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Qatar residents urged to donate long hair to children’s charity

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Hair donation

In an effort to help children abroad who have lost their hair due to illness, a local salon is encouraging Qatar residents to donate their locks to charity.

All hair that is collected by Glow American Salon during a one-day event in September will be donated to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization based in the US.

Qatar residents who wish to donate their hair can also do so directly with Locks of Love at any time, by following the guidelines here.

Hair donation

The group makes wigs for American and Canadian children suffering from hair loss due to medical illnesses like alopecia and cancer, or injuries such as burns that result in permanent hair loss.

In an email to Doha News, Glow’s owner and managing director, Hillary Kozma, explained that the inspiration behind the charity drive came from a client.

She said a young lady named Lauren came into the salon recently and wanted to cut her hair to donate it to make a wig for kids with cancer. She continued:

“We were very moved and inspired by this, and we decided to have an all-day event to encourage more ladies to do the same.

It just goes to show how just one act of kindness can affect hundreds of people. We wanted to make a difference, and we wanted to create an event that would allow others in the community an opportunity to make a difference as well.”

Kozma added that donated wigs help children restore some of the self-esteem, confidence and normalcy in their lives, that their illness might have taken away.

Requirements

The official hair donation event will be held on Monday, Sept. 8, from 10am to 7pm at the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel.

Women who wish to participate in the event or donate their hair before then can book an appointment by calling 66864220 or 66864221, or email frontdesk.grace@glowamericansalon.com.

Hair must be 10 inches or longer to be viable for a donation. Hair that is dyed or permed is acceptable, and layered hair is usable if the length of the longest layer exceeds 10 inches.

Women with curly hair can also donate if their hair measures more than 10 inches when straightened.

However, those with bleached hair would not be able to donate to the cause.

The process

During the event, stylists will wash and shampoo the hair before braiding it. Hair will be cut one inch above the 10-inch mark, to be sent to Locks of Love.

The donor will then be treated to a free cut and style, courtesy of the more than 18 stylists that will be present at the event.

Donors can also book a nail polish change for QR30 on the day of the event, with all proceeds going to charity.

Additionally, a night’s stay at the Grand Hyatt Doha’s Royal Suite, Executive Suite and Club Room, as well as a dinner for two at Issan or Rocca, will be up for auction.

Any money donated during the event will also be sent to Locks of Love. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page here.

Thoughts?

Note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Glow is only accepting hair donations during its one-day charity event.

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Freddie
Freddie
7 years ago

Chantelle – can I suggest a bit of investigation before Doha News promotes this.

See, for example –
http://nonprofitinvestor.org/locksoflove

Shabina921
Shabina921
7 years ago
Reply to  Freddie

Locks for Love has a pretty high score on Charity Navigator, a non-profit that evaluates US charities: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=9285#.U9o50ICSyD4

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago
Reply to  Shabina921

Just can’t trust anyone these days, not even charities….

agenius
agenius
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I can’t even trust myself, most days

lexus
lexus
7 years ago

The New York Times has also covered Locks of Love – up to 80% of the hair that is donated is thrown away or not used. The hair donations are also sometimes sold to offset organization costs. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/06/fashion/06locks.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5088&en=e18aafdebe572e0c&ex=1346731200&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago
Reply to  lexus

Yes, according to the NYT article:

“In fact, all three of the children’s charities sell excess hair — in particular, the short and the gray — to commercial wig makers to defray costs. Besides paying for wigs, the money goes for overhead and other costs, including grants for alopecia research.”

A worthy cause. Well done to the donors and to the salon.

Guest
Guest
7 years ago

Is it Islamic, if the girls cutting hair like boys (shown in the pic) for the sake of charity?, do they (organisers) accept any other forms of charity?

Umm Maimoonah Hassim
Umm Maimoonah Hassim
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Well when it comes to Islaam and Muslims wearing wigs itself is not acceptable in fact forbidden!

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

Seriously? Does god not have anything more important to worry about? Plenty of people dying in Gaza, Syria and Iraq at the moment. Maybe his attention is better spent there.

Umm Maimoonah Hassim
Umm Maimoonah Hassim
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Usually people who have not learnt the basics of the religion first, would really find other issues in the religion hard to accept and that is one big reason that every Muslim is ordered to study the basic belief of the religion first. I do not want to go into your argument of Gaza, Syria and Iraq as this is not the place to talk about it right now!

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

You do realise that a lot of Islam was formulated many hundreds of years after Mohd and was designed to suit the period and the rulers of the day. I’m sure the early Muslims have more worrying things than wig wearers in the desert!

