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How to Donate Your Hair

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Hair donation organizations and tips

There's been a lot of publicity over the past few years related to hair donation, including Hillary Swank's highly public hair cut on Oprah and Penn Jillette's pony-tail chopping. Before you take the plunge and donate your hair, however, make sure you do your homework in choosing a charity, take great care of your hair and have lots of patience!! Hair only grows about half an inch a month, so it takes a while to get those eight-12 inches needed to donate.

I decided to grow my hair out to donate to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program myself. Forty was approaching and the plan was to chop my hair off when I hit that milestone. (First time was Memorial Day weekend 2009! Love my new do!) The program appeals to me because it gives away the hairpieces, and it's the only one I've found that supports adult women. (Of which I am one!) But my sister-in-law and nieces made donations to Locks of Love with their church. You have to pick the one that speaks to you.

On the pages of this site, you'll find a list of charities that accept donated hair, tips on growing your hair out, resources for choosing that new hairdo and more!

Hair Donation in Three Steps

It's just that simple to donate your hair

This lens has a lot of information related to donating hair, but the whole process boils down to three easy steps:

Hair Donation: Step One

Choose your charity to donate your hair to. You'll find a lot of options and you might pick based on who the charity helps. Or just on the amount of hair you have to give. But do your homework and choose wisely, based on why you want to donate.

Hair Donation: Step Two

Grow your hair to the required length. This means taking care of your hair and yourself so it's as healthy as possible. Remember, hair only grows about half an inch a month, so this is quite a commitment!

Hair Donation: Step Three

Make the cut!! You can do it at home or have your stylist do it for you. Just be sure to follow all the directions given by your chosen charity. If you don't, they might not be able to use it and all your hard work (and heart) will have been for nothing.

Made the cut May 24! Looking forward to enjoying short hair for the summer!

Made the cut May 24! Looking forward to enjoying short hair for the summer!

Made the cut May 24! Looking forward to enjoying short hair for the summer!

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Do You Really Want to Donate? - Make sure you're ready before you step up to the scissors!!

Hair is something both personal and emotional for many of us. Which explains why charities that give or discount wigs for children and adults who lose their hair because of cancer and other disease have such appeal. But make sure you're giving up your hair for the right reasons and to the right place to make those reasons valid.

Once you're sure you want to donate your hair, do your homework. Make sure you understand how the hair will be used, who will benefit and the requirements for making a donation. This is a big decision and you don't want to have donor's remorse later. And don't let anyone pressure you into cutting your hair if you change your mind. You'll find many of the organizations will be just as happy with your check as your hair (if not happier!).

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Hair Donation: Step One - Choose a group to give to and learn the guidelines

You probably have some specific and personal reasons for wanting to donate your hair. Maybe you had a relative with cancer and got to see first hand the personal side to hair loss. Maybe you are just planning to make a big style change and want your hair to do something better than take up space in the trash. Whatever your reason, step one in making that donation is deciding where to donate.

There are several organizations that take donated hair. Most use the hair to make wigs for children with some sort of hair loss, although there is one group that gives to adults and another that uses hair for mats rather than wigs. Make sure you do your homework on any organization before making a decision. Check to make sure their mission resonates with your personal reasons for wanting give.

Once you've decided what group you want to give to, check their guidelines to make sure your hair's long enough and that it's in appropriate condition to donate. This is critical to make sure your donation is usable.

Pantene beautiful lengths hair donation program

Pantene beautiful lengths hair donation program

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Pantene Beautiful Lengths was created to bring people together to share their strength and donate their beautiful, healthy hair to create free wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

The Entertainment Industry Foundation and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to distribute the Pantene Beautiful Lengths real-hair wigs for cancer patients around the nation. While this program aims to assist as many cancer patients as possible, ultimately the number of free wigs that become available will depend entirely on the number of ponytail donations received.

As Pantene Beautiful Lengths wigs are created, they are distributed for free through select American Cancer Society wig banks across the country.

