I’ve donated my hair twice before, to Locks of Love, and was planning to do it again.  I hadn’t had a haircut since February 2008!  Then I heard from my knitting friend Suzanne that a lot of the hair donated to Locks of Love doesn’t actually make it to the kids – a lot of it is sold or discarded.  It seems that since they are the most popular hair donation charity, they get overwhelmed with donations and can’t handle all of them, plus they get a lot of unusable hair.  Suzanne suggested Wigs for Kids instead, so that’s what I did.  On the website there is a list of salons that give haircuts for free or at a discount when you donate.  Unfortunately, it is not completely up to date – one place I called had been out of business for 4 years already.  But I did find a good place not too far from me.  This is what I had to donate.

Hair donation to Wigs for Kids

This is what it looked like after being chopped – about 12 inches!

Goodbye, hair!

And here’s what I looked like.

Haircut

And here’s my almost-31-week belly!

Hair cut plus belly

It turns out the Tilted Duster makes a great maternity sweater!

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I’d gone about a year and a half without a haircut, so I felt it was time. Plus, my hair was long enough to donate to Locks of Love again.

My soon-to-be-donated hair

There used to be a list of salons where you can go to get a free haircut when you donate your hair, but that list has been taken down for some reason. I just went to the same place from two years ago. If you have at least 10 inches of hair to donate and you’re interested, you can identify participating salons by a Locks of Love sticker in the window. Or you could go to your regular salon to do it, but they may not give you a free haircut.

Here’s how it turned out, after almost 13 inches of hair donated:

New haircut!

I really have to hand it to Wendy Johnson, of blogging fame, for not only does she have fantastic knitting and an adorable kitty, but she does self-portraits in the mirror which I have found is NOT EASY!  I think I deleted about 30 pictures where part of my head was cut off in various ways, before I got this one.  Anyway, back to knitting!