Locks of Love

I cut my hair!

More accurately, the lovely Diana at Marie’s Beauty Supply cut my hair. Marie’s provides free hair cuts to anyone who will donate their hair to Locks of Love.

Locks of Love helps disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss by creating high quality wigs out of donated ponytails.

Marie’s makes the process of a relatively big change of hair length (donations must be at least ten inches) as easy as possible.

Here’s how it went down:

1) Diana brought me tea, checked to make sure that I was calm, comfortable, and committed, made a ponytail, measured my hair, and…


3) Short hair!

She also packaged the hair and mailed it off to Locks and Love for me.

All I had to do was grow my hair for a year+, commit  to the cut, enjoy a luxurious shampoo and condition (complete with a head massage!), pick out a hairstyle, and skip out the door feeling light and airy (getting rid of ten inches’ll do that) and like I did something nice for someone!

Thank you Maries and Locks of Love!

I miss my mane (as my husband calls it) but the short hair feels great and I’m really happy I did it.

Here’s the before and after:

And here’s the mane in all its former glory – good-bye wild and crazy hair (at least for a while) I will miss you but hopefully you’ll help someone else have big hair:

Have you ever switched up your look for a good cause?

Author: Gretchen Fauske

I love Anchorage. I love what it is, what it's been, and what I dream it will be. I share my adventures with DJ (my husband), my fabulous family and friends, two frenchies named Grover and Teddy, and now, all of you. If you love Anchorage too, get in touch - guest posts are welcome!

9 thoughts on “Locks of Love”

  1. Gretchen, Love the new hair look and kudos to you for making someone else happy to have hair. Way to go!

  2. What an unselfish, brave and gutsy thing to do! I’m so proud of you for doing something so glorious to make a child feel pretty again. I love you, girl.

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Gretchen. What a lucky person to get to use your wonderful hair for a while. You look gorgeous with your new “do”.

  4. Thanks for sharing your experience, Gretchen. Your gift will help another youngster look and feel like any other kid with hair. To date, Marie’s has sent 826 pony tails to Locks of Love and provided 826 beautiful cuts to Anchorage kids, women and men! ~ Diane

  5. Hi Gretchen, do you know if I got it cut somewhere else, could I mail the pony tail in myself? Or do I have to go to a certain hair stylist?

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