Thursday, September 20, 2012

Donating Your Hair

While in New York, I cut 10 inches off one of my best friend’s hair to be donated to Locks of Love. The decision happened within seconds (that's another blog post). I told her she could either cut 8 inches off and donate her hair to adults or 10 inches and donate it to children. She answered "I like kids" so 10 inches it was.

Have you ever donated your hair to make a wig for someone with medical hair loss? There are three main non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that make hair pieces for people with medical hair loss. They all have different hair donation requirements and their wigs go to different people (e.g. Locks of Love only makes wigs for minors under 21). I've broken down the requirements for all three below. 

All the organizations share the below requirements:
·         Your hair must be donated in a ponytail or braid.
·         The ponytail must measure the minimum required length from one end to the other.
·         Hair must be clean and dry, placed in a plastic bag and sent by mail.

          ·         Hair must be at least 12 inches long (if curly, it can be pulled straight to measure 10 inches)
          ·         Do NOT accept colored, highlighted, bleached or permed hair
          ·         Wigs are donated to children under 18
          ·         Wigs donated due to hair loss from chemotherapy, ratiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical reasons
          ·         More info here

          ·         Hair must be at least 10 inches long (if curly, it can be pulled straight to measure 10 inches)
          ·         Accept colored or permed but not BLEACHED (highlights)
          ·         Wigs are donated to children under 21
          ·         Wigs donated due to hair loss from the following : Alopecia, Cancer, Ectodermal Dysplasia-A, Loose Anagen Syndrome, Trichotillomania, Telogen Effluvium, and Trauma
          ·         Hair that can't be used will be sold to offset manufacturing costs
          ·         Print out donation form here

          ·         Hair must be at least 8 inches long
          ·         Do NOT accept chemically treated hair (bleach, dye, perm, highlights, chemically straightened)
          ·         Do NOT accept hair that is over 5% grey
          ·         Wigs donated to women of all ages
          ·         Wigs donated to women with hair loss due to cancer treatment
          ·         Partnership with the American Cancer Society
          ·         More info here

image of Anna May Wong via retrogasm
graphics designed by Becca Clason

7 comments:

brittney said...

I've donated my hair twice before, but I always did it at the same salon, and they took care of mailing everything for me. I want to donate again (probably in January) and this was the perfect post! All the information I need! Thanks.

Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

I cut about a foot off of my hair the other day and really wanted to donate it, but since it's bleached, I couldn't. :(

Janie Kamenar said...

I was just thinking I wanted to donate my hair but not sure if I could stomach 10 inches off. Thanks for the info, 8 inches will be perfect for me. :)

Lost In Cheeseland said...

This is such a helpful guide, I'll definitely be sharing this with friends, thanks Rubi!

Giselle Taminez said...

My daughter donated her hair when she was 8, she cut 12 inches off. I'm not sure if she would do it again because it has taken a while to grow back...maybe I should do it next!

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