Hair loss is a sad fact of life for many people. When that hair loss is caused by a life-threatening illness such as cancer or a chronic medical condition, it can make the hair loss feel like a devastating blow. When most of us cut our hair, we don’t think about how that hair could change someone else’s life for the better.

While donating your hair after a haircut is a great way to make a lasting difference, it can seem confusing to know where to start. They all have different requirements for the length and condition of your hair, so while you may not be eligible for one organization that does not rule you out for hair donation entirely. With our list of five places to donate hair, you can easily share your unwanted locks with someone in need!

Before you donate your hair, there are a few things you should know.

  • Make sure hair is healthy and in good shape.
  • Hair must be clean and dry when donated.
  • There are length requirements. Hair cannot be used for wigs if they do not meet these requirements. No clippings.
  • Hair should be recently cut. Hair that was cut years ago is harder to make into wigs.
  • Just because your hair is chemically treated doesn’t mean you can’t donate! Check with each organization to make sure.
  • Make sure you follow all guidelines set forth by the organization you have chosen.
  • When mailing the donation, make sure you place hair in a Ziploc bag inside of an envelope instead of simply putting hair in the envelope. This helps keep the hair intact and safe.
  • Some organizations offer free wigs while others charge recipients on a sliding scale. If this matters to you, make sure you read the company website for further information prior to donating.

5 Places to Donate Hair

1. Locks of Love

Minimum length: 10 inches or more.

  • Colored/chemically treated/permed hair acceptable? Yes. No bleached hair or dreadlocks.
  • Gray hair friendly? Yes.
  • Address: Locks of Love 234 Southern Blvd West Palm Beach FL 33405-2701
2. Pantene Beautiful Lengths
  • Minimum length: 8 inches or more.
  • Colored/chemically treated/permed hair acceptable? No.
  • Gray hair friendly? Less than 5% gray is allowed.
  • Address: Pantene Beautiful Lengths Attn: 192-123 806 SE 18th Ave Grand Rapids MN 55744
3. Children with Hair Loss
  • Minimum length: 8 inches or more.
  • Colored/chemically treated/permed acceptable? If in good condition, they will accept the donation.
  • Gray hair friendly? Yes.
  • Address: Children With Hair Loss 12776 Dixie Hwy S. Rockwood MI 48179
4. Wigs for Kids
  • Minimum length: 12 inches or more.
  • Colored/chemically treated/permed acceptable? No.
  • Gray friendly? No.
  • Address: Wigs for Kids Hair Donation 24231 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake OH 44145
5. Wigs 4 Kids
  • Minimum length: 10 inches or more.
  • Colored/chemically treated/permed acceptable? No.
  • Gray friendly? No.
  • Address: Wigs 4 Kids 30126 Harper Ave St. Clair Shores MI 48082

If you know of an organization that we left off the list, please share it below!