Benefits: Women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment

Donation Guidelines:

  • Minimum of 8 inches long
  • Wavy/curly hair texture is fine-you may straighten hair to measure
  • Hair should be freshly washed and completely dry, without any styling products
  • Hair may be colored with vegetable dyes, rinses and semi-permanent dyes. It cannot be bleached, permanently colored or chemically treated
  • Hair may not be more than 5 percent gray

More information:

Wigs for Kids hair donation program

Wigs for Kids hair donation program

Wigs for Kids

Wigs for Kids

Since the organization began, Wigs for Kids has provided thousands of children with complimentary, custom-made hairpieces to help them look themselves, so they can enter back into the world without the ridicule and embarrassment associated with hair loss.

Benefits: Children who have lost hair as a result of chemotherapy, radiation treatments, alopecia, burns, or other medical circumstances

Donation Guidelines

  • Hair must be clean and dry.
  • Hair that has been cut and saved is suitable for donations.
  • Requested minimum length of hair donation is 12+ inches. (Pull curly hair straight to measure.) They will accept ponytails as short as 10 inches but definitely nothing shorter.
  • Gray hair is acceptable, but hair that has been chemically processed - permed, colored or highlighted - is not

More information on their website:

Locks of Love hair donation program

Locks of Love hair donation program

Locks of Love

Locks of Love

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Benefits: Financially disadvantaged children 18 and younger with medical hair loss

Donation Guidelines:

  • Hair must be at least 10 inches (preferably 12") in length
  • Hair must be free of bleach. Colored hair and permed is acceptable.
  • Hair must be clean and dry
  • Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
  • Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist.
  • Cannot accept dreadlocks. Also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
  • Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.
  • Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
  • Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
  • Gray hair will be accepted and sold to offset the manufacturing costs.

More information:

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Children with Hair Loss

Children with Hair Loss

Created as a resource for all children who have medically related hair loss. Mission is to empower these children to become whole again by making hair available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need.

Benefits: Children under age 21 experiencing hair loss due to a documented medical condition

Donation Guidelines:

  • Hair should be at least 8 inches in length; longer is preferred.
  • Hair must be clean and pony-tailed or braided (this keeps the hair in one direction).
  • Non-chemically treated hair is preferred (but any hair in good condition will be accepted).
  • Gray hair is accepted.

More information:

Childhood Leukemia Foundation hair donation program

Childhood Leukemia Foundation hair donation program

Childhood Leukemia Foundation

Childhood Leukemia Foundation

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national non-profit organization that offers a wide range of services at no charge to children living with cancer and their families. Our goal is to make sure children battling cancer know they are not alone.

CLF provides thousands of custom made, 100% human hair wigs with kid-friendly hats (Hugs-U-Wear) to children around the country. Each custom-made hat/hair headpiece costs $150, an expense many families strapped by ongoing cancer-care cannot afford and which isn't covered by insurance.

Benefits: Girls who have suffered hair loss due to a variety of cancer treatments

Donation Guidelines

  • At least 12" in length (curly hair can be pulled straight to measure 12")
  • Chemically untreated from permanents or hair dye.
  • Do not accept gray hair (not suitable for children)
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Angel Hair for Kids

Angel Hair for Kids

This organization is focused on kids in Canada and is a program of A Child's Voice Foundation there. They budget $800-$1000 to cover manufacturing and related costs for each hairpiece, so encourage cash donations as well as hair.

Don't confuse this one with the Angel Hair Foundation (listed below), which is solely focused on the state of Oregon. I found searching for info the Canada group that the Oregon group came up a lot in the results.

Benefits: Financially disadvantaged children in Canada who have lost hair due to a variety of medical conditions or treatments

Donation Guidelines

Wig Fund hair donation program

Wig Fund hair donation program

Wig Fund

Wig Fund

Wig Fund is quite a bit different from the other hair donation organizations, so make sure you understand just what you're giving to here. Rather than a non-profit that takes the hair to make wigs for random people, with Wig Fund, you're giving your hair (or money) to a specific individual.

