Help cancer patients by donating your hair…
Hair fall is a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer. It is is stressful and traumatic experience for women patients and badly affects their self-esteem and morale. This is on top of physical and emotional hardship caused by cancer affliction.
Wigs can help cancer patients overcome the psychological effects of hair loss. However, natural hair wigs being expensive, poor patients would be unable to afford one. Organisations listed below provide wigs free of cost or at very low prices to such underprivileged patients. Since the cost of hair forms the major part of a wig’s cost, receiving donated hair is crucial for these wig-makers.
Guidelines for hair donations…
(a) Hair swept off the floor is unusable for making wigs. Do not send the same.
(b) Hair that has been bleached, lightened, permanently colored or chemically treated and damaged is not acceptable. Gray hair is accepted. Wavy or curly hair may be stretched or straightened with iron before measuring.
(c) Before cutting hair for donation, freshly wash the hair (with shampoo and/or conditioner) but do not apply any styling product after that.
(d) After drying, tie the hair into 4 ponytails. To create four ponytails, tie the hair in front of each ear into 2 ponytails, and then tie the hair behind each ear into 2 ponytails.
(e) Ponytails are to be tied and held using elastic bands. The topmost elastic band should be just below where you want to cut the hair. Place subsequent elastic bands at 4 inch intervals. Ensure that the bands are tight around the hair to keep the hair together after cutting. Take care to see that the minimum length required is available from topmost elastic band to the end of the ponytail.
(f) Place the ponytails with elastic bands in a dry plastic bag. Place the plastic bag in an envelope along with a slip mentioning your name and details. Courier the envelope to the address.