Longhairs Do Care - Donating our hair to charity

$1,000 Donated To Locks Of Love

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And The Great Cut

With our November check, The Longhairs have now donated $1,030 to Locks of Love. It’s a modest sum, but respectable for our first year in business.

Our charitable outreach is “Longhairs Do Care,” where we donate $1 from every sale to a charitable organization supporting folks who aren’t lucky enough to grow their own hair.

So far that organization has been Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

This milestone also means we’ve exceeded 1,000 orders from The Men’s Aisle, shipping Hair Ties For Guys, Lids For Your Locks and Longhairs T-shirts to 48 49 states in the U.S. and 37 countries on six continents around the world (North Dakota and Alaska…we’re waiting for you). Which means if you’ve ever purchased anything from The Longhairs, part of this contribution has come from you.

But we’re not the only ones in this community donating. We have heard from dozens, maybe hundreds of men and boys who grow it, cut it, then donate their hair to charity. Here are just a few comments we’ve gotten from guys in this longhair community:

donating our hair to charity

 
Hey guys that’s epic! I’m really happy to say that I’ve done this once and am currently working on my second 10 inches for them. And also that it’s awesome that y’all are partners with such a great organization like LoL. Keep up the good fight!
James from Tennessee
 
 
You guys rock!! Any and every long hair I meet I tell them about your page and give referral cards. I’ll see how many of my buds I can get to post progress pics and I’ll send one tonight. I plan to donate some of my mane in the spring, but not enough to be a short hair again, will let it ride again after the donation as well.Cale
Always shaved head, decided to grow it out to donate. I’m on 4 years growth! Want to grow it a bit longer so I’m not back to the awkward stage when 10-12 inches go. Stoked to see how far your dreams have come; let it ride!
David
 
 
Have donated my hair once and doing so had to go through that awkward phase twice! Smartened up this time and decided to go 4 yrs instead of two. Truly awesome site and will gladly be handing those cards out!James
While some Longhairs may not mind having their hair fried, blown-out, extensions, permed, etc., know what you want, I for one do not want color or heat near my hair as I donate my lusciousness to an organization to help women and children who want wigs.
Equus
 
 
I donated 11 inches of hair just about 3 months ago. The first picture is before I cut my hair, the second is after I cut 11 inches off, and the third is 3 months of growth. Super cool post idea, looking forward to seeing everyone’s hair updates!Chris
Started 2 years ago when I was 80. Always had a Flat Top, now I can donate it when the time comes.Andy
 
 
I was planning to donate, but I can wait till you guys plan a big event if it is really going to happen.Cesar

It’s one thing to donate money. These guys have donated their hard-earned locks that had become a part of their identity. Money can be earned overnight; long hair can only be earned with time.

Way to go guys. We are damn proud of you, and proud to have you as part of this community. And Cesar…be careful what you ask for.

SO HERE’S WHAT WE’RE GONNA DO

We are announcing the largest gathering of men with long hair in the history of mankind, or at least since Braveheart, for the purpose of cutting and donating our hair to charity. Together.

 

Someone call Guinness.

 

It will be The Great Cut

Truthfully, I’m a little terrified putting a finite countdown on when I’ll part ways with my locks. I have nightmares when I wake up and my hair has been cut, much less doing it intentionally. After almost five years of growing, it’s not something that brings a warm and fuzzy feeling.

On the other hand, there’s a certain confidence that comes with my commitment to keep growing for at least that long. I’m also comforted thinking, I don’t have to cut it all off. Shoot by that time I can probably give 12” and still be mid-areola. It also means The Longhairs will have to stick around at least that much longer, a heartwarming notion.

Here’s what really matters: to a little girl who might not make it much longer, and whose hair and identity has been robbed by whatever affliction she’s facing, my hair will mean more to her than it does to me. When you think of it that way, it makes sense they would call it Locks of Love.

We’re talking about a monumental occasion. Thousands of longhairs gathered. And if you think we’re not going to take advantage by throwing an epic bash, just wait until you witness a tsunami of 1,000+ simultaneous hair whips. Chuck will appreciate that for #HairWhipWednesday

Furthermore, this post gives every man and boy a perfect and legitimate reason to grow his hair out. Any spouse, parent or employer who has something to say about your long hair, all you have to do is point to this post and tell them, we’re growing it out for a purpose: for donating our hair to charity.

