If you want to change up your look but you’re hesitating, doing a hair donation knowing that it will bring comfort to somebody else might be the motivation that you need. Here at Bored Panda, we found these great before nad after pictures of people who donated their long 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 haircut transformation 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 long to short hair change is always shocking for everyone, but a few flicks and ruffles of their new beautiful hair, every client so far has always had the biggest smile on their face. With the added bonus they are helping a great cause.”
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My Nephew Grew His Hair Out For Two Years To Donate To Kids With Cancer
Today My Six Children And I Donated Over 17 Feet Of Hair To Children With Hair Loss
She Donated 30 Inches Of Her Hair To Make Wigs For Children With Cancer
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!
And Just Like That... Bye-Bye Long Hair
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.
Here It Is Guys, My 22 Inches Of Hair Ready To Be Donated To The "Little Princess Trust"
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!
Today My 7 Year Old Donated Her Hair To Charity
I’ve Been Growing My Hair Out For 4 Years For Donation. Finally Cut It And Feel Like A New Man
Before And After Cutting Off My "Floof." This Was A Few Years Ago. It Got Donated, And I Never Went Back
I Shaved My Head For Cancer And Donated My Hair For A Wig
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
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.