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How To Donate Hair in 2023? Process & Length Requirements

How To Donate Hair in 2023? Process & Length Requirements
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Have you wondered how to donate hair? I recently donated 17 inches of my hair to cancer patients <3

It was kind of spur of the moment thing. And this is my hair donation story 🙂

Last week, I went to a salon to get my hair trimmed. The hairstylist told me that he has started a campaign for hair donation to an NGO who then makes wigs from it for cancer patients. 

I loved the idea.

With the year we are having, I wanted something positive to happen. But trimming more than half of my hair length, instead of just an inch or two was something I hesitated for a moment. After all while you opt for hair donation you need to cut minimum 10 inches of your hair length.

But then I figured, why not? Its just hair… It will grow back.

Plus, my locks of love will help someone feel loved.

And it gives me the perfect opportunity to start a new hair growth challenge. 

Here is a video from Youtube to give you a gist of what a wonderful difference your hair donation can have on someone’s life:

How To Donate Hair?

Firstly, he began by washing my hair with shampoo and followed it up with a conditioner. After that, he brought a measuring tape and asked me how brave I am feeling today 😉 aka what length of hair will I be donating?

He informed me that a minimum of 12 inches is required for hair donation and showed me exactly how long my hair will be after the cut. I was okay to let go of a bit more of my length and we finally decided to cut 17 inches of my hair. 

I was already missing my hair while he was prepping them for the cut. 

I honestly, shut my eyes and felt I wouldn’t as beautiful as before.

But after he finished styling my hair and asked me to have a look, I kind of love myself in a shorter hair for a change.

Here is a glimpse for you guys too…

hair donation

What do you think, not bad right?

How To Donate Hair To Cancer Or Alopecia Patients?

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If you too wish to make someone smile with your precious hair, which I strongly urge you to, then here is how you can donate your hair:

  • Wash your hair nicely with your favorite shampoo and follow it up with a conditioner. Avoid serums, hair sprays or other hair products. Just shampoo and conditioner is fine.
  • Now after your hair dries, just detangle them, part them in two equal sections and make ponytails. 
  • Measure your hair from its ends and tie a rubber band at the mark that you wanna cut. 
  • Cut your hair just above the rubber band to ensure that they are perfectly secure. I would urge you to take someone’s help while cutting to ensure both sides are evenly chopped. 
  • Now securely put the cut ponytails in a zip-lock bag and put it in a box. 
  • Ship it to your chosen NGO’s address and within just 15-20 days they will email you a receipt of acknowledgment along with an e-certificate.

That’s it, your precious hair will now add a new ray of happiness in someone’s life 🙂

Where To Donate Hair?

This is a fair question.

There are lot of options for you to consider. Whether you want the hair to be donated to an NGO that makes wigs for kids, or NGO who makes wigs for cancer patients or alopaecia patients.

Choose an NGO whose purpose appeals you the most. Because all of them are doing a fabulous job at giving it back to the community.

In case, if you can find a hairstylist like I did, who has a tie-up with an NGO, he will cut your hair and take them off your hands right then and there. but in case, if you want to do it on your own, here are some of the best and genuine NGO’s that accept your donated hair.

My Indian Buddies, here are the NGOs that you can consider shipping your hair to:

For My Overseas Buddies, these are some wonderful NGOs you can consider:

How long does hair have to be to donate?

Usually, every NGO has a different limit but a minimum of 8 inches of length is required.

Other Tips To Keep In Mind While You Make A Hair Donation

  • In India, colored hair is accepted but overseas most NGOs don’t accept colored or treated hair. Still check back with the NGO before you ship your hair.
  • With the pandemic, some of the NGOs aren’t accepting hair at the moment so check before shipping your hair. 
  • Do not ship hair of more than one person in the same zip lock pouch.
  • Hair that has touched the floor isn’t useful for making wigs. So make sure you are careful while cutting your hair.

I feel super happy and positive after my hair donation success. 

If you have any queries about hair donation, feel free to reach out to me, I would be more than happy to assist. Also, keep an eye out for a new hair growth challenge. And if you are interested in participating, do reach out to me. We will achieve long hair goals together. 

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