Sunday, 28 January 2018

How Duchess Kate's Locks are Helping the Little Princess Trust!

Good afternoon! I'm in the midst of pre-tour research here and thought I would pop in with a quick post regarding a story in today's Sunday Express.


The Duchess of Cambridge's enviably glossy brunette locks have been the subject of many a column inch since she began dating Prince William all the way back to their St Andrews University days.



Over the past couple of years, Kate has experimented with different hair lengths, opting for a shorter do since last summer. As you all know, I think Kate's hair is her crowing glory and suits her beautifully longer. According to the Sunday Express, last year a hairdresser named Joey Wheeler at Richard Ward "persuaded her it was time to take off some of her hair, it was just getting too long".


Meet Joey Wheeler, Kate's other hairdresser (along with Amanda Cook Tucker). According to his bio on the Richard Ward website he is a 'Premier Stylist/Barber & Senior Educator' with eleven years service at the salon. "Joey spent 4 years commuting from his home town of Brighton (hence his Joey Sussex nick-name within the team!) to undertake the Richard Ward in-house training programme, completing his training in 2010. Personally working with Richard for much of that time, Joey has gleaned a wealth of experience assisting in TV and session work such as shoots for Vogue magazine. Joey is the master of the precision cut with attention to detail that is second to none. He really prides himself on clean sections and working with the natural lay of the hair to produce his consistent sharp finish that has become a trademark look for his work. Think classic French or graduated bob or any variation along this theme."


Whilst Joey was snipping away, Kate reportedly came up with the idea of doing something good with her hair rather than just throwing it away. More from the article:

'The Duchess of Cambridge has come up with a very personal way to support a child cancer charity – by donating her hair to make wigs for young patients. When her hairdresser Joey Wheeler cut off seven inches from her usual length, Kate asked an aide to collect the locks and send them to a charity, thought to be the Little Princess Trust.
“She mentioned it to Joey, who thought it was a brilliant idea. It was sent using someone else’s name, so that the trust didn’t know it was from a royal source – they just thought it was from a female donor in the Kensington area.”
Kate is not the first high-profile figure to have donated hair to the Trust. In 2016 singer Harry Styles cut off his ponytail and sent it to the charity. The One Direction star’s snap of the hank of hair attracted over a million hits on social media.
The source added: “It’s lovely to think somewhere a little girl is happily wearing a wig made from a real princess’s hair. It’s a very heartwarming thing for Kate to have done, and very thoughtful to use hair that would have otherwise just been thrown away.”

The Little Princess Trust was launched in 2006 by the parents of Hannah Tarplee, along with help from friends in Hannah’s school, Hereford Cathedral Junior School. Hannah was the original Little Princess. Sadly she was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour and after a brave battle, died in 2005. "At that time, finding high quality wigs for children was very difficult and only after a long search was a suitable company eventually found which made a wig for Hannah. She very much enjoyed wearing her wig, particularly on special occasions. After Hannah passed away, so many kind people offered help, financial and practical. Hannah’s parents, Wendy and Simon decided that the most fitting way to use this help was to launch a charity dedicated to providing specialist real-hair children’s wigs. Like so many Little Princesses, Hannah loved her hair and losing it was very traumatic."


Since its inception, the charity has now helped thousands of children, and recently extended its mission to include, when funds allow, the provision of financial assistance for research into the causes of childhood cancers and into minimising the effects of chemotherapy in children. The trust received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for volunteer groups) in Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year, June 2012.

Speaking about the news, a representative of the Trust said: "Late on Friday 26 January, LPT HQ received a rather exciting telephone call. We were told that the latest hair donor to join our ever-growing list of wonderful supporters was none other than the Duchess of Cambridge!  When we heard the news we were absolutely delighted! Monica Glass, Charity Manager said, ‘We are so very grateful to every single person who kindly supports the charity in this way. As the Duchess of Cambridge is so much in the public eye, we hope the message that the charity can help children and young people with hair loss will reach everyone who might need our assistance. Receiving a free, real hair wig has a very positive impact on a child or young adult at such a difficult time.  We hope that this donation will encourage others to consider supporting the charity in the same way.'"


On their website, images from donors are shared. Below, we see Emily who gave 11 inches of her tresses to the Trust.


It can take up to ten hair donations to make one wig.


I think it was a very kind and thoughtful thing for Kate to do. An act of generosity that costs nothing. If you're planning to try a new style and have at least seven inches cut, I would highly recommend considering the Little Princess Trust, or a similar organisation wherever you live. It can make an enormous difference to a child's confidence. You can find all relevant information on donating hair here. For those in the US, a friend suggested Locks of Love.


I imagine William and Kate are in the middle of packing and making last minute preparations before they fly to Sweden tomorrow. We'll see you Tuesday morning when the tour kicks off; for a look at a detailed itinerary please visit the Kate's Calendar page.

110 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden28 January 2018 at 18:09

    Such a wonderfully small and beautiful thing. Those parts were going to go in the trash anyways so why not give it away! As you said, it costs nothing! When I cut a big cut recently (Just chopped it off from waist to shoulder by myself!) I contemplated doing this but it was so very frayed that I decided against it!

