California hair salons that donate hair to the Locks of Love charity include Adora Bella Salon in Murrieta, Element Salon and Lounge in Carlsbad, Bello Salon in Riverside and Split Ends Hair Studio in Oceanside. Some salons accept donated hair from customers on a regular basis, and others participate in special event days such as the Locks of Love Cut-a-thon. Donated hair must meet strict guidelines to be suitable for use in prosthetic hair pieces.
California hair salons such as Bello Salon and Adora Bella participate in hair cutting events where salon staff cut ponytail wefts of hair from numerous donors. Adults and young people are able to donate hair as long as it is clean and of sufficient length to form a 10-inch ponytail. The ponytails are braided and secured at both ends by rubber bands. Bello Salon collected 292-inches of hair at one Locks of Love event. Split Ends Hair Salon is authorized by the charity to accept hair donations on its behalf.
Customers can donate hair that is color-treated or permed; however, the salon cannot accept bleached or colored bleached hair. Pulled straight curly hair must measure at least 10 inches from tip to tip to qualify. Dreadlocks, wigs or any type of synthetic hair is not suitable for Locks of Love. Gray hair is okay to donate, but is sold to offset hairpiece manufacturing expenses.