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ask: Donating Hair: Locks of Love vs. Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths

By anniekg
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For so long I have been frustrated with the inability to grow my hair out. About 6 months ago I came across Pantene Pro-V's new product, Beautiful Lengths lengthening shampoo and conditioner. I figured it probably would not work but I have liked their products in the past so I bought it anyway. About 4 months after using the shampoo and conditioner my hair began to grow like a weed! Now, 6 months later my hair is 2 feet and some odd inches long.

I would love to donate my hair soon, but I am having trouble deciding between the Locks of Love and Pantene's Beautiful Length's program. I was wondering if anyone can give me some insight or advice on which to choose and why.

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I've done 4 or 5 12-13 inch donations to LoL and gotten postcards saying thank you for all the ones I included the information sheet with. I don't have a problem with them charging on a sliding scale for the wigs or for them selling unusable hair. What I do have a problem with is them "missing" $6 million in hair donations. I don't particularly care what happens to my donation (wig, sold, used as sponge for oil cleanup) but I do care that it is accounted for in some way.

January 15, 2015 - 12:02pm
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Hi, I have been growing my hair for the last few years. I am 55 and I have 13" of grey, white, blonde, brunette and red all in my natural hair ...never colored.
My hair has never been past the middle of my back and I have Always Wanted it to grow so I could Donate to LOL. I excitedly just went to their website. Was excited to see that my hair was long enough to donate, then my heart dropped when they said NO GREY :( I wasn't aware they only made wigs for children.
So glad I found this thread because now I CAN DONATE TO BL! Yippee!
Since winter is here in NC I think I may just try this shampoo thru the winter, grow my hair more and get it as healthy as possible and then say, HASTA LUEGO to it in early Spring 2015!
I say we all give credit where credit is due, and LOL was the first group to initiate such a Great Cause. Also, I don't care what the reason for hairloss is, whether it be Cancer or Alopechia because the loss of hair to any woman or child is detrimental.
BL will get my first donation.

November 10, 2014 - 10:54am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

LOL does accept grey hair; I just checked their site. But Pantene's program sounds better suited to your needs.

January 10, 2015 - 4:56pm
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I donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths program because they do not charge for their wigs. I found out Locks of Love charges these people that are very sick, to get a wig. I'm about to donate my 2nd time to Pantene's program to honor my friend that just had a double mastectomy.

October 28, 2014 - 4:38pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Do you have to mail it

November 30, 2014 - 11:45am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You mail it. I sent my with a tracking number just so I knew they received it. All of the instructions are on Pantene's website. :-)

November 30, 2014 - 4:17pm
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I have donated hair 3 times now and getting ready for a 4th... Each time I have donated to Pantene's program and received a nice thank you letter (even when I donated without specifically including my information). I am happy to have my hair used in any capacity that will help someone who needs it... no matter what. I am confident that BL receives my hair and put it to good use! Based on what I have heard/read about LOL, I will continue with the Beautiful Lengths program.

October 7, 2014 - 9:49am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I have donated my hair 2 times to locks of love and also received a very nice thank you letter.

December 16, 2014 - 5:10pm
raelynspa (reply to Anonymous)

how long does it usually take to get the letter ? I donated a couple months ago and wondered if I still might get a letter or not.

November 8, 2014 - 4:53pm
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Being a hairdresser I always told my clients to donate to Locks of Love. I stopped doing that a couple of years ago when I found out all the problems with the organization.
About 2 years ago both my boys asked to grow their hair-I has always buzzed them because it was easier. I said yes and made a deal with them. They could grow it but they had to grow it really long so they could donate it. Of course they asked why and I told them about kids with medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair-whether it be cancer or alopecia no one child or adult should not not have an option to get a wig. Then during the holidays they saw the commercial for St. Jude's and it really hit home. My older son who is 11 and just had his cut off-9 inches bless him-and my younger son who is 8 wanted his haircut before summer so he only had 5 inches. I am researching places now to send to because I want to feel comfortable to where we send it and also find an organization that can use my younger ones hair if not to make a wig but to sell it-it is a beautiful blonde color-to make money to help in the cost of making the wigs.
Being a hairdresser and a Mom of two boys I never would have thought I would have done the cut off of my own children's hair for such a great cause, but I did! And I also cut off my husbands hair-10 inches-a few years ago. I am so very proud of the three most important men in my life doing something like that to help others! My boys withstood the teasing from their classmates and almost everyone they met that they didn't know thinking they were girls. Bless them and bless all the people out there suffering from whatever it is that causes them to lose their hair.

September 20, 2014 - 8:41am
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