The last time I cut my hair (more than my mom trimming it) was over 6 years ago. Since then I’ve been growing my hair out with the hopes of one day donating it to be made into wigs for cancer patients. This past Saturday I decided to finally pull the trigger and cut my hair to donate it.
I decided to donate my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Pantene Beautiful Lengths is the only program to help women feel like themselves again with free, real-hair wigs. Their goal is simple – they want to make it possible for women everywhere to share their hair with women who’ve lost theirs. It’s also why they’ve partnered with the American Cancer Society® to make and distribute the wigs.Thanks to that partnership, they’ve donated 42,000 real-hair wigs to the national American Cancer Society Wig Bank, helping serve those in need every single day.
They require you to donate at least 8 inches and on their website you can find out all the details regarding how to cut your hair to donate it. I decided to cut at least 10 inches to make absolutely sure that the hair was long enough to donate.
I went to Honey Comb Hair and Make-up Studio to get my hair cut and colored. A friend recommended that I visit Kathleen and boy was I happy I did. Not only did she go out of her way to make sure my hair was cut properly for donating, she also did a great job with my cut and color. I was a little nervous about having short hair again for the first time in over 6 years, but I left there feeling wonderful about my new change.
Donating my hair after it was cut was super easy. All I had to do was put the hair in a ziplock bag and mail it off to them. How easy is that? If you are thinking about making a donation yourself, PLEASE make sure to read all the donation requirements first. The last thing you want to do is have them not be able to use your generous donation.
Want to help out but can’t donate your hair? You aren’t the only one! Many people who are unable to donate their hair have asked to support the program in another way. Pantene Beautiful Lengths is giving those who want to be involved, an opportunity to provide their support through the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Fund and the Donate2Create program. This provides the opportunity for people across North America to donate a monetary gift to help create even more wigs than ever before.
I am SO glad that I grew my hair out all these years and was able to make a donation to Pantene Beautiful Lengths right before Christmas. The holidays are all about giving and it felt so good to be able to help out this amazing cause.