Give the Gift of Hair this Season

This year, why not donate your hair to someone who needs it.

Everybody wants to make a difference in someone else’s life. Unfortunately, for most of us, we lack the monetary means to do this in any way beyond the sending of good wishes and the lending of an ear. But what if you could give someone an amazing gift—a potentially life changing gift—and it would only cost you about as much as you’d spend on lunch?

What is this mythical and marvelous gift? Would you believe us if we told you that it is your hair?

This year, why not donate your hair to someone who needs it. There are lots of great organizations out there, like, which will take in hair donations and use them to make wigs for people who need them.

Hair donation is something that has been going on pretty much forever, but it has really surged in popularity over the last few years. This is largely because of organizations like Locks of Love, who take donated hair and turn it into wigs that are then donated to children who have lost their hair due to illness or injury. Since making headlines, more and more groups are getting in on the act. Some hair care product manufacturers, like Pantene, are also taking hair donations now.

It really is one of the very best things that you can do for someone else. Here’s how to do it:

1. Grow out your hair

2. Go in to the stylist or barber and explain that you want to donate your hair. The barber or stylist will gather your hair up into a ponytail of the appropriate length and then cut that ponytail off and put it into a carrying container (typically a Ziploc bag) and give it to you. From there you can cut and style your shorter hair however you like.

3. Take your snipped off tresses home and put them into a mailer.

4. Mail them to the organization that you most want to help out with your hair donation.

That’s not hard, is it?

Before you just chuck that ponytail into an envelope, though, make sure that you read all of the rules that the organization has about the hair people want to donate and make sure that your hair fits the bill. Some donation centers will accept hair that has been colored or through other chemical treatments. Others will not. Find the one that you like the best and that best suits your cut off ponytail’s requirements.

Synthetic wigs are widely available as well but anybody who has ever worked with one will tell you that it can’t hold a candle to a wig made of actual human hair. Those wigs are more natural looking and feeling than their synthetic competitors. For people who have lost their hair, having a natural looking and feeling wig can be a huge boost to their self confidence which, according to a plethora of studies, can be quite beneficial to the person’s recovery.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t you want to change someone’s life today?

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