I have donated my hair a few times through the years and so have both of my daughters. We have donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and to Lock of Love in the past, but I always research each time to make sure it goes to the best place possible.
I have kept my hair short for the last few years, so this time it is my youngest son’s turn to donate his hair. He’s 15 now and started growing out his hair when he was 12. He finally decided it was time to cut his hair when his sophomore gym class caused him to “look like a caveman” for the rest of the day at school.
When he decided it was time to cut his hair, he wanted to donate it. He got it cut, brought it to me, and now it’s my turn to research where the best place to send it would be. (I didn’t research it first because I had already donated in the past.)
We want to make sure that it goes to an organization that makes wigs for children and gives them the wigs at no cost to them. So off to Google I went!
First, I found some suggestions from cancer.net about what to do to donate your hair: 1–choose where to donate your hair, 2–read the directions on what that organization requires, 3–make sure your hairstylist follows the directions.
Then I found several organizations to look into:
Locks of Love
Locks of Love makes wigs for children at no charge to the child’s family. They require:
- The shorts part of the hair has to be at least 10 inches long
- Hair has to be in a ponytail and can be braided
- Permed and colored hair is acceptable
- Hair cut years ago is acceptable, as long as it has been stored in a ponytail
- No loose hair can be accepted
- Hair that is too short will be sold off to help cover costs of making the wigs
- Gray hair will be sold off to help cover costs of making the wigs
Locks of Love has a hair donation form that asks you to provide your name, address, and other personal information, as well as giving you the option to make a financial donation as well.
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Pantene Beautiful Lengths no longer takes hair donations as of 2018.
Wigs for Kids
Wigs for Kids makes wigs for children at no charge to the child’s family. They require:
- Hair must be 12 inches long
- Hair 14 or more inches long is preferred
- Measure from the ponytail to where hair begins to make layers or thin due to split ends
- Hair cannot be permed, colored, or high lighted
- Hair must be washed before it is cut
- Gray hair is accepted
- Ponytails must be sealed in a ziplock bag
Chai Lifeline offers many services for families of ill children, besides just making wigs for children at no charge to the child’s family. Besides hair donations, they offer activities for families, trips, counseling, education assistance, and much more. For their hair donation, they require:
- Hair must be 14 inches long
- Hair should be cut dry
- Hair needs to be in a braid or ponytail
- Hair ponytail or braids should be placed in a zip lock back once cut
You can find out where to send your hair donation to Chai Lifeline here!
Children with Hair Loss
Children with Hair Loss collects hair to make wigs for children who are ill or suffer from trichotillomania. They require:
- Hair must be at least 8 inches long
- Clean, dry and in a ponytail or braid
- Rubber bands need to be placed on each end of the ponytail or braid
- Non-chemically treated hair is preferred
- Gray hair is accepted
- Place braid or ponytail in a ziplock bag
You can find the hair donation form on their website and need to include that in the envelope with your ziplock bag of hair. They also give ideas for other ways to help their program, such as host a hair-cut-a-thon or host an online fundraiser for them.
My son’s years of hair growth in pictures!
He chose to donate his hair to…..
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