    What a cute little snippet, and no wonder it came out after a while since I assume it's one of those stories you tell your family that you saw/did at work and they tell their friends and so on :P

    Good luck Charlotte with the research! Really getting close now! So exciting!

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  2. It's a lovely gesture and I've known many in the States who have participated. My only quibble is the idea that the pictures we see are Kate's natural hair - when we know, in fact, that it is not. It takes a team of people to straighten her curly hair and she spends hours upon hours having it tended to. In my opinion, that does not make it your best feature.

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    1. Her hair is lovely. What does it matter if she has stylists working with her hair. I guess some people can't stand the fact that she is a pretty woman.

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  3. I am surprised that this is actually a piece of news.
    I do understand that this is a fan site but you all DO understand that donating hair for cancer patients is an idea that peaked around 10 years ago ? I have donated hair NUMEROUS times as has every single one of my friends - we did it as a group in college and many of us kept it up through the years. Our ex-nanny donated something like 12 inches and her sisters did something similar. It really isn't revolutionary, at least not where I live and the social circles I move around in. It is extremely common and an almost normal thing to do.
    How many women on this site haven't donated to Locks of Love?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden28 January 2018 at 20:17

      I hadn't heard of it until about 5 years ago or so and have no clue if it's normal or not.

      Also, does many people doing a good thing negate the goodness of it?

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    2. My hair breaks before it hits shoulder length, so I have never been able to donate. While most of my cousins are in the brittle, thin hair boat with me, one can grow beautiful long, thick hair--she's got the rest of us covered.

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    3. Florida Moxie and Rosman, you both sound somewhat negative about this. Florida, it doesn't matter what is done to Kate's hair, it still grew out on her head and is looked after by her. Rosman, kudos to you and your friends for your donations and generosity! But let's also be glad that Kate has done this…even though you did it ten years before she did. I think this is a nice gesture on the part of the Duchess of Cambridge and she obviously did it without fanfare and cameras. And once and for all, to all those out there, who insist that Kate wears extensions…you are obviously wrong.

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    4. It's not a common thing to do where I live, I can tell you that. Some people do it but it's not very well known at all. Also it seems to me that it's something you can't do very often, as it's only possible when you have a lot of hair cut off at once. And as it apparently takes up to 10 donations to make one wig, I'm sure they're always in need of more people donating.

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    5. Peaked!? I find your comment offensive.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden28 January 2018 at 22:46

      I reacted to that word choice as well, Mel. Might not have been meant as it sounded but it sounded a bit like "oh, that's so 2000s" and like it was a fad.

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    7. Au contraire, Laura - it's not looked after by her -- it's minded by a team of professionals - whom the article quote. I'm not negative about it -- just think it's counter intuitive to recognize someone's best feature as something that is not natural. It's like saying my painted nails are my best feature especially when I didn't paint them. Perhaps it is more accurate to say she has good taste in hairdressers. Also, this does not prove that she doesn't use extensions to give her hair more volume.

      Rosman, I agree with you on the news part... what's interesting is who approved the info getting out there. I'm sure the Salon would not have spoken up without the okay by KP. It's either Knauf or Quinn who orchestrated it. Or this fella is no longer Kate's go to guy so he got some press for himself.

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    8. Donating to Locks of Love is pretty common where I live when getting a planned drastic cut. There was a sweet article in the DM in 2014 about little girls 3-12 yrs old in the UK donating their hair to the Little Princess Trust but it garnered only 41 comments. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2723342/Little-girls-giving-hair-cancer-victims-like-Bethan-Think-younger-generation-selfish-Read-inspiring-stories-kind-hearted-children.html

      In contrast the DM story yesterday about Kate's donation garnered 1.2K comments so far illustrating the ability royals have to draw attention to particular charities.

      Unfortunately usable donations can't be collected the way media reports say Kate's hair was (by having an aide pick up pieces of cut hair off the floor after the idea of donating was brought up mid-cut.) The Locks of Love website & the Little Princess Trust website both state clean dry hair should be put in a ponytail banded at top and bottom then cut off as a ponytail above the top band, something the hairdresser should have known. Loose cut hair gathered from the floor isn't usable. While highlighting the need for donated hair is good, suggesting it can be done that way won't really help the charities.

      Honestly, I wonder if the story is true. Many other stories from "royal sources" have turned out to be demonstrably false after all.

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    9. Laura I don't see how this means Kate doesn't wear extensions. They would have been removed before the cut.

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    10. TBH and meaning no offence to you Rosman. I find your comments offensive and judgmental. You make it seem like the rest of us don’t know better . Not everyone even knew or heard about this charity before .

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    11. Well, since this is both and fan and fashion site, I would say this is a news story as far as the blog is concerned. Common as it might be for some, this story that has been picked up and tweeted by several news outlets. It's not earth shattering or life changing news for sure, but if it's true(which I doubt), it is a fun, entertaining story. Much like the sighting of Kate driving in traffic or her walking out of Pippa's house a few weeks before her wedding. No need to be condescension or rude about a lighthearted story.

