Monday, February 28, 2011

Leila Donates Her Hair to Locks of Love!

On Sunday February 27th, my sister Leila had 10 inches of her hair cut off to donate to
Locks of  Love! 

Leila's ponytail was 10 inches long.

Donating hair is something both Leila and I love to do. I first found out about hair donation five years ago in my last year of preschool when two of my classmates were donating their hair. When my mom explained to me that the hair was used to make wigs for children who had lost their hair, I was determined to donate mine also. Even though my hair was fairly long, I had to wait a year until I had at least 10 inches to donate, that was at the end of my kindergarten year. Ever since then, Leila and I have taken turns donating our hair every year,  last year was my turn, this year was hers. I am looking forward to donating my hair again next year!

Locks of Love is an non-profit organization that provides wigs, free of charge or on a sliding scale based on financial needs, to children in Canada or the United States. Their mission is to help restore the self-esteem and confidence of children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition.

It takes 6-8  ponytails to make one wig. What makes these wigs special is that they are custom made for each child's head. They are made in a way that they will not fall off and can not be pulled off by anyone except the wearer. The children can even swim or shower with them! The wigs retail between $3,500 and $6,000, so it is wonderful that Locks of Love can provide them free of charge or for a much lower amount.

Below are the steps to follow in case you decide to donate your hair:

Click to enlarge  to see the steps to donate.
You can also make a monetary donation, here is the link if you would like to know more about the organization:

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Leila's ponytail was 10 inches long.

The hairstylist is cutting Leila's ponytail.

Leila after the hair cut.

I am holding the hair Leila is donating.

Have you ever donated your hair?

Do you know anyone who has donated their hair?

Do you know of any other organizations that provide wigs for children who have lost their hair?


  1. I am so proud of your sister, Leila. She cut her beautiful hair for the love of others. Before she knows it, she'll have that beautiful hair grown back again.

  2. Dear Hannah,
    Awesome post.

    That is amazing you and your sister donate your hair to Locks of love.

    I do not know anyone who has donated there hair.

    In Australia we have Be brave and shave day. It is for the Leukaemia Foudation. You can get sponsored by your family and friends.

    You have two options if you want you can shave your hair or you can get it coloured.

    That is a wonderful thing you and your sister are doing every year.

    From your pal,

  3. Dear Hannah and Leila,

    What special girls you both are. I think this is so wonderful of you both to donate your locks to such a wonderful organization.

    You, both are great examples of how beautiful the gift of giving is.
    Thank you for writing in detail what and how this wonderful gift of giving makes a difference in the life of a number of children.
    Giving them the joy of having a head of hair. To feel like they belong.

    I bet your parents are so very proud of you both too.
    Well done girls as I am very proud of you.

    From your blogging bubby down under AA.

  4. Dear Hannah
    What a wonderful post. It is lovely that you and Leila both donate your hair.

    Your hair must re-grow quite quickly over two years.
    I don't think I could grow my hair to be 10 inches long in that time!
    Do you do anything extra special to keep it so healthy?
    I think my grandmother used to brush her hair 100 strokes, twice each day.

    happy hair-growing
    from Mrs McKenzie

  5. Hi Hannah joon,

    What a wonderful post! I am so proud of you and Leila, you are both so caring and giving.

    I am so happy that my little nieces are able to experience true joy which can only come from giving to others. In addition, what you are doing will bring joy to the lives of children who have lost their hair. And, as the mission of Locks of Love states, it can help restore their self esteem and confidence.

    As you know, I have never donated my hair, I don't have your kind of beautiful, thick hair! However, I don't know if you know that your cousin and my son Aryan donated his
    hair once!

    As always, excellent work Hannah!

    Much love,
    Your proud aunt, Minoo

  6. Dear Hannah and Leila,

    I am very impressed that you cut your hair and donated it to Locks and Love. Today my mom measured my hair and my little sister Hannah's hair to see how many inches until we have 10 inches. My hear measured only 8 inches and my sister's hair was 9 inches. So we still have to wait before we can donate.

    Happy donating!


  7. @ Caroline,

    I was so surprised to see a comment from you! I know that my mom is also very proud of Leila for donating her hair. I really think she looks adorable!


  8. Dear Bianca,

    Thank you for your kind comment! Also, thank you for teaching me about Australia's Be Brave and Shave Day. It sounds like a wonderful way to support the Leukemia Foundation.

    I have a question:
    Do you know anyone who has been a part of Be Brave and Shave Day?

    Your pal,

  9. @ AA,

    Thank you so much for your very kind comment. Leila and I are both very grateful that we are able to have the opportunity to donate our hair to help other children.

