Hair (donate)

  • Hair from men and women, young and old, and all colors and races are needed.



What You Can Do
  • Donate your long hair to make wigs for children who have lost their own hair because of illness, burn accidents, or cancer treatments.  Monetary donations may also be given directly to the charity.  

    Remember
    - Anyone can cut your hair as long as the charity's guidelines are followed.  Donors are encouraged to
    go to a salon they are already familiar with to ensure their comfort when donating.

  • Sponsor a hair-cutting event to support a hair donation charity.

  • Give haircuts and manicures to men, women, teens and children in homeless shelters and crisis centers. 
Additional Resources

Locks of Love
(nonprofit which receives hair donations)

MISSION & VISION -  Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children.  The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

Who We Service Our recipients are financially disadvantaged children, age 21 and under, suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis, such as an autoimmune disorder, cancer and severe burns.  This hair loss is permanent in most cases. 
 
Benefits To Children - The children who receive these hairpieces have lost more than their hair; they suffer from a loss of self. Many children have been teased by classmates and/or embarrassed by the attention they receive because of their hair loss. They often will withdraw from normal childhood activities such as swimming, going to the mall or even playing with their friends. While wearing a hairpiece is certainly not a cure for these children, it can help restore some of the normalcy to their everyday lives that most of us take for granted.  It is our goal to help provide a foundation on which they can begin to rebuild their self-esteem.

Why We Are Needed
There are several problems facing children who suffer long-term medical hair loss. Most wigs sold by retailers are made to fit adult heads, and are much too big for children to wear. They often require the use of tape or glue to keep them from falling off, and these adhesives can burn or irritate the scalp. Often, the styles of adult wigs are not age-appropriate, and synthetic wigs can mat and frizz with excessive styling.

The hair prosthetics Locks of Love provides are custom-made from donated ponytails for each child’s head.  The hairpiece forms a vacuum seal, like a suction cup, and does not require the use of tape or glue.  Only the wearer of the hairpiece may remove it, by breaking the vacuum seal at the temples. Children can dismiss insecurities about classmates pulling off their hairpiece, or losing it at recess. They can swim, shower and do gymnastics – in short, they can be kids again. Each hairpiece is made from real human hair, and arrives long, so the recipient may style it to fit their face

Guidelines
for
Acceptable Hair Donations

  • 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.
  • Bundle you hair in a ponytail.  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.

Please Note:
  • 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.
  • We are unable to accept donations of wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair, because Locks of Love creates custom hairpieces for each child

  • Hair should be clean, dry, placed in a plastic bag and then in a padded envelope.

  • Most any hair salon will cut hair for Locks of Love.

    Hair salon at:
    13817 E Sprague #12
    Spokane Valley, WA   99216
    509-924-4978
    info@locksoflove.org
    http://www.locksoflove.org


Wigs for Kids

Our Mission:  Helping Children Look Themselves and Live Their Lives!

When Children lose their hair, they don't just suffer physically. The change in their appearance can drastically undermine their self-image and sabotage their self-esteem. To help heal the pain of these struggles, Certified Cosmetic Therapist Jeffrey Paul founded Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that has been serving children suffering from hair loss since 1981.

Wigs for Kids is a cooperative effort among Certified Cosmetic Therapists throughout North America who share a common goal. "Children shouldn't have to worry about how they look, especially when they're in the middle of a health crisis," says Jeffrey Paul. "We want to give these kids the opportunity to feel good about themselves again."

The value of each Hair Replacement is $1,800. "These are custom-made Hair Replacements," says Jeffrey Paul. "Each prosthesis is hand-tied and is made completely from human hair. We make sure they look just like a child's own hair."

“They won't come off on the baseball field or in the playground," he adds. "Kids can count on them. And because kids look just the way they did before, they feel better about themselves. They look in the mirror and their eyes light up. To see that light in their eyes- that's priceless."


Hair Donation Requirements

Hair donations must be a minimum of 12 inches in length to ensure that we can provide prosthetics for children who wish for long hair. It takes twenty to thirty ponytails or braids to create one Hair Replacement.

We cannot accept hair that has been chemically processed -- perms, color treated or highlights. Natural color or highlights that wash out are acceptable. Hair that has been chemically processed will not withstand the chemical processing to sanitize the hair. Gray hair is acceptable.

Hair that is donated must be clean and dry before mailing.

Your hair can be cut at a local salon.  Contact the salon to check whether they offer discounted or free services.


How to Cut a Ponytail

We rely on talented hair professionals to properly cut the ponytails and braids that are then donated to Wigs for Kids. When cutting hair that is to be donated to Wigs for Kids, please follow these simple steps:
  • Make sure hair is a minimum of 12 inches. Pull curly hair straight for a more accurate measurement.
  • Hair must be clean and dry.
  • Hair cannot be permed, color-treated, or highlighted. Temporary coloring or highlights that washout are acceptable.
  • 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, first 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.
  • Cut hair above rubber band.
  • Place the hair in a plastic bag or wrap it in tissue paper.
  • Mail the hair in a sealed envelope (special containers or insurance are not necessary) to:
Wigs for Kids -- Hair Donations
24231 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145
If your salon would like to do more to help Wigs for Kids, you can become an Ambassador or Affiliate Salon.  See their website for more information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Wigs for Kids via telephone at 440-333-4433 or e-mail at info@wigsforkids.org  As always, we are here to support your work in any way possible. We appreciate your efforts to help children look themselves.