There weren't a lot of funds set up when I went to take a peek, but note that there was one that was taking gray hair for donation. Many of the funds seem to be looking for cash rather than hair, but you might find a person you'd like to send your hair too if you poke around. This is definitely the way to go if you want to give your hair to a family member or just know exactly who is getting your hair.

The hair is collected by a wig maker, which then makes a custom wig for the recipient.

Benefits: Any individual who sets up a fund to accept donations of hair and cash to get a wig

Donation Guidelines

  • Only guidelines I could find related to selling your hair to the wig maker
  • Some funds listed specifics for their hair donations

Regional and International Organizations

In doing some searching, I did find a lot of organizations that accept hair donations outside the US or for specific regions. I've listed some of the ones I've found here for your information. As always, pay close attention to the details of how they use the hair and who gets the hairpieces.

Freedom Wigs

  • Location: New Zealand
  • They will pay you for your hair or you can donate money.
  • Hair must be over 14" to sell. Less than 14" can be donated
  • Wigs are sold at subsidized rates in New Zealand and around the world via independent resellers.

Little Princess Trust

  • Location: UK and Ireland
  • Specify that they do wigs for boys and girls
  • They accept hair that normally can't be donated, but note that the hair doesn't necessarily end up in a wig. All donated hair is sent to China to be made into wigs, just not necessarily wigs for the trust. The trust receives wigs back in payment for the hair.
  • Wigs are provided for free to children.

One Wig Stand

  • Location: Lebannon
  • Accept a little gray, but standards for donation are typical for other donations.
  • Group is involved in education for women on breast cancer
  • Specifically focused on adult women

Angel Hair Foundation

  • Location: Oregon, USA
  • Focused on hairpieces for kids in oregon
  • They do accept gray hair
  • Prefer hair to be non-chemically treated, but will take any hair in good condition.
  • Minimum of 12" or longer is preferred.
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Why Gray, Treated or Dyed Hair Is Usually Not Accepted

It takes at least six ponytails and up to 20 ponytails to make a wig. Ponytails come from different people and are a variety of shades, and even though some hair colors may look similar, including gray hair, each is completely unique. To make a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color throughout, donated ponytails must be processed and then dyed to the same shade. This is a large part of why few organizations accept gray or chemically treated hair. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create wigs of consistent, natural-looking color. Gray hair, as well as some chemically treated or permanently colored hair, does not absorb dye at the same rate as other types of hair. It is much harder to color and, once colored, fades more quickly. Most permanently colored hair, once it is processed and re-colored, is too fragile and breakable under the rigorous processing required during the production of a wig.

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Hair Donation: Step Two

Grow your hair long and strong - You want it the best it can be to donate

You don't want your donation to go to waste, so make sure you put the time and effort into taking care of your hair as it grows out. Keep in mind any requirements your chosen charity might have in terms of chemical treatments (perms, haircolor, etc.) as well as the length to shoot for.

Key things to remember:

  • Heat is the enemy!! This means blow-dryers, curling irons, straighteners, hot water even. Now, I still wash with warm water (who wants to take a cold shower!), but avoid all other heat sources. I just wash at night now and let it air dry. It's made a huge difference in the health of my hair as it's grown.
  • Consider using a special deep conditioner once a week. I've never liked the hot oil treatments that much. I used the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask for a few months and loved it, then switched to one from Pantene. It takes a long time to use up one of these tubs! I think I had fewer split ends with the Neutrogena product, so I'd definitely recommend it. There are lots of options for deep treatments, though.
  • Careful with the hair products!! Most of them contain alcohol, which is really drying. Unless you desperately need them to keep your hair from becoming just crazy, go lightly here.
  • For some people, it is possible that areas of your life such as diet, exercise, hours of sleep, and stress affect hair growth. Healthy habits will promote healthy hair!
  • Yes, what you eat can impact how your hair grows. In addition to my regular vitamins, I've been talking extra doses of biotin. Check out the link below for more on the special hair vitamins out on the market.

