Hair Donations

p3 hair, sbhair, santa barbara hair, hair donations, big chop

Letter of Thanks

What I’m doing:

I 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 narrow 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’ve recommended Pantene Beautiful Lengths  because I liked that they only needed 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 was mailed to a sorting center coincidentally, in Grand Rapids Minnesota where my parents live.  Unfortunately, they are only accepting human hair donations through the end of 2018.  PBL will be providing synthetic wigs in the future.  I’m very sad to hear this.   

pantene beautiful lengths, hair donation, sb hair, santan barbara hair, p3 hair, sarah kelly

Going Forward:

When I last updated this blog, I decided to go ahead and recommend Locks of Love to my clients.  A beautiful and thoughtful fan on Facebook almost immediately replied “NOOOOOO!”.  My first thought was, Wow, that’s a pretty visceral response, but when I asked some more questions, Brande reminded me about why I didn’t go with LoL in the first place.  They do charge recipients based on their ability to pay.  She pointed out that it’s not fair, that it’s not exactly charitable.  She did some digging and found another charity that fits right in with what the Pantene program provided.  So I’m introducing Children With Hair Loss.

Children With Hair Loss is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss.

CWHL requires at least 8 inches of hair and it doesn’t matter if it’s color treated or gray, as long as it’s clean and in good condition!

hair donation, p3 hair design, sarah Kelly
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.  They have pretty rigorous standards.  They need 12 inches and it must be virgin (no perms, highlights, gray, or color) hair.  I don’t run into that very often, so I’m not sure when I will ever have an opportunity to donate to this wonderful organization.

wigs for kids, hair donation, sb hair santa barbara hair, p3 hair, sarah kelly

Locks of Love.  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.   The application process for a child requires a tax return, so the price is on a sliding scale depending on income.  Locks of Love is the most popular charity for kids with hair related medical issues.

Locks of Love , hair donation, sb hair, santa barbara hair, p3 hair, sarah kelly

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

Sarah Kelly

P3 Hair Design

805.324.7950

Grit, Determination and Hypervigilance

December was a tough month for everyone

Thomas Fire:  281,893 acres burned in Ventura, Ojai, Carpinteria, Summerland and Santa Barbara. 1093 structures destroyed and 280 structures damaged

Thomas Fire Map

Thomas Fire Map and Evacuation Areas

Hypervigilance

I live and work on The Mesa.  You can see on the map how the fire circled around downtown and the Mesa.  The Firefighters held the line along Mission Canyon and 192 to protect as many people and properties as possible.  They held a town hall briefing at 4:00 everyday.  We watched on Facebook.  All the agencies involved were represented and answered any questions the public had.  All the agencies complimented each other on how well coordination and communications were done throughout the emergency.  It was really awesome and really terrifying.

The outside air quality was anywhere from “unhealthy” to “not recommended for sensitive groups”.  N95 masks were distributed to the public, free of charge from a group called Direct Relief.  I read they distributed somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 masks.  We were cooped up.  I had not experienced that kind of cabin fever since the winter of 2013.  Where in Minnesota, there were 53 straight days of below zero temperatures.  But I digress, that’s what got us to Santa Barbara to begin with! Somehow during this time I caught a whopper of a cold which made is much easier to binge watch the news with minute by minute updates about the fire.  I went through two boxes of tissues, but I had my trusty dog by my side…

Then the rain came  

The Rain storm started about 3:30 am on January 9th.  I only know because for some reason Patrick got up, I opened one eye at the time and then went back to sleep.  The estimates are somewhere in the 1 inch per hour range for awhile and 1/4 of and inch per hour during the late morning.  Patrick was concerned about our new retaining wall, which fell during the winter storm last year.  Yes it held.

Then came the devastating mud slides.  I read that the burned chaparral caused a waxy residue to form on top of the charred dirt.  This did not allow the rain to be absorbed and caused the water to run down the mountains and pick up earth and boulders that eventually hit Montecito. 

