Places to cut & donate hair

Updated March 27, 2018

Donating hair to charity can help a financially disadvantaged child experiencing long-term hair loss or a cancer patient to wear realistic looking hairpieces that boost self-esteem through enhancing appearance. There are basic requirements for donating hair to charity and there is more than one setting for achieving this aim. Thinking creatively about the possibilities will help you to find the best solution for you and your desire to help others.


Donating hair to charity from home is relatively easy. Begin by contacting your charity and making sure that you have the 8 to 10 inches of unbleached or non-highlighted hair. Gather your hair into a ponytail and cut above the rubber band with scissors. Place the hair into a collection bag as specified and mail it to the proper address. You will need to either cut and style your own hair or have it done by a professional after cutting off your ponytail.


Many salons love helping people to donate hair. Call your salon ahead of time and ask whether you need to bring your own collection bag and mail the hair donation yourself, or if they provide those services free of charge. It will vary by salon, so it is better to be safe than sorry and call ahead. Prior to arriving at the salon, decide on a new shorter hair style and show a picture to your stylist. She will cut your hair above the rubber band once your hair is in a ponytail and then your cut and styling appointment will proceed normally.


Sometimes people host parties inviting attendees to cut hair for charitable donations. Check to see if anyone in your area is hosting such an event at a club, park, or community centre. If a hair donation event is not currently scheduled, think about hosting one yourself. Check with you charity of choice to see if they provide any assistance in organising a hair donation party. Choose a venue, send out invitations, and get ready to make a big impact on the lives of people in need through sending in a large donation all at once.

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Anne Kinsey is a writer, business woman, minister and coach who is passionate about inspiring others to walk out their career dreams and believe in possibilities. She resides in rural North Carolina with her husband and three children, where they enjoy the great outdoors and serve at-risk youth together.