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Donating Hair | How to Do it Where to Do it and Why You Should Donate Your Hair

Updated on September 3, 2014

Make Someone's Dreams Come True By Donating Your Hair

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Why Donate Your Hair?

There is so much in life we take for granted. We wake up, we get out of bed, we take a shower and get dressed for the day - rarely do we appreciate the tiny things involved in each of those actions.

For one, the fact that we have a bed to sleep in and a home, another is the benefit of a clean place to shower and clean clothes to wear, as well as a healthy body to put those clothes on!

Not everyone is that fortunate. Millions of men, women and children suffer from hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment for cancer. These people have no control over the fact that their hair will thin or fall out completely.

These individuals are our neighbors, our family, and our friends. Some of these kids are too young to even comprehend what is happening to them.

Fortunately, there is a way to help. That is by donating your hair through one of the many hair donation programs set up to aid those with cancer.

Two of the most popular charities include Locks of Love and Pantene's Beautiful Lengths Program.

Hair donations have become increasingly popular and all donations are made into wigs, then given to individuals who have lost their hair because of medical problems.

If you have thought about giving your hair to a charity, keep reading to learn more about hair donations.

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Ways People Lose Their Hair

There are many ways people can lose their hair, however most charities cater towards patients who are suffering hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment after a diagnosis of some type of cancer.

Cancer isn't the only medical condition that causes hair loss however, and charities like Wigs for Kids, Angel Hair for Kids, and other charities create wigs for people suffering from all types of illnesses that cause alopecia (hair loss that is not natural).

Some conditions that cause alopecia include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, as well as scalp infections and diseases.

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How to Donate Your Hair

Donating your hair is quite simple actually. Currently, there are two large, widely respected programs that accept donations - Pantene's Beautiful Lengths Program as well as Locks of Love.

Each program has certain criteria for those looking to donate their hair, as well as instructions on how to go about the process. Here are both of the programs requirements and details.

Donating Your Hair through Pantene's Beautiful Lengths Program:

Pantene's Beautiful Lengths Program has different requirements from Locks of Love, so make sure you know which program you are working with, so you can be sure you qualify.

For Pantene's program, all hair must be a minimum of eight inches in length, and there is no maximum length.

They accept layered hair, but only if the smallest layers are a minimum of eight inches long. Pantene also accepts international donations from those looking to donate overseas.

When it comes to colored or processd hair, Pantene accepts hair that has been colored with vegetable dyes, rinses, and semi-permanent dyes only. No donations can be bleached, permanently colored, or chemically treated.

To prep your hair for donation, it should be freshly washed, dried, and free of any styling products. All hair must be in a binded ponytail. Any hairs outside of the ponytail will not be used for the donation.

It can help to place one hairband at the top of the ponytail, and then one hair tie at the bottom so none of the strands fall out.

To mail your donation to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths Program, place the plastic bag with the ponytail of hair into a box or large envelope and mail it to this address:

Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Attn: 192-123
806 SE 18th Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Donating Your Hair to the Locks of Love Program:

Like Pantene's program, Locks of Love has certain requirements that people must meet in order to donate hair.

This program requires a minimum length of ten inches of hair, as opposed to Pantene's eight inches. Unlike Pantene's program however, Locks of Love accepts braided hair, whereas Pantene's program will only take hair in neat ponytails.

Simply cut the hair that is to be donated, make sure it is secure with hair ties, and place the hair in a plastic bag.

Fill out the donation form located on Locks of Love website and mail the freshly washed, packaged hair to:

234 Southern Boulevard West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

Note: Locks of Love and Pantene are not the only charities that accept hair donations, many charities have been created to cater to the needs of those who have lost their hair.

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Tips, Tricks and Warnings for Those Thinking of Donating Their Hair

If you are thinking about donating your hair, kudos to you! Before you make any donation though, make sure that you follow the required process step by step and verify that the charity you are sending your hair to is a bona fide organization.

Many people get scammed and donate their hair only for it to be thrown out or misused for purposes that the donor is unaware of beforehand.

Once you find the charity that you want to work with, do some research into the organization. What can you find out about the charity?

Are there any reviews from people who have successfully donated to the program, or testimonials from those who have received completed wigs?

Check the Better Business Bureau's website to verify the legitimacy of the charity. If you are unsure about a charity, find a different one, there are plenty of options!

Note that some places, both salons and organizations themselves, offer to cut your hair for free if you are planning to donate it, so research this ahead of time to save yourself some money!

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© 2014 Kathleen Odenthal Romano

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      Laurie 18 months ago

      My daughter has Brittany has been donating her hair, this will be the 5th time she is donating her virgin red hair! She also live on the Autism spectrum but gets so excited to help others! Her love is truly unconditional and genuine! I'm so proud of my daughter!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have never grown my hair long enough to donate it but this is a wonderful cause and certainly worth promoting which I will do by sharing.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Thank you! I just finished my donation and it gave me such a good feeling! I hope you decide to do it and please let me know if you do!

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I had such long hair, and I couldn't imagine being a little girl and losing all of my hair. I just couldn't image. So why not do something so simple as cut my hair, and possibly make a person with cancer feel more comfortable!

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I appreciate your care for others. I am moved by your hub. You are so generous and at the same time creating awareness among others about the need for donating hair and the means of donating it. If all of us care like this for others, it will be a very lovely world to live in.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Wow! I have lots of hair that grows really fast. Good idea!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      What a wonderful cause! I wish I'd known about these charities before I cut my waist-length hair several years ago. I'll help you spread the word by sharing this post, Kathleen.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Im getting ready to donate my hair myself so figured I would share the info with others!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A great cause and I'm happy to see you promoting it.