We have been in a hair growing contest for the last two years. Shortly before we moved into a van and went on the road, we both shaved our heads and it’s been off to the races ever since.

In case the pictures featuring a knot of hair under a cowboy hat aren’t clear enough of a message, the project has been a mixed bag. I explained that brushing is an important part of hair hygiene. I point out that those knots that deter brushing will only get worse. Yet, it is a message that has been met with indifference.

Very little of South Padre island is developed. The rest is rolling sand dunes for the crabs and clams and birds.
Wandering the dunes.

So, I’m rather excited to announce that we are cutting our hair. After all this time, it has grown long enough to donate. So we pulled out our scissors and gave each other a hair cut.


The 5 minute top knot

Not a knot.

Donating Hair

Now the question comes in: where do we send the hair? I have donated to Locks of Love many times. But now I’ve discovered that there are many different players in the charitable wig making game. The charities have different degrees of tolerance for hair donations based on hair length, percentage of white hairs, and use of dyes. So, I started researching them and this is what I’ve found:

ProgramMin Hair Length (inches)Accepts Chemically Treated HairGrey Hair Accepted
Locks of Love10″Dye accepted, bleach not acceptedAccepted, but it is sold
Wigs For Kids12″No (Washout highlights OK)0%
Pantene Beautiful Lengths8″No5%
Wigs 4 Kids10″No10%
Children With Hair Loss8″Accepted but not preferredYes
Matter of Trust Clean Wave Project3″YesYes

This wound up being more of an academic act. Our hair was much longer than the minimum length of any of the charity. Neither of us has died their hair. And the only bit of grey hair between the two of us is a patch of white on cowboy’s beard. (A beard that also got trimmed!)

So, we are getting a package together. Hope someone likes our hair!

Lexi lives in a truck camper down by the river.

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