Donating hair to cancer patients: how and why

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Everything you need to know to donate hair to cancer patients.

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Donate your hair to anyone who has suffered one chemotherapy? Possible. Everywhere have sprung up associations that "collect" the donated hair and create it natural wigs for cancer patients. But how do you go about donating your hair? And why do it?





Well, the reason is obvious: hair loss is not just an aesthetic change, but, for those who already have to live the devastating experience of cancer, it can be a trauma that erodes even more self-confidence.

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Donate hair to cancer patients, why

It comes naturally, then, that donating your hair is a real one act of generosity and altruism towards those who, with chemo and the consequent loss of their hair, have also lost the desire to be among others. A very dangerous mechanism, which could lead the cancer patient to withdraw into himself and become depressed, up to, in some cases, even influencing his own chances of recovery.

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How to donate hair to cancer patients

The first thing to do is to research who makes wigs for sick people. Typically it is about associations non-profit organizations that donate wigs to cancer patients who cannot afford to buy one (associations which, in most cases, in turn refer to companies specialized in the sector). Another way is to look for a Conventioned salon.

Each association requires particular parameters, but in principle the requests are more or less the same.

What it takes to donate your hair to cancer patients:

• have a useful length to cut of at least 20/25 cm
• the hair must not be treated with permanent chemicals, but hair colored with foam or other products that are eliminated by washing are fine. However, each organization is different: some, for example, say that the hair can be dyed as long as it is of a single color and does not have streaks, highlights or whatever.
• the hair must be clean
• the ideal is to have them cut by your hairdresser explaining the destination, so that he cuts them correctly without wasting precious centimeters
• obviously the required hair is male and female of all ages and races



As for shipping, some require you to tighten the strand tightly with rubber bands on both sides, wrap them in a sheet of tissue paper and ship them in a padded envelope, others put them in a plastic bag. In any case, different hair strands must be separated.



Here are the sites of some associations:

• Hair bank
• An angel for a hair
• Locks of Love
• Wigs for Kids
• Look Good Feel Better Campaign
• Cuts for Cancer Campaign

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