Having long and healthy hair is one of the goals that every girl wants to achieve. We try our best to go to salons and get treatments just to make sure that our hair is silky and smooth. Some of us even color it, braid it, and cut it in different styles to stay on-trend.
Unfortunately, not all of us girls can achieve this goal. According to an article, almost 30% of cancer cases in the Philippines are among women and 16% of all cancer diagnosis is breast cancer. These cancer patients are suggested to undergo Chemotherapy that may cause hair loss all over their body including the scalp.
Yes, not every girl or woman can grow long and silky hair. But you know what? We can help them bring back their confidence by giving what they have lost. Donating our hair is one of the best things that we can do for them. Why? Because all the donated hair will be given to cancer patients for free once it’s assembled into wigs.
How? Where? And When? No worries, we listed guidelines, reminders, and foundations where you can donate your hair. All your questions will be answered below:
Reminders before cutting your hair
This is for people who are willing to cut their hair at their homes and ship it to their chosen foundation.
Wash and dry your hair. Make sure to wash your hair thoroughly and don’t use any hair products such as mousse, gel, or hairspray. After washing, dry your hair so it doesn’t mold when shipped.
Ready all the materials you need. A ruler, mirror, resealable plastic, and ponytail holders. These are the materials that you need. Also, make sure that the rubber band is tight before cutting your hair.
Research for a hairstyle. Before cutting your long hair. Make sure that you know what hairstyle you’ll be having next. Of course, after cutting your hair at home for donation, you also need to go to the salon to have it fixed.
Is your hair ready for donation?
Before anything else, donating hair has different requirements. Make sure that you’re fully aware so your hair won’t go on waste.
- Hair must be a minimum of 12 inches long but it’s recommendable to donate 15 inches for children’s wigs. The longer the ponytail, the better.
- Start the measuring tape at the start of the ponytail.
- For curly hair, make sure to pull straight for an accurate measurement.
- Hair should NOT be permed, highlighted, and color-treated.
- Gray hair is accepted.
Where to donate your hair?
Here, we listed active foundations that give free wigs to cancer patients in the Philippines. You can contact them once you’ve decided to donate.
Hair For Hope
Hair for Hope is a charity event in which participants have their heads shaven to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Foundation. Their mission is to “improving the quality of life of children with cancer and their families through enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-being.”
They are also a charity unit of HEADS by Volu-med. You can go to HEADS salon and donate your hair with the help of their hairstylists. You can book your hair donation here.
For more information, visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/hairforhope.heads
Cuts Against Cancer
Cuts Against Cancer is also a non-profit organization founded to help women and children who don’t have access to real human hair medical prosthesis.
Want to know their missions and goals? Visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/cutsagainstcancer.org
Hair2Share is an initiative by the Kythe Ateneo to collect bags of hair to be produced later on as wigs for patients.
Kythe Ateneo also aims to promote the awareness and advocacy of the Child Life Program in the Philippines and consequently, form its members into responsible and compassionate people.
To know more about their Hair2Share project, click here.
There are plenty of simple ways to help people. Donating hair is not limited to women, all of us can participate in this act of kindness. This may be simple but it will surely have a great impact on others. And yes, it may not change the whole world but it can change someone’s world.
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