Donating processed or color treated hair

So you have grown your beautiful hair out for some time now and you are ready to chop it all off and donate it to a wonderful organization like Locks of Love or Wigs for Kids. I think that is amazing! I cannot tell you how wonderful and selfless and important this act of love and kindness is. I should know, I accept a dozen of these donations a week here at The Art of Wigs. So as you pile through the requirements one last time before the “big chop” you will see a sentence that will stop your heart. ” we do not accept hair that has been processed or colored in any way.” Agggg! ‘Why did I highlight my hair last summer? I was just trying to cover my roots. I feel so cheated. The only people I know with virgin hair ARE Virgins ” you think.

I can say a  million words about the amazing things that these companies  have done for the awareness of hair loss in children with alopecia or cancer. I can also tell you that the chances that your hair donation is going into a childs wig is pretty slim to none. I have read that most hair is sold onto wig making companies. Now remember, Locks of Love, is a NON-Profit so that doesn’t mean that because they sell it, that they are living the rich life and sitting on yaughts in Caribbean. They use the money for the good of the children they would have made wigs for.  The can recieve upto a thousand ponytails or more a month. They are good companies as far as I have seen.  Your ponytail may not have been used in the manner that you thought it was going to be used but, the money made from the selling of your ponytail was used correctly by them.  Sleep easy with your sexy new pixie cut my dears. I am not exactly sure who they are selling these love donations to. I have “heard” that any wig supplier can buy the hair, I have also heard that the American Cancer Association has a say in who is worthy or not.  I have no idea.  I would pray that the hair would be used for the power of good and not the power of vanity after it is sold. Buisness is buisness and money is money sad to say. It boils down to who then profits from the selling of the wig that is made with that hair that wa donated and what are they in this line of buisness for.

So, here’s what I have to say. My little wig company loves to make wigs for everyone! Children are the hardest emotionally but women over 18 are the majority. The way my company works is as follows:. I buy hair for the wigs that I keep in stock  and sell on the internet from Russia. Those are the ones you will see on the web site under the Virgin category.  I also have boxes of hair donations. I seperate them into two catagories, Virgin and Processed/Color treated.  If you are a child, you get a Virgin hair wig automatically. You cannot believe that feeling you get when you hand over that wig to them, you take all the pressure off making any major desisions about their precious baby’s hair, and you leave them to worry about more important things. That gift will never be tainted by me then asking them for money. I like to beg, fight, and steal to make sure that that family will never pay a red cent for that wig. I prefer to bother their friends and family to help me cover the cost.

My women clients over 18 get their choice of the lightly color treated hair. No perms, but the ladies who have grwon their hair out, taken good care of it, highlights and lowlights and great hair products. “Sun-in” or lemon juice is not a highlight, sorry. The more hair I get the better choices they ave for color and texture. I take 40% off for the wigs that are made with donated hair. If they want haircuts and other treatments after the wig is made Ido have to charge forme time.

Some exceptions apply and I have had to grab a beautiful highlight from the virgin box to add to one of my clients wigs who recently passed away from breast cancer a few months ago. It was perfect, I am an artist, what more can I say. I hate to think of all that hair being sold to the wrong person and I also have a sneaking suspicion that I have had to purchase hair from time to time that very well may have been cut for the sake of cancer and alopecia. Then I had to sell that hair to a client with cancer and alopecia. See my point? It’s a bad circle of fate for something that grows free and easy on most people.

check out http://www.artofwigs.com for more information on what it is I do and what I stand for. I would love to build all my wigs using donated hair. It’s a dream. I could take the cost of each wig and knock at least 40% off the top to start with.  Spread the word if you can. I feel a little uneasy asking for donations since Locks of Love and Wigs for Kids are such great entities but, none of them will use gently processed or colored treated hair and my clients over 18 don’t mind a bit if it means a break on the price and they still get a beautiful mane of human hair that is comfortable and perfect for their battle with cancer or alopecia.

Thanks for listening ya’ll

Stephanie

142 Responses to “Donating processed or color treated hair”

  1. Angelique Montoya Says:

    Hi I am wanting to donate my hair to your company and I’m not finding how many inches I need to cut off. Can you please let me know how many inches I need to cut off thank you. Angelique Montoya

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Angelique,

      Hello, I think you found me on my email but just to make double sure I haven’t mixed your kindness up with some elses, I would need 10 inches minimum to make a lovely chin length wig.

