Donating Hair for Cancer Victim's Wigs

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Donating your hair to help those suffering from cancer is a big deal. This spring my daughter decided she wanted to cut 10"of her hair to support cancer victims. Here's how it started. My husband lost his sweet big sister to leukemia when she was just 13. It was a devastating loss and to this day he misses her dearly. I think his loss has had an impact on my girls in numerous ways. One of the biggest is how empathetic they are towards cancer patients. When they see kids who are sick, they immediately think of Auntie Laura.

It was with the sweetest of intentions that our 10 year old researched about donating her thick and swishy ponytail to help make a wig for a cancer patient. She went online and researched the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. She decided she liked this program because they donated the wigs for free.

We've written about the program before (the official donate day is 9/8, but you can donate any day of the year), but this was a big step. My daughter made an independent and educated choice and led with love. I couldn't be more proud of her decision. We booked the appointment and prepped for the big day.

Here's how it works. Pantene® Beautiful Lengths is the largest program that creates free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. They get the hair from volunteers like my daughter (FYI, if you are wondering, my hair doesn't qualify because I color it). Here's how it works.

BEFORE YOU SNIP: 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. My daughter had just over 10" to donate.

Clean, shampoo, and/or condition hair, without any styling, hairspray, or additional hair products. My daughter washed her hair and let it air dry before we went to the salon.

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Gather hair at the nape of the neck. Create a ponytail with an elastic band. Secure it tightly. I suggested one of the thin elastics that don't slip. You HAVE to keep the ponytail together after it is snipped. Loose hair won't work. NOTE: A second hair band can be placed around the middle of the ponytail to keep the hair together.

Snip time! 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.

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Place the ponytail in a plastic bag. Make sure the elastics stay on. Seal tightly. Again, make sure the ponytail is 100% dry before packaging.

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Place the plastic bag with the ponytail in a padded or plastic envelope and send to:

Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Attn: 192-123
806 SE 18th Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

If you would like to know when your donation is received, include your full name and return address with your hair donation. My daughter included a personal note wishing whomever got the wig good luck and special blessings. And she included a before and after portrait.

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Once all the donations roll in, Pantene uses a partner, HairUWear® to make the wigs and then get them to women who need them. I would suggest doing something special to celebrate this selfless gift. I treated my daughter to a special lunch and a bit of shopping, but I think her best reward was knowing she was helping someone in need, and that maybe her Auntie was smiling down on her from heaven.

Please let me know your donation stories!

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