Due to the pandemic lockdowns, many people have much longer hair than before. If you are thinking about getting a haircut, consider donating your hair to make wigs for people with cancer, normally children. Wigs can be expensive, but donated hair can be used to make wigs for free or at a reduced cost.
There are many different organizations that accept hair donations. For example, in Germany haare-spenden.de is quite big; but you can surely find organizations working in your country/area by searching online.
To donate your hair, you will need to cut it at least 20 cm long. There are two main ways to donate your hair:
- Get your hair cut and mail it to the organization of your choice.
- Go to a participating hair salon to get your hair cut and they will take care of sending it.
The details may depend on the organisation but they usually prefer hair that has never been coloured.
Donating hair is a quick and easy way to help people with cancer. If you were planning to get your hair cut anyway, it is a very effective way to help, as the only additional cost is the time it takes to find a participating hair salon and, depending on your area of residence, mailing your hair donation.
If you have donated your hair in the past, please share your experience in the comments below. I did it twice and it was both times extremely easy to do.