Three reasons why you should donate your hair
In the United States, cancer is the leading cause of death in children and the second leading cause of death in women; many have to go through chemotherapy and, as a result, lose their hair. Hair loss is the hardest part about cancer for many people because it changes their appearance in a way that makes them feel self-conscious and sickly. Fortunately, there are several organizations that accept hair donations and make wigs for patients with cancer. The organizations have varying requirements for hair donations, as well as for the patients who receive the wigs.
If you’ve ever known anyone with cancer, you can relate to the painful experience of hair loss, but you can help someone make it through their journey by donating your ponytail.
Three reasons why you should consider donating your hair:
Honor someone you know
Knowing someone who’s fighting cancer can leave you feeling desperate for a way to help. Giving your hair allows you to use this desire to sponsor another person in their battle against cancer.
Update your hairstyle
You can have a chic new look when you give away your ponytail. Cutting your hair means you can try the latest short hair trend.
When you donate your hair, you give more than just a wig; you’re imparting someone with courage and inspiration to keep her spirits up. As the provider, you receive the blessing of knowing you’re encouraging someone.
If you decide to donate your hair, there are several instructions for how to cut and package your ponytail:
- Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. After washing, don’t use any additional hair products like hairspray or gel. Make sure your hair is completely dry before the cut is made.
- Tie your hair into a neat ponytail with an elastic band. Adjust the elastic until it sits below where you want to cut your ponytail.
- Tie together the bottom of your ponytail with another elastic band, and then measure the length between the first elastic to the bottom of the ponytail.
- Cut your ponytail just above the first elastic and place in a plastic bag.
- Mail your ponytail to the organization of your choice.
Depending on the organization, you may receive a thank you letter in the mail for your hair if you write your return address on the envelope. Your donation will surely brighten someone’s day when they finally receive a wig. Even if you decide to help out in another way, the key behind any service is your selfless heart.