      Thank you so much,
      Stephanie

  2. Korrin Wheaton-Huffman Says:

    Stephanie,
    I went to your website. What you do is beautiful! I would someday love to do the kind act of making wigs as you do. As for right now I’m looking to donate my own. It is color treated and I’m so happy to see that that there’s someone out there who accepts it. I agree with what you say in all of the above! It’s a shame that not all donation centers have the same mind set. I’m from Pennsylvania. Is there a chance I could mail you mine when I cut it? I’d appreciated the feedback! Thanks! Korrin

  3. The Art of Wigs Says:

    Korrin,

    Thank you Thank you Thank you. Please send it on to me and specify that it is processed so I can treat it appropriately. My ladies will love you for it. Thank you so much. The address is:

    The Art of Wigs
    attn:Stephanie Caillabet
    100 Commons Road
    Suite 7-348
    Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

    Thank you so much for finding me and taking the time to care so much about what I do. I am truly blessed to have a job that I love that helps ladies feel confident and happy! Take Care.

  4. Korrin Wheaton-Huffman Says:

    Thank you so much for replying! I can’t tell you how excited I am that I found someone who takes processed hair! Ill keep your address handy and hope to be sending my donation to you soon! Knowing it’s gonna make someone smile makes it all worth while! Take care and props to you! :)

  5. Korrin Wheaton-Huffman Says:

    P.S. I can’t believe I forgot to mention this but I’m also a beautician. Would you like for me to send more donations if we get them? I’ve had a few clients who had highlighted/colored hair that were wanting to donate at one point. Our salon donates to Wigs for Kids. But it wasn’t until today that I really got on the mission to find someone like you who accepts hair other than virgin hair.

  6. Kirsten DiGiorgio Says:

    I am about to cut about 10 inches, probably more, off on Thursday and I planned on donating to Locks of Love but it clearly states that hair that has been bleached is unusable. This made me oh so sad because I really want to donate my hair since it has taken years to grow out and I would feel terrible just letting all this lovely hair go to waste. Finding you and your website has brought my smile back! Last time that I had gotten my hair colored, a pre-treatment was done to help lift the old color and give a more even, blank, canvas to work on and that process is what has now taken away my ability to donate to Locks of Love. Hopefully you will take my hair donation?? Please let me know..

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      That would be just wonderful! I would love to have your hair. Thank you so much from me and my clients! Please send it too:
      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road Suite7-348
      Dripping springs , TX 78620

      Thank you so very much!!!!

  7. Linda Fort Says:

    I too have been growing out my color treated highlighted hair only to learn from online research that it cannot go to children. They are selling the donated hair?? I am appalled. Our school donated over 200 inches last spring from various students.
    If I send you 5″ is that enough?

    thanks,
    Linda

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Yes it isn’t a good idea to use color treated hair on children in most cases. It doesn’t look natural on them at all. Sadly, 5″ isn’t enough to wokr with. I need 10″ to made a little chin length bob. Thank you so much for thinking of us to donate to.

      • karen Says:

        I have seen where 8 inches is enough. I went by hairdresser yesterday and was excited she said I did have 8 but then I ran into having high tlighted hair so looks like I am between the two rules. disappointed and not sure what to do. I know waiting for hair to get longer but not sure how long that will be and I have been letting it grow for this reason and ready to get the length off. Any suggestions?

      • The Art of Wigs Says:

        I wish I had a magic wand but the length is very important. It will take a few more months if you hair grows quickly. I totally understand your frustration but 10″ is the minimum I can accept – good news is, I do except hair that has been highlighted as long as it is healthy. :)

        Thank you

  8. Elaine Says:

    Hi Stephanie….
    My sister is having her long treated hair cut short tomorrow . I have organized a huge charity event around it . We have raised almost 2000.00 dollars already and we didnt start the event yet. The money goes to our local Oncology unit.
    I have just told her I found somewhere to take the treated hair and she broke down in tears.
    I have addressed our padded envelope and it will be on its way on Monday.

  9. Kylee Says:

    Im so excited I found an organization that takes color treated hair and uses it for good and not beauty. My little sister passed away from cancer three years ago and I wanted my hair to go to someone just as deserving as she was. Its so good to see their are still good people in this world, and you are definitely one of them! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  10. Rosa Says:

    Hi,
    I went to cut my hair yesterday, I know is more than 7 inches the lady at the salon told me that Locks of Love doesn’t take it but there was some places that take color treated hair would you please let me know if you would be interested, and how can I send it!

    Thank you,

  11. Brenda Scott Says:

    I’m so excited about this…I, too, have grown my hair specifically for donation, however, you are the only one I have come across that will take color treated hair. I LOVE LOVE LOVE you for this!!! Almost at the 10″ mark!! I have read your instructions and will be adding a note that it’s color treated.
    Bren

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Thank you so much!

    • Brenda Scott Says:

      Finally sent in my pony tails about a month ago…now to start the long process of growing it out again. I have told others about your business and have given out your address and website. Hopefully you’ll have a lot more hair coming in. I also asked them to send monetary donations with their hair to help offset cost.

  12. Pamela Says:

    Hello,
    I’ve been trying to contact you via email but haven’t received a reply. I’d like to donate my hair and when I found your blog I thought you would be a good person to sent it to. Please let me know if you are interested in my donation and the guidelines to send it to you. Thanks.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      I hope I manged to reply to you. If you contacted me through my email then the chances are good. Please let me know if you didn’t get the information that you needed.

