Donating Hair: How Scary Is It?

Hi guys! It’s officially one week to Christmas, can you believe it? Everyone seems to have the festive spirit now, and seeing as this is the season of giving, I decided to do something a little bit different this year. Hint: it involves my hair. 

See, I’ve had a difficult relationship with my hair, one could say. And it’s the same relationship that most women would have with their locks. One minute I love mine, the next minute I want to change the colour or the style. But once (a long time ago now), I had really long hair. I mean it was so long I could sit on it! But gradually over the years it got a bit ratty and I kept cutting up, up, up… until eventually, I had a bob. As soon as I made that huge decision, I felt instant regret. I missed my long hair and the way I could wrap it around my neck like a scarf if I was cold. I loved being able to curl it and still have the length to get away with it. I liked being able to hide behind it. But most of all, I just enjoyed the look it gave me. So 5 years later (my hair grows very slow), I eventually had my long locks back again… until I had the idea to cut it for charity.

Now I’d heard of people donating hair to charity before but I didn’t know much about it. I decided to do a little research first before I made any decisions. It turns out there are a tonne of charities out there, with some of the biggest being located in the UK. With a little more digging, I eventually came across the Little Princess Trust. This charity relies on donated hair to provide specialist wigs for children across Ireland and the UK who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or a serious illness. My heart melted when I saw pictures of these kids, so happy with their new wigs that I just knew there and then that I had to do it. So, what’s involved and how much do you need to donate? Well, I’ll explain all this below!

 

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My donated hair: 8 inches tied up (as in the photo), 10 inches let loose

The charity provides short and long wigs to children completely free of charge which I think is absolutely fantastic. Therefore, when donating you have the opportunity to cut quite a lot of hair, or just enough if you’re a bit apprehensive about it all. If you donate hair that is 12 inches or more, it will be blended with similar hair and made into a lovely, long wig for a girl. If you donate hair that measures between 7-12 inches, it will be mixed with other similar hair and made into a shorter wig.

So all you have to do is figure out if your hair is long enough and if it is, get the chop! Understandably, there are a few guidelines that you also need to follow in order for your hair to be accepted and these are listed below.

Hair they are able to use:

  • Clean, dry hair in good condition (no split ends) from any gender, and of any natural colour
  • Straight, wavy, curly, permed or chemically straightened
  • Containing the occasional grey (less than 10%)
  • Dyed, bleached/highlighted (any dyes must be of a natural colour)
  • Ponytails(s) cut a long time ago, preserved in good condition

Once the hair is cut, you can pop it into a clear plastic bag and send it off to the charity. From there it will be sorted and sent to a wig making factory in China. In all honesty, I think anyone who is in that industry deserves a medal because it must be stressful work applying each hair to a wig, strand by strand. But the joy that these wigs give these ill children is tremendous… which makes it all very worth it.

 

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The final result thanks to the best hairstylist ever!

So here I am with the new do and I can honestly say that I love it so much. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier with my hair actually and it’s made me realise something important. To most people, hair is just simply that: hair. It grows, it gets dyed, it gets cut. But it always comes back! For some others, this isn’t the case. If you are undergoing chemotherapy or losing hair through illness, it can oftentimes be absolutely devastating. Now just imagine having that feeling, but instead of being an adult, you’re just six years old. The thought is unbearable really but the reality is this happens to so many children each year. And I think it’s important to highlight this and spread the message that you can help, all it takes is a few inches of your own hair to make someone else smile.

So if you’re thinking about getting something for someone this Christmas, why not give this a shot as well? True, I can’t hide coffee stains on my jumper with my long hair while I’m in work anymore, but sure that’s what scarves are for!

Have you guys been thinking about going for the big chop or do you know someone who has received one of these wigs? Let me know in the comments below as I would love to hear from you all.

Until the next time…

-RTG

One Comment

  1. paulettemotzko

    What an awesome story and post RTG Robyn! The more I read your blog and read the stories on it the more I see what a wonderful person you are and how grateful I am that you joined TotallyInspiredMind.com.

    Paulette Motzko

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