Vinod Thadhani
Vinod Thadhani
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

it’s a shame that people have all the time to comment 1945 time but missed out the most important Message that was sent last (1435 years ago) through Mohammed (peace be upon him) was for all of mankind till the end of this world. It’s really the very bitter side of the shame that learning is left aside and ignorance is voiced out.

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago
Reply to  Vinod Thadhani

It’s not really the place for religious discussion, I respect your right to hold the beliefs you do but that respect does not extend to what those beliefs and stories contain.

Vinod Thadhani
Vinod Thadhani
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Well MIMH, the thread starts with the question “Is it Islamic …” and Umm Maimoonah answer was just appropriate. If you read from there, am sure it will be apparent to you that your comments were way out of line. I hope Allah guides you to the truth and speech with mutual respect.

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago
Reply to  Vinod Thadhani

My comments are not out of line, it is my opinion on the matter. If that offends someone then I don’t see their line of argument, you can get offended about all most everything!

Let’s face it the Koran was not ‘completed’ until at least 200 years after Mohd’s death and not fully codified in its present form until the Ottoman rule of Arabia. It was designed to suit the times, the same as the Hadithas attributed to Mohd were actually written by rulers a long time after his death to leigitmise their decisions. (Islamic scholars many centuries ago realised that most hadithas were fake and that presented them with a big problem. As usual these days Islamic ‘scholars’ try and supress evidence and even debate)
So with all those problems how can we know the early muslims were really worried about wig wearing! They were probably not and this instruction is just a later order from some Muslim leader or Islamic Leader when having a bad day.

Umm Maimoonah Hassim
Umm Maimoonah Hassim
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

The cure for ignorance is asking and learning! And Not making statements without any evidence. Especially with regard to Islaam as it is a religion based upon evidences.

‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (May Allaah be Pleased with him)) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu`mineen (Leader of the Believers!), there is an aayah (verse) in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said (what means): This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. [al-Maa`idah, ayah 3]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

So the Qur’aan was completed while Muhammad (may peace be upon him) was still alive and when it was compiled as a book at the time of the then Ruler Abu Bakr (May Allaah be pleased with him) it was done by those who had memorised it without changing anything.

The Qur’aan we have today is the same as what the people had in their hearts at the time of the Prophet. No change whatsoever! And will not be changed whatsoever a Promise fulfilled by the Lord of the Heavens!

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

Haha “not making statements without evidence”! You can’t use the Koran as evidence for itself!

It’s fine, you have blind faith and that works for you. You can ignore all the evidence if you want, try to suppress debate but ultimately you can’t contradict the facts. These have been known for 100s of years, that the Koran was a work in progress as early Islamic scholars knew.

If the Koran has never changed please tell me where I can read a verified copy from the time of Mohammed. (Remember the earliest biographies of Mohd were written 200 years after his death)

Remember you can have your own opinion but you can’t have your own facts.

Umm Maimoonah Hassim
Umm Maimoonah Hassim
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

MIMH, I prefer to end this conversation here as I do not want the people who are learning this religion to be affected by your speech which would bring doubts to their hearts. I pray that you are guided some day and saved.

If a scholar is saying with evidence what you say then he is surely not a scholar! Do not learn Islaam from such scholars! If you are sincere in seeking the truth let us know we will direct you to true scholarship and the authentic books with evidence and not blind following.

Once again I emphasise By the Lord of the Worlds to whom belong the dominion of the heavens and the earths the Qur’aan is His (Lord’s) Speech and is not changed and it is memorised in the hearts, recited upon the tongues and written in the Mushafs (Print) and it is not created it is the same today as it was revealed more than 1400 years ago. It will never ever be changed!

With this I end this topic and hope that He guides you towards the truth and make my words enter your heart to seek that truth.

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

So basically you want us to accept Chinese whispers and we know how unreliable that game is.

I am very disappointed with you, you say if a scholar is saying with evidence something that contradicts your beliefs then we should ignore the evidence. How very sad.

Umm Maimoonah Hassim
Umm Maimoonah Hassim
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

As for the verified copy of the Qur’aan you are most welcome to read any copy you can find in Arabic as for the English Translation you can use the Noble Qur’aan by Dr Muhsin Khan which is verified by the scholars. Start reading this Today and May Allaah guide you.!

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

No I want to know of a copy in a museum or collection a copy of the Koran that was produced at the time of Mohd so we can see it has never changed. You know it does not exist

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