Hair Donations

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Letter of Thanks

What I’m doing:

I recently boosted a Facebook post with pictures from the the last year or so of hair donations that I’ve done at the shop.  The response was amazing.  The support for my efforts and the number of “likes” I received was humbling.  The attention I received inspired me to post about Who I send my donations to and why.  What are some of the other charities that help people cope with hair loss.  I had the opportunity to take a donation from a women who’s from the town in India where the majority of “Remy Hair” is from and the history of hair donation there.  It all reminded me of the documentary “Good Hair” produced by Chris Rock.  He was inspired to make the movie when his daughter asked him why they didn’t have good (straight) hair.

Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, India:

A client called to make an appointment for a hair donation back in Minnetonka.  She had beautiful wavy dark brown hair down to the middle of her back.  She told me she used to donate her hair every year, but now that she’s a little older, her hair doesn’t grow as fast as it used to so now she only donates every other year!  I had just seen the documentary “Good Hair” and was sharing an anecdote about extensions and the Temple in India.  She laughed and said that’s the village she grew up in.  I apologized for my super arrow view, she said don’t worry and told me more about it.

One of the original donation centers is in Tirumala, in Southern India, where roughly 20,000 people a day come to donate their hair.  The origin story goes that Sri Venkateswara wanted a lavish wedding celebration.  In order to finance it, he took out a loan that was so great that followers are still paying it off today.  It’s seen mostly as a sacrifice and as a way of shedding the ego.  The Temple collects 500 tons of hair per year.  The pristine hair is auctioned and sold on the world market for wigs and extensions.  Here is a little snippet from “Good Hair”.

Who I’m sending donations to and why:

I recommend Pantene Beautiful Lengths.  I like that they only need 8 inches of hair.  People can donate 4 to 6 months sooner than with other organizations.  Pantene doesn’t charge for their wigs.  PBL has a good record of keeping their administrative costs down and have most of their resources going to women (specifically) in need.  The hair is mailed to a sorting center coincidentally, to Grand Rapids Minnesota where my parents live.

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Other possible Charities:

I’m a fan of  Wigs for Kids.  I’m Facebook friends with the founder Maggie Varney.  She’s a tireless worker in her salon and for the charity.  I went to the website a couple of weeks ago and I was surprised to find a message that they would prefer cash donations over hair donations right now.  While I appreciate the overhead that goes into getting these wigs to the kids who need them, I was a little put off.  It’s easier for me as a hairstylist to recommend that I bundle 12 inches of hair on a big chop makeover than it is to encourage someone to donate money.  Still their heart’s in the right place.

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Locks of Love.  I used to send my hair donations there, back in Minnesota.  They need 10 inches of clean hair.  LoL doesn’t mind if the hair is chemically treated (color or perm), but they don’t accept hair that has been bleached (highlighted).  They have a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.   LoL can’t seem to shake the stigma of charging for their services.  The application process for a child requires a tax return, so the price is on a sliding scale depending on income.  Still Locks of Love is the most popular charity for kids with hair related medical issues.

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They’re all great charities.  Let me know when you’re ready for the big chop!

Sarah Kelly

P3 Hair Design

805.324.7950

Added Services Available from P3 Hair Design

I’ve had some really interesting questions come up in the last couple of weeks.  Clients who are visiting with me for the first time aren’t familiar with the way I work and are skeptical of the value added services I offer each and every person who sits in my chair.

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Complimentary scalp and shoulder massage with every haircut.

I offer a scalp and shoulder massage with every hair cut.  That includes the delicious essential oil I rub into my hands before I touch your head.  My massage is a multi sensory experience that I think a lot of folks like it almost as much as my haircuts.  My scalp and shoulder massage is complementary to your hair service, and I mean this in both contexts of the word “complementary”.  I believe that a little massage before I wash your hair is relaxing and gives us a few minutes to get to know each other better after we’ve had our consultation.  It’s also free!  I’m happy to do it.  I also appreciate people who aren’t comfortable with that kind of touch or if we’re visiting during your lunch hour and really can’t spare the 5 minutes – I get that.  But to be clear, the massage is FREE.

I find it sad that I should have to make this clear.  There is a trend in my business to up sell everything.  Salons have made big business of adding services to the service you actually came in to get.  I’ve fallen victim to it myself as customer elsewhere, “Would you like the deep conditioning treatment today?” and all of a sudden your bill is $200 (my reconditioning treatments, by the way, are valued at $15).  And what can you say at that point?  You’ve already had all these add on services done and you can’t give them back!  I apologize on behalf of my industry. 

I make in MY BUSINESS to be as transparent as possible.  Please ask me upfront what your service will cost (here is my services menu).  I have an app that will itemize everything for you and send you a receipt.  Easy peasy.  That said, my one exception to the rule is color correction.  If you’re asking me to fix someone else’s work, I’m going to charge by the hour, because, honestly, I don’t know how long it’ll take me and how many products I will need to adjust the tone or remove the hair color.  But again, I’m going to be upfront with you in our consultation that we will be spending approximately X hours together and here is my rate and that adds up to approximately $X.

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Complimentary hand and arm massage with every color service!

Back to massage.  I give an arm and hand massage while you’re color is processing too.  I also give my hand massages at the hood dryers while you’re receiving a Healing Treatment for your hair.  This is a value added service.  It’s completely complimentary and if you prefer to read People or answer emails that’s okay too.

I’m sorry to get on my soap box about added services, but it seemed like the perfect opportunity to set the record straight on how I like to do business and let you know that I’m not going to charge you for the massage.  It’s just a little thing I like to do for you to welcome you into my chair and hopefully make your day.

Carpe Diem

Sarah Kelly

805.324.7950 – TWTh 11-7 or leave me a message

Plopping Curly Hair

Plopping curly hair is just carefully placing your curls into a cotton tee shirt and allow the shirt to absorb the excess water, without the friction and frizz of a terry cloth towel.

I’ve had a couple of easy breezy long haired curly girls in my chair lately who had never heard of hair plopping.  It’s a really easy way to dry and style your curls simultaneously.  By the way, it also works on short curly hair.

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Prep, Style and Finish!

Here is what you’ll need to get starting plopping:

  1. A great hair cut. The best tools and products aren’t going to give you amazing curls unless you have a great cut to start.
  2. Good quality products.  I like to use a Prep, Style and Finish product.  The Prep product should be a leave in conditioner.  Even if you’ve conditioned your hair in the shower, use a leave in to protect your curls from the elements.  UV protection is a bonus, moisture is a must! You can use a mousse, a gel, or a lotion to Style your hair.  You might even want to keep each of these types of products on hand.  Each one has a different level of hold and degree of softness.  The lighter the hold, the more soft your curls will be.  When your hair is mostly dry, finish your curls with shine spray, an anti humectant or even an anti frizz product.  I’ve written about what a fan I am of Alterna Haircare, but you can review my post here
  3. A very well loved tee shirt.  I wouldn’t recommend a pit stained shirt with old paint spatters, but a tee shirt that has been washed more than a few times.  The video shows a long sleeve shirt which I think is a terrific idea.  I’ve also had clients use their husband’s tee shirts because they’re big enough to fully envelope their curls.

Here is a short YouTube video that will walk you through the process of hair plopping:

If you’re at work and can’t do a video right this moment, here are some instructions on plopping hair with a t shirt with photos from naturallycurly.com (love those curly gurrlls).

Call (805) 324-795 to schedule a consultation with me on how to get your best curls yet!

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

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