Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pantene Beautiful Lengths Offers Girl Scout Patch Program

In 2011, my mother-in-law lost her battle with brain cancer.  On several occasions since her passing, my daughters and I have grown out our hair and donated an 8" ponytail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.  In 2013, my older daughter participated in a Pantene Beautiful Lengths Donation Event hosted by P&G in Cincinnati.  I recently learned that P&G will be hosting another Hair Donation Event in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, August 3, 2015.  The company has partnered with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio to offer a patch program!  When I contacted Council about the program, I was sent several attachments via email.  I wanted to help spread the word about the patch program and donation event, and I was given permission to publish the information on this blog.  Watch for more details to be posted on the GSWO website in the near future.  Not involved in Girl Scouts?  Not a problem.  You are more than welcome to complete these activities on your own and attend the event on August 3rd (you are just not eligible to receive the Girl Scout patch). 

"Pantene Beautiful Lengths has partnered with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio to educate girls about hair, cancer, and community action. The goal of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Girl Scout Patch program is to teach girls about healthy hair, inspire them to take action in their community, and show how much a generous and selfless act, such as a hair donation, can mean to a person in need."  

The number of activities required to earn a Pantene Beautiful Lengths patch will vary by troop level:
  • Daisies: complete 1 activity from each of the 3 sections
  • Brownies and Juniors: complete 4 activities including at least one from each of the 3 sections
  • Cadettes and Seniors: complete 5 activities including at least one from each of the 3 sections
  • Ambassadors: complete 6 activities including 2 from each section
Base patch (2" tall)

Girls who donate their ponytail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths as one of their activities will receive a special bonus pin in addition to the patch earned through this program.  Position pin on top of patch when placed on vest or sash.
Bonus pin (1 3/8" tall)
Pantene Beautiful Lengths Patch Activities
Section 1: Discover (Learn) 
  • Myth or Truth*: take the quiz and see how many answers you get correct. Read the answers and then re-take the quiz to see if your score improves.
  • Learn to braid and style. Visit the Pantene website or Pantene YouTube channel for easy hair how-tos.  Choose 3 hairstyles to try on yourself or a friend.
  • The Science of Hair*: review Anatomy of a Hair and/or Science of Healthy Hair and complete the quiz at the end.
  • Gather 5 examples of hair from around the world or US hairstyles through the years. Discuss diversity and varying definitions of beauty with your troop, family or friends. 
  • Hair Products Inventory: take inventory at home or visit a retail store and analyze the hair products that are on hand (types of shampoo and conditioner, styling products, price ranges, etc.). Ask three family members or friends why they use the products they do. Draw three conclusions from your research and share them with your troop, family or friends. 
  • Find out why: research why cancer treatments cause hair loss. Write a one-page report and share it with your troop, family or friends. 
*Please contact Elizabeth Vessel at for the files required to complete Myth or Truth and The Science of Hair.  These activities will be available online in the near future.  

Section 2: Connect (Feel) 
  • Go to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths website (; click on Beautiful Lengths) and pick a hair donation story to review with your troop, family or friends.
  • Find someone affected by cancer and learn their story.
  • Write a poem or essay about what your hair means to you. Share it with your troop, family or friends. 
  • Consider whether you could grow out your hair and donate it. Complete these three steps: 
  1. Find 8 items that are 8 inches long.
  2. Review donation requirements on the Pantene website.
  3. Discuss with your troop, family or friends. 

  • Create your own activity.
Section 3: Take Action (Do) 
  • Organize a hair donation event for your troop, school or community. 
  1. Tie in to the Girl Scouts Take Action Weekend (October) or Pantene’s National Donate Your Hair Day (November).
  2. Recruit local stylists or a styling school to make the cuts.
  3. Or donate some of your troop money toward making wigs, through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Pantene Beautiful Lengths fund.
  • Recruit 3 people to pledge to donate their ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Print out the attached pledge form and have them sign it. Make sure they have all the information they need in order to follow through and donate.
  • Volunteer for the American Cancer Society or for another cancer-related charity, or participate in a local cancer-related event (for example, join in a 5k walk/run or attend and cheer for others).
  • Write a letter of encouragement to someone who’s battling cancer.
  • Donate your ponytail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Hair donors will receive a special award in addition to the general Pantene Beautiful Lengths patch. 
  1. Donate at your own event or attend P&G’s annual Hair Donation event in  Cincinnati, August 3, 2015. 
  2. Donate at your local salon and capture before and after photos. Have your  troop leader send the photos in with your Patch Completion Form. 
P&G will host a Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation event at the P&G offices in downtown Cincinnati from noon to 4pm on Monday, August 3, 2015.  If you’d like to donate, register at by July 24th.

