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.”

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#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
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful

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#2

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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Molly Porter
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow

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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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#6

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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwwww

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#13

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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Molly Porter
Community Member
2 months ago

Fearless

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#14

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
Community Member
2 months ago

aww she looks amazing with those little curls!

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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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

Her new hairstyle really suits her.

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#19

Donated All Of My Hair

Donated All Of My Hair

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Ellen
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#20

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
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

She looks amazing with her new cut and style!

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#24

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
Community Member
2 months 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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#25

Donated My Hair. I Feel Like A Different Person

Donated My Hair. I Feel Like A Different Person

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Wendy
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow - He LOOKS like a different person! ☺

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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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

Did you donate your beard as well?

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#29

I Donated My Hair For The 6th Time Today

I Donated My Hair For The 6th Time Today

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Juan Mejias
Community Member
2 months ago

Talk about fast growth!

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#30

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
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg

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#31

Back To The Smooth Head. You Can Actually Hear My Hair Coming Off

Back To The Smooth Head. You Can Actually Hear My Hair Coming Off

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Jacob-Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
2 months ago

Bright smile. Big heart.

#32

Finally Made It! Feels So Good To Refresh Yourself At Times, Especially If It Gives You The Chance To Help The Others Feel More Confident As Well

Finally Made It! Feels So Good To Refresh Yourself At Times, Especially If It Gives You The Chance To Help The Others Feel More Confident As Well

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Femur!
Community Member
2 months ago

It's my imagination, or she looks gorgeous with short hair?

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#33

Why Not Give It To Someone Who Needs It More Than I Do. Donated My Hair For Cancer Patients

Why Not Give It To Someone Who Needs It More Than I Do. Donated My Hair For Cancer Patients

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#34

"Little Princess Trust" - These Locks Are Coming Your Way

"Little Princess Trust" - These Locks Are Coming Your Way

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Wendy
Community Member
2 months ago

I would kill for hair like that!

#35

I Donated My Hair To "Wigs For Kids" Yesterday

I Donated My Hair To "Wigs For Kids" Yesterday

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Good looking both ways, big heart shows in the after.

#36

After 2.5 Years Of Growing My Hair Out, I Cut 14" Off To Donate To "Wigs For Kids". Lost About A Pound And A Half Of Hair

After 2.5 Years Of Growing My Hair Out, I Cut 14" Off To Donate To "Wigs For Kids". Lost About A Pound And A Half Of Hair

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Wendy
Community Member
2 months ago

He looks younger - and the side ponies killed me

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#37

I Donated My Hair. Again

I Donated My Hair. Again

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sforshann
Community Member
2 months ago

nice curvy hair!

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#38

Donated My Hair Today

Donated My Hair Today

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KelsBells
Community Member
2 months ago

Those eyes. Those curls. That smile!

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#39

I Found An Organization Called "Children With Hair Loss" And Lopped Off 11 Inches Of My Hair, And Sent Them The Donation Today

I Found An Organization Called "Children With Hair Loss" And Lopped Off 11 Inches Of My Hair, And Sent Them The Donation Today

Nearly 5 years ago today, my wonderful grandmother Sharon had passed after a long battle with cancer. She was such a fighter! After her passing I vowed I would grow my hair out and donate it to an organization that provides real human hair pieces for people that are going through the grueling chemotherapy process.

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Dear guy to honor his grandmother.

#40

Second Time Donating Hair, Decided To Go Even Shorter

Second Time Donating Hair, Decided To Go Even Shorter

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Darling.

#41

Guys, I Did A Thing

Guys, I Did A Thing

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Jacob-Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
2 months ago

This caption is my fave.

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#42

My 6-Year-Old Daughter Cut Off Over 13 Inches Of Her Hair To Donate

My 6-Year-Old Daughter Cut Off Over 13 Inches Of Her Hair To Donate

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Molly Porter
Community Member
2 months ago

So thoughtful even young kids are doing this too.\

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#43

Before And After, 10 Inches Of Hair Donated

Before And After, 10 Inches Of Hair Donated

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The cation
Community Member
2 months ago

dang. she looks pretty

#44

It’s Donation Time Again

It’s Donation Time Again

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

And kind, too!

#45

Donated My Hair, It Will Be Used To Make A Wig For Children Who Have Lost Their Hair Due To Medical Issues

Donated My Hair, It Will Be Used To Make A Wig For Children Who Have Lost Their Hair Due To Medical Issues

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Whew! Handsome AND caring.

#46

My Hair Grows Insanely Fast. So Much So, That I’m Able To Donate My Hair Almost Yearly, And I Make Every Effort To Do It

My Hair Grows Insanely Fast. So Much So, That I’m Able To Donate My Hair Almost Yearly, And I Make Every Effort To Do It

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Femur!
Community Member
2 months ago

I wish my hair will grow that fast. I'm getting bald in no more than 3 years, I can guarantee it.

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#47

It’s Been 4 Years Since My Dad Passed Away From Stage 4 Cancer. I Grew Out My Hair So I Could Cut And Donate It In Honor Of Him

It’s Been 4 Years Since My Dad Passed Away From Stage 4 Cancer. I Grew Out My Hair So I Could Cut And Donate It In Honor Of Him

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cyberbird
Community Member
2 months ago

He should be proud of you.