    You are right our parents are very proud of us. I know that because they keep telling us that! :-)

    Your blogging buddy,

  10. @ Mrs. McKenzie,

    Thank you for your thoughtful compliment! To be honest with you, I think my hair grows really slow, but my mom tells me that is actually very fast. We both have pretty thick hair, so that might have something to do with it.

    We don't really do anything special with it. My mom owns a beauty supply store and a salon, so we get good shampoos and trims all the time.

    I am very surprised that your grandmother brushed her hair 100 strokes, twice a day! She must have had very soft hair. I only brush my hair 10 to 15 strokes, once a day!

    Your blogging buddy,

  11. My dearest Hannah,

    Congratulations to you and Leila for doing such a loving and caring act! I am so proud of you both. I think what you are doing demonstrates that even young children, such as you two, can make a big difference in someone else's life.

    I have never donated my hair and I don't know anyone else beside you and Leila who has done it. But, as read the other comments, I noticed that your post has encouraged another girl and her sister to also donate. That must make you very proud and happy!

    Keep up the good work sweetheart!


  12. Michael (Hannah's dad)March 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    My sweetest Hannah,

    Wonderful post! I am so proud of you and Leila for donating your hair to help children who have lost their hair.

    By doing this post, you have brought attention to Locks of Love and perhaps more people will donate hair or money to this wonderful organization.

    I have never donated my hair but if I remember correctly your uncle Nader donated his hair to Locks of Love or another organization that does similar work a few years back.

    I am so grateful that I have such caring and giving daughters.

    Your proud daddy

  13. Dear Khaleh Minoo,

    Thank you for commenting on my post! I knew you would and I was happy that you did!

    I never knew that Aryan had donated his hair. That's wonderful!

    Both Leila and I hope that by donating our hair we can help restore the self esteem and confidence of children who have lost their hair. It is nice to hear we have a cousin who feels the same.


  14. Hannah and LeilaMarch 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    @ Miriam,

    We are so happy that you and Hannah are thinking about donating you hair! We know that you will experience the same joy that we experience from donating ours.

    We know you only have eight inches, but that hair will grow in no time!

    We have a question:

    Does your sister Sarah want to donate her hair?

    Your friends,
    Hannah and Leila

  15. Dear Hannah and Leila,

    Leila, it is great that you donated your hair to locks of love!
    If I could donate my hair I would, but I don't want to because I like my hair long.

    @Hannah, you asked if I have ever cut my hair for Locks of Love before. No ! I have never cut my hair for Locks of Love, but I may some day. You also asked if I know anyone that has donated to Locks of Love, or to other places. I do not know anyone, but I think my cousin Avery did once.

    A couple of weeks ago, I got a hair cut, and I was going to donate it to locks of love, but I didn't cut my hair long enough. Maybe next time I will cut my hair really short and donate it to a worthy cause.

    I have some questions for you:

    1. Leila - Do you miss having long hair?

    2. Hannah - Did you cut your hair, too? If so, when?


  16. @ Hannah,

    Thank you for replying to my comment.

    Yes, I have taken part in the Be Brave and Shave Day. But I only got my hair coloured. From what I can remember I decided to colour my hair a nice blue. :)

    Have you ever had your hair coloured in a bright colour?

    From your pal,

  17. @ Alexa,

    Thank you for commenting on my post! I am glad to hear that you are considering donating your hair! As you said it is for a worthy cause.

    Leila does miss her long hair, but she is happy that it is short because it is easier to take care of.

    I donated ten inches last June and I plan on donating next year. In the meantime, I get regular trims to keep my hair healthy.

    Your friend,

  18. @ BB,

    Thank you for replying to my comment.

    The only time I have had a bright color in my hair was at a birthday party. In fact, it happened yesterday at my friend's 9th birthday where I put green, pink, and white in my hair!

    Your blogging buddy,

  19. Dear Hannah and Leila,
    I think it's great that you guys are donating your hair
    to kids who don't have any! You guys are so sweet!
    I don't think I could ever donate my hair.

    I dont know anyone who has donated their hair
    (except you guys of course)

    LOL your friend, Cassidy

  20. Dear Hannah,

    I loved this post so much that I think it should be post number one!

    What a kind gesture you and Leila have done, to cut off ten inches of your hair to be used as wigs for children in need.

    Also, what you girls did is called a "mitvah" which means a good deed in Hebrew.

    I have a question:

    Why do you have to cut off ten and why not nine?


