I've decided to donate my hair, but before I can, I need to spend a few months growing more of it. It is currently at armpit length. I've been itching to lose some inches; it's heavy and I don't do anything with it. However, I think I'm not likely to let it grow this long again, so if I'm ever going to donate my hair, now is the time. In order to for me to have enough hair to donate and still have a style I like, I need to grow about three more inches, which should take about six months. I will need a bit of patience, so I'm posting about it here. This way, my commitment feels official and I will be less likely to change my mind.
I haven't chosen the recipient of my donation, but I am leaning toward Locks of Love. Based on my research, I feel they will make the best use of my hair. This is specifically because I have some layers and their website specifically indicates that's okay, because they sell the shorter hair to offset their costs. I have actually learned a bit in researching the different organizations, and I've made a chart for comparison of the different organizations (below). I was particularly wowed by Matter of Trust, which uses donated hair in a completely unexpected way.
Link to website
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
American Cancer Society
Min Length: 8 inches
No bleach, permanent dye, or chemical treatment, no more than 5% grey