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    12. Rosman - does it really matter if it peaked 10 years ago? Does it matter if you and your friends regularly do it? This gesture means MORE people will hear about it and more people will do it. That means MORE kids will get real hair wigs. You seem to be trying to gain points by being nasty. Can't you just say "Good for her, it's a good thing to do" instead of "We're all more regal than her for doing it for YEARS"? Why can't it just be a good thing to do for kids in need?
      Jenny from Australia

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    13. No one said donating hair is revolutionary. It is still a thoughtful thing to do.

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    14. I agree with you lizzie. I smelled a rat as soon as I read the article. People have been donating hair for years and years now - and now they come up with an article as if it is some kind of revolutionary concept that was recently invented! And yes, they literally chop off the hair by inches- there is no soft-cushioning the blow of having a stylist cut it and then someone gathering it *afterwards*.
      I also doubt its veracity.

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    15. Rebecca, it *was* something of a trend a decade ago among socially aware young girls. Of course that is not to diminish what the charity is doing, but it did catch on very quickly and then the craze to donate hair sort of died down. So yes, there *was* an element of "peaking". And there certainly WAS a "fad" aspect to it - offensive or not. All of a sudden hundreds of girls were rushing to do it and then all of a sudden they weren't.

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    16. Moxie, the whole thing could have just as easily have been made up. If KP wanted it out there why wait for this long? If the point is to drum up publicity for the charity then wouldn't it have been better to do it when she got the cut?
      Anyway.

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    17. Florida Moxie, you totally confuse me. Whether or not Kate does her own hair, or a huge team attend to it, what difference does it make? Kate still has to make the decisions to have her hair cut or styled and put in the time to have this done. Your example of painted nails also confuses me. You ask how can hair or nails be a best feature, when someone else helps with them. Well your eyes can be your best feature, or your cheek bones can be your best feature. These were inherited and an individual does notihng to create them…even though they are natural. I think you are just looking for something to pick on. Kate is a beautiful young woman. All of us have naturally good features and ones we help with makeup, hair dressing etc. You are reacting as if Kate had plastic surgery, just because she has a hair stylist. How could anyone find fault with her kind gesture to help children?

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    18. Rosman, like you I also have donated hair. And Lizzie, agreed those are some of the requirements. It's tricky thing actually you have to "a lot" of hair. As Lizzie stated it needs to be "banded". When cutting a pony tail off - that's a lot of hair. I've gone from very long hair to above the shoulders. In addition to the hair being banded, it's not supposed to be died or bleached. That rules out a lot of people. I do remember hearing that hair cut and on the floor can be used for "other" activities but not for wigs.

      I'm not an expert - just a woman that has long hair (similar to Kate's - hers might have more wave than mine) that still doesn't color her hair and I'm the same age as Diana.

      I've never thought that Kate added extensions but I'm not a hairdresser.

      For what it's worth, I've always referred to my hair as best feature.

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    19. I looked up Locks of Love and it is an American and Canadian charity. So while we have now all learned that it is a common thing to donate your hair where some of you live - assuming the United States and Canada, as that's where the charity is based - can you please accept that it is not common everywhere in the world at all and that there are many people who just found out about it through Kate and this story.

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    20. OMG! Ladies Come On! I just started reading a few responses & couldn't take it & had to just say.... We've just had some lovely days of posting & now we are quibbling about Kate's Hair & the pros & cons of whether it was news that she donated it? Add to that the back & forth about whether or not it's ok to call Kate's Hair her best feature because she gets it professionally styled & may or may not use add ons to help her volume? Seriously??? OK, Everybody Retract Your Claws! I Mean It! Come On, Kate's Hair grows out of her head, thus it is hers (done or undone)! It's lovely & many feel it's her best feature! To those of us ladies who once had very thick hair & now it's waining, I'll be the first to say that I Wish I had appreciated it while it was there! It was thick & unruly & the only time I liked it was once it was professionally blown out & styled. Since it had so much volume & curl, the stylist loved to work with it & it was really nice that I was able to hold the style longer than some who had straighter hair. Gosh! Do we really think her hair can only be judged as a plus if we only see it once she's fresh out of the shower? Come on! Can't we all see how ridiculous this back & forth is!? 1) It's her hair, coming out of her head! Period End of Story! 2) She did a nice thing donating her hair & if the story got out, well then Great! Free Publicity For The Charity! Boom! Dropping The Mic! :) xoxo
      ps:(ok I guess I wasn't finished :) Florida Moxie your nails might be your best feature even tho you got them manicured & painted. Some people have a horrible time growing their nails & having them split etc no matter how often they have them done up! If a person has nails that grow fast & are healthy & strong with no ridges etc. Yes that is a Good Feature for them or others to appreciate, & the manicures & nail polish just highlight an already naturally beautiful feature! That's how I see it all! Now let's have some Female Empowerment & Not Try To Tear One Another Down! Let's either like or not like Kate's hair & Stop at the point of degrading her!

