Why I Donate my Hair

Why I Donate my Hair

Monica Nuxoll, May 20th, 2018

Hair Donation is an often overlooked form of donation that requires more research than locating your nearest donation box. However it is also a donation that can make a huge difference.


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Reasons to Donate Your Hair

Whether someone loses hair from chemotherapy or as a result of a medical condition that affects more than just their appearance. In fact studies show that losing hair during cancer treatment makes patients feel sicker and affects their self-esteem drastically. People with hair loss have higher levels of anxiety and depression, lower self-esteem and poor body image just to name a few. In addition hair loss can errode self-confident and limit them from experience life. With an injured self-image, attitude toward treatment and their physical response to it can be negatively affected also.

The traditional solution was synthetic wigs built from man-made fibers. As one might expect,  synthetic wigs do not always boost feelings of wellness or confidence. Synthetic wigs are ready available but unfortunately, are often stiff and do not mimic the look of real hair so organizations began using natural hair to address these problems. Natural hair donations allow for a broader range of real hair colors and textures and real hair wigs are much more lifelike.

Remember you are giving more than hair you are giving the gift of confidence.

There are few more personal forms of donating than donating your hair. While it may take some time to see the direct impact of your contribution – most ponytails go through three to four months of processing – the result is a beautiful wig for a woman or a child. These natural hair wigs increase confident, help patients suffering from illness feel better and allow the wearer’s to lead more active lives. What’s more special than that.

On average it takes anywhere from 15 to 30 donations to create a single wig. Approximately 2 to 3 inches of each hair strand is used to sew the hair to the wig making it essential that the entire strand of hair must be usable.


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Locks of Love


  • Minimum of 10 inches
  • accept gray hair but not bleached
  • there is no charge for the wig
  • focus on disadvantaged girls less than 21 with alopecia

Locks of love is by far the most popular hair donation organization. Since 1997 Locks of Love has made hundreds of wigs (or prosthesis as they call them) each year. This organization creates wigs from real hair specifically for children to address issues of traditional wigs being too large, to rough and not offered in children styles. The organization receives over 2,000 locks of hair a week making theirs the largest hair donation Collection Center. Locks of Love is a public nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada that are under the age of 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair Prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia which has no known cause or cure. The prosthesis provided helps to restore self-esteem and self-confidence and aibling them to face the world and their peers. Our mission is to return a sense of self confidence and normalcy to Children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetic to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair Prosthetics free of charge.


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Wigs for Kids

  • Minimum 12 inches
  • does not sell hair
  • accept gray hair
  • no bleach
  • does not charge for wig
  • focus on children with any hair loss

Founded in 1981 Wigs for Kids is one of the longest-running hair donation organizations in the United States. The organization has developed wigs for kids that can typically withstand kid activities. They do not Outsource their wig Creations to other manufacturers the wigs are designed for high levels of activity each wig needs 20 to 30 ponytails to create.  

Our mission SJ help children look themselves and to live their lives.

Wigs for kids has been providing Hair Replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy radiation alopecia Burns or any other medical issue at no cost children or their families they never charged for Hair Replacement therefore depend on generous people that want to help donate hair for cancer and other sources of hair loss.


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Pantene Beautiful Lengths

  • 8 inches minimum
  • does not sell hair
  • takes less than 5% gray
  • no bleach
  • does not charge for  wig
  • focus on adult female cancer patient

Pantene beautiful links was established in 2006 since then it has collected over 800,000 locks of hair used to make real wigs for women battling cancer they have donated over 42,000 wigs to the American Cancer Society wig Bank making it easier for Women in Need to find free wigs for them. Find a list of the American Cancer Society wig banks in locations near you. This is the largest national movement and first campaign to create free real wigs for women with cancer. Hair provided by volunteers is used to craft beautiful high-quality wigs by their partner hairuwear then it is donated to a women affected by hair loss from cancer.


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Monica is an  Independent Sales Representative from a small town (900 people) in central Idaho.  She has received awards for sales growth and awards sales levels of $20,000+ for the past several years.  She is a wife, a mother,  a grandmother, and RN.   She has built a social selling business both in person (traditional door to door) and online (with company sponsored e-store) 

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