Here is their mission statement:
Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
I decided to keep the length till I reach US and figure out when and where to donate my hair. I finally found this place called Dekwa which cuts off pony tails and they do it so often. Also as an encouragement, they give you a hair cut for $25 by a senior stylist or for $0 by a junior stylist.
I tried their phone a few times before I went to Seattle and before I went to Pittsburgh. So finally today when I got through I asked them to fix an appointment at the earliest and I didn't ask them anymore questions. After I fixed the appointment I was so worried that my hair might be too short if I cut of 10 inches. And yesterday night I was almost senti about letting go of such a length.
Finally, I went to the salon today. And as it turns out, 10 inches isn't that long and my hair isn't that short after.
The girl first made 4 thin 10 inch ponytails and cut them off. She then bundled them together and they will be sent to Locks of Love. Then she she spent an hour and a half to cut little little pieces of my hair to get an even hair cut (since cutting a pony tail would give a very rough cut). Then she spent an hour to give me some layers or something. Then she spent half an hour to check if she did it right. Then she blow dried my hair for another half an hour. All the while her boss/tutor kept checking on her. She was fun and nice. So basically, I spent about 4 hours in the salon. It took me a little less than an hour to get there and about the same to get back. Essentially I did nothing else today!