Donating Your Hair for a Good Cause
Dec 16, 2016 05:13AM ● Published by Our Circle Of Moms
(Editor's note: The following column was first published on the Merrimack Valley Moms site "Ourcircleofmoms.com" and is re-published with their permission.)
By Justina Scharf
My hair grows very quickly so every few years I try to donate it.
I usually try to donate to Wigs for Kids but this year I was about an inch shy of their 12 inch requirement so I decided to look into who else I could donate my hair to. I ended up donating my hair to Children With Hair Loss, but their are so many great place to choose from.
Hopefully, this list helps you if you end up deciding to donate your hair to those in need.
Wigs for Kids — Hair Donations
24231 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145
– Minimum of 12 inches.
– Hair cannot be permed, color-treated, or highlighted. Temporary coloring or highlights that washout are acceptable, but must be completely washed out before cutting.
12776 Dixie Hwy
South Rockwood, MI 48179
– Minimum of 8 inches. (Longer is Preferred)
– Non-chemically treated hair is preferred (but any hair in good condition will be accepted).
– Will take chemically treated hair in good condition.
– Gray hair is accepted.
806 SE 18th Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
– Minimum of 8 inches.
– No dyes, bleaches or chemicals.
– No more than 5% gray
234 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
– Minimum of 10 inches.
– Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
– Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.
– Gray hair is accepted and sold to offset manufacturing costs.
– Dreadlocks, wigs, falls, hair extensions and synthetic hair are unusable.
– Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
– Your hair must be clean and dry. (Wet or damp hair can mold during shipping)
– Pull curly or wavy hair straight to get an accurate length.
– Layered hair is usually okay as long as the shortest length meets the minimum length requirement.
– Cut hair using an elastic band. Make sure to cut above the elastic. Leave it in a ponytail or braid.
– Place hair in a ziplock bag and send in a a padded envelope. ( I usually also wrap my hair in a layer of tissue paper to keep it all together during shipping and delivery)