You’ve been growing out your hair for months, perhaps years. You arrive at the salon and within mere minutes, those gorgeous long tresses are gathered into a ponytail, snipped off, and bagged. But, rather than go in the trash bin, they are destined as hair donations. But, where do hair donations go?
Donated locks of ten inches or longer are received by charities to create wigs of human hair, free of charge, for women or young girls who are waging the cancer war. Over 40,000 wigs have been donated to the American Cancer Society Wig Bank since the program’s inception in 2006.
To donate, hair can be natural or color treated but not bleached (this includes highlighted hair). Dreadlocks are also not accepted. If hair is curly, pull a lock of the shortest layer to see if it meets length requirements. Even if you have gray hair it can be used to. However, it is not used in making wigs. It is sold to help pay for the cost of manufacturing wigs.