Hair Donation 101

cut hip length natural hair

As the results of my survey continue to trickle in (please take it HERE if you haven’t yet) it is clear that you all want more hair posts around here. I’m happy to oblige. Actually decided to grow out to donate again so I figured I’d share this retro post with you in case you’re interested in donating too!


Now that my hair has almost reached hip length again, I’m ready to cut it all off to donate. In the past I donated to Locks of Love and am sending hair in to them again later this summer.

Have you donated your hair? Not sure how to go about it? Not sure if your hair even qualifies for donation?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about donating hair, whether you can have colored hair, curly hair, grey hair etc. So I’ve consolidated a little bit of information using the FAQs.

Here’s the scoop:

How do I donate my hair?

  1. Grow your hair out (have 8-12 cuttable inches in good condition)
  2. Wash and dry your hair
  3. Put it in a ponytail and chop it off! (or have it chopped off for you)
  4. Choose your charity and fill out the donation form
  5. Send your hair to the charity
  6. Feel awesome about your new short ‘do and your good deed 🙂

Where can I donate my hair?

Here are a few of the popular places you can send your hair to:

Who can cut my hair for me?

You can go to your favorite stylist, or search for donation events in your area. Some salons and chain salons offer discounted cuts to people donating their hair, so that’s an option too. I prefer to go to my favorite stylist Mike at Studio Mohair to chop off the length and then give me a cute short ‘do.  But honestly, you can cut it on your own if you wanted to. Just make sure your hair is clean, in a ponytail and snip away!

What do I get for donating my hair?

I always find it funny when people ask me what I got when I donated it. My standard answer used to be “shorter hair” but my new answer will be “satisfaction.” However if you want to receive a thank you card, you can request one when you send your hair in. Even though you’re not really chopping off all of your hair for a thank you card, it’s nice to know it has definitely been received.

What kind of hair can be donated?

Hair in GOOD condition is required of all charities. Curly, Straight, Wavy, Kinky, it’s all good. For all charities the hair must be clean, dry, and in a ponytail or braid (so the strands are all facing the same way) Here are the requirements for each charity:

Locks of Love:

  • YES: Virgin hair, Permed, Color Treated, Grey*, Curly
  • NO: Bleached

*note: grey hair, and hair shorter than 10 inches is SOLD to offset costs, not put into wigs.

Wigs for Kids:

  • YES: Virgin hair, Grey hair
  • NO: Color Treated, Bleached, Permed,

Pantene Beautiful Lengths:

  • YES: Virgin Hair, 5% or less Gray hair
  • NO: Color Treated, Bleached, Permed, Chemically altered, Grey

Children with Hair Loss:

  • YES: Virgin Hair, Non-Chemically Treated Hair is PREFERRED, Grey Hair
  • NO: Chemically Damaged, otherwise, they accept it all 🙂

How long does my hair have to be to donate?

Here are the length requirements for each organization:

  • Locks of Love: 10 inch minimum (Layered hair OK if longest layer is 10 inches, the shorter layers will be SOLD)
  • Wigs for Kids: 12 inch minimum (no maximum)
  • Pantene Beautiful Lengths: 8 inch minimum (no maximum)
  • Children with Hair Loss: 8 inch minimum (no maximum)

I hope this helps you make a decision on which organization will receive your hair.

I’m starting a series on Youtube to chronicle my hair’s growing process and teach you how to grow yours long enough to donate (or not donate) as well. Subscribe to my channel here. Good luck and happy hair growing!

Have you ever considered donating your hair?

Are you currently growing it out to donate?

Natural Hair Regimen and Length Check – March 2016


Fresh wash and go had me feeling myself yesterday….. (ps: don’t forget to do the survey!!!)

OK. So in trying to find photos for this post, I realized that I need to start taking more selfies. I have like zero good pics of myself. Which is surprising cuz I think I’m so cute lol. #operationmoreselfies started yesterday…. (as you can see from exhibit A above.)

Anyhow… here’s my “hair year” in short –

March 2015: 

Last perm touch up was May 2014. Last cut before this pic was September 2014.


September 2015:

Right before heading to Blogalicious. I wanted to go straight…but could barely make it through the process…


In September 2015 I cut my hair myself. I wanted to just get rid of the permed ends. I went from this:

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To This:

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October 2015:

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1 year comparison: 

one year of hair growth comparison



What do you do to grow your hair so fast?

I don’t think it grows particularly fast (about 1/2 inch per month), I just retain what I grow which is due to low manipulation and good health IMO.

  1. I keep it moisturized (daily) and leave it alone for the most part.
  2. Little to no heat use.
  3. I try to stay healthy from the inside out: water, multivitamin, shakeology, healthy food.