Hair Donation: Hair Care Aware

Get some help from the experts to grow your hair out in top condition.

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Hair Growth Progress T-Shirt

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Hair Donation: Step Three

Time to make the cut

Lucky you!! You get to try a new hairstyle! Review the guidelines for your chosen charity, then head for the salon. Or, you can just grab a friend and make the donation cut at home yourself.

  • Ask if your salon gives free haircuts when you're ready to donate. Some organizations keep lists of participating salons on their websites.
  • Know how much you want to cut (and keep in mind how much will be left once you've cut enough for the donation).
  • Discuss your new style options with your stylist before he/she starts cutting. Your new dream hairdo might not be possible once you cut off enough to donate or you might need to leave some parts longer than others to make the new look happen.
  • Hair should be freshly washed and completely dry. Do not put any styling products into your hair before cutting it.
  • Gather your hair into a ponytail. Secure the ponytail with an elastic band. Ensure that the band is tight so as to keep the hair together after cutting it. You can put a second hair band around the middle of the ponytail to help keep the hair together.
  • Measure your hair from just above the elastic ponytail to the ends to determine if your hair meets the donation agency's requirements. If you have wavy or curly hair, you may straighten it first before measuring.
  • If your hair is layered, separate each layer into its own ponytail. It is okay to submit multiple ponytails of different lengths.
  • Follow the mailing instructions of the organization you have chosen to donate to. Be sure to include a piece of paper with your name, address, and phone number so that you can be contacted should there be any questions about the condition of your hair.

Bald and Bold

Thoughts on this lens? Questions? Planning to donate your hair or have you done it in the past? Let's hear from you!

Most of the answers to your questions are on this site. Check the links above or any of the previous questions to see if it's been answered already. Thanks!

Tanya on August 07, 2017:

I donated 12" of my hair on weekends. I can't wait to do it again

Jessica Harris on November 09, 2016:

That picture of the person with short hair, after the haircut, is of me. I had my hair cut in the spring of 2010, for a change before going to Chicago for a concert. It was cut at Great Clips in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

jammer430 on April 29, 2014:

I donated back in '02 and sent it to Locks of Love . I was gave about 12 in. Am about ready to do it again because my hair is below my knees. It's hard to brush it this long.

Thanks for the update! It may be just the thing to get me going!!

Hope they have salons close to where I live.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on January 09, 2014:

Very thoughtful and informative lens, SusanVillasLewis, that does a good job about raising awareness. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

bunkerful lm on October 21, 2013:

Great causes here. Thank you for the list of organizations. I had no idea there were so many to choose from :)

Belva Boggs on October 16, 2013:

I am a licensed cosmetologist and used to work in the shop, but now I am a stay-at-home mother and writer. I used to get so emotional when someone would come in to donate their hair. It may not mean a lot to the person giving it, but it sure does to the person receiving it! Thanks for this lens.

techgadgeteer on October 12, 2013:

Great lens. I am thinking of donating my hair when it reaches a good length. This lens is very inspiring.

steadytracker lm on September 05, 2013:

My mom donated her hair after her stroke. She had long hair too, went all the way down to her thighs. I am certain it was enough to help many children.

Marcel White on August 26, 2013:

Doing good is fine but inspiring many others to do, is still better. Congratulations.

sierradawn lm on August 16, 2013:

If my hair weren't gray I think that I might donate it after reading this lens. My brother grows his hair very long to donate regularly. In ancient Egypt it was the custom for teen aged girls to sell their hair for wig making, then to donate the profit to the cause of their choice. The popular cause back then to donate to was wildlife protection & conservation.

BlowDryBar on August 04, 2013:

I love this. I haven't donated my hair in a several years but I think you've inspired me to grow it out to donate again!

bluelily lm on July 21, 2013:

Here in India people from different walks of life donates or offers their hair at Trirupati Balaji once their prayed is answered.