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    21. I honestly don't understand the fuss. I recognize that this is not a new concept and that Kate isn't the first woman to donate her hair, but what difference does it make in the end?

      She used her position (something advocated here quite often) to bring attention to a cause and, hopefully, encourage others to do so as well.

      Regarding the delay between the cut and sharing the news, well, have you considered the frenzy this news would caused for the charity if it was announced immediately after her haircut? Imagine the requests and just basic drama associated with the news. I could even see someone trying to steal and sell her hair. So, yes, I can understand it being shared at a later date. Totally!

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    22. Well, if it “peaked” ten years ago, it could certainly use another publicity push now, as the need has not abated. It’s an excellent thing for someone like Kate to donate; it reminds other people that, “Oh yes, I could do that.”

      I’m just baffled by your attitude. There are causes I contribute time and/or money to every single year; two or three I have supported for literally thirty years. When we get a new or high-profile donor we’re happy about it.

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    23. Becca

      I am equally puzzled by the fact that people who come from the US (freedom of speech rings the bell?) feel the need to tell others how and what to think.

      Agree or disagree with Moxie fine but leave the rest out of the conversation, it weakens your point pretty much!

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    24. Thx for your feedback Anett! I am All for Free Speech! I Just don't think the Claws need to come out for people to express their opinion. I really do thank you for your feedback! :)

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  4. Losing of hair especially from little girls connects with illness must be dramatic so it is beautiful that there are people who donate their hair.And I am glad that Duchess of Cambridge made this decision.I hope that one of girls has hair from princess and another people inspire and decide to do the same things.

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  5. ❤️Thank you for taking the time with the busy ness of the upcoming tour to highlight such a sweet and easy-to-donate-to charity. Is it any wonder to you why we have deemed you to be “The Crown Jewel of Royal Reporting”?
    Glad that Kate has gravitated back to Richard Ward’s level of excellence. Definitely an answered prayer. :)

    Please everyone. Get your champagne flutes and champagne, or special tea cups and tea, special coffee mug and coffee, etc, at the ready to toast our dearest Charlotte tomorrow as she diligently keeps us up to the minute on the tour.❤️
    We can actually start the DBK toasting now, yeh? 😊


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    1. Amen SG! I'm ready to get off the Hair Cut Train & Jump on The Scandinavian Tour Train! :) Charlotte Thanks, in advance, for all the hard work you will be doing & already have been doing to prepare for what will be Amazing Posts! You are Our "Crown Jewel" & We Appreciate You So Much! Bravo & Cheers! :) xoxo

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  6. Here’s my DKB toast. :) πŸŽ‰

    🌷πŸ₯‚ Thank You Charlotte πŸ₯‚πŸŒ·

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  7. Brilliant idea and great cause! Well Done! XOXOXOXOXO

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  8. Personally, I think the point is that whether Kate’s hair is attended to or not, or whether it is her best feature or not is beside the point that Charlotte made, no offense. And that point is, that Kate thought to do that and she did.
    And, I don’t think Charlotte’s article intimated in any way that this is a new practice, thus Charlotte giving us information that similar (already established) charities exist in our local areas.
    I do think that it was exceptionally kind and thoughtful of Charlotte to take the extra time to highlight Kate’s consideration and in so doing highlight the charities.
    Some people may not have known that those charities exist and now might have the opportunity to participate in giving. Kudos Charlotte. :)

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    1. P.S. and the “peaked” comment seemed curious to me also, Rebecca and Mel.

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  9. It sounds great, but she dyes her hair. Hairstylists have always told me that they can't use dyed hair (the subsequent dyes won't take to it) and they unfortunately have to throw away any donations that have been dyed. That said, it still is a lovely gesture and maybe this has changed and they have found a way to work with dyed hair.

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    1. I also thought that colored hair couldn't be used, but I looked at the charity's website and it said they would accept hair that had been dyed, as long as the color was natural.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden28 January 2018 at 22:47

      Appearantly their website states that dyed hair is ok. (I have not checked myself though so can't guarantee 100%)

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  10. Common thing to do? I don't know anyone who has donated their hair. I have heard of similar charities but my guess is most people don't think about gathering the hair and taking the time to find a charity that could use it.

    Good for her and the children if true.

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  11. This is wonderful, I agree with Rosman that this is a pretty common thing people do. My sister donated her hair last year to Locks of love.

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    1. But now, even more people know about it.

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    2. Which is great, and I hope that’s something we can all agree on.

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  12. Zora from Prague28 January 2018 at 21:12

    What a good idea! Thank you for the post, Charlotte. I didn't know it was possible to help in such a simple way. Certainly not a common thing here (perhaps it is but for the younger generation), not many people know about it. Hope it spreads.
    Looking forward to the upcoming trip!

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  13. The important thing is that many people had not heard of this charity, but they have now.
    Information on how to send the hair was given on TV news tonight.
    Hopefully it will bring in more donations.