So here it is, the date is set:

 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

And the countdown is on.

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds

As most people’s hair grows a half-inch per month, 24 months from now means 12” of growth between now and then. And since Locks of Love has a minimum donation length of 10”, most guys can start right now and be ready come game time.

Not only do we accept the challenge, but we charge you with the task of spreading the word and recruiting our fellow brethren to the cause. Every man in the world can accept this challenge, today, with purpose and conviction.

A few quick questions answered:

You can still participate, we’ll find a way.
So that every man and boy on earth can start now and have a chance to join.
To be determined, there are plenty of fine organizations to choose from.
Start growing now, we’ll do it again.
These things are usually better with women around. So if they are down to cut their hair, yes.
By thinking about the little girl who will get your hair. And by doing it together.
Long hair lives in the heart.

If you have more questions, hang in there, we have time. Just keep lettin’ it ride.

Which brings us to the final question: will you join us for The Great Cut?

 
  • ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE
  • Yes, I pledge to grow my hair and cut it for charity in connection with this righteous mission.*
  • *This is basically an oath. Please do not click this button unless you intend to fulfill it.

Comments

  1. This is AWESOME. You guys are AWESOME. I LOVE this idea. AMAZING.

  2. Soy de Puerto Rico como puedo hacer llegar mi cabello a lla pues no tengo economicamente como viajar.Puede alguien ayudarme.

    1. Author

      Yo Freddy! Gracias por tu comentario, amigo. ¡Intentaremos ayudar, ve con todo!

  3. seen from Europe, growing his hair to donate it seems be surrealist, and the charity cut a ton as a show can’t be understood
    the medical care and the medical wigs are there paid by the government care insurance and reforming the Obamacare is seen as a terrible regression of the rights against American people
    at the wig maker’s price of the locks, you must have more than 100 manes to pay one wig, and the other locks will finish as hair extensions in the expensive hairdressers lounges…
    a little European npo does collect hair, but you don’t cut to donate; you donate when you want change your head and cut your hair, and we suspect that hairdressers propose collecting locks to cut short and get a new regular customer….
    i respect your charitable intention, but i prefer give cash to a helping organization, and i’ m happy that when i bought hairties, you have sent a dollar cash to locks of love…

    1. Author

      Appreciate your thoughtful comments as always chamane! We can all agree on the charitable cause, and we’ll always consider your thoughts.
      Toujours amis!

  4. This is rad. I’ve donated to LoL once but my sides were shaved so it wasn’t quite as much hair as I would have liked to give (it was all 10″ though and qualified for donation). Now that I’ve been growing it out all over and am just past my shoulders, I’d have even more to donate. If I don’t participate in the 2018 edition of this, I’ll definitely participate in the 2019 or 2020 edition. Rock on!

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      Yes man! All these comments are making us think we might need to bump it back to 2019. We’ll see what happens, badass you’ve already donated!

  5. I have gone back and forth on cutting my locks several times. I thought I was going to give it away a few years ago. I chose to wait after I spent time in Chile and Argentina with other Longhairs while spreading the Longhair news to the mundane. Then I thought I was going to give it the ol’ 1, 2, chop when I was completing global service in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and chose to wait again. Last year, I sent time working with indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo and Bangladesh and came close to losing my length as part of a cleansing ritual but did not move forward.

    My hair has begun to define me — courageous, bold, adventuresome. This winter I am off to Africa and Iceland. When confronted about my hair, I will explain to my new found friends that I am waiting for November 11, 2018 as part of a movement with other like-minded souls from around the Earth. I will then be defined by my hair as gift giving. So, here is to two more years of fabulous. By then, my hair should be past my belly button and long time overdue for a 12″ trim.

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      Equus talk about hangin in there!! Was hoping you would comment on this, and really well said man. The travel is just spectacular, how your hair is part of your identity, and especially that you’re IN for the cut! What better excuse to grow it out for another two years?? That’s how I’m feeling anyway, and that I’ll be able to cut 12″ and still be past my shoulders (hopefully). Here’s to it amigo, thanks for writing in as always!

