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I am a beauty and lifestyle writer, and I'm donating my hair to make a wig for a woman with cancer who cannot afford one while undergoing treatment.
When I learned it takes nine donations to make just one wig, and realized I'd personally thrown away four of them in my lifetime, I knew I needed to make a bigger change than merely getting my hair cut. I enlisted the help of colleagues in the celebrity beauty business, and set a goal to spread awareness about the particulars of hair donation.
I set a goal to collect 1,000 ponytails and made plans to go on a summer hair "drive" to do it. I'll be kicking off the first-annual TLC tour in Fisco, Texas on November 9, 2013, and we'll be making stops across North America through 2014.
We'll present the proceeds of our drive to Beautiful Lengths at our Growing Hope Gala and Fashion Show.
Click photos to meet our pro participants on the TLC Tour.
What We Need
Our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo will be used to supplement corporate sponsorships and individual donations we have already secured through our personal outreach efforts.
It will enable us to launch our charity and provide the funds for not just the summer tour expenses, but all the equipment we'll need to achieve our objectives: To conduct year-long educational and governmental outreach, and summer tour events annually.
Conduct an annual hair drive to collect at least 1,000 ponytail donations and recruit new professional and press participants to the cause.
Organize public wellness events and wellness workshops for influential members of new and mainstream media outlets to maximize the TLC message.
Create a hub for the public to discover hair donation programs and free wig outlets globally.
Acquire commitment of each cosmetology board in the United States to incorporate simple hair donation education into accredited programs for hairstylist licensure.
Recruit and train salons worldwide to take hair donations correctly, and provide each with a supply kit for accepting and returning donations to be made into wigs.
Establish free wig programs worldwide where they do not currently exist, starting with Brazil.
With the collection goal we've set for our summer drive alone, more than 100 women with cancer will receive free wigs. Our ongoing outreach efforts will ensure that no stylist ever discards hair that could be used to create a free wig, and that all salons will be equipped with kits that enable them to easily send donations for processing.