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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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.
It’s Been A Month!? It Still Feels Weird Seeing Photos Of Myself With Hair
Been Growing My Hair Out For 5 Years, Today I Had It Cut To Donate
A Year Ago I Cut Off My Hair And Donated It. Here's A Before And After, One Year Difference
This Is My 5th Time Donating My Hair To Make Wigs For Children That Have Lost Their Hair Due To Chemo And Radiation
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
We Finally Did It! We Decided To Donate To "Hair We Share"
I Donated My Hair A Few Weeks Ago. First Time Doing It
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
So This Happened Today. This Very Brave Lady Is Donating Her Hair To "Little Princess Trust" Charity, What A Lovely Thing To Do
I Donated My Hair To "Wigs For Kids" This Week
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
So Long To Long Hair! Donation On Its Way To "Little Princess Trust"
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
I Donated My Hair For The 6th Time Today
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
Back To The Smooth Head. You Can Actually Hear My Hair Coming Off
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
Why Not Give It To Someone Who Needs It More Than I Do. Donated My Hair For Cancer Patients
"Little Princess Trust" - These Locks Are Coming Your Way
I Donated My Hair To "Wigs For Kids" Yesterday
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
I Donated My Hair. Again
Donated My Hair 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.