  6. Man. I really wish I had not forgotten about this before I cut 12 inches a few weeks ago on 10-21-2016. At the moment I am deeply scared to endure another awkward phase. Since I happen to still have my 12 inch men’s tail, mind if I use that as my big cut donation on 11-11-2018? Or maybe I should just wait for the big cut that follows next after this 2018 one. If my hair is long enough to donate without reverting to an awkward stage by 11-11-2018 then I will commit to this big cut shortly before its happening and drive myself to San Diego to join in on this historic moment.

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      Cesar, hell yeah man! No worries you already cut it, send it in! You can start growing again and if you’re in by 11/11 then great, if not we’ll do it again. Either way make it down here for the event, it will be like charging the English lines. Thanks for writing in and for supporting the cause mang!

      1. Well I have never been to San Diego, and I cannot think of a better reason to visit than for the big cut. I don’t think there has ever been a moment like this in documented history, I just gotta be there! Unless I experience some kind of emergency, you guys can count on me to show up. I am saving the date on all my calendars!

        1. Author

          Yes man! We will be pumped to have you here! And hey, if your hair isn’t long enough you can still join and save the cut for the next year. We’ll see how it goes!

          Thanks Cesar, stay tuned.

  7. Can’t promise that I’ll be able to make it to the actual event, but I will make sure a good portion of my hair is donated to the cause.

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      Yes man! Don’t worry. We understand lots of guys won’t be able to come to San Diego. We’re thinking of having regional locations or at least some kind of meetups. We’ll see how it goes but whatever happens you’ll be involved! Way to make the pledge hombre!

  8. This is indeed a great cause. I’ve been growing for 9 months as of now. Coincidentally I was planning to donate on the exact same day, which happens to be my 20th birthday. Talk about a great birthday gift, a gift to someone who needs it more than I do. I’ll definitely spread the word. Longhairs Do Care.

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      Dude, coincidence of the decade??!

      You are meant to be there. Hope you can make it man, in any case stay tuned!

  9. I can truly say that The LongHairs have heart.They have been selflessly giving to charity.All of these large corporations who make so much money and then use that money to make more money that enriches themselves financially.But the LongHairs,they enrich their souls.I am so grateful that I am participating in this event and I encourage everyone to take part in the Great Cut!
    God Bless the Longhairs

    P.S. I just started growing out my hair and it’s still pretty short but I use your hair ties to pull it back lol 🙂

  10. This is an awesome idea!! I’ve never made it to the west coast yet, but I see that coming off my bucket list!

    My hair is about 11″ now, but doesn’t seem as long since it’s so curly. I’ve been having people look at me longer than usual when out and about, as this is the first time ever growing it out.

    I still have not tried tieing it back yet…don’t know what will look good on me yet.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Author

      Yo Marty! Thanks for the comment man, hope you can make it for The Great Cut.

      Try tying it up, you might like what you find.

  11. I think I want to donate it, but if I cut it I still want to have shoulder length hair still left.

  12. What an incredible thing to do and organize! Thank you!! The Longhairs do truly care…

    I was planning my every other year donation to Locks of Love this September 2017. Instead, the wife and I are now planning a vacation to San Diego to join in the festivities. Hope to convince daughters to join and donate as well. All for the cause! Please keep us informed so we can coordinate and finalize plans!

    My length is approaching belt line now. Going to be interesting to see how long it gets by then. Will definitely be the the longest it has been in a VERY longtime. That braiding tutorial from El Rubio is frick’n handy to keep the length and volume alive! Looking forward to meeting you fellow Longhairs!!!

    Again, THANK YOU!!!

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      Yo Jay! Thanks for writing in man that’s awesome! We will absolutely love to have you come for the event. Just a head’s up—we are looking to change the date range to Q1 2019. There are a ton of angles to this and we want to make sure we do it right. All details will be posted here so stay tuned. And give your wife a high five from The Longhairs! You know, for being down for the flow.

      Thanks again amigo, keep lettin it ride!

      1. El Rubio!
        Bummer, but still a good thing to do it right as it is a righteous cause! Let me know if I can help from NorCal. With this news, I may have to donate as planned and again when “The Great Cut” is on. My hair (what I have; respect the combover!) still grows about an inch a month. It all started as a hair growing contest with the wife… (I won!)
        -J

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