Guide for Hair Donations

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Thank you to our Friends from the Canadian Cancer Society – NL for the following information to help you determine if you are candidate for hair donation.

Guide for Hair Donations
When you donate your hair, you are giving a precious gift to a woman in need. We want to make sure not a single gift is wasted, so please be sure your hair meets these requirements before you make the cut. If it doesn’t, we won’t be able to turn your beautiful gift into a wig.

To be made into a wig, your hair must be:

  • At least 8 inches long (no maximum length) – If you have wavy or curly hair, measure when straight
  • Free of permanent colour, bleach or other chemical treatments such as Japanese straightening – Vegetable dyes, semi-permanent dyes and rinses are acceptable, but “virgin” hair is preferred
  • No more than 5% gray
Here’s why bleached, permanently coloured or gray hair is restricted:
It takes at least six ponytails to make a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig, and each one comes from a different person with a different shade of hair. For a realistic-looking wig that has consistent colour throughout, all these 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 a wig that is one consistent, natural-looking colour.
Gray hair, and some chemically-treated or permanently-coloured hair, does not absorb dye at the same rate as other types of hair. It is much harder to colour and, once coloured, fades more quickly.
Also, most permanently coloured hair, once it is processed and recoloured, is too fragile and breakable under the rigorous processing required during the production of a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig.
How to make the cut
Here’s everything you need to know about making the cut. First, make sure your hair meets our Donation Requirements. Second, make sure you follow these instructions exactly, so you can be sure your hair is used to create a realistic wig to bring real hope to a woman with cancer.
1. Clean, shampoo and/or condition hair, without any styling, hairspray or additional hair products.
2. Gather hair at the nape of the neck.
3. Create a ponytail with an elastic band. Make sure the band is tight around the hair to keep the hair together after cutting. If it comes out of the band, it won’t be included in the donation. A second hair band can be placed around the middle of the ponytail to keep the hair together.
4. Ensure that the elastic band is just below where you want to cut your hair.
5. Measure the length of the ponytail from the elastic band to the tips, making sure it’s at least 8 inches long. Donations shorter than 8 inches will not be used, because this is too short for making a wig. If your hair is not 8 inches, continue growing it out. There is no maximum length requirement.
6. Cut the hair just above the elastic band so that the elastic band remains on the ponytail after cutting and keeps cut hair together. Do not wash or style the ponytail in any way after it has been cut off.
7. Place the ponytail, kept intact with the elastic band, in a zipper-lock bag and seal tightly. Please ensure that the ponytail is completely dry before sending.
8. Place the plastic bag with the ponytail in a padded or plastic envelope and send to:
Canadian Cancer Society-NL Division
PO Box 8921
70 Ropewalk Lane, St. John’s NL A1B 3R9
If you would like written acknowledgement of your ponytail donation, please remember to include your full name and return address with your hair donation.
Thanks again for your generous donation and for participating in the Canadian Cancer Society Hair Donation Program.

Guide for Hair Donations

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