I’ve been donating my hair every few years since I was in middle school. It’s something I’m very passionate about since my hair seems to grow like Rapunzel’s. Hair grows back, and I have never regretted chopping mine off (sometimes it does take some time to get used to not using half of the shampoo bottle in a week and not having to brush an extra foot of hair 😅)
But I’ve also made the mistake of donating to the WRONG organizations, and I don’t want others to do the same, so I’m sharing all of the info I know about the best organizations to donate to, requirements, and how to send it in.
Personal story about L.O.L.– My family member with leukemia applied for a wig and they denied giving her one because she was not classified as “terminally ill” even though she had lost all of her hair and had more treatments throughout the year. Just let that sink in.
On top of that, they charge their clients for wigs! You also have to jump through hoops–provide all of your financial papers from the current year, get recommendations from teachers/coaches about why you need a wig and how it would benefit you, and more. There’s more on the interwebs about this shady company if you’d like to know more.
Instructions for collecting hair here: https://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/donate/donate-your-hair/
Instructions for collecting here: https://pantene.com/en-us/brandexperience/make-the-cut
That’s it! Be sure to spread the word! When you donate to Children With Hair Loss share your photos on social media and tag #cutpasslove
Can you believe when I donated for the first time camera phones didn’t exist?!?! In fact, I didn’t even have a cell phone! Therefore, there is no physical evidence of that day. HAHA!
This was my second time donating. My best friend and I chopped our hair off our senior year of high school. Smartphones still didn’t exist (I know, I’m ancient 😜) so this was taken with my point-and-shoot canon camera. (Circa 2008) It took a long time for my hair to grow after I chopped it to my shoulders. Mostly because I kept trimming it. If you want your hair to grow longer don’t trim it as often!
2013 (after our wedding!)
2015(honestly I had no idea my hair was that long until I straightened it lol):The last time (2017) I was feeling brave and cut off an entire foot!
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Allison Jeffers is a photographer and educator serving sweet couples and helping other creative entrepreneurs reach their goals. She specializes in wedding photography, elopements, and proposals as well as Bridal and Engagement portraits in Texas. She is available for travel worldwide and has her passport ready!