If you want to change up your look but you’re hesitating, donating your hair knowing that it will bring comfort to somebody else might be the motivation that you need. Here at Bored Panda, we found these great pictures of people who donated their hair to charities that make wigs for people (often children and young adults) who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment, alopecia areata, and other medical causes. Getting a wig as a gift can bring some security and normalcy to kids who are struggling with losing their hair, and fortunately, hair is a renewable resource that these people had enough of to share.

Hayley Pritchard, a hairdresser from Liverpool, UK, tells Bored Panda that she thinks increased publicity about hair donation encourages more clients to choose that path. “In recent years, people might have a big hair change but wouldn’t initially think about donating that hair. Now, with advertising and word of mouth, it’s much more popular,” she says.

The hairdresser loves seeing positive changes like these firsthand: “As long as the client is well prepared, so far we have always had a very positive response. A change is always shocking for everyone, but a few flicks and ruffles of their new shorter hair, every client so far has always had the biggest smile on their face. With the added bonus they are helping a great cause.”

Scroll down to see some of these big changes and upvote your favorites!

#1

My Nephew Grew His Hair Out For Two Years To Donate To Kids With Cancer

My Nephew Grew His Hair Out For Two Years To Donate To Kids With Cancer

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cyberbird 6 days ago

Beautiful

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Today My Six Children And I Donated Over 17 Feet Of Hair To Children With Hair Loss

Today My Six Children And I Donated Over 17 Feet Of Hair To Children With Hair Loss

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#3

She Donated 30 Inches Of Her Hair To Make Wigs For Children With Cancer

She Donated 30 Inches Of Her Hair To Make Wigs For Children With Cancer

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Rhon 6 days ago

Gorgeous hair!

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Donating your hair takes commitment. Many of these people say they grew their hair out for years to meet their donation goal. When your hair has been with you for such a long time, chopping it off can make you feel like a different person, and it might feel like a loss that’s difficult to get used to at first.

Hair grows back, though, and while you wait, you might find that stepping out of your comfort zone has made you more confident and adventurous.

Some people even have the routine down, growing their hair out and donating it every few years. Respect to everyone who’s willing to take great care of their hair for years to give a quality donation!

#4

And Just Like That... Bye-Bye Long Hair

And Just Like That... Bye-Bye Long Hair

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DeviLish 6 days ago

I'm sorry for what you've been through but even in that fact u gained my maximum respect by donating your hair.

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#5

8-Year-Old Was Bullied For 2 Years While Growing His Hair Long To Make Wigs For Kids With Cancer

8-Year-Old Was Bullied For 2 Years While Growing His Hair Long To Make Wigs For Kids With Cancer

2 years ago my son saw a St. Jude commercial that changed his life forever. He chose to do his own research and find a way to help. After 2 years of growing his hair, Christian has reached his goal of donating over 10 inches in 4 ponytails. He has chosen to donate to the "Children with hair loss" foundation. He has endured an awful lot of criticism, and yes even bullying, throughout this time. From his peers calling him a girl to even coaches and family friends telling him he should cut it or offering him money to. Even still, he has never once, strayed from his goal and always took the time to educate others on why he made the choice to grow his hair. I am one proud mommy as always.

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Foxxy 6 days ago

So heartbreaking that people are so cruel especially when someone is trying to do something nice.

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Here It Is Guys, My 22 Inches Of Hair Ready To Be Donated To The "Little Princess Trust"

Here It Is Guys, My 22 Inches Of Hair Ready To Be Donated To The "Little Princess Trust"

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Molly Porter 6 days ago

Beautiful hair!

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If you’re interested in donating your hair, start by looking up which wig-making charities operate in your country, which ones will accept your hair based on its length and condition, and what you want your donated hair to be used for. For instance, some charities make wigs exclusively for children and will not accept grey or highlighted hair.

People donating their hair in the US often choose Children With Hair Loss, Wigs for Kids, and others, while Little Princess Trust is a popular choice in the UK. If you’re unable to donate your hair, but want to contribute, many organizations also accept monetary donations to offset the cost of manufacturing wigs.

Keep scrolling for even more pictures of people who chopped their hair off for a good cause!

#7

Today My 7 Year Old Donated Her Hair To Charity

Today My 7 Year Old Donated Her Hair To Charity

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frosty34 5 days ago

She's so adorable

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#8

I’ve Been Growing My Hair Out For 4 Years For Donation. Finally Cut It And Feel Like A New Man

I’ve Been Growing My Hair Out For 4 Years For Donation. Finally Cut It And Feel Like A New Man

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Stevie 6 days ago

First of all: awesome! Second: he looks like he jumped from the 80th straight to 2019

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#9

Before And After Cutting Off My "Floof." This Was A Few Years Ago. It Got Donated, And I Never Went Back

Before And After Cutting Off My "Floof." This Was A Few Years Ago. It Got Donated, And I Never Went Back

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife 5 days ago

Rocking the short hair! Some little girl is going to be so happy with your curly locks!

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#10

I Shaved My Head For Cancer And Donated My Hair For A Wig

I Shaved My Head For Cancer And Donated My Hair For A Wig

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Laana 6 days ago

With a smile like that she can wear a basket on her head and still look gorgeous!

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#11

My Brother And Father Have Leukemia. I Donate My Hair And Blood Every Chance I Get. Please Donate As Well. Every Whole Blood Donation Can Save 3 Lives

My Brother And Father Have Leukemia. I Donate My Hair And Blood Every Chance I Get. Please Donate As Well. Every Whole Blood Donation Can Save 3 Lives

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Foxxy 6 days ago

How devastating that her dad and brother both have leukaemia. I hope they both can get through this tough time. As someone who has received a blood transfusion, thank you to everyone who takes the time and donates such a precious gift.