These human hair are also used make large size mats to extraxt oil from sea due to spillage.

anonymous on June 26, 2013:

A great lens; and it's the first I'm hearing about hair donation. Thanks for sharing.

asmond5 on June 21, 2013:

I really enjoyed this lens. Hate to say it but I had never heard of donating hair before. It does seem like a great way to help cancer survivors. I had bladder cancer myself. I was lucky tho the treatment they were able to give me didn't cause any hair loss but I can tell you the first thought that went through my mind when I was told I had cancer was "will I lose my hair?" so I can certainly relate to the subject.

warhistory on June 19, 2013:

Amazing!

nicolekato on June 12, 2013:

This is excellent. I donate my hair to Locks of Love, and it feels so good to be able to give back. Not to mention having long hair tends to make my neck really hot.

anonymous on June 10, 2013:

I'm supposed to donate my hair after my friend's wedding in two weeks and I can't wait!! This will be the first time my hair has been long enough to donate since middle school!

clevergirlname on June 05, 2013:

I grew my hair down to my butt then cut it up to above the shoulders. I took good care and didn't subject it to dyes or heat. I donated it and felt wonderful about it!

carol2 on May 30, 2013:

After my son got a childhood cancer my daughters donated their hair to Locks of Love. My youngest donated a second time after her hair grew out, and I think she's planning to continue donating as often as she can. She was only 10 years old the first time she donated. It's a great way to help those going through chemo.

Susan (author) from Texas on May 30, 2013:

@Joy2013 LM: I'm not aware of any specific charities in France that accept hair. There are a couple in the UK I have on this page, but I haven't spent much time looking for groups outside the US. Most of the ones I know about I just stumbled across.

erbeaz on May 13, 2013:

I'd love to donate my hair, but alas, I'm pretty grey now.

anonymous on April 22, 2013:

I was diagnosed with renal cancer in Oct 2012. My treatment req'd removal of 1/3 of my only kidney...but I did not require chemo, which means I got to keep my hair. When I meet the requirements, I will have a donation so that at least one person who DID lose their hair to treatment can get a wig...I was lucky so I must give back, only fair!

GrimRascal from Overlord's Castle on April 12, 2013:

I find hair donating weird. hehe.

anonymous on March 28, 2013:

I know an husband/wife team that both donated their hair. He explained to his employer what her was doing, and they let him grow is hair long for this project.

CristianStan on March 21, 2013:

Haha, I doubt my hair could be donated. But thanks for the lens, I've been trying to get a lot of my friends to donate their hair

Dawn on March 04, 2013:

I am waiting until after winter to get my hair cut for locks of love charity. So far, it is to my waist.

anonymous on March 02, 2013:

Excellent lens. Truly amazing work going on which until I read this lens I knew nothing about!

Susan (author) from Texas on March 01, 2013:

@anonymous: Hair is thrown out if it can't be used in some way. That means it either doesn't comply with the guidelines (not long enough, bleached, etc.) so it can't be used in hairpieces. I have read that some of the groups will sell hair that doesn't meet their guidelines but is acceptable to a general wig maker in some way.

Most of the charities send out thank you letters, but there is no way to show your actual hair in an actual hairpiece, so they do not send you that kind of info.

anonymous on February 28, 2013:

I'm cutting my hair today at 12 pm I'm been nervous I haven't cut it in over 2 years!! It's down past my butt lol.. I want a charity that shows your hair was actually used. I heard most of the time your hair gets thrown out and I want to make sure my hair is actually being used. Does anyone have any information on that?