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  14. Tammy from California28 January 2018 at 22:30

    1) I think this puts to rest the idea that Kate wears extensions.

    2) I think Joey Wheeler should keep his opinion to himself. Her hair is so beautiful long, he did her a real disservice.

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    1. I have naturally long hair, but wear extensions to add volume, so if I took the extensions out and decided to cut my hair, I too would be able to donate 7-8 inches of natural hair.

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    2. Anyone can take out extensions to donate hair, Tammy.

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    3. With all due respect, Tammy, I don't think it does. In fact, I think the volume (not length, as it's two different things) of Kate's hair now vs. in 2011 after the wedding or in 2012 probably confirms the fact that she had extensions at some point. A lot of women wear extensions to add volume, as well as length. Kate's hair has definitely lost volume and very noticeably too, which would indicate extensions. It's not a huge deal to remove extensions and then cut the natural hair to whatever length is desired.
      I would expect Wheeler was given permission to speak publicly. The Ward salon has had to deal with a former stylist, James Price, who went off the reservation and talked out of turn. No way Wheeler is going to jeopardize his future career with a high profile salon (when he worked so hard to get where he's at) by blabbing out of turn.
      But I do agree with you. Her hair is looking pretty bad these days. I was never a fan of the thick, lank hair that just hung there but this style is just meh. Not flattering at all.

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  15. Locks of Love accepts permed or dyed hair, just not bleached or highlighted. The guidelines are on their website.

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    1. Anon - 22:39 - I didn't think they accepted any treated hair, but trust your recent visit to their website. I sent my hair to Locks of Love here in the US a long time ago. Above I posted differently so I wanted to make a correction after reading your post.

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  16. The trust appreciated the public knowledge that Kate donated some hair. It may not be earth shattering or common or uncommon, depending on the venue, but just the smallest of actions can have a good result. If Kate's hair resulted in just one more child having a wig, then it was worth the effort. Don't know why it should be controversial. And her hair will grow back!

    And it took much more time for Charlotte to give the information than it did for Kate to donate, so I think a "thank you" is due to Charlotte!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2018 at 07:22

      Agreed. Not everything has to be a big deal. This was a good thing. Not unique nor earth shattering. Not everything has to be. It's just a cute little story. I mean, "Kate takes train" and "Kate goes shopping" becomes news even though it's a rather common thing to do. So why not this?

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    2. Agreed Allison! Thx for pointing that out! Thanks again Charlotte for your information & an Informative Post! :) xo

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  17. Lovely that she donated her hair and that awareness is being brought to this. My niece has alopecia and while that disease means she just loses her hair it was hard on her self esteem. She now wears a wig. I’m grateful to anyone that would be so thoughtful to donate.

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  18. Lovely gesture - and a point that this raises awareness of the Charity can only be a good thing surely. Thanks for sharing this nugget Charlotte. Look forward to the tour this coming week

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  19. Whether something is common or not, many people are unaware of all sorts of things--especially charities which often run under the radar. Doing good in this world doesn't seem to be much of a story. That a newspaper printed the information about the Duchess because of what a hairdresser shared may cost him his relationship with the Duchess.

    On the other hand, the Duchess may have agreed to allow this story in order to draw attention to a worth charity in hope that others would follow suit. It fits with her mental health initiatives as well. Frankly, we have no idea; however, to stand in judgment or make snarky remarks with regard to anyone's act of generosity seems inappropriate. It makes me uncomfortable. By not saying anything I become a bystander. I don't find that comfortable either.

    SMH

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    1. Most of us are not in PR. It's surprising at times what becomes "news".

      If the DM article generate a "wider knowledge" of donating hair and even here about "Locks of Love" in the US then the publication has succeeded.

      All charities need support in many forms of charitable donations. :-)

      Looking forward to the tour!!!!!

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    2. Exactly, SMH! It seems to me that there are commenters who routinely rejoice in finding the negative in every situation. Bringing attention to a charity that helps children ... that not everyone may be aware of ... is a good thing.

      I am very much looking forward to the start of the tour tomorrow. I hope the weather cooperates for the outdoor activities!

      Border Terrier Lover :-)

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2018 at 13:57

      Oh, the weather.. that will be.. interesting! I don't know how it will be in Stockholm (cities usually are less prone to snow, or at least keeping it). But here it is shifting between snow, slush, ice and rain. This morning it started snowing, by lunch it was a nice coat outside and now in the afternoon it has almost rained away. And then it freezes in the evening/night and becomes ice and then it's an ice road in the morning. Good thing I'm just sitting at home and don't have to get out on the road or something :P Basically normal winter weather :P Good thing they are from the UK and used to getting wet. And they have lived in Scotland so are used to the cold winds as well :P They'll do just fine! But it will probably be a lot of maternity coats on show!

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  20. amen, SMH.😊 Thanks for speaking up. The snarky comments astonished me also. I wasn’t expecting anything like those at all.

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  21. I really don’t get the snarky comments either . From where I come from it’s not common to donate hair to charity . I believe the media coverage will also motivate more people to look into donating hair. Good job Kate .

