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When you are ready to cut off your beautiful long hair, take a tip from Ann Curry and Katie Couric. When Ann was ready to let her hair go, Katie helped out by cutting off over ten inches of it on live television to donate to Locks of Love.
When you donate your healthy hair of ten inches or more, you are donating a life changing resource. For children with alopecia (a disease in which one loses their hair) inducing conditions, a hairpiece can be the key to their self-esteem. Locks of Love provides the hairpieces either on a sliding scale, or completely free of charge depending on the child's financial need.
To donate your hair like Ann, you must be able to cut off a ponytail that is at least ten inches long. Layered hair is acceptable, as long as the longest layer reaches at least the ten inch requirement. Your hair can be colored or permed, but not bleached. If you aren't sure about your hair, ask your cosmetologist. Have the hair cut and put into a ponytail. Sometimes it is easiest to create the ponytail while your hair is still attached, then cut the ponytail just above the elastic. Hair that has fallen to the floor is not acceptable, so let your cosmetologist know you will be donating the hair. Many stylists are familiar with Locks of Love and will already know exactly what to do. Put the hair in a plastic zipper bag in a padded envelope and include a donor form. You can get the donor form and any other information you need at the Locks of Love website.
When you look in the mirror next time, you can smile knowing your new short cut not only looks great, but you have done your part to help a child in need.