Wigs For Kids
Not to be confused with Wigs* 4 Kids, this organization located in Westlake Ohio asks that donated pony tails be at least 12 inches. Their wigs* are tailored to withstand the rigors of child play. They also ask that the hair is divided into four sections before it is cut, for hair pulled back in one results in loss of up to 4 inches.
They recommend that you part the hair down the center then part across from the center to just at the top of each ear. Each ponytail must then be wrapped in tissue paper before being placed in a Ziploc bag and then put in a sealed envelope or box and mailed to them.
Their website can be found here: https://www.wigsforkids.org/
Hair We Share
Formed in 2014, this organization in New York is concerned with maintaining the dignity and self-esteem of those who suffer from hair loss. Their recipients are not limited to children or women, but extends to men who suffer hair loss as well.
Their website can be found here: http://hairweshare.org/
Pink Heart Funds Pony Tail Club For Kids
This organization in the UK was launched in 2005 and caters to adults and children who suffer hair loss. The desired length for hair donations is 10 inches. If your hair is in layers you should section it off according to the layers before you make the cut and the shortest layer should be 12 inches. They accept gray hair and hair from all ethnicities. They are also a part of the Amazon Smile project.
Their website can be found here: https://pinkheartfunds.org/
If you are in France, this salon facilitates the donation by assessing, preparing, cutting the hair and mailing it for you.
Their website can be found here: http://www.anydavray.fr/
This organization is for those in Belgium.
Their website can be found here: http://www.haarwensen.nl/
Matter Of Trust
This is the one organization that takes all type of hair: hair that is long, hair that is short, hair clippings, pet hair and pet fur, none of it is rejected. Any hair the others don’t want, this organization will take. They don’t make wigs though. This organization is an environmental agency which collects hair to make hair booms and hair mats to clean up oil spills.
Their website can be found here: http://matteroftrust.org/297/clean-wave-program
I’ve noticed that it’s predominantly Asians and Caucasians who are big on donating hair. It may be so because for a long time we never thought our hair could grow and they don’t usually consider our hair beautiful or of high quality.
Some organizations in this business even flat out say they don’t accept afro hair because they can’t use it, as though black people don’t suffer hair loss too. We’ve highlighted organizations you can donate to in the US, UK, Canada, France, and Belgium.
Black people have hair loss issues worldwide and I am sure somewhere there is someone whose spirit would be lifted to get a gift like this if you are willing to give it. Our hair is important, I can’t imagine living without mine, but some don’t have a choice.
Do you know of any place near you that collects hair donation? If we left out any worthy mentions in this post please leave it in the comments.