Donating Hair


Geri-Lynn Nolan, Staff Writer

People who undergo hair loss suffer blows to their self-esteem and self-image. Fortunately, people who have long, healthy locks can choose to donate their hair to help those who are less fortunate. Various organizations accept hair from individuals who want to help out those suffering from short-or long-term hair loss. There are so many ways you can help out, fundraisers, donating hair, donating money, etc.

The organizations that accept hair have strict requirements. Take the time to make sure your hair meets those requirements before donating. For example, some organizations require hair to be a minimum length, not bleached and bundled into a ponytail. Not all organizations will have the same requirements. Research your options before donating to increase the chances that your hair will be used in a wig. Some organizations will accept hair that isn’t suitable for wigs, such as gray hair and sell it to offset manufacturing costs. There is a significant number of organizations that make hair you donate into a beautiful wig. Here is a small list of a few if you are interested; Locks of Love, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, Children with Hair Loss, Wigs for Kids, Chai Lifetime, Hair We Share, and more! Each of these organizations have different requirements, so if you are looking to donate your hair, do a little bit of research and find which one suits you!

Julia Lambert a senior at Goffstown High School recently donated her hair through Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Julia states, “At first, I was only going to get a few inches off but my hairdresser told me I could donate if I cut 6 inches off. I was indecisive because I didn’t know if I wanted to take off that much hair. I had never donated before, so I told her I would do it! I was really happy with the way it came out, but even more happy knowing that my hair is going to a child who needs it.” This organization makes the wigs for free and then donates them to children in need. While children and adults are waiting to regrow their hair, they can wear a wig made from natural hair, which can help boost their self-esteem and image.