I’ve been growing my hair out for more than a year so that I can donate my hair. After looking into the different organizations that provide wigs to cancer patients, I decided to support Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Pantene’s program partners with the American Cancer Society to provide free wigs to women who have cancer and lost their hair. Providing hair to these women helps them feel better about themselves and that in turn will help them get better since a person emotional health is as important as their physical health.
Things I’ve learned while researching are:
- In order to maximize the hair you are cutting off, tie your hair into multiple pony tails as opposed to only 1. This way you will be able to utilize the hair on the sides of your head.
- Gray hair is acceptable if it is a small percentage if the wig will be made for an adult. Any organizations who provide wigs to children will not accept hair that is partially gray since no child will want gray in their hair.
- Fully gray hair can be dyed and turned into blonde hair.
- Some organizations only provide discounted wigs instead of providing them completely free of charge.
- Some organizations will require an application that includes pictures, medical notes, essays and personal recommendations.
- Length requirements range from 8-12 inches minimum.
After deciding which organization to donate to and measuring my hair for the 10th time to be sure it was long enough, I went to my favorite stylist to get my hair cut. My stylist sectioned off my hair into 5 ponytails. After my new shoulder length haircut was done, I was ready to pack and mail my hair to Pantene. Its suggested by Pantene for the hair to be washed at least 24 hours prior, be completely dry, and packed in a ziplock bag, and mailed in a padded manilla envelope. Detailed instructions here.
Pantene’s YouTube channel is full of inspirational stories and encouragement to get people involved.