While most hairstyles are something you do for yourself, this next one is something you do for the greater good. Donating your hair to charity is an amazing way to put your vanity to good use. The hair you chop off today will be turned into a wig for someone suffering from hair loss caused by cancer treatments.
According to a report by Pantene, studies have shown that for women facing cancer treatment, hair loss is the most feared side effect, and some women may actually avoid treatment for fear of losing their hair. Thankfully, programs like Pantene's Beautiful Lengths
and Locks of Love
help ease the burden of hair loss so that a woman undergoing cancer treatment can look her best while focusing on getting better.
Stars like Diane Lane, Hilary Swank, Russell Crowe, and even Snooki have all donated their strands to charity. It's one of those life-changing experiences — not just for you, but for the person who benefits from your strand sacrifice — and one whose positive side effects are practically contagious.
Each program has different requirements, but if you choose to donate, expect them to chop anywhere from eight inches or more off of your hair. Many programs won't accept hair that is chemically processed, dyed, or gray. According to a Beautiful Lengths spokesperson, "It takes at least six ponytails to make a wig. In general, each ponytail comes from a different person and is a different color. For a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color throughout, donated ponytails must be processed and then dyed to the same shade. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create wigs of consistent, natural-looking color. Unfortunately, chemically treated, dyed, and grey hair do not absorb dye at the same rate as untreated hair."
If your hair fits that criteria and you've been thinking about making the cut, we strongly recommend you research hair donation. It really is one of the most important things you can do with your hair.
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