OK Listen. I tell this to my close friends and IRL friends, because I know they KNOW me.  I hesitate telling people this online because I don’t want them to think I’m G’ing them to sell products. But here it is. I swear Shakeology enhances my hair growth somehow. I have no medical proof lol, but I did a test, stopping it for 8 weeks, and outside of the lower energy, duller skin, feeling more lethargic and increased sugar cravings, I noticed my hair seemed to grow in slower, and also it grew in with a different texture sort of and just duller. Anyway. I’m not one to say “this magic pill MAKES my hair grow” (cuz I tried hairfinity and it didn’t have any noticeable difference) BUT, when I’m drinking my Shakeo regularly, my hair seems to just thrive.

That said….if you DO wanna buy it, you best buy thru me and nobody else lmao. Holla at ya girl :))

In this video (shot yesterday) I show my current products and current regimen. My hair is wet:

Are you going to grow your hair out again? Are you going to donate again?

I won’t be growing to hip length, but I will be growing my hair out long to donate again. I will probably grow it to waist length or so. I should get there in 2 years.

What products do you use?

I am not loyal to one product line right now, but I kinda would like to be. Right now I’m still using up products that were sent to me, or I purchased on some crazy clearance. In the video above I show what I’m currently using, but that changes once the bottles empty. The one thing I’m pretty often using is Elasta QPs Soy Oyl deep conditioner. But I’ve run out (deets in vid) and am looking for a new one. Any suggestions?

What’s your natural hair regimen?

It’s in the video above, but I keep it really simple with weekly washes, daily moisture, and leaving it the hell alone so it’ll grow without issue.

Hope this was helpful! 

What are you up to with your hair lately?

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Tips For Healthy Hair As We Age


(throwback to my last big chop in 2009)

I Big Chopped again! I cut off all my permed ends and I am loving my fro. Those permed ends just weighed my fabulousness all the way down! I am enjoying the shorter length and the volume. It’s so full and the color gives it some dimension (check it on instagram) And none of my thinning is noticeable at all. I don’t know if it’s age or post-baby hormone changes, but my texture feels a little different. Slightly looser but still super coarse.
Did you experience any hair texture changes with age or after babies?

I’m starting to get more concerned with aging. I know I just turned 34 but I keep fastforwarding in my mind to 35 which seems so big and grown up to me. Also seems like I need to start thinking about eye creams and stuff. LOL. (Do you have one you’d recommend?)

rogaine in bathroom

I told you about how I’m trying out ROGAINE Foam for my thinning areas. So far so good. No results to share yet, but I’ve only just begun. I’ll be updating you about it in 12 weeks. In my last post I mentioned that 1 in 3 women will experience thinning/hereditary hair loss. Here’s another fun fact: Thinning and hair loss caused by hereditary hair loss can begin as early as one’s 20s and if left untreated it will continue to worsen as you age.

Don’t worry though. You’re ahead of the game if you’re living a healthy lifestyle.

I go to ask Women’s ROGAINE® Brand Ambassador, Jill Crosby a few questions about hair as we get older. Here’s a snippet of what she said:

Top tip for aging hair?

Use a Pro Colorist/Stylist when performing chemical treatments on hair to stave off damaging already delicate hair.

How does hair change with age?
As with the rest of our body , the structural integrity changes and it too looses elasticity and strength .
What can we do to prevent issues with the changes as we get older?
Not to worry , just follow a good healthy life style and take good care of your hair by not over working or processing it.
Here are my tips for healthy hair as we age:
  • Get a great cut and use volume to disguise any thinning
  • Moisturize like your life depends on it – hair gets drier as we age
  • Drink tons of water to hydrate from the inside
  • Use hair thickening and/or smoothing serums to counteract thinning and wiriness
  • Get a color, this counteracts the loss of color as we age and also temporarily thickens strands for added volume boost

One lucky lady will receive a one-year supply of Women’s ROGAINE® Foam (ARV $150.00) which is clinically proven to regrow hair in 81%* of women with new hairs growing in up to 48%** thicker than before. (only one entry per household please)

Enter by leaving a comment below with your best hair tip or advice. Winner will be chosen at random by Rohan! GOOD LUCK!!

If you’re not the lucky winner, go HERE to print a coupon and learn more.

Leave your comment below to enter the giveaway!!


Women’s ROGAINE® Foam product was provided by the brand. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

5 Keys To A Successful Transition to Natural Hair


[ This is a throwback post in honor of my most recent big chop last week after transitioning for over a year]

5 Attributes of a Successful Transitioner

Transitioning from relaxed hair to your natural hair texture can be a very rewarding and interesting journey. Alternatively, it could be a frustrating and depressing mission. When transitioning, you are dealing with two very different textures on each strand of hair. You are focusing on an end date of your transition, and you are dreaming about your natural texture. The further along you are in your transition, the more of a texture difference you experience. This is not an easy journey, but it is a very attainable one. In order to be a successful transitioner you must have the attributes that help you reach your goal.

Successful Transitioners Must:

• Be gentle
• Be patient
• Be open-minded
• Be flexible
• Be observant

Let’s explore the reasoning behind these transition-friendly attributes, shall we?

