IN THE LAB 20.03.2024
The In’s and Out’s of Donating Your Hair
The In’s and Out’s of Donating Your Hair

The In’s and Out’s of Donating Your Hair

Since we’ve well documented that The Bob is the official cut of 2024, you may find yourself very seriously considering a major chop. And, if you have a lot of length to cut, you might be considering donating your hair. It’s a beautiful gift to donate something so personal to help someone potentially going through a health crisis, but with all the negative press hair donation has received recently, you may be a bit unsure about what to do. As always, we’re here to help! We’ve done the research to help you decide - why donate, does your hair qualify, what happens, and how to select a reputable organization. 


Why Donate Hair?

Hair donation is a tangible way to support individuals experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions or treatments like chemotherapy. For many, losing hair can be emotionally distressing, affecting their self-esteem and confidence. By donating your hair, you can help create wigs that provide a sense of normalcy and confidence during a challenging time.

How to Select a Reputable Organization

Choosing the right organization is crucial to ensure your donation reaches those who need it most. Here's how to identify a reputable hair donation group:

Mission and Values: Consider the mission and values of the organization. Look for groups that prioritize providing high-quality wigs to individuals in need and are transparent about their operations.

Check Credentials: Look for organizations that are transparent about their mission, operations, and affiliations. Check if they are registered as a non-profit organization and inquire about their track record.

Read Reviews and Testimonials: Research online reviews and testimonials from previous donors to gauge the organization's reputation and effectiveness.

Contact the Organization: Reach out to the organization directly to ask any questions you may have. A reputable organization should be responsive and willing to provide information about their process.

Verify Wig Distribution: Inquire about how the organization distributes the wigs made from donated hair. Ensure they have partnerships with hospitals, support groups, or other institutions to reach those in need.

Transparency: Choose an organization that is transparent about how they use donated hair and the impact of their work. Look for organizations that provide updates on wig distribution and share stories of recipients.

The Donation Process

Hair Length Requirements: Most organizations have specific length requirements for donated hair, typically ranging from 8 to 12 inches. It's essential to ensure your hair meets these criteria before making the cut.

Hair Preparation: Before donating, it's crucial to wash and dry your hair thoroughly. Avoid using any styling products, as they can interfere with the donation process.

Haircut: When getting your hair cut, let your stylist know that you're donating it. They will ensure that the hair is properly gathered and secured for donation.

Packaging and Shipping: Once your hair is cut, place it in a clean plastic bag and seal it tightly. Some organizations provide specific instructions for packaging and shipping the hair, so be sure to follow their guidelines carefully.

Donation Form: Many organizations require donors to fill out a donation form, providing their contact information and details about the hair donation. This helps the organization keep track of donations and communicate with donors if needed.

What Happens to Donated Hair

Once you've donated your hair, you may wonder what happens next. Here's what typically occurs:

Sorting and Processing: Donated hair is sorted and processed to remove any unusable strands, such as those that are too short or damaged.

Wig Making: The processed hair is then used to create wigs and hairpieces for individuals experiencing hair loss. Skilled wig makers craft these pieces to match the recipients' hair color, texture, and style preferences.

Distribution: The wigs and hairpieces are distributed to those in need through various channels, including hospitals, support groups, and nonprofit organizations. Recipients receive personalized fittings to ensure the wig or hairpiece fits comfortably and looks natural.

Donating your hair is a wonderful way to make a tangible difference in the lives of those experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions. Whether it's for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or individuals with alopecia, your donation can provide them with a sense of confidence and normalcy during a challenging time. If you have 8-12 inches of hair to cut, we still think it’s worth considering donation. Not only will you look great with your new Bob, but you’ll feel great knowing you’ve made a difference for someone.