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Everything you need to know before donating your hair.

May 15, 2018


 

“One of the first questions out of my mouth,” Lauren says, describing her reaction to her diagnosis and prescribed treatment plan, “was ‘Am I going to go bald? What’s going to happen?’” **

 

Perhaps you are here because you have been thinking about making a big change in your look, and donating those inches feels like the right thing to do. Maybe it's because you know someone who has faced this difficult struggle, and you want to be a part of a positive impact for women & children facing such an uncertain time. Or maybe you've considered hair donation for a while but making that big of a change in your look causes some pause. A big transformation can be daunting, not knowing what to do with the hair after it's been chopped or even where to donate it can be frustrating. We're here to help. We're gonna answer all your questions, give you a lot of options, and hopefully make your decision a bit easier. Because we love being part of something as special as hair donation and want you to have confidence in your wonderful decision. 

 

What are good organizations to donate to?

 

There are several hair donation organizations, but the biggest ones at play are 'Locks of Love', 'Pantene Beautiful Lengths', and 'Wigs for Kids'. These organizations vary from how long the minimum donation is, to who they donate the hair to. Let's break down the nitty gritty.

 

Lock Of Love:

Locks of Love donates wigs to children facing medical hair loss, at no cost to the child. There has been some misconception with this organization about whether or not they actually do sell the wigs for profit. Let's clear that up. According to Locks of Love's official website : "Shorter hair will be separated from the ponytails and sold to offset the manufacturing costs. Although the shorter hair cannot be used in the hairpieces, it still greatly helps to reduce costs." The point is, the children are still getting the wigs at no cost so you can rest easy. Unlike most organizations, they do accept hair that has been colored, as long as bleach has not been used.

 

Minimum Donation Length: 10 inches. Hair can be layered, as long as the shortest layer is 10 inches.

 

Pantene Beautiful Lengths:

This organization donates the hair to adult women facing cancer, partnered with the American Cancer Society. They do not accept colored, or chemically processed hair at all, and won't accept hair that is more than 5% grey. All donated hair is used solely for the process of making wigs, and none is sold to outside parties.

 

Minimum Donation Length: 8 inches. 

 

Wigs For Kids:

Wigs for kids donates wigs to children facing medical hair loss. They too will not accept hair that has been colored or chemically processed. With this organization, you can donate in memory of someone! There is an option on the donation form to donate in someones memory or honor.

 

Minimum Donation Length: 12 inches.

 

For ladies with curly hair, the curl can be stretched straight and