You might not be familiar with this little Santa Barbara enclave, but you might know some if it’s residents.  Oprah moved in a few years ago.  So did Ellen and Portia de Rossi.  Rob Lowe fed Fire Fighters in his kitchen.  But my favorite is of course The Dude, Jeff Bridges.  I do have a six degrees of separation story there, but that’s for another time.  21 people died and I think 2 are still missing.  A few of these souls were in the voluntary evacuation area.  It’s difficult to fathom the terror they must have felt. 

This is actually the first time I’ve been able to watch any video of the damage,  it’s just too heartbreaking.

But I’ll always have my dog by my side

And as if this were not enough, the universe provided one last blow, my beloved rescue Berner Louie died after a very sudden and devastating illness.  The Saturday before Christmas, he started to limp and then knuckle his toes.  We brought him in to AVS to be looked at.  They took some X-rays, but the Vet felt that there was nothing really remarkable about them.  She mentioned the atrophy in his legs, but suggested rest, anti inflammatories and some pain management.  He got up under his own power and came home. 

By the Wednesday after the Holiday, Louie wasn’t able to get up on his own, and was unable to use his hind legs at all.  We went back to AVS and were told that there really wasn’t any hope.  He no longer had any feeling in his back legs and was unable to go to the bathroom on his own. Louie’s paralysis would most likely be progressive. We made the gut wrenching decision to let him go.  We try to reconcile our grief with the fact that he had an amazing five years with us and really became the dog he was always supposed to be. 

I guess that was his Karma.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Louie “Booboo” Kelly

Grit and Determination

It’s difficult to see the bright side in all of this, but some good came out it all.  Santa Barbara came together with grit and determination.  Everybody pitched in in one way or another.  Mira Bella Salon and Spa decided to give a Direct Relief donation in lieu of our holiday celebrations.  Direct Relief distributed masks, first aid and vaccinations for workers in the mud slide area.  What is not widely known is that the CEO of Direct Relief is a resident of Montecito and was personally impacted by the fire and the flood.

We were joined at Mira Bella by Patricia Noel Studio.  The stylists there worked with us for 10 days while Coastal Village Road was cleaned up and until it was safe to return to their home salon.  They are amazingly busy Hairdressers and brought a buzz to our shop we haven’t seen in awhile.  It was great to welcome and support our hairdressing community and lift the spirits and business of another shop during this really difficult time.  We’ve made some great friends.

The sunshine has returned and along with it some unusually warm weather.  Santa Barbara is healing from the fire and the floods.  We hug each other a little tighter and give each other the help we need.  I think that is the lesson I’m supposed to take away from all of this.  I’m not alone and it’s okay to let others lead and be strong when I just can’t.

Stay strong 805

New Santa Barbara Hair Stylist

Sarah Kelly is new to Santa Barbara, but not a new hair stylist!  She was a Salon owner and hair stylist in Minnesota for several years before becoming a part of Mira Bella Salon and Spa.

Sarah specializes in curly hair cuts, but loves to work with all textures of men’s and women’s hair. The recommended styling line she uses is Alterna Haircare.  An organically sourced line featuring low alcohol, no sulfates, no parabens, and not tested on animals.  It’s now for sale at the Salon.  Mira Bella also offers Kevin Murphy products.

Sarah also offers custom dimensional color.  The product line is L’anza Color which is a low ammonia.  L’anza is infinitely customizable.  Any shade is possible.

P3 Hair Design (Sarah) is located on the Mesa of Santa Barbara (inside Mira Bella, across from CVS ad just behind The Good Cup). 

Address: 1819 Cliff Road, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Click here for location and directions

Telephone: (805) 324-7950 for an appointment with Sarah!

Email: sarah.kelly@p3hair.com

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 – 7; or my appointment

If you would like to read more about Sarah’s journey to California, please click on the ‘about’ page.  Also see more about Sarah and P3 Hair with the following links:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

If you enjoyed your services with Sarah, please share your experience with others on these websites; Facebook, Google, and Yelp