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Donating Hair

by Posted on March 22, 2019

hair donation in Winston Salem

It’s a noble idea to consider chopping your long, luscious locks to help kids with cancer. Tocco Haircutters gets several calls a week asking about this and we’re skilled and knowledgeable in the various organizations and what they accept and how hair is used. Here’s what you need to know before calling a salon and asking about a hair donation!

  1. Different organizations accept different hair in different lengths and different conditions.Don’t rule out a donation just because your hair is gray or chemically treated or because you think you aren’t going to cut off enough to make a difference. We’ve included a comparison chart at the end of this article to assist you knowing what major organizations require and what they do with the donations.
  2. Send your own donation! The only way to truly make sure that your hair ends up at the intended donation site is to send it yourself. Every employee at Tocco Haircutters has worked for an employer in the past that wasn’t so scrupulous.  Hair sometimes ends up in the trash, either maliciously or by accident. Just make sure things are done right and do them yourself!  (Tocco Haircutters provides a plastic bag for shipping along with a card spelling out requirements and directions for the specific organization you choose. Make sure your salon does the same!)
  3. Your hair must be clean and dry. If you come to Tocco Haircutters with wet or dirty hair, we will need to do a shampoo and/or blow dry service to make the hair “donatable.”If you don’t wish to pay for these services, shampoo your hair at home and make sure it’s 100% dry before coming to the salon. If you put it in the bag even slightly damp, it will mold en route to its intended recipient and it will likely be discarded.
  4. Here are some other things to consider:
    1. Taking good care of your hair will help ensure that a donation site can use it for a wig.
    2. Layers are ok, but the shortest length must meet their minimum length requirement; putting your hair in 4 ponytails helps ensure that the donation organization can use the most of it in actual wigs. A single ponytail can eliminate up to 4 inches of use!
    3. Curly hair should be pulled straight to get an accurate length measurement.
    4. It takes 10 to 12 ponytails to create a wig.
    5. Human hair wigs aren’t the first choice for those undergoing chemotherapy, because the wigs have to be made to order and can take up to 2 months. Most cancer patients need a wig sooner than that. Therefore, most human hair wig donations go to patients with long term hair loss (for example: alopecia).
Organization Recipients Minimum length Do they sell donations? Do recipients pay for wigs? Is gray or colored hair ok?
Wigs for Kids Children with medical hair loss 12” No No Not colored. Gray ok.
Children with hair loss Children and young adults under 21 8” No No Yes
Locks of Love Children with medical hair loss 10” Yes No Not colored. Accepts gray but sells it.


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Tocco Haircutters of Winston-Salem, NC

5389 Robinhood Village Dr
Winston Salem, NC 27106

Email: info@toccohaircutters.com

Telephone: (336) 922-hair (4247)

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