Lee from Derbyshire, UK on February 28, 2013:

Great lens. I heard today in the news about in SA that they're literally robbing and stealing people's dreadlocks - so in light of that, this page is a very positive contrast!

miller83 on January 28, 2013:

Never knew hair donation existed. What a great concept. Love the lens.

john9229 on January 25, 2013:

Seriously, I do not know that hair can be donated. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

Susan (author) from Texas on January 18, 2013:

@anonymous: You can donate it to any of the organizations on this page. They're all national, though, so you'd have to mail the hair. There are the odd regional organizations like the one mentioned above in Oregon and I ran across one in Ohio once as well. But this isn't the kind of thing that tends to be locally done. Your best bet might be to contact your area children's hospital or an area oncologist to see if they know of anything in the area.

anonymous on January 17, 2013:

Where can I donate my hair? I live in Phoenix Arizona, is there a places where I can donate it in my location?

anonymous on January 02, 2013:

I've been working on this endeavor for over two years now... first year plus to grow out the foiled color and get it all trimmed off, then to get more than the required length... I am doing this and donating to Beautiful Lenghts in remembrance of my best friend in college who suffered w/cancer for many years before finally being taken by it. Her name was Darla Rothacher Purl. So all of you out there who are struggling with this, know that it will be worth it and may just be the thing that brings comfort to a cancer patient. My cut comes this friday, 1/4/13. And good luck to all!!

chas65 on December 20, 2012:

I so much admire those that make such sacrifices for the benefit of others. Most of us guys my age barely have enough hair for ourselves and fading fast. But I know how devastating it is for ladies of all ages to lose their hair.

xtianfriborg13 on December 16, 2012:

Nice way of making your hair usable!

Susan (author) from Texas on December 12, 2012:

@anonymous: As far as I can tell, Locks of Love is the only one that charges ever and it does it on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. (They do also give some away for free.) The rest of the ones I have listed here give all their wigs away free.

Susan (author) from Texas on December 07, 2012:

@anonymous: It doesn't need to be in a braid to send it in to donate. Just bundled like a ponytail as opposed to a big tangled pile. (If you've got a big pile and not a ponytail, I'm not sure it's worth the time to pull all the hairs out into a neat line, then put on a rubber band to keep it from getting tangled.)

anonymous on December 06, 2012:

I cut my hair, but now it's in a huge bundle and I don't know how to pull it out to braid it, help?

webgal on December 05, 2012:

wish i could, but i swim and i'm a curlytop. good luck to you all!

Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on December 04, 2012:

What a wonderful cause! Awesome lens!

anonymous on December 04, 2012:

Do any of these organizations give the wigs they make away for free? My dad is looking to donate his hair, and he'd like to make sure that who ever gets his hair doesn't have to pay for it.

Thanks!

rawwwwwws lm on November 24, 2012:

What a wonderful cause, blessed.

Didijudy from Canada on November 21, 2012:

What an awesome lens. Wish I'd have long hair to donate. It's such a good cause! Great job!

PiccadillyPunkin on November 18, 2012:

What a REALLY neat lens! I wish I had come across this before I cut my hair a few months ago. I considered donating my hair, but it just just a little too short...now I wish I had waited and grown it longer so I could donate!

dodgecommander on November 18, 2012:

nice lens, wish i have a long hair :)

Susan (author) from Texas on November 18, 2012:

@anonymous: Chemically or just with a flat iron? A lot of places actually straighten your hair out either with a flat iron or by blow dry styling so you get a better idea of just how much hair is being cut, so that's fine. But chemical straightening wouldn't be.

anonymous on November 17, 2012:

Can I cut my hair today if it is currently straightened?

anonymous on November 12, 2012:

i think donating my hair is a great idea because it helps kids with cancer and it makes them feel more enthusiastic about going out

anonymous on November 12, 2012:

My hair is so long, never bleach, perm - coloured done any thing before very silky no split ends. Always take very good care all of my life I am over 50 Indian my hair colour is dark brown I am so please to give as donation my hair I hope is going to be useful for somebody.

Susan (author) from Texas on November 07, 2012:

@anonymous: I'm not as familiar with henna, but I'm assuming it doesn't color with a chemical process? In which case, I would think that would be OK. (My hair is a shade of turquoise right now, but it's not a chemical color, so it washes out and can be dyed over so I know that would be fine.)

anonymous on November 06, 2012:

I have used henna in my hair for several years...will my hair be okay to donate?

