When you let your hair grow out and then decide to cut it off, have your thought about donating it to a charity foundation? There are many children that suffer from medical conditions that cause severe hair loss, and many of them would hugely appreciate the chance to wear a human hair wig made out of your excess locks!
But what are the requirements and how do you know if your hair is suitable for donation? According to the Little Princess Trust the guidelines are fairly strict, based on the recommendation of the factory that sews the wigs together.
To be eligible for donation, your hair:
- Must be clean, dry hair in good condition (no split ends) from any gender, and of any natural colour. It can be straight, wavy, curly, permed or chemically straightened
- Must contain less that 10% grey hairs
- Cannot be dyed, bleached/highlighted with unnatural colours)
- Cannot be layered shorter than 7”/17cm)
- Must be carefully preserved in its plaits or ponytails if applicable (see below)
Equally, if your hair falls into any of the following categories, it may be unsuitable for donation:
- Hair that is less than 7”/17cm in length
- Dyed an unnatural colour (blue, green, purple)
- Largely/mostly grey hair
- Afro (the wig-maker is not a specialist manufacturer of Afro wigs. The Trust buys these wigs separately)
- Hair extensions
To send your hair, please prepare it carefully. Wash and dry your hair before sending, wet hair will be damaged by the time it arrives, and avoid any styling products. Ask your hairdresser to make plaits or ponytails secured with elastic bands in both ends. Once those long plaits/ponytails are cut off, put them in a clear plastic bag (such as a freezer bag) and seal it thoroughly. After this is done you can continue to have your hair cut as normal if additional styling/trimming is needed.
Once the Trust receives the hair they will send it to a factory where the hair will be blended with additional donations before it’s sewn into a human hair wig. This will then be sent back to the charity for distribution.
Please note that requirements can vary depending on organisation, so always check with your charity before cutting off your hair.