I love my husband, Jed’s long and thick hair. Many women, including me, would love to have hair like his because he can wear it curly or straight and it grows very fast. Jed had various hair lengths throughout the 19 years we have been together. While it is my personal preference when his hair is long, he had to cut it short as he entered the job market before we married. Once he became established and respected in his place of employment, he grew his hair long again. I remember Jed wore a baseball cap for over 2 years during the stage before he was able to pull his hair back into a pony-tail.
In 2004, after my sister Julie gave birth to her second child, she donated her hair to an organization called Locks of Love. Locks of Love has been around since 1997 and they make high quality hair pieces for financially disadvantaged youth who suffer from long-term hair loss (mostly caused by alopecia or cancer.) The founder of this organization had her own issues with hair loss and then saw her young child suffer with it as well. This inspired her to develop this organization to help as many children afflicted with hair loss as possible. Locks of Love partners with hairdressers and manufacturers to make custom-fit hair prosthetics, which adhere to the children’s head by suction, without any adhesive materials. Children have the ability to swim, brush their hair, and do many activities without having to worry about the embarrassment and humiliation of their hair piece falling off.
After my sister told Jed about Locks of Love, he became inspired to grow his hair long enough to donate himself. By the time I had my son in early 2006, Jed made a 14-inch hair donation. However, he made sure that his short hair length was long enough to pull into a pony-tail. I liked his hair after he cut it because I still considered his hair to be long.
2005 (Growing his hair for his first donation)
2006 (after his first donation)
My amazing husband did not stop there. He donated 10 inches of hair 2011 and another 10 inches last week. I am so proud of him because he put in 15 years of hair growth to help others. He made a difference in the lives of 3 children.
After his donation in 2011
Before his donation last week
After his donation last week
If you are one with thick hair that grows fast and are looking for a free way to make someone’s day, please consider visiting the website for donation information. The website has many ways we can help if we do not have hair to give. What a great way to pay it forward!