Donating hair is a great, inexpensive way for people to get involved with a charity. Most hair donations are from children who want to help other children; however, anyone can donate hair. Whether you do it on your own or attend a hair cutting and donation event, you'll never regret helping someone in need.
Locks of Love
Locks of Love is perhaps the best known and longest running hair donation charity. The mission of Locks of Love is to make hair prostheses for financially disadvantaged children who suffer long term hair loss from any illness. Hair donations must be at least 10 inches long and bound in a ponytail or braid. All hair colors (except gray) and textures are welcome. You can even donate your permed or colored hair as long as it's not damaged.
If you can print the hair donation form from the Locks of Love website, do so. However, you do not need it to donate hair. Instead, you may print your name and address on a full size sheet of paper and send it along with the hair to:
Locks of Love
234 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405-2701
Pantene Beautiful Lengths Campaign
The Pantene Beautiful Lengths Campaign works with the American Cancer Society to give free human-hair wigs to women who are suffering from cancer. Many women choose the Pantene program because it only requires an 8-inch ponytail. if you've bleached your hair or used permanent dye on it, you can't send it in. If you used vegetable dyes, rinses, and semi-permanent hair color, you can.
National Donate Your Hair Day and Events
One unique feature of the Pantene program is the National Donate Your Hair Day. You can find out more by following their blog. On this day, a lot of salons will help you donate your hair by offering a free wash and style, or a discounted price on cutting. In addition, your area may be sponsoring a local event where you can go and get your hair cut and send it off right there. If you want to organize an event, see the Pantene website Plan an Event page.
Sending Your Donation to Pantene
Like with most other places, you will need to have your hair cut above the elastic band and then wait for it to completely dry. Once it's ready, send it to:
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
806 SE 18th Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Wigs for Kids
Wigs for Kids exists to help children who are struggling with the repercussions of hair loss caused by any condition, including burn accidents, cancer or alopecia. Similar to Locks of Love, Wigs for Kids provides hair systems. The hair systems they provide allow a child to engage in normal activities without worrying about whether or not her hair is going to fall off. Children can even go swimming in a Wigs for Kids hair system. This organization requires 12-inch lengths of hair, but they don't accept gray or chemically treated hair.
Wigs for Kids works with hundreds of salons across the U.S. that offer free or discounted services for people who are donating hair to this worthy cause. Once you've gotten your hair cut and downloaded the necessary form, you can send your hair to:
Wigs for Kids - Hair Donation
24231 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145
Wigs 4 Kids
Wigs 4 Kids is a non-profit organization partnered with the Childhood Leukemia Foundation. It serves children ages 18 and under who live in Michigan and are suffering from hair loss. While the program is focused on the state of Michigan, its scope is far reaching. The Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center not only provides hair systems for kids, but also provides allied health services and holistic support services for these special kids and their families.
Donating to Wigs 4 Kids
If you wish to donate your hair to Wigs 4 Kids, you'll need a minimum of 10 inches. It cannot be chemically treated or colored and it can't be more than 10% grey. If you live in Michigan, you can visit Go Green Salon, which is located next door to the Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center. They charge $40 for a consultation, cut and style, but 50% of that fee goes directly back to Wigs 4 Kids along with your ponytail. If you don't live nearby, you can mail your donation to:
Wigs 4 Kids
30126 Harper Ave.
St. Claire Shores, MI 48082
Children with Hair Loss
Children with Hair Loss is a foundation that provides wigs for children in need in Michigan. The program offers both long term hair replacement packages and short term options for children who have lost their hair temporarily. The organization supports itself through generous donations, partnering with the community and by selling branded merchandise. If you'd like to make a hair donation, ensure that your ponytail is at least eight-inches long, and send it to:
Children With Hair Loss
12776 S. Dixie Hwy
S. Rockwood, MI 48179
Angel Hair for Kids
Angel Hair for Kids is an arm of A Child's Voice Foundation. The foundation itself has several programs, one of which is Angel Hair. Angel Hair provides hair for financially disadvantaged children in Canada. If you are in Canada and would like to help, you can send your hair donation to:
3034 Palstan Rd., Suite 301
General Donation Requirements
Before you chop your hair and send it off, do make sure that you check the donation requirements of your preferred charity. In general, the following guidelines are common for all organizations that accept hair:
- Hair has to be put into a ponytail or braid and cut above the ponytail holder.
- Donation length requirements vary from eight inches to 12 inches.
- Layers are typically okay, as long as the shortest layer is at least the minimum required length.
- Hair must be clean and dry.
- Hair cannot be chemically altered.
- Hair must be natural - synthetics are typically not accepted.
- Hair that is from the floor is unusable.
- Your cut off ponytail or braid should be packaged in a zippered plastic baggie and then put in a padded envelope
- While it's generally not required, it's always appreciated if you send a small donation along with your hair to help defray costs for the organization.
Do make sure that you read and follow all instructions carefully. If you don't, the organization will not be able to use your hair and it will have gone to waste.
A Life-Changing Donation
If you're looking to make a donation with a measurable, nearly instant impact, this is it. A hair donation is a tangible gift that will change someone's life immediately.