Many cancer and alopecia patients suffer from hair loss. Loss of hair can adversely affect a person’s appearance and so also his self-esteem. Thus, many organizations provide wigs to people suffering from hair loss. This Buzzle article tells you about the places to donate hair.
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Besides providing wigs for free made from donated hair, The Little Princess Trust, also purchases wigs to make sure that the best one is given to the poor boy or girl. The purchased wigs cost them around £350 each.
Donating hair is a great way of helping people who need them, like children and adults who suffer from hair loss due to the treatments they undergo, and many others who suffer from alopecia. There is no cure for this problem, hence many hair donating organizations provide wigs made out of real hair that are absolutely free of charge to these patients. They are indeed doing a wonderful job that has the potential to change the lives of these patients by bringing back their self-esteem and confidence. Though hair donations are mostly from children, anyone can donate hair. So, if you wish to donate your hair, you can do it on your own or can attend a hair cutting and donation event.
In order to prepare your hair for donation, you need to follow the guidelines of that particular organization. The general rules are that the hair must be well washed and dried before it is cut. It has to be of a specific length (depending upon the needs of the organization). It then has to be tied with rubber bands at both the edges, placed in an envelope and sent at the address of the organization. Mentioned below are some of the organizations where you can donate your hair to.
Locks of Love
Locks of Love is a very popular non-profit donation charity that provides wigs to less privileged children (less than age 21) in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss. They meet the needs of children by creating high quality hair wigs out of the donated hair.
They accept all different hair colors and types, except one that is recently bleached. Your hair has to be at least 10 inches long and made into a ponytail or braid and cut at the top just above the rubber band.
Website: Locks of Love
Wigs For Kids
Wigs for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides wigs out of donated hair for children who suffer hair loss because of medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and conditions like alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and other issues. They help children look like themselves and face the world with confidence.
The hair has to be at least 12 inches long, must be clean and dry, cannot be permed or chemically treated, must be tied into at least four sections around the head and made into pony tails or braids, tied at its two ends with a rubber band and cut at the top just above the rubber band.
Little Princess Trust
The Little Princess Trust is a children’s cancer charity that makes real hair wigs for boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who suffer hair loss due to cancer or other medical conditions. They work with skilled suppliers and hairdressers who offer wigs made according to the individual child’s needs to give them a natural look.
For donating, your hair must be clean, dry and in a good condition, can be of any natural color, permed or chemically treated, but in good condition, and must be at least 7″/17cm in length.
Website: Little Princess Trust
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a hair donation program initiated by Pantene that is on a mission to support women with hair loss due to cancer by providing them with real, beautiful, high-quality wigs by their partner, HairUWear® for free. With your help they can help women feel like themselves again.
For donating, the hair should be at least eight inches long, cleaned and dried, bound into a ponytail, tied at both the ends with a rubber band and cut at the top just above the rubber band.
Website: Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Children With Hair Loss (CWHL)
CWHL is an organization that provides human hair replacements to children with medical hair loss at no cost.
For donating, your hair should be at least eight inches long, clean and dry, preferably not bleached or chemically treated, in a good condition, pony-tailed and/or braided, tied with a rubber-band on each end, and cut above the rubber band at the top. Learn more about hair donations on their website.
Website: Children With Hair Loss
A Child’s Voice Foundation™
Angel Hair for Kids™ is a program of A Child’s Voice Foundation™ that makes wigs and hair loss solutions to financially disadvantaged children with hair loss in Canada at no cost. For donating, your hair has to be at least 12 inches long, clean and dry.
Hair donation is definitely a deed for a good cause. It is a gift that will change someone’s life immediately.