Growing up I always had long hair (ok besides the Dorothy Hamill phase). I was a dancer and so we always had to wear our hair up. As I grew older, I stuck with my length (hubs- then BF preferred it that way too). But in 2000, right before I graduated from Grad School, I decided it was time for a change. I had 12 + inches cut off and thus began my journey with hair donation.
Over the years, I have used several programs to send my hair to. Some specialize in children, some specifically for Cancer patients- but all specialize in touching lives in profound ways. Want to get involved? Here are a couple Hair Donation programs for you to consider:
Hair Donation Programs
Children with Hair Loss was created as a resource for ALL CHILDREN who have medically-related hair loss. Their 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. See details on hair donation via CWHL here.
Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene® and the American Cancer Society®. The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong, beautiful hair and to provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country. In the past they have also offer a Give & Get opportunity. The last two years there was a rebate on your salon services, so watch for this offer to come back again.
Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. See details on hair donation via Locks of Love here.
Here are 2 New places to donate hair:
NEW Hawk’s Locks for Kids is an organization founded by AJ Hawk (former Buckeye lineman, now with the Bengals) who is know for his long hair. After his own hair donations, we was inspired to create his own organization to help kids.
Hair Trade is helping to provide essential education to disadvantaged girls, by selling the donated hair to help orphan and poor girls attend school. Campaigns are ongoing in India so girls donate their own hair and are able to contribute to their education and a brighter future. Hair Trade accepts donations from men and women all over the world!
Tips for Donating Hair
Good things to remember about most programs:
- Minimum length is 8-10 in
- Hair must be dry and contained
- Now more than 5% gray or colored (this varies a bit, see each program for details)
- Call your fave salon first! Some salons partner with the specific programs mentioned above and will send in the hair for you or even give you a discount on the cut.
- Take a before and after pic! The programs love to share the pics to encourage others to give!
Have you donated your hair? I would love to hear about your experience. Leave a reply below!