Getting ready to cut? You can lose inches and donate hair to a charity that makes wigs for people who need them. Several organizations rely on people to donate hair to make wigs for people who need them due medical conditions. Instead of tossing your ponytail away, why not donate your hair so someone who needs it can love it as much as you have.
Charities involved in wig making can use nearly any type of hair. It doesn't matter if the hair is permed, wavy or straight. It doesn't matter if the hair has been colored, unless it's been lightened. Highlighting is a bleaching process and your hair is left much weaker after highlighting, so that one exception is usually made.
Do some research online to find a charity that needs you to donate your hair. You will find some guidelines on the website. There may be a specific length of hair that is required. For example, Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition, requires that all donated hair must be in a pony tail or braid before it is cut and it must be at least 10 inches long.
You can get your hair cut wherever you like, even your regular salon, as long as the guidelines are followed. Ponytails must be washed and completely dry before they are placed into a zip lock plastic bag and mailed in a padded envelope. The hair must be at least 10 inches in length so that after the manufacturing process, there is still at least 8 inches of hair in the wig. Most wigs are made for young girls and most little girls want long hair. The wigs are custom made and sold with long hair. That way the recipient can have their wig styled any way they want.
If you are thinking about cutting your long hair, you can donate your hair to a charity that will use your hair for a child who needs it. Check the Internet for various charities or ask your salon if they participate with a particular non-profit organization that accepts hair donations.