You can go anywhere to get your hair cut as long as the donation guidelines listed on our website are followed. We encourage our donors to go to a salon they are already familiar with so they will be comfortable when making their donation. View Donation Guidelines.
We do not maintain a list of participating salons. If there is a participating salon in your area, they should have a Locks of Love decal in their window. If you have salons in your area that are part of a national chain, many times they participate. Also, you can try an online search, entering Locks of Love salon and your city and state.
Yes, we can accept donations of gray hair. Because we only provide hairpieces to children, we cannot use this hair in a hairpiece but will sell it to offset our manufacturing costs.
Yes, we can accept donations of colored hair.
Yes, we can accept donations of permed hair.
No, we cannot use bleached hair. The bleach causes the hair to dissolve as it goes through the manufacturing process. Note: Many times highlights are done with bleach.
We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
6 to 10 donated ponytails go into one hairpiece.
We cannot link donors with recipients. Because all applicants are minors, we must protect the children’s privacy.
Please check with your tax preparer. We cannot place a monetary value on a ponytail.
Yes, if you choose to send pictures please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. All photos must be submitted electronically in order for use on our website.
We do update our donor gallery from time to time, but cannot guarantee that all the pictures we receive will be posted. We also use photos in our newsletters and post them around our office.
We work to thank all donors as quickly as possible. Because we rely on volunteers to help with this task, it may take up to 60 days to receive your acknowledgement.
If the person in need is a child and has applied to Locks of Love, it is sometimes possible. The family can contact the Case Manager for more information. Please remember our recipients must be under the age of 21.
$1,000 sponsors a Locks of Love child.
Yes, we help both boys and girls. The majority of children who apply for a hairpiece are girls.
Most of our recipients suffer from alopecia areata. Others have experienced hair loss from radiation therapy and chemotherapy, severe burns or trauma, and various other genetic and dermatological conditions. View Causes of Hair Loss.
Children under 6 years receive synthetic hairpieces because this age group experiences rapid growth in the size of their head. Children ages 6-21 with long term hair loss receive custom, vacuum-fit hair prosthetics.
Yes, we provide these recipients with synthetic hairpieces.
Yes, we provide hairpieces to children under age 21 in the US and Canada regardless of race, creed, or religion.
Applications are available on our website or can be mailed to you. We need a completed application along with a medical diagnosis, photo of the child, most recent tax return and two letters of recommendation. View Application.