(included in this post to provide more information about the program and event)

Troop #: ________________ Troop Leader’s Name: ___________________________________

Troop Level: ____Daisy ____Brownie ____ Junior ____Cadette ____Senior ____Ambassador

Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________________State: __________ Zip: ____________

Email Address: ______________________________________________________________________________
Telephone: ______________________________________________________________________________

Please attach a list the activities you coordinated for your troop and enclose any examples you’d like to share with Pantene. *For girls who donated their ponytail, please include 1-2 photos of the donation.*
Date of Completion: _____________________________________

Patch Request
Patches will be provided free of charge to girls who complete the requirements.
1) Number of girls who qualify for Pantene Beautiful Lengths patch: _______
2) Number of girls who qualify for Pantene Beautiful Lengths bonus pin -- ONLY for girls who donated 8 inches or more of their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths): ________

Cincinnati Event
P&G will host a Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation event in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, August 3, 2015. Would your troop be interested in attending and donating or receiving their patches at the event?
____Yes, please send more information. ____No, please mail our patches to the address above.

My troop has completed the activities required to earn the Pantene Beautiful Lengths activity patch.
Troop Leader Signature _______________________________________________________________________

Please return completed form to: Lynn Shafer, P&G, One P&G Plaza, C4-138, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Questions? Email
                Thank you for participating in the Pantene Beautiful Lengths patch program 

By participating in the program, we learn more about cancer, get involved in the community, and contribute to a wonderful cause.  If you’d like to donate, register at by July 24th.  I hope to see you there!


  1. Can a girl from another council participate in this? Is it too late? My daughter just donated her hair yesterday :) I have the before and afters to send in and she can complete the Cadette tasks.

  2. Awesome, Tisha! I am going to ask you to contact Lynn Shafer at I believe they will send your daughter the patch and pin because she fulfilled the requirements. Hope she had fun participating!

  3. will this program be available in 2016?

    1. Hi, Jenn. I imagine the Pantene Beautiful Lengths event will be held in Cincinnati again this summer, I don't know about the patch program. I'm currently awaiting a response from the organizers and will let you know as soon as I hear from them. Thank you!

    2. I just learned the Girl Scout Pantene Beautiful Lengths patch is an ongoing program that will continue to be offered through 2016-17.

    3. Do you know if Girl Scouts from other areas of Ohio (Cleveland) can participate? Are they able to earn the badge and send in their hair? I have Cadette and Senior troops that want to participate this summer.

    4. In the past, patches and pins were awarded to girls who completed the steps and donated hair regardless of residence. Contact Lynn Shafer at for more information about this year's program. Please thank your girls for their participation. The donation of a ponytail is a great blessing to others.

  4. My daughter just donated 9 inches yesterday for a total to 29 inches in 2 1/2 years. I hope that that sill offer the patch program and scissor pin. I'd love for her to get one.

    1. That is fantastic, Ronda! Thanks for sharing. I just learned the Girl Scout Pantene Beautiful Lengths patch is an ongoing program that will continue to be offered through 2016-17.

  5. My daughter has hair to donate. Is this program still running?

    1. Hi, Trish. I will have you direct your questions to Lynn at She was our contact when my daughter participated. Please thank your daughter for donating her hair!

  6. Same here? My daughter is wanting to do this this year as well. Is it still available?

    1. Hi, Jada. I'm excited for your daughter. My girls loved the patch program. Lynn at was our contact, and I'll have you reach out to her to see if the patches are still available. Thanks!

  7. Hello, this is Lynn and I manage the patch program for Pantene Beautiful Lengths. We love Girl Scouts and the program continues to be active! It's open to all troops across the U.S. We invite you to complete the required number of activities for your girls' age group (see details above); then fill out the Completion Form and send it to me along with a list of the chosen activities. You can email it to or mail to the address on the form. Thank you and have a great year of Girl Scouts!

  8. Is this patch and program still available? I'd love to do this with my Jr. Troop in Troy, Illinois!

    1. Hi, Bobbi! I'm not sure if the patch is still available. Please contact Lynn Shafer at for more information. Have fun with your girls!