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Note: Due to the results of an investigation by Nonprofit Investor, we do not recommend donating to Locks of Love. The information below comes from them.

Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the US and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The children receive them free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

Hair must be at least 10 inches when straight, or for layered hair, the longest layer must be at least 10 inches. Hair that is coloured or permed is acceptable. Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid. Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable unless the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out. Dreadlocks are not accepted. Shorter hair and gray hair will be separated from the ponytails and sold to offset the manufacturing costs.

Hair must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off. You may want to do the same for layered hair. Hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed in. Place the ponytail or braid inside of a plastic bag, and then inside of a padded envelope, and mail with adequate postage.

If you wish to receive an acknowledgment for your hair donation, please fill out the hair donation form (PDF), or write your name and e-mail address or mailing address on a full size separate sheet of paper and include inside the envelope. We cannot acknowledge donors who do not send their name and address according to these instructions.

Many hair salons will do the shipping for you. Participating salons should have a Locks of Love decal in their window.

This applies to Human hair.

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Added December 4, 2012.

Last updated July 18, 2014.

Applies to Canada and United States.