How to Donate your Hair

How to Donate your Hair
People give away their hair for a lot of reasons, some of which ranges from donations to the American Cancer society to the need for donors to make some extra cash.  In some parts of India and Asia, the donation of hair is sometimes seen as an act of religious penitence. In the United States, they are often used as wigs for cancer patients so that they can experience a renewed sense of belief and to regain their self-esteem once again. If you are having that feeling of altruism and want to give your hair to charity, just as a way of helping out (after all you can grow them back quickly) those in need, then this article is for you. It provides you with useful information and guides about making that significant donation that will positively affect the life of someone.

How to donate your Hair
How to donate your Hair


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A justifiable reason for you to donate your hair is to render assistance to kids, men and women all over the United States who are in need of wigs owing to temporary or permanent loss of hair loss suffered from chemotherapy, Alopecia, radiation therapy, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues. You also get that irreplaceable satisfaction and joy of having helped someone in need.


You also need to know if you have met the criteria that are required of donors and in most cases, many charity organizations do take hair from boys and girls and do not place a restriction on hair type, be it curly, fine, straight or thick. It is not unusual to find some of the charity organizations rejecting dyed, gray and bleached hair. The common trend is that hair donations are usually received from young people.


It is a function of what each organization requires from donors and usually varies from 8 inches to 12 inches or more, and there is often no restrictions on how long your ponytail or braid can go.


Even though many of your relatives and friends would want to have a say or give their opinion, whether you should give out your hair or not, and how much you can donate. It still boils down to the fact that the final decision is yours, and you are responsible for whatever you decide to do with your hair in regards to donating it or not and the quantity to give out.

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Where to donate your hair is a determined by personal choice as stated earlier, and selecting organizations that would receive your donations require some degree of research and due diligence on your part.  It is important; you develop a level of trust in the organization that is receiving your hair and to have a level of confidence that they are being put to good use. Additionally, if it is your child that is making the donation, it is nice to have them take part in the findings because it is an opportunity to make them understand and know how their donations get to the organization they support. There are so many ways you can get information about these organizations and is not limited to salons, newspapers, journals, and the internet.


There are plenty of organizations out there that collect hair to use for wigs, and each has different standards in regards to the length, type and color of hair that is acceptable, so it is advisable you find out from their office or website to know the specific requirements before going ahead to cut your hair. Below is a list of some of these organizations:

  • The American Cancer Society directs hair donations to Pantene Beautiful lengths and Wigs for Kids.
  • Lock of Love is an organization that makes wigs for children under the age of 21 who suffer from chronic medical hair loss and require that certain length of the hair is not bleached or highlighted.
  • Wigs for Kids make wigs for children under the age of 18who might have lost their hair for medical reasons and require that over 12 inches of donated hair is not bleached, dyed, or highlighted.
  • Pantene Beautiful Lengths make wigs for women recovering from cancer chemotherapy treatment and have a requirement that about 8inches of the hair is not permed, chemically straightened, bleached and permanently dyed.
  • Children Leukemia Foundation make hair available to children under 21 with chronic hair loss, and their guidelines include having in length at least that 8 inches not bleached or highlighted and should be either ponytailed or braided.
  • Princess Trust is a United Kingdom-based charity organization that makes wig available to children suffering from hair loss owing to cancer treatment.

Indeed there are so many other organizations out there that accept hair donations, and all have a varying scope of operations because some operate at regional level while others have national spread.

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