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LAKE WORTH, Fla. (CAP) - In the wake of Britney Spears' somewhat surprising decision to shave her head, CAP News has learned that a non-profit organization has rejected Britney's offer to donate her hair to their charity.
Locks of Love is an Florida-based organization that provides wigs to people who suffer from medical hair loss who may not be able to afford to purchase the prostheses on their own.
"Normally, our guidelines for hair donation allow for chemical treatments such as perms, so long as the hair has not been bleached or otherwise damaged," said group spokesperson Lisa Rudnoy. "We've never had any cause to worry about how else the hair may have been influenced until we got word of Ms. Spears' plans to donate."
Rudnoy said that upon receipt, the locks were shipped to an independent lab in Manalapan, New Jersey for testing. She declined to comment on the specific results, stating only that "perhaps Ms. Spears should have considered an extended stay in rehab." Employees at the laboratory were unavailable for comment.
Hair follicle testing is used to detect drug use in an individual going back at least 90 days, and in some cases as long as six months. Blood and urine tests are capable of detecting a drug's presence, but only for a short time after the drugs are used. People have been known to try to fool drug screeners by shaving their heads to avoid a hair test, and then staying clean for a couple of weeks so they have a better chance of passing a standard blood or urine screening. Some entertainment insiders have speculated that Britney's head-shaving episode is symbolic of a fresh start after her brief rehab stint.
Asked if the hair sample would be submitted to authorities, Rudnoy stated that as far as she was aware, Spears was not being brought up on any sort of drug-related charges, so there would be no need to retain the hair as evidence. "We have contacted Ms. Spears' people, and have offered to ship the hair back to her. If we don't receive a response by next week, I suppose we'll just throw the hair away."
The non-profit has requested a security detail at their headquarters due to several aggressive eBay sellers who have been monitoring the dumpsters in back.