How to donate your hair

How to donate your hair

Have you ever thought about donating your hair? If you’re planning a new short hairstyle there are many not-for-profits that would love to take your unwanted hair and turn it into a wig.

Highlighted below are three main organisations that provide wigs to women and children affected by hair loss due to cancer and chronic illness. They are based in the USA but do accept international donations so you can post them your ponytail.

Recently I helped create Hair Photo A Day to raise awareness for National Donate Your Hair Day in North America. Now Beautiful Lengths has launched in Australia and is raising awareness with National Donate Your Hair Week. It kicks off with a huge haircut challenge in November in Sydney. You can register your pledge here and read below to find out if you are eligible to donate your hair.

Graphic designed by Becca Clason for She Lets Her Hair Down.

The guide to donating your hair

Please note these details are correct at the time of publishing, but re-confirm the requirements with your preferred organisation prior to cutting your hair.

The three main not-for-profits offering wig-making services are highlighted below but also check your local area for charities and wigmakers who offer a similar service.

All these organisations share three main requirements:

  • Your donated hair must be secured in a ponytail or braid.
  • Your ponytail must measure the minimum required length from one end to the other.
  • Your hair must be clean and dry, placed in a plastic bag and sent by mail.

Wigs For Kids

  • Your hair must be at least 12 inches long (if curly, it can be pulled straight to measure 10 inches)
  • They do not accept coloured, highlighted, bleached or permed hair
  • Wigs are donated to children under 18
  • Wigs are donated to children experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy, ratiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical reasons
  • More information is here

Locks of Love

  • Your hair must be at least 10 inches long (if curly, it can be pulled straight to measure 10 inches)
  • They do accept coloured or permed hair but not bleached (highlights). More details about hair requirements are here.
  • Wigs are donated to children under 21
  • Wigs are donated to children experiencing hair loss due to: Alopecia, Cancer, Ectodermal Dysplasia-A, Loose Anagen Syndrome, Trichotillomania, Telogen Effluvium, and Trauma
  • Hair that cannot be used will be sold to offset manufacturing costs
  • Print out the donation form here

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

  • Your hair must be at least 8 inches long when straight
  • They do not accept chemically treated hair (bleach, dye, perm, highlights, chemically straightened)
  • They do not accept hair that is more than 5% grey
  • Wigs are donated to women of all ages
  • Wigs are donated to women experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment
  • In partnership with the American Cancer Society
  • More information is here and details about the Australian programme are here.

Thank you to Rubi of She Lets Her Hair Down and Cassidy of On Stage Hair Design for assisting with this post.

Have you ever thought about donating your hair?

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