One of my 1001 bucket list goals was to donate my hair to Locks of Love. However, after doing more research, I discovered a lot of negative buzz around Locks of Love.
The main complaint I saw was how they don’t always provide free hair wigs to patients but charge on a sliding scale.
I totally get that it costs money to make wigs, plus the administrative costs to run a non-profit, but I also wanted to see what my other options were. I’m a maximizer >>> satisficer.
When it came down to the cut, I had Viola (my hairstylist and now friend!) from Spencer Malay do it during our long layover in Atlanta! They already knew the drill, so easy – peasy.
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Last Updated: August 29, 2022
How to Donate Hair & What You Need to Know
- Your hair must be clean and dry.
- Take care of your hair. Never over brush. Use a wide tooth comb after showering.
- Your hair can be layered, but the shortest length must meet their minimum length requirement.
- Cut hair using a rubber band. Leave it in a pony-tail or braid. No clippings.
- You can tie your hair into at least four to six sections for a more generous donation. You can lose up to 4 inches of hair when pulled into one single ponytail.
- Most prefer non-chemically treated hair, but some accept treated hair in good condition.
- Most can’t accept hair that was cut years ago.
- If your hair is curly, pull it straight to get an accurate length.
- Don’t assume that all organizations provide free hair wigs to patients.
- Place hair in a ziplock bag and send in an outer envelope.
- It takes 10 to 12 ponytails to create a wig.
- Human hair wigs aren’t the first choice for those undergoing chemotherapy, because the wigs have to be made to order and can take up to 2 months. Most cancer patients need a wig sooner than that.
- Most human hair wig donations go to patients with long term hair loss (for example: alopecia).
I decided I wanted my hair to go to Pantene, because women need some love too!
2. Pantene Beautiful Lengths (No Longer Accepting Donations)
Note: No longer accepting donations.
- Minimum of 8 inches or more.
- They give free real-hair wigs for women with cancer.
- Cannot be more than 5% gray.
- No permed or treated hair with permanent color.
- Address: Pantene Beautiful Lengths / Attn: 192-123 / 806 SE 18th Ave / Grand Rapids MN 55744
- Minimum of 10 inches or more.
- They purchase custom prostheses and provide them free of charge to recipients.
- Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
- No bleached hair or dreadlocks.
- Gray hair is accepted and sold to offset manufacturing costs.
- Address: Locks of Love / 234 Southern Blvd / West Palm Beach FL 33405-2701
- Minimum of 8 inches or more (they especially need hair longer that 12 inches).
- They give human hair replacements to children at no cost.
- Will take chemically treated hair in good condition.
- Gray hair accepted.
- Address: Children With Hair Loss / 12776 Dixie Hwy / S. Rockwood MI 48179
- Minimum of 12 inches or more (encourage 14+ inches).
- No chemically treated, gray hair, or dreadlocks
- You can sponsor a child.
- Wigs for Kids never charges the families that are receiving these custom Hair Replacement Systems.
- Address: Wigs for Kids – Hair Donation / 24231 Center Ridge Rd. / Westlake OH 44145
- Minimum of 14 inches or more.
- Offer all services free of charge to the families in need.
- Address: Chai Lifeline / Attention: Hair Donations / 151 West 30th Street, Floor 3 / New York, NY 10001
- You can also sell your hair here for $3-$5 per oz of hair if it passes the Industry Standard Qualifications
- Minimum of 12 inches or more.
- Accepts Gray Hair.
- You can specify the recipient or your hair.
- Address: World of Wigs / 2305 E 17th Street / Santa Ana, CA 92705
Note: They currently have a surplus of hair so they are not purchasing any at this time.
- Minimum of 8 inches or more.
- Accepts colored and gray hair.
- They provide free wigs for cancer patients 19 years and under.
- Use 2-4 rubber bands to keep hair together.
- Address: 360 Hair Inc. (Hair Donations) / Unit #400 / 5954 200th St / Langley BC, Canada V3A 1N3
- Minimum of 3 inches or more (Some places say they accept any length).
- Can be dyed, permed, gray etc.
- Does not need to be bundled in a ponytail or braid.
- They collect hair clippings and other waste fiber donation and produce hair mats and “booms” (sausage shape) to clean contaminated water ways and storm drains.
- Matter of Trust does not accept unsolicited deliveries.
- They will email you an address to ship to (contact: [email protected]).
- Watch this video to learn more.
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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.