What to Know About Donating Your Hair to Cancer Victims

Organizations around the world use real human hair to make wigs for cancer patients and others who face hair loss as a result of illness. If you’re thinking about shaving your head to show solidarity with someone in that situation, maybe just a cut will do. Either way, here’s what you need to know before you donate your locks for the cause: First, do your homework. Click around to see which charities accept donated hair and read their fine print. Some organizations require at least eight inches. Others require 10 inches or more. A few charities ask for hair that hasn’t been colored or subjected to other chemical processes. Make sure the charity you select can accommodate what you have to offer. Consider recruiting a friend.  Some people find it easier to go through this process with a partner. You and your friend can support each other along the way, posting photos and updates on social media. When the big day arrives, you can go to a salon together and celebrate your experience. Who knows? You might inspire even more people to join in. Do the math.  Generally, human hair grows a half an inch per month. With this information, you can determine when your hair will be long enough to donate. To calculate, you’ll need to put your hair in a pony tail and measure it from the rubber band at your scalp to the tip of your pony. Follow the guidelines of the organization you selected before you cut. MORE: What to know about having dense breast tissue Keep your hair in shape.  For optimum hair health, be gentle! Avoid chemicals and heat. Try to air dry
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