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#12

Last Year I Decided To Shave Off And Donate My Waist Length Hair For St. Baldrick's And Raised $1000+ For Pediatric Cancer Research Grants

Last Year I Decided To Shave Off And Donate My Waist Length Hair For St. Baldrick's And Raised $1000+ For Pediatric Cancer Research Grants

My scalp is colorful because the 4 year old I nanny was upset my "princess hair" was gone so I explained to her that my hair is going to another little girl without any and she can paint my head with her hair paints to make it fancy.

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Susan Gardner 5 days ago

Awwwww

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#13

Been Growing My Hair Out For 5 Years, Today I Had It Cut To Donate

Been Growing My Hair Out For 5 Years, Today I Had It Cut To Donate

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UnicornHuman 5 days ago

aww she looks amazing with those little curls!

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#14

It’s Been A Month!? It Still Feels Weird Seeing Photos Of Myself With Hair

It’s Been A Month!? It Still Feels Weird Seeing Photos Of Myself With Hair

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#15

A Year Ago I Cut Off My Hair And Donated It. Here's A Before And After, One Year Difference

A Year Ago I Cut Off My Hair And Donated It. Here's A Before And After, One Year Difference

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Geoffrey Holland 6 days ago

From death metal to synth-pop.

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#16

This Is My 5th Time Donating My Hair To Make Wigs For Children That Have Lost Their Hair Due To Chemo And Radiation

This Is My 5th Time Donating My Hair To Make Wigs For Children That Have Lost Their Hair Due To Chemo And Radiation

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Molly Porter 6 days ago

I bet any kid with your beautiful hair would be lucky!

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#17

Maybe Not The Best Idea To Shave My Head In Winter, But 25 Inches Was Donated To "Little Princess Trust" In Aid To Make Wigs For Children. Feeling Great For It

Maybe Not The Best Idea To Shave My Head In Winter, But 25 Inches Was Donated To "Little Princess Trust" In Aid To Make Wigs For Children. Feeling Great For It

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Jacob-Becca Gizmo the Squirrel 5 days ago

You should feel good about it. Some people don't have the courage to make drastic changes for other people. Good for you. Good for everyone in this list.

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#18

Donating More Than Half Of Hair

Donating More Than Half Of Hair

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Foxxy 6 days ago

Her new hairstyle really suits her.

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#19

We Finally Did It! We Decided To Donate To "Hair We Share"

We Finally Did It! We Decided To Donate To "Hair We Share"

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Hannyyy 5 days ago

Can I just point this out.... The way they look at each other is so sweet!

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#20

Donated All Of My Hair

Donated All Of My Hair

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Ellen 6 days ago

She actually can pull off the shaved head look beautifully. What a doll.

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#21

I Donated My Hair A Few Weeks Ago. First Time Doing It

I Donated My Hair A Few Weeks Ago. First Time Doing It

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Susan Gardner 5 days ago

I don't know what to say. Gorgeous before. Gorgeous after. AMAZING hair!

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#22

Donated My Hair And Some Of You Gave Money, So Here Is A Before And After. My Head's Cold, But Thank You Guys So Much

Donated My Hair And Some Of You Gave Money, So Here Is A Before And After. My Head's Cold, But Thank You Guys So Much

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Zoe's Mom 6 days ago

Holy Smokes; look at them eyes!

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#23

So This Happened Today. This Very Brave Lady Is Donating Her Hair To "Little Princess Trust" Charity, What A Lovely Thing To Do

So This Happened Today. This Very Brave Lady Is Donating Her Hair To "Little Princess Trust" Charity, What A Lovely Thing To Do

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife 5 days ago

She looks amazing with her new cut and style!

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#24

Donated My Hair. I Feel Like A Different Person

Donated My Hair. I Feel Like A Different Person

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Wendy 5 days ago

Wow - He LOOKS like a different person! ☺

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#25

I Donated My Hair To "Wigs For Kids" This Week

I Donated My Hair To "Wigs For Kids" This Week

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反社会的 5 days ago

This seemed like a good place to say that this is a great organization to donate to (it gives wigs to kids for free unlike locks of love which makes kids pay for it)

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#26

It Took Me A While, But I Finally Did The One Thing I Wanted To Do For A While Now - Donate My Hair To Use For Cancer Patients

It Took Me A While, But I Finally Did The One Thing I Wanted To Do For A While Now - Donate My Hair To Use For Cancer Patients

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Beth Arriaga 6 days ago

Beautiful!!

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#27

So Long To Long Hair! Donation On Its Way To "Little Princess Trust"

So Long To Long Hair! Donation On Its Way To "Little Princess Trust"

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JOVIE JIMENEZ 5 days ago

I like the new haircut. Suits her well.

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#28

Every 2 Years I Grow My Hair Out So I Can Donate It, Here's A Before And After Photo Of What I Look Like

Every 2 Years I Grow My Hair Out So I Can Donate It, Here's A Before And After Photo Of What I Look Like

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Molly Porter 6 days ago

Did you donate your beard as well?

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#29

I Decided To Cut My Hair And Donate It So It Can Be Used To Make A Wig For A Cancer Patient That Has Gone Through Chemo

I Decided To Cut My Hair And Donate It So It Can Be Used To Make A Wig For A Cancer Patient That Has Gone Through Chemo

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Charles Hillz 5 days ago

Omg

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#30

I Donated My Hair For The 6th Time Today

I Donated My Hair For The 6th Time Today

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Juan Mejias 6 days ago

Talk about fast growth!

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