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Your guide to hair donation

Do you have gorgeous long locks? Are you looking to help others suffering from a disease that makes their hair fall out? Locks of Love and other similar organizations are great for spreading a little love to those with cancer or other diseases. Once you’ve decided to cut your hair short and want to donate, do your research.

First you must decide what organization you want to donate to, what cause you want to support and what the requirements are for the different organizations. For example, you may want to donate to Locks of Love, but don’t have enough hair to give for their 10 inch required length. Visit the different websites for organizations that create wigs for people with cancer, Alopecia, etc. and check out their requirements and policies for a hair donation.

While you’re researching, find out how much hair you have to give.  It various by organization.  If your hair is curly, pull it straight to measure. Don’t waste your hair or efforts; make sure your hair is not very chemically damaged, very dead, dirty and at least 8-12 inches long. You don’t want to go through all the trouble of cutting and sending your hair in if it won’t be accepted!

Before heading to the salon, check online for the form to fill out with your donation. Fill it out and bring it with you to the salon. Most salons will mail the hair and form for you after your cut. Be sure to explain your hair is being donated and to where before they start cutting. They will measure your hair again and most likely put it into a pony tail because the hair must be cut above the pony tail and the hair cannot touch the floor. It should also be dry. They will most likely put the hair in a bag and seal it for you.

If you need to mail it yourself, head to your local post office and they will help you get the postage and seal it in a padded envelope. Sounds easy enough right? Not only will you have a chic new short cut but you will have made someone’s day by giving them a wig to make them feel beautiful again! Spread the word on how easy hair donation is and how much it helps others.

Have you ever grown your hair out to donate? How did it make you feel?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.