulders and went someplace cheaper. My hair never got donated.
She however has donated her hair; to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program. Okay I admit that I’m often behind the times. I hadn’t heard of them. She then told me that Locks of Love sells its hair and wigs!
Surely she was wrong. The hair goes to children with cancer! What kind of monster gets people to donate their own hair then sells it to people with cancer! So I looked it up. According to Pantene they ship the wigs to the American Cancer Society Wig Bank Program for them to distribute as needed. Pretty straight forward actually. The American Cancer Society has a list of available centers that handle wigs and each one listed the cost as free.
I went to LOL’s website… and found a long list of requirements.Which I lifted straight from their site.
Doctor’s Diagnosis, can be faxed by doctor’s office to us.
Photo of child without hairpiece or hat to help us with the custom fit. Please do not fax photographs.
Parent/Guardian’s most recent tax returns
Other Proof of Income: Social Security, Welfare, Disability income
Other documents that verify extenuating financial circumstances
Two letters of
recommendation from a parent, teacher, friend, coach, etc. explaining why the child would benefit from a hairpiece.
Why does LOL require my tax return? Why do I need letters for referral saying my kid needs a wig? Why the hell do you want a pic of my child? Especially if I just provided you with a dr’s note that he has cancer?
One thing I didn’t find was how much each wig was.
Next time I cut all my hair off I’ll deal with Pantene at least I know it’s going to the American Cancer Society; and while I may be angry at them for not pushing breast cancer awareness for men at least they try their best for all cancer patients.