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#48

My Kids Have Done It Again! They Are Donating Their Hair To "The Little Princess Trust" For The Second Time In Just Over 3 Years

My Kids Have Done It Again! They Are Donating Their Hair To "The Little Princess Trust" For The Second Time In Just Over 3 Years

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Iggy
Community Member
2 months ago

Well done, kids!

#49

I'm Donating My Hair After 14 Long, Arduous Years Of Growing It Out And Plan On Having A Hairwell Party In Its Honor

I'm Donating My Hair After 14 Long, Arduous Years Of Growing It Out And Plan On Having A Hairwell Party In Its Honor

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

So handsome. That's a lot of time invested.

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#50

We Wanted To Give Chloe A Stylish Revamp. And A Bonus Is That She Can Donate Her Old Locks

We Wanted To Give Chloe A Stylish Revamp. And A Bonus Is That She Can Donate Her Old Locks

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful hair. She'd look great with more architectural hair to show off her excellent bone structure.

#51

Donated 20 Inches From My 3 Foot Long Hair To "Wigs For Kids"

Donated 20 Inches From My 3 Foot Long Hair To "Wigs For Kids"

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David Stutzmann
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful smile !

#52

Said Goodbye To My Security Blanket And Feel Like A New Person. 11 Inches Donated To Children With Hair Loss

Said Goodbye To My Security Blanket And Feel Like A New Person. 11 Inches Donated To Children With Hair Loss

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

New look is fabulous!

#53

Finally Decided To Do The Big Cut And Donate My Hair To The "Little Princess Trust"

Finally Decided To Do The Big Cut And Donate My Hair To The "Little Princess Trust"

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#54

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

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

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Foxxy
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s a pretty impressive beard.

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#55

For Two Years, He's Been Growing Out His Hair To Donate It, On His 10th Birthday. No Amount Of Teasing Or Being Mistaken As A Girl Changed His Mind

For Two Years, He's Been Growing Out His Hair To Donate It, On His 10th Birthday. No Amount Of Teasing Or Being Mistaken As A Girl Changed His Mind

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
2 months ago

Awesome! Rock on little dude!

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#56

Long vs. Short. I Donated 14 Inches To "Children With Hair Loss"

Long vs. Short. I Donated 14 Inches To "Children With Hair Loss"

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Femur!
Community Member
2 months ago

Those beautiful eyes, also a beautiful soul, sharing your hair ♥

#57

As Much As I Loved My Long Hair I Love Helping Someone Else In Need

As Much As I Loved My Long Hair I Love Helping Someone Else In Need

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Iggy
Community Member
2 months ago

The new short style is really great.

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#58

Been Growing Out My Hair For 2 Years And Have Decided To Shave It Off And Donate It

Been Growing Out My Hair For 2 Years And Have Decided To Shave It Off And Donate It

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Femur!
Community Member
2 months ago

Good dude! :D

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#59

Soo Proud Of My Lovely Lara Who Decided To Get 12 Inches Of Her Beautiful Mermaid Hair Cut Off To Donate

Soo Proud Of My Lovely Lara Who Decided To Get 12 Inches Of Her Beautiful Mermaid Hair Cut Off To Donate

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Something she'll always remember.

#60

I Also Cut Off And Donated Most Of My Hair

I Also Cut Off And Donated Most Of My Hair

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Great head of hair.

#61

This Past Friday, After Four Years Of Letting It Grow, I Decided To Have My Hair Cut Short! I’m Happy To Say That The Hair Is Going To A Charity

This Past Friday, After Four Years Of Letting It Grow, I Decided To Have My Hair Cut Short! I’m Happy To Say That The Hair Is Going To A Charity

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#62

Post-Marathon Life: Chopped 13 Inches Of Hair Off To Donate Today

Post-Marathon Life: Chopped 13 Inches Of Hair Off To Donate Today

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#63

Donated My Hair Today

Donated My Hair Today

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Jacob-Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
2 months ago

Short hair suits you.

#64

Whoever Get’s It, You Better Headbang As Hard As You Can

Whoever Get’s It, You Better Headbang As Hard As You Can

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Mommyofboth
Community Member
2 months ago

Love the caption. Seems like a cool dude.

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#65

I Wanted To Do Something Freehearted And It Feels So Gracious To Donate My Hair To Children Who Have Suffered Hair Loss

I Wanted To Do Something Freehearted And It Feels So Gracious To Donate My Hair To Children Who Have Suffered Hair Loss

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Tardis42
Community Member
2 months ago

That's an impressive amount of hair. Each one of those pigtails can do a lot of good.

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#66

No Turning Back

No Turning Back

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#67

After Growing It Out For 2 Years I Finally Donated About A Foot Of Hair To Children With Hair Loss. I Am Happy To Help Out A Good Cause

After Growing It Out For 2 Years I Finally Donated About A Foot Of Hair To Children With Hair Loss. I Am Happy To Help Out A Good Cause

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful hair will make someone very happy.

#68

My 3rd Time Donating My Hair To Those In Need

My 3rd Time Donating My Hair To Those In Need

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful through and through.

#69

Goodbye, My Old Friend, I Will Miss You. I Hope You'll Make Another Head Happy

Goodbye, My Old Friend, I Will Miss You. I Hope You'll Make Another Head Happy

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Great hair. Greater soul.

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#70

The Hairdresser Managed To Sheer A Whopping 22" Off Me

The Hairdresser Managed To Sheer A Whopping 22" Off Me