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  22. I know one man who regularly grew and donated his hair to Locks of Love. I do not personally know a single woman who has donated, nor have I ever met one whom I knew donated. The point is that this is not something people always know about. I have no idea who among my female acquaintance in my lifetime has donated hair--I assume some have done so. My own hair was rejected when I asked. My male friend came to my attention because he kept growing his hair quite long and then cutting it quite short, only to grow it long again. Once I knew him well enough, I asked why. That this practice is common in Rosman's and other circles is great, but they must not assume that their own experience is universal. I'm glad that this issue has been brought up here, and that Catherine's name has been linked to it so that the news becomes very widespread. This is a perfect instance of the value of a royal name.

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  23. Soooo generous and kind of the Duchess of Cambridge to donate some of her hair to The Princess Trust. Thanks for sharing Charlotte.

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  24. Debatable about how 'common' it is. I worked in the salon industry(in upscale salons) for 6 years and while it wasn't uncommon to have people donate hair, it wasn't happening every week(or even every month). Lizzie is correct though. You can't just decide halfway through a haircut to donate your hair. It has to be decided before the cut begins because the hair is banded together and cut as one piece and then bagged and sent in. I know for years you could not donate if you had colored hair(which had to do with the chemicals and the texture of hair that change change with processing it). But I think they have become more relaxed about it.

    But honestly, as great as it would be if this story was true, Kate herself has said recently 'don't believe everything you read'. However the more awareness and exposure to this organization or others like it, is great regardless of how accurate the story is.

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  25. Locks of Love has a troubling reputation and the hair does not help children with cancer. I suggest anyone do some research into them before donating.

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    1. In the US, please consider donating hair to Children With Hair Loss. My now 18 year old daughter has donated her hair to this charity twice (the first time when she was 12!). It is a wonderful organization that provides a wig free of charge every year while a child is still growing. They serve children who have lost their hair for any number of reasons (chemotherapy, alopecia, etc.). They will take color-treated hair, and will also accept gray hair!

      Locks of Love has a very troubling reputation, and unfortunately they discard the vast majority of the hair that is donated to them. It's really very sad. When my daughter donated her hair, she was so proud and happy to know she was helping a child in need. She would have been devastated if she donated to an organization that just threw it away.

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  26. I've donated hair several times now and I'm thrilled to see Kate do the same! As mentioned, it doesn't cost any extra time or effort but can absolutely make a difference in the life of a child. Kudos to her and her styling team for thinking to do it. Many people think they can't donate for one reason or another, so hopefully this will put the idea back into the minds of those who have the opportunity.

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  27. What a lovely gesture by our favourite Duchess!
    I don't really care if it was popular 10 years ago or in 10 years time. The fact that Kate, and others have done it, just adds to the amazingness of it. I had not heard about it, so I am impressed. It will benefit sick children greatly. Imagine if that were your child with cancer, who got given the gift of a wig, what a great support factor. On days when they feel well, they can go out and play with other kids and feel like they look like everyone else.
    Snarky comments don't belong here as far as I am concerned.
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  28. Jessica in Los Angeles29 January 2018 at 02:54

    I’m not sure how anyone could be negative about a charity donation. Now more people will have this on their minds, and I’m sure donations will increase. That’s just good news all around!
    I’m a bit confused about the story because they need ponytails to be able to donate for wig making. It can’t be loose hair like the story implies. But I imagine any recent recipients are going to be dreaming that part of their wigs are made from real princess hair! How exciting for a little girl to think.

    I also think her hair is one of her best features (along with her beautiful smile which is always so genuine). So now we know who to blame for the short hair!! πŸ˜‚. Obviously Kate should have whatever hairstyle makes her feel best, but I’ve always thought she pulled off the long hair and it suited her quite well.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2018 at 12:24

      I'm thinking that IF this story is true that it has come out via word of mouth. It's a cute story that the receptionist at the salon might have told her mum who told her colleague who told her husband who's brother works for a paper (or something like that) and that person got news of it and started calling for comments. While they didn't get a proper comment they got vague comments from enough people to confirm it happening, maybe even confirm that it was Kate's idea. But writing "Kate cut hair, donate to charity" does not a good article make. It's very common for the in between bits to be more or less "embellished" or quoted from this 3rd hand source or something. That is if this is true. Which we can't know, but it seems to be picked up by other places and they usually check with their sources as well so it might be true. This might also explain the time it took to become public knowledge.

      (This is pure speculation ofc)

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    2. I agree with both comments. I am sure some little girl with a brown haired wig will imagine she has the same hair as a princess and it will make her feel special about a terrible experience in her life.

      Rebecca, I agree. If this story is true, I suspect that someone in the salon, another guest maybe, said something to someone or misunderstood a conversation between Kate and someone else and ran with it. Or told two friends and they told two friends and so on and so on....