Susan (author) from Texas on November 01, 2012:

@anonymous: As long as the hair you send is healthy and not bleached, it should be fine. Doesn't matter what the hair left on your head looks like! :-)

anonymous on October 31, 2012:

@anonymous: im in new zealand and there are a couple here that take grey hair.maybe if you were that keen you could send it to the orginisations in new zealand!!

anonymous on October 29, 2012:

Can I donate part of my hair? I have bleached the crown of my hair. But everything else is natural.

Susan (author) from Texas on October 20, 2012:

@anonymous: Yes - as long as it's been cut out and what you're left with to donate is virgin hair, you're good.

anonymous on October 19, 2012:

I have bleach in my hair right now, but I'd like to donate my hair once I cut it out and grow my hair to the appropriate length. Is that allowed?

anonymous on October 14, 2012:

Well, I have grey hair would like to donate it cancer wigs. Surely there is an easier way to bring in grey hair and make wigs. Grey is naturally not all one color. Many cancer victims are grey haired. I want to grow mine out, it is 4" now and donate it.

SherriDW on October 12, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this lens. I've had a few close relatives that have both donated and received hair. I think it's great.

anonymous on October 09, 2012:

@Lewister: I have to agree Susan. How do we tell if our hair is only 5% gray? Mine's about 7-8 inches (depending on whose measuring, and only the top areas of my head seem to be starting gray. Too many of my friends have had chemo (in their 50's) and wouldn't mind gray hair.

anonymous on October 08, 2012:

my hairs are very short and not so strong i will do something to donate them thanks for the lens

Susan (author) from Texas on October 06, 2012:

@anonymous: Do you mean where can you get it cut for donation? Or is there an organization in the Austin area that takes donated hair?

For the first, anyone can cut your hair to donate. Just look below for the directions and you could pull a stranger off the street to it. Not much to it. As to organizations, I don't know of any local ones - just the national ones listed.

anonymous on October 05, 2012:

Where can I donate my hair here in Austin somebody know or i

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Fox Music on October 03, 2012:

Thank you for this great lens about donating your hair - my wife donated fourteen inches this spring to the "Pantene Beautiful Lengths" program to create free wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

pearls2cents lm on October 03, 2012:

This is a very nice lens...it got me thinking. I have been growing out my hair for about a year and was thinking of cutting it. But now I want to grow it out more so I can donate it. Thanks!

Susan (author) from Texas on September 25, 2012:

@anonymous: I'd be more interested in what Charity Navigator has to say than the BBB in this case. And, given that people are donating hair - which costs them nothing - rather than money, I'm not sure even that would be relevant. I want to know my money is being used wisely; the hair was just going to get tossed anyway.

anonymous on September 24, 2012:

A lot of these charities have no or poor reviews by the Better Business Bureau. :/

Susan (author) from Texas on September 23, 2012:

@anonymous: True. But with the exception of the Pantene program, the rest of these are making hairpieces for _kids_. Who don't need or want to have one with gray hair. The donated hair is frequently dyed to get the entire hair piece the same color and gray hair doesn't take color the same way the rest of the hair does, which is also why most won't accept it.

thegrayrabbit on September 23, 2012:

I get teary eyed every time I think how strong these people are both the givers and receivers. Inspirational lens and reminded me of how thankful I am.

anonymous on September 22, 2012:

I am in agreement that more places need to accept gray or graying hair. Women are more 'into' (if you will) the fact that gray hair is okay now...I guess you could say it's 'in'...So, we need more gray wig or hairpiece options out there. For those of us who wish to donate, our options are limited at this point in time, which I don't mind, as long as I know there is someone going to be able to use it. I know Locks of Love uses gray hair to cover manufacturing costs and that's all well and good, but we need the hairpieces and wigs as well for those who are going through the chemo and losing their gray hair and don't want a brown, blonde, brunette or black wig!!! :)

kgdunst on September 21, 2012:

This is a real hair donation. It would be a great idea to introduce this to the parents society club in the schools.

