Donating Your Hair – Resources and Tips

Donate Today!Our hair is a part of us. Many times it defines who we are. The idea of losing our hair can create feelings of anxiety and depression, especially if it is coupled with a debilitating illness. There are many amazing organizations that help women and children who have experienced hair loss as a result of illness by providing them with wigs. These wigs are produced with generous donations of people like you who have sacrificed your hair to help them through the process. Locks of Love is probably the most well-known organization for hair donation, but there are even more. Each facility has different requirements for donation. I thought it would be helpful to list these resources to make it easier to provide the gift of hair to these deserving individuals.

A few facts about hair donation:

  • It takes 20-30 donated ponytails to create one wig.
  • Hair that is shorter than the minimum length and gray hair is sold to help offset the cost of wig manufacturing.
  • Adult wigs are more plentiful, but do not fit children. Therefore, these organizations focus on providing smaller systems that fit snugly and comfortably on kids.
  • The cost of manufacturing one wig is approximately $1800. Your support helps to cover the expense so that wigs can be donated to deserving women and children.

In addition to donated hair, many of these organizations also accept monetary donations and/or you can choose to sponsor a child or their hair replacement program.

Locks of Love

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be 10 inches in length
  • Colored and permed hair is acceptable
  • Highlighted hair is not acceptable
  • Gray hair is accepted

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

Wigs For Kids

Wigs for Kids is a private, non-profit organization relying solely on donations to make durable, custom Hair Replacement Systems that look just as real as a child’s natural hair. Additionally, Wigs for Kids has a link to partnering salons who help with the donation process.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be a minimum of 12 inches
  • Hair that has been colored, permed, or highlighted is not eligible for donation
  • Gray hair is accepted

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

Children with Hair Loss

Children With Hair Loss was created as a resource for all children who have medically related hair loss. It is their mission to empower these children to become whole again by making hair replacement available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be a minimum of 8 inches
  • Non-chemically treated hair is preferred, but any hair in good condition is accepted
  • Gray hair is accepted.

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

Childhood Leukemia Foundation

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national non-profit organization that provides multiple services to children battling cancer and their families. It’s hair Hugs You Wear program focuses on helping children experiencing hair loss from leukemia.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be a minimum of 10 inches
  • Chemically processed hair is not accepted
  • Hair that was cut years ago is not accepted

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society, the largest non-profit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease. The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong, beautiful hair and provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be a minimum of 8 inches
  • Chemically processed hair is not accepted
  • Hair can have a maximum of 5% gray

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

As you can see, there are many organizations passionate about helping women and children living with hair loss. Your charitable contribution of hair or money can greatly impact the way a child feels as they go through treatment. Thank you for taking action on this life changing cause.

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