Monday, February 16, 2009

Little "G" donates her hair for Locks of love!

So here we have another little girl, who is donating her lovely locks, to locks of love! She is very excited and yet, still a little nervous...such a big change, will she like it? I love the moment of when the girls come in and say they would like to donate their hair, always a little timid, a little reserved..and very proud...the before pictures, they say it all! And when the hair is cut, we always make sure to take the utmost care and sensitivity to measuring it and showing the girls and then...the cutting begins...because it is normally done can hear it being cut, when the final cut is done and the pony is released...the face brightens up and you can see it...scroll down...Little G's face tells all...She is proud and has warm fuzzy feelings for sure!

Some kids will get very emotional when their locks come off, I think it's a combination of losing something they have been quite attached to and also the thought of who it goes to...sometimes tears come with the cut...even in older kids...heck, even with adults!

BUT all in all, it's a wonderful thing, it takes 6 pony tails to make one full wig. We here at Bijou are commited to making the experience a lovely one! And as always, if you are donating your hair...we are donating our time! Your haircut is free at Bijou when you are donating it to any one of the places. There are quite a few, all requiring different lengths of hair! Read about them below!

Locks of Love -

  • Hair that is colored 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. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process.
  • Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable because it is not bundled in a ponytail or braid.
  • Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off.
  • 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.
  • Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.
  • Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
  • Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
  • 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.

Pantene beautiful lengths -
In order to make the most beautiful, realistic and durable wigs, donated hair must meet the requirements below.
  • Donated hair must be a minimum of 8 inches long (measure hair from just above the elastic band of the ponytail to the ends).
  • Wavy/curly hair texture is fine—you may straighten hair to measure.
  • Hair should be freshly washed and completely dry, without any styling products.
  • Hair may be colored with vegetable dyes, rinses and semi-permanent dyes. It cannot be bleached, permanently colored or chemically treated.
  • Hair may not be more than 5 percent gray.
Here is another place, wigs for kids, they do require 12 inches to donate, but check out their has a step by step process of how the wigs are made and what happens to your hair when they get your pony tail! Very interesting!

So here she is all finished and look at that smile! This little one was so lucky, because when we cut off her locks...her curl perked up and suddenly she had this lovely curly hair! Of course we fashioned it with a little clip and a ring pop for an extra bling!