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    3. The story may have spread by word of mouth but the media reports say Kate got her hair cut at KP. Assuming that's true, it couldn't have been a matter of another patron overhearing conversation during the cut. If the story is true and spread at the salon to be overheard, it seems Joey would have had to report back to the salon what happened at KP. Along with the report cut hair was gathered from the floor by an aide, it all just seems a bit odd and doesn't ring true to me. I have no idea if the stylist talked Kate into the shorter cut (I love the cut myself but think sometimes it could be styled better for the shorter length) but I doubt he talked her into donating if she did actually donate. Surely as a hairdresser he would have known hair off the floor isn't suitable for donation. If he was manipulating her for donation which I doubt, he would have explained the need to band and cut.

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  29. My daughter and my granddaughter, both of whom grow hair easily and love their beautiful long hair, had their hair cut short and donated it for wigs for cancer patients. They both missed their hair, in spite of receiving beautiful haircuts as part of the process, and grew it out again. For each of them, giving her hair away was a deliberate sacrifice of something she loves. I am surprised and somewhat offended by the offhand comments above. Even if many people have donated their hair, it is nevertheless a generous gift to those who are suffering from cancer and need not also endure baldness. I happen to find Kate's current hair style very attractive. But that is really beside the point. Surely anyone who gives away part of herself to help someone else is to be respected and commended. This story may or may not be true, but it seems characteristic of the Duchess of Cambridge, and it has given inspiration to others who may want to make a loving gift.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2018 at 12:26

      I agree. People are very different with their hair. Some cut and color different styles every few months (like my sister) and some have the same style for decades on end (basically like me, I've had the same style somwhere between shoulders and bottom for my whole life). For me, cutting it off when it's longer is a HUGE step and for my sister it might be no big deal at all.

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  30. Gosh, what a huge debate - Sorry I'm perplexed how something can be blown out of all proportion - is this really worth being "snarky" about? I found the story to be quite a nugget of information - I had heard of this kind of thing before but was guided to look at the website. In my part of the UK I've not come across it much. So in all in tense and purposes, it enlightened me, it made me think of doing it myself and gave some PR to a worthy charity. Was it true? who knows... but for once this story has created nothing but positives, a Win Win for these types of charities. It saddens me that anyone can see this and voice unnecessary contempt?

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    1. I agree & well said Mr. D! :)

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    2. Courtney From NC29 January 2018 at 22:13

      I'm continuously amazed at how the simplest things can get twisted. It makes me believe nothing will ever be good enough and that negative motives will be attributed to everything Duchess Kate does.

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  31. I guess that's why politics and discussions of racism have no place here. :) When I read any of the "news" items from other sources, I am amazed at the comments from, I assume, jealous and ignorant people. When I discovered the Duchess Kate blog, I never commented but there was never a reason. The reports are loving an positive and accurate, the images are remarkable, and the travel accounts are fascinating. I learn so much about other countries. Same for MM's blog---I guess I started to comment here because MM seems like such an extraordinary person and the love affair with PH was so wonderful to follow. But we should treat each other as well as Charlotte treats her blog subjects. :)

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    1. Amen Allison! I'm so glad you're posting. Please don't stop! :)

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  32. ❤️ Shall we start the “DKB Tour Toasts” to Charlotte to encourage and thank her for all her valiant, diligent, most excellent up to-the-minute tour coverage? πŸ₯‚πŸ·☕️πŸ₯›πŸ₯€ Come on you guys. :)

    πŸ₯‚πŸŒ·Cheers Charlotte & Thank You🌷πŸ₯‚

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    1. Cheers and can't wait!

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    2. Cheers Charlotte! I'm Toasting With A Hot Toddy! (Good for my cold:) Can't Wait For All That You Will Share With Us! Yay! :) xoxo

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    3. Yes!!! I am excited to wake up tomorrow and see how the day rolls out and all of Charlotte's wonderful posts!

      πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ₯ƒπŸΈπŸΎπŸ₯›πŸͺ(for anyone who doesn't drink!)

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  33. Love it! Very insuring! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. People are missing the point about Florida’s comment. She means that Kate’s donated hair texture is very high-maintenance for a child to put up with when it gets hit with moisture and the smooth blow-out effect reverts the hair to its curly frizziness (which would be even frizzier since the hair has been blown out so much and not in perfectly healthy condition to begin with). While the parent or guardian would do the styling and maintenance of the wig, it doesn’t mean that the child would have an easy time with it in humidity and such, unless the hair was treated with the Japanese straightening treatment for permanent smoothing.
    Also, Locks of Love has been under fire for being a scam: not donating the hair to families in need, but SELLING the hair to them. That’s a profit shop activity, not a charity “of love.” Donors should be able to dinate directly to the families who then receive complimentary charity servicing to construct a wig out of the hair.
    Besides, human hair is not necessarily needed for wigs. Synthetic hair can work just as well and is not as creepy. Wearing someone else’s hair is like wearing an animal pelt.
    The Duchess may have been manipulated by the stylist to cut off so much and donate her hair. Of course, if she was, she would never publicly admit to it.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2018 at 20:33

      Maybe the kid had curly hair before and wanted it again.

