Get a short 'do & do good too!
If you're in the mood for a new hairstyle and a fabulous short 'do is on your mind, don't just sweep it away into the trash. Instead, consider donating your hair to a worthy charitable cause.
Many patients lose their hair due to cancer treatments. When a person loses their hair, they often lose some self-esteem too. That's why donating your hair to create a natural looking wig for a person in need is such a great idea.
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank grew her hair long and healthy specifically to donate it to the cause. She cut it herself (on Oprah, no less) -- and you can see how she looked a couple months before and after in the photos at right!
If your local hair salon doesn't have a hair donation program, you can still donate by sending your hair yourself through the mail to a national program.
If you want to donate, here are some hair donation programs that always welcome more contributors.
Locks of Love
Locks of Love takes all different hair colors and types, except grey. Your hair needs to be at least 10 inches long and sent in as a ponytail or braid. Locks of Love uses the hair to create natural looking wigs for children that would not normally be able to afford one. Visit locksoflove.org to watch a step-by-step video on how to cut, package and send in your hair.
More for donating 10-12 inches:
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Beautiful lengths is a hair donation program in both the US and Canada. Hair must be at least 8 inches long. It can be colored with vegetable dyes and semi-permanent hair color, but it can't be bleached, permanently colored or otherwise chemically treated. It also can't be more than 5 percent grey. Visit Beautiful Lengths to learn more about donating your hair to women in need.
More for hair donations under 10 inches:
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