Kim from Yonkers, NY on September 20, 2012:

AS soon as I have the money for a cut, I'm going to donate probably to Locks to love. But if my salon kows which needs it more, I'll let them know that one.

Imight have to wait a couple more years as not only do I have to have the 12" but I want extra so I don't get Hair cut shock!

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on September 19, 2012:

Nice lens, I'm seriously thinking about donating to locks of love, but I'm stuck on deciding to cut it.

TonyB

ToneyWernsman on September 07, 2012:

Nice lens... if it makes a difference in even one person's life, you've done a very good thing! :)

KarlHarer on August 30, 2012:

Great informative lens!

PhilipFowles on August 28, 2012:

Well I don't have much hair to donate, but I'll definitely tell my girlfriend about this. Thanks for the cool lens! :)

Josavich LM on August 28, 2012:

Lots of good info here. My wife cuts hair for a living and has had many people donate their hair over the years.

VspaBotanicals on August 26, 2012:

It's a very inspiring and lovely lens!

anonymous on August 26, 2012:

Nice Lens. My hairs are not good enough to donate thanks for motivating. And i prefer donating human body parts.

t2000q on August 25, 2012:

I did this about 4 years ago in honor of my grandmother who died of cancer, was great to be able to pitch in to help others.

anonymous on August 21, 2012:

@jazziyarbrough: actually, Locks of love will take colored hair, as long as it is not bleached

CarlynMitri on August 20, 2012:

Dang... I should've been donating my hair this whole time! Well at least I know now!

unqedomain on August 15, 2012:

Thank you so much for this information , I really appreciate it!!!

anonymous on August 08, 2012:

@anonymous: Wigs for Kids DOES accept grey hair. There's a link above. Good luck!! I have two little girls who want drastic hair cuts so I'm trying to figure out where to donate and how much they actually take off to be able to!

Tas3000 on August 04, 2012:

I can imaginE that losing your hair as a child would be a nightmare. Sign me up!

anonymous on August 03, 2012:

Returning to cheer on those thinking of donating their hair, what a wonderful act of generosity!

fathomblueEG on August 02, 2012:

I am proud to say I donated my very long red hair to locks of love this past June. It was a very wonderful feeling to help others out there that enduring without the simplest dignity they deserve. Donate today if you haven't already:-)

Danielle from Australia on July 31, 2012:

What a lovely lens! I had no idea that hair donating was out there.

Thank you for promoting awareness about this. I would be devastated if I lost my hair, it would be a beautiful gift to give to somebody.

lezsaysit lm on July 21, 2012:

Touching and useful. Thanks for sharing.

lovetolink on July 20, 2012:

My daughter has also donated her hair twice. Proud mom :)

Onemargaret LM on July 07, 2012:

We donate kidneys, livers, and more. Why not donate hair? Love your lens.

vivamywedding on July 04, 2012:

I never knew that donating your hair could help many worthly causes. Will look into it. Thanks for the very detailed info.

anonymous on June 27, 2012:

My daughter has donated her hair twice already and we are planning our third trip to the salon. I am so proud of you Emma.

anonymous on June 26, 2012:

@anonymous: I agree. My husband's hair is very long, thick, wavy, silver, women are always telling him how beautiful it is. I finally have him interested in donating, now no gray hair.

mysweetjane lm on June 26, 2012:

what a great idea to help people out rather than leave it on the hairdressers floor!

tonyplaysthemambo on June 23, 2012:

Just donated to Locks of Love for the third time about a month ago. Unfortunately, it takes me about four years to grow it out long enough to donate. Great resource and some really great organizations!

anilsaini on June 22, 2012:

nice lens

anonymous on June 18, 2012:

I am truly bummed. If 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and over 60% feel that hair loss is the single worst side effect, why can't I donate my gray hair for some nice older woman? My mom had brain surgery and had to have her head shaved. There was no one to give her any donated hair. Why is gray hair so unwanted?

CameronPoe on June 09, 2012:

This is a great idea. I've read about celebs donating hair for causes and I like it.

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