So you have been growing your hair out and are ready to cut it short. What should you do with all that hair? Donate it to a worthy cause of course! Many children and women suffer from hair loss for a variety of reasons, but can’t afford a custom wig that will give them their confidence back. There are quite a few charitable organizations that collect ponytails to make into wigs for children and women that have lost their hair due to cancer, alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues. How do you know which organization to donate to though? Here is a quick overview and infographic of five great non-profits to donate your beautiful hair.
This Michigan based company provides custom wigs at no charge for children who have hair loss from cancer, alopecia, burns, Trichotillomania and other rare diseases and disorders. Donated hair must be at least 8 inches in a ponytail or braid that clean and dry. Non chemically treated hair is preferred, but any hair in good condition is accepted, including gray hair. A certificate of appreciation will be sent when your hair is received.
One of the most well-known and publicized wig provider. They help financially disadvantaged children under 21 suffering from long term hair loss from any diagnosis (mostly from alopecia). A minimum of ten inches is required and colored or permed hair is acceptable, but not bleached hair. Gray hair is also accepted, but will be sold to help offset the cost of the wig. It takes about 6-10 ponytails to make one wig. You should receive an acknowledgment of your donation within 60 days.
Pantene has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide wigs for women with cancer. They require at least 8 inches of completely dry hair and don’t accept chemically treated hair or ponytails with more than 5% gray.
Another Michigan based company that provides wigs for children in Michigan at no charge. 10 inches of hair is the minimum and it cannot be colored, chemically treated or more than 10% gray. It takes about 10-12 ponytails to make one wig for a child. You will receive a thank you letter within 30 days after your donation is received.
Not to be confused with “Wigs 4 Kids”, Wigs For Kids is an entirely different organization. They provide children with complimentary wigs that are custom to the child’s original hair. They require a minimum of 12 inches and prefer 4-6 sections instead of just one ponytail. Hair cannot be chemically treated colored or gray. With any donation, make sure the hair is clean and dry. Moldy hair cannot be used and will be thrown away.
As you can see these are great organizations and any one of them would be a good choice to donate to. If you’re still not sure, please check out this infographic to help make your final decision. May your new, shorter hairstyle be fabulous and thanks for donating to such a great cause!