After a summer of flowing locks, we’re ready to rock a short ‘do come fall. A spiffy new haircut brings a whole new slew of styling options and the opportunity to donate our shorn strands to a worthy cause. If you’re ready to give your mane new life after your next cut, scroll on to learn about four great organizations in need of hair.
1. Angel Hair for Kids: A Child’s Voice Foundation runs this program, which provides wigs and hair solutions for financially disadvantaged children in Canada who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment. The foundation creates wigs and hair systems and provides them at no cost to the child’s family.
Donation requirements: Hair must be a minimum of 12 inches. No permed/bleached, dyed or treated hair is accepted. Dreads, wigs and synthetic hair are not accepted.
2. Pantene Beautiful Lengths: Since the program began in July 2006, they’ve partnered with the American Cancer Society, donating free wigs to ACS’s wig banks. According to Pantene, the program is the largest national movement and first campaign to create free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer.
Donation requirements: Hair must be a minimum of eight inches, with no dyes, bleaches or chemicals. No more than five percent of hair can be gray.
3. Children With Hair Loss: When this organization opened in 2000, they initially focused on children affected by cancer. Today, they cater to all children affected by medical-related hair loss. They provide customized human hair replacement and care kits to over 300 children a year, all free of charge.
Donation requirements: Hair must be at least eight inches long. Non-chemically treated hair is preferred, and gray hair is accepted.
4. Wigs for Kids: This is a private, non-profit organization that provides complimentary hair replacement systems to under-resourced children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Donation requirements: Hair must be a minimum of 12 inches, and strands cannot be chemically processed or colored. Natural color or highlights that wash out are accepted, along with gray hair.
Have you ever donated your hair? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!
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