  21. Hannah,
    My name is Kayla and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. Congratulations for you and your sister, Leila for donating your hair. There are many children who are in need of Locks of Love wigs; you and your sister are amazing for donating! I also liked the pictures that you included in your post; it was neat to see how much 10 inches of hair really is. Thank you for included links to the Locks of Love website to make donations as well. I am very impressed with your blog post, keep up the good work! I will be covering your post on my blog.

  22. Dear Hannah,
    This is a wonderful post! You have provided a lot of information about the Locks of Love Program. I had heard of this program before, but I didn't know all of the specific details. My sister Caitlyn has donated her hair to this program before. You have inspired me to donate my hair, too! Great job!
    Rebecca Warnberg

  23. Hi Hannah,
    I am an EDM310 student from Mobile, Alabama. Donating your hair is a great thing to do. I know a couple of girls that donate their hair too. By donating your hair, you are going to make a sick child very happy. You are obviously a very special young lady. You are thoughtful, kind, and a good student. I am sure Mrs. Yollis and your parents are very proud of you. I wish you luck in the rest of your school year. Happy blogging!
    Michael Oakwood

  24. Hi Hannah!
    My name is Mary Ashley York and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at The University of South Alabama. I think it is awesome that you earned a blog! I just wanted to tell you to keep up the awesome work! I am also growing my hair out to donate it. You helped encourage me to do this! Your teacher, Ms. Yollis, sounds like an awesome teacher as well! I hope the rest of your school year is great! I loved reading your blog! Feel free to check out mine at

  25. Dear Hannah,

    My name is Sheena Nettles. I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. I think that you did a wonderful thing by donating your hair to Locks of Love. You should give yourself a pat on the back for doing such a good deed. You have a really good heart! I wish you well the rest of your school year! Great Post!

    Sheena Nettles

  26. Hello Hannah,

    This is a great post! This is amazing how you and your sister donate your hair to Locks of Love. I have never donate my hair before therefore I don't know anything about donating hair. Maybe someday I can grow my hair out and donate too! Keep up the good work and I look forward to read more of your blog. You can visit my blog at

  27. @ Kayla Nelson,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! It is so nice to hear from a college student.

    Thank you for featuring my post on your blog. You should have seen how excited I got when I saw your post about my post!

    Locks of Love is an amazing organization that is very dear to us. Leila and I are proud to be able to contribute to an organization that does so much for children.

    I will be visiting your blog often.


  28. @ Rebecca Warnberg,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and and commenting. I am glad a college student commented on my blog!

    Leila and I enjoy donating our hair, and we love that we inspired you to donate your hair too! We think it's awesome that your sister Caitlyn donated her hair before this post.


    P.S. I checked out your blog and I like your background and your avatar. I will comment on it soon.

  29. @ Michael Oakwood,

    Thank you for all you kind and thoughtful compliments about me and my post on Locks of Love!

    It is so much fun to read your post about my post, and all the nice things that you have written about me! I really appreciate your thoughtfulness!

    I will visit your blog in the future.


  30. @ Mary Ashley York,

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. I am thrilled that you are growing your hair to donate to Locks of Love! That is exactly what I was hoping for when I did my post, to bring attention to this amazing organization.

    You are absolutely right, Mrs. Yollis is an awesome teacher! I feel very lucky to have her as my teacher. I have learned so much in her class this year.

    I hope you have a wonderful rest of the year also.


  31. @ Sheena,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my post. I am so happy that you enjoyed reading my post.

    I really appreciate your kind compliments about me. I listened to you and gave myself a pat on the back!

    I hope that you have a wonderful rest of the year also.


  32. @ Hoan Nguyen,

    Thank you for commenting on my blog.

    I am really glad that you are considering growing your hair and donating it in the future! I really hope that you do, it's such a rewarding experience!

    I hope you visit my blog again, as I will be visiting yours.


  33. Hannah,

    I'm a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Your post was very interesting, and inspiring. Since you began donating at such a young age, maybe I could explain to my young daughter the importance of such a gesture so she might donate some of her hair. Then it would be much more manageable! You and your sister should be very proud of all the good you are doing for those that need it. Keep up the good work and visit myblog
    if you would like.

  34. Hello Hannah,

    My name is Kenny, and I am a student from EDM310 with Dr. Strange. I absolutely love that you are donating to a special cause. The children will love the hair that you grew for so long, to give just for them. That is very special to them and they greatly appreciate what you do. They will certainly save a lot of money because of your donation. Not only have you given something of yours but you have also helped them save. This is a great idea that I and my family will continue to use. We love to give to people as well and we highly commend you for all that you have done.

    Great work, Kenny

  35. Hey Hannah,
    My name is Duane and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. This is an excellent and very thoughtful post. This is a great donation your sister has done and its awesome of you to promote it on your blog. Good Job!


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