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  35. Take a step back and think of those children facing hospitals chemotherapy radiation etc and all the pain and fear and horrible side effects such as bald heads, and all the side looks etc. Surely to goodness anything to make life a little better for these children is good. And for the most part people tend to think of hair donation for breast cancer patients which is where the high profile media focus is and not for the little girls with cancer so the report was a reminder of their need and I hope a kick start to some fund raising and donation in different parts of the world. I was appalled at some of the comments - not a good showcasing of humanity. I was reminded of Big lies little lies and how quick we are to judge and condemn for no good reason.

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    1. Thx alimai! Well said & the backlash comments had the same effect on me. :(

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    2. Zora from Prague30 January 2018 at 08:55

      +1, alimai and Becca.

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  36. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2018 at 20:32

    How odd to see your own flag on this blog :P Took me back a bit! I assume we have the Mr. to thank for this again :) I'm so looking forward to the tour getting started!

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    1. Yes, it's very last minute. It's almost a tradition to make a Tour header at this stage :)

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    2. Charlotte, Please tell Mr. Charlotte that we love & appreciate his design work & how much he obviously supports you! :) xoxo

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  37. Charlotte, I love the new header! I'm So Excited For This Mini Tour! I think it's the most excited I've been for any tour! I can't wait to see William & Catherine interacting with both of these delightful Royal Families & to attend Black Tie Events! I know the two countries' Royal Families tend to dress up with Tiaras more often than The BRF does.... do you think Kate will wear a Tiara if they are? I'm also so excited to see them interacting with the two younger Royal Couples close to their age & with little ones! I found myself wondering, what if they really hit it off with Victoria & Daniel? How would that work if they wanted to get together with their kids informally just to hang out & continue fostering a possible friendship, like normal couples do? With both couples so famous? Oh, I just have noodles of questions & can't wait to see how it will all go! :) Yay! xoxo

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  38. Duchess Kate certainly has a cute hair stylist!

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  39. Love the new banner! πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺπŸ‡³πŸ‡΄

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  40. Nice gesture but it's curious why they waited so long to make it public. Her hair has been shorter for a while now.
    I'm wondering if it was partly in response to William's remarks about essentially not working when he becomes king, giving up patronages and appearances. That resounded with a dull thud so I'd expect this was an effort to at least put a bit of polish on Kate.
    Oh and, BTW? If any of you are posting the hateful, hatefilled, racist garbage on the Meghan Markle forums, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves, not to mention God help your children if that's the example you are setting for them. Not accusing, just saying. The comments and remarks (aside and apart from the horrific things being implied by "royal" reporters like Richard Palmer and Rebecca English, etc.) on the Meghan forums are beyond awful.

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    1. What makes you think Kate's fans are hateful and biased and rascist?:)

      I think Charlotte specifically asked not to bring Meghan to this forum and vice versa, so better not to. Peace!

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  41. People are missing the point about Florida’s comment. She means that Kate’s donated hair texture is very high-maintenance for a child to put up with when it gets hit with moisture and the smooth blow-out effect reverts the hair to its curly frizziness (which would be even frizzier since the hair has been blown out so much and not in perfectly healthy condition to begin with). While the parent or guardian would do the styling and maintenance of the wig, it doesn’t mean that the child would have an easy time with it in humidity and such, unless the hair was treated with the Japanese straightening treatment for permanent smoothing.

    Also, Locks of Love has been under fire for being a scam: not donating the hair to families in need, but SELLING the hair to them. That’s a profit shop activity, not a charity “of love.” Donors should be able to donate directly to the families who then receive complimentary charity servicing to construct a wig out of the hair.
    Besides, human hair is not necessarily needed for wigs. Synthetic hair can work just as well and is not as creepy. Wearing someone else’s hair is like wearing an animal pelt on one's head.
    As some have mentioned, the Duchess may have been manipulated by the stylist to cut off so much and donate her hair. Of course, if she was, she would never publicly admit to it.

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  42. Zora from Prague29 January 2018 at 22:05

    Lovely header, Charlotte! and thank you Mr.Charlotte!

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  43. Long time anonymous follower here! I have donated hair in the past via Locks of Love (I'm in the US). Unfortunately, the last time I donated, it was to myself. I underwent chemotherapy and had my hair cut before starting treatments so I could use the hair to have a custom wig made. A wonderful company in the US, Compassionate Creations, worked with me on this. There are many excellent organizations out there, and whether it is common or not, I applaud anyone who considers it. I never thought I'd have to be the recipient one day. Your hair is something you certainly take for granted.

    On a lighter note, I am very excited for the tour! I was just in Norway and Sweden a week ago. The Royal Palace in Sweden was partially closed off for preparations and I was hoping it was because of this :) Of course, I'm also sad that I missed seeing them in person!

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    1. Zora from Prague30 January 2018 at 08:54

      Jells, at least you can think and say now: they are just at the spot where I've been! :) and visualise them really well.
      Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  44. I didn't think you could donate coloured hair...

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