Last Updated on September 2, 2019
Donate Hair to an Organization You Can Trust
There are many reasons that children and adults lose their hair and unfortunately, there is oftentimes not a magic treatment. Many people chose to wear a wig or head cover, but these can oftentimes be expensive.
Not all states and countries cover the cost of a hair replacement. This is where organizations that specialize in creating wigs from donated hair come in. They provide wigs at a low-cost or free of charge to people who qualify.
Choosing the Organization You Trust
If you or someone you know is considering donating hair or making a monetary donation, there are many things you may want to know when choosing where to donate.
The criteria for donated hair can vary widely, fraud is all too common, and many organizations use the majority of donated hair for purposes other than helping those in need.
The four organizations below recommended have a strong reputation over many years. They appear to direct as much of the funds and hair donations as possible to free hair. We are confident in recommending that you donate hair to them.
Be sure to ask your salon or hair stylist if they participate in donations with and specific organizations. Often times they are able to tell you if you are able to donate your hair and can prepare your hair with the correct cutting requirements in order to donate. Sometimes salons offer free haircuts if you will be donating your hair.
If you are a salon owner and interested in participating in a donation program, you can reach out to the following organization of your choosing and register with that organization.
Wigs for Kids
Wigs for Kids comes recommended by the American Cancer Society and donates over 125 hairpieces per year.
Donation Page: http://www.wigsforkids.org/donate-a-ponytail
Headquarters: 24231 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145
Donation Recipients: Girls and boys who lost their hair due to a medical reason.
Contact: 440-333-4433 Contact Page
Donation Form: https://www.wigsforkids.org/hair-donation-form-2/
Hair Requirements: https://www.wigsforkids.org/donate-your-hair/donate-a-ponytail/
- At least 12 inches in length
- Hair must be clean and dry
- Hair cannot be permed, color-treated, or highlighted. Temporary coloring or highlights that wash out are acceptable but must be completely washed out before cutting. Gray hair is accepted.
- Tie hair into at least four sections (six are even better) around the head for a more generous donation. Hair that is pulled into one ponytail or braid results in a loss of up to four inches of hair. To do so:
- Make a center part
- Starting from this center part, part the hair over the top of each ear. This will create four sections of hair
- To create four ponytails, tie the hair in front of each ear into ponytails, and then tie the hair behind each ear into ponytails.Make sure each ponytail or braid is tightly secured. Hair that is loosely wrapped tends to become loose when shipped, making it unusable. PLEASE be sure hair is tight and secured with several rubber bands 2-3 inches apart.
- Cut hair above rubber band.
- Seal all ponytails in a Ziploc bag
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Pantene has donated more than 50,000 free wigs since 2006. They partner with the American Cancer Society® and the Canadian Cancer Society.
They made the decision to no longer accept hair donations as of December 31, 2018.
Locks of Love
Locks of Love provided $500,000 in funding to Columbia University for Alopecia research. 259 custom-made vacuum prosthesis/wigs were provided to recipients with another 147 in production and near completion. Locks of Love held its 6th annual 4 day “summer camp” for 15 recipients (and a parent) facing the same daily challenges of living with alopecia.
Donation Page: http://www.locksoflove.org/
Headquarters: 234 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405-2701
Donation Recipients: Girls and women who lost their hair due to cancer.
Contact: (561) 833-7332 Contact Page
Hair Requirements: http://www.locksoflove.org/get-involved/
- Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
- Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
- Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.
- Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable because it is not bundled in a ponytail or braid.
- Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off.
- We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
- Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.
- Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
- Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
- 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.
- Shorter hair will be separated from the ponytails and sold to offset the manufacturing costs. Although the shorter hair cannot be used in the hairpieces, it still greatly helps to reduce costs.
- Gray hair will be accepted and sold to offset the manufacturing costs.
- Colored hair is not usable if it is colored over bleached hair.
- Because Locks of Love creates custom hairpieces for each child, we are unable to accept donations of wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
Where to Send:
Along with your donation, please include the donation form. Send to:
Locks of Love – 234 Southern Boulevard – West Palm Beach, FL 33405
These are organizations that we are simply unsure about. We are actively working to learn more about each of these organizations.
Cuts against Cancer
Headquarters: Chicago, IL
Phone Number: 312-714-8036
Donation Page: http://www.cutsagainstcancer.org/
Headquarters: New Ross, Co Wexford
Phone Number: 051-421287
Donation Page: http://rapunzelfoundation.com/