1. Be Gentle:
Raking a comb from root to tip is going to a) hurt like hell, b) compound tangles and c) break and snap your beautiful hair. During your transition you will have two very different textures on your head, with very different likes/dislikes. One thing both textures have in common is the need for a gentle touch. Gently comb hair from tip to root (bottom to top), and gently brush, manipulate and style your hair. This will avoid breakage and the turmoil involved with knotted tangled masses of hair.

2. Be Patient:
Your hair is not going to grow out overnight. Sorry. But it will grow. And it will grow at approximately ½ inch per month. While dealing with the two textures on your head may seem like an eternity, it’s only for a predetermined amount of time. (One that YOU chose, mind you) And during this time, your only job is to relax, and keep both textures healthy. If you find yourself in the mirror every day with a ruler to your new growth…I urge you to braid your hair up, or get a weave, or somehow put your hair “away” for a bit. Patience is a virtue….best learned while waiting!

3. Be Open-minded:
So many of us have been getting our hair relaxed so long that we have totally disconnected with our natural hair texture. We’re conditioned to get a touch-up as soon as the “nappy” roots begin to peek out. Many women transition with visions of loose hanging curls or tightly coiled afros in their minds eye, while their natural texture may not be able to accommodate those styles. It is important for transitioners to be open-minded about what their actual texture will be so as not to be disappointed if their texture is not the one of their dreams.

4. Be Observant:
Are you paying attention? Did you notice how your natural roots and your relaxed hair responded to your last deep conditioning treatment? Are you losing more hair than normal when you detangle? Is your hair drier? What are the differences in the feel of your natural versus relaxed hair? Transitioners must be extra observant in order to effectively manage both textures. Being observant helps you keep your hair healthy and have a successful transition because you will…..

5. Be Flexible:
Paying attention to both textures is key in flexibility. Being flexible is key in retaining two healthy textures on your head. If you’re flexible, you’ll quickly change up a product that doesn’t work well for one of your textures and avoid damage. You’ll also switch up styling options that no longer work for both textures. You’ll need to have a variety of styles that allow both textures to coexist happily. This means you’ll either make the relaxed ends curly or the natural roots straight.

If you’ve got these five attributes, you’ll have an easier, more rewarding transition and reach your goal with less stress. Good luck on your journey.

Have you transitioned to natural hair? 

I Will Not Be A Bald Momshell! #rogainetruevolume #gotitfree


 (throwback big hair pic)

I figured that subject line was a little more dramatic than: How I’m Treating My Hereditary Hair Loss with Women’s ROGAINE® Foam 

Am I right?

OK, so let me back up and give you the scoop.

I’ve noticed allover thinning in my hair for the past 10 months or so, and it seems to be picking up speed slightly. *gulp*

This is not related to the postpartum hair loss I dealt with last year after Kaya’s birth. I honestly thought it was stress related when I noticed it in January.  It started right around the move time, both kids in a new place, squatting at my gram’s house, new job, crazy house-hunting and everything was so hectic and John was still in NY.

After the stress died down I noticed I was still losing way more strands than usual. (NOTE: 50-100/day is considered “normal” and consistently shedding 150+/day is considered significant hair loss) I also noticed that the front middle bit of my hair was thinning out. #Nobueno

I tried a few things with my diet that I read about, and went to the doc for a checkup just in case my anemia was making my body craycray. But alas. I got a clean bill of health.

So now I’m trying out what is the only FDA-Approved treatment for regrowing hair in women – minoxidil 5%- in Women’s ROGAINE®.  One in three women are dealing with hereditary hair loss and thinning. (Soo….where the rest of you hiding?! Come out the closet with me.)

rogaine in bathroom

I’m going to report back with my results in 3 months to see if there is any difference. As of today I’ve been using it for 8 days and have no changes to share.

What I can share so far is how easy it is to use. It’s a foam that comes in an aerosol can, reminds me of mousse. You just massage a little bit on your scalp once a day and go on with your usual styling. I love that. I can put it on right after I cowash, or if I’m not washing my hair that day, I can put it on dry hair. It doesn’t leave a residue or flake up or do anything weird. It’s fine on natural hair, permed hair and for people with locs or braids it can still get to the scalp so that is not a deterrent from trying it either.

I’m tempted to pour the whole can over my head every time, but the directions clearly say (and I swear they wrote it just for me) that more will not work any better than the recommended amount. (It’s kinda like what I tell myself when I’m having a treat off plan. The whole brownie wont taste any better than the two bites you just had, Dani. …. it works sometimes. LOL)

with rogaine

Anyhow, I should start to regrow hair in 12 weeks if I use it consistently and see results in 24 weeks.  Women’s ROGAINE® is something that I’ll have to continue to use to maintain results. At first that made me nervous, but once I started using it and saw how easy and unobtrusive it was in my daily routine I realized that wouldn’t be a problem even for my lazy self.

So… I’m really hopeful, I don’t want this thinning to go any further. I’m grateful my hair is curly to mask the thinning action. I can’t wait to report back in a few months and show you the progress!

Are you dealing with any hair issues these days?

Products were provided by the Women’s ROGAINE® Foam. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.