There's been a lot of publicity over the past few years related to hair donation, including Hillary Swank's highly public hair cut on Oprah last year.
There’s been a lot of publicity over the past few years related to hair donation, including Hillary Swank’s highly public hair cut on Oprah last year. Before you take the plunge and donate your hair, however, make sure you do your homework in choosing a charity, take great care of your hair and have lots of patience!! Hair only grows about half an inch a month, so it takes a while to get those eight-12 inches needed to donate.
I decided to grow my hair out to donate to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program myself. Forty is coming up soon and I plan to chop my hair off when I hit that milestone. So I have the opportunity to grow and donate my hair twice. (First time was Memorial Day weekend! Love my new do!) The program appeals to me because it gives away the hairpieces, and it’s the only one I’ve found that supports adult women. (Of which I am one!)
Below you’ll find a list of charities that accept donated hair, tips on growing your hair out, resources for choosing that new hairdo and more!
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Three Easy Steps
It’s just that simple to donate your hair
This lens has a lot of information related to donating hair, but the whole process boils down to three easy steps:
Hair Donation: Step One
Choose your charity to donate your hair to. You’ll find a lot of options and you might pick based on who the charity helps. Or just on the amount of hair you have to give. But do your homework and choose wisely, based on why you want to donate.
Hair Donation: Step Two
Grow your hair to the required length. This means taking care of your hair and yourself so it’s as healthy as possible. Remember, hair only grows about half an inch a month, so this is quite a commitment!
Hair Donation: Step Three
Make the cut!! You can do it at home or have your stylist do it for you. Just be sure to follow all the directions given by your chosen charity. If you don’t, they might not be able to use it and all your hard work (and heart) will have been for nothing.