      Blessings,
      Stephanie

      • Pamela Daigle Says:

        Oh no. I never got a reply neither through email nor here. I already cut my hair and donated somewhere else. I thought you were not in business anymore cause the previous posts were old. :-/

      • The Art of Wigs Says:

        Pamela,

        Not to worry. As long as you donated your hair to someone I am thrilled! It’s all about paying it forward. Thank you and I apologize for not seeing your post.

        Blessing,
        Stephanie

  13. Kimberly Says:

    Hi Stephanie, I had an ombre, or hombre(not sure how it is spelled) done a few months ago. This is the only thing I have done to my hair. Unfortunately, it was bleached, I am willing to cut between 10 and 11 inches, but would you be able to accept it? please let me know, thank you<3

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Kimberly,

      If you are willing to cut your hair for a donation then I would be happy to accept it. Unfortunatly an ombre is a bit damaging to the hair. :( I won’t know until I see it and the only thing that I can promise is that if I don’t use it for my clients then I will send your hair to a doll maker friend of mine that donates a percentage of her proceeds to her local children hospital. All hair that is under 7 inches or may be too chemically processed to work with goes to her and she is an angel!

      Thank you
      Stephanie

  14. Camara Says:

    I am very excited you can do something with my highlighted hair. I always thought I couldn’t donate it if it was treated so I started to grow it out and stopped treating it in hopes that I could one day donate it. So, my hair has roots which aren’t that noticeable since I highlight it blonde and my natural color is dirty blonde. My hair is healthy as I only highlighted it about every 4 months when I did. Is it necessary to highlight it again before I donate it or will you color treat the hair all one color when you receive it?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      I like to leave all the hair in it’s natural form when it arrives. I don’t color it all one color since my donations with professional highlights usually come with lovely blonds and warm caramel highlights that most of my older clients are looking for ( I save all the virgin hair for the kids and teens or women who have never colored their hair and would not feel comfortable in any other look) Thanks so much.

  15. Stacy Bottoms Says:

    My wonderful Mother-in-law is a servivor of breast cancer. She has God in her heart so she has a lot of spunk. I’ve had long hair for 12 years. I just got it cut and I wanted to donate it simply because I love giving when I can. But I have high lights and got a little worried because until now I haven’t found anyone that would take it. I have 12 inches and that’s what my stylist measured when she tied it off before the cut. I will pray for you and keep up the good work! I got your address from an earlier post so I will mail the pony tail to you. Thanks for what you do.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Thank you Stacy for finding me. I am truly blessed. Thank you also for your hair donation and your kind words of encouragement. I will be on the look out for your ponytail. Thank you!

      Stephanie

  16. Cheryl P Lucky Says:

    I sent my ponytail to you mid August and have not heard anything.I did not grow it for donation, I began chemo for breast cancer and knew it had to go. Info was included on the inside as to my name and address. May I get an update?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Cheryl,

      I am so sorry to leave you uninformed. Thank you so much for your hair donation. I checked my received pile and I found your envelope. Thank you so much! I do hope your treatment is going well and you are having many good days to heal. All donations that are sent to me are cherished, appreciated and sorted into processed and unprocessed hair upon arrival. Each one is a blessing and both myself and my clients know that. What many people do not know is that this amazing company of mine is a “one woman show”. My name is Stephanie Caillabet and I am the only wigmaker in this little wig shop. I do have a few amazing cosmetologists that come in to do some of the cutting and coloring but all in all it’s me, my hair tying hooks, and my lovely and powerful clients. Lately I have been busier than usual and that beautiful box of envelopes has been getting bigger and bigger. I’m trying to catch up as fast as I can so please except this as a personal HUGE thank you from me. I would love to write a personal note to everyone that sends in their hair and believe me, I used to but, found I was spending an entire day on thank you cards and not on making wigs. I also tried sending a standard cover letter to all who donate but was told it seemed too impersonal. I know it is a huge sacrifice to take something so personal as your hair and send it out into the world for someone else and I thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Please except my apologies for not writing to you sooner. I’ll be sure to get on that as soon as this week is over.
      Thank you for bringing this to my attention and I want everyone to know that I do appreciate every strand of hair that is sent in for my brave ladies!! It makes the choice to have a custom wig much less of a sting to their pocketbooks.

      Blessings,
      Stephanie

  17. Jamie I, Wilmington NC Says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am so glad to have found your site. I just cut 10 inches of hair about a month ago but have not had the time to see who would take it because it is highlighted. Please confirm that you can take it once more, please let me know how to package it and where to send it. Also does your company have a phone number? I am at work and do no have much time to do research; therefore, the requested information is helpful.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Jamie,

      I’m so glad you found me too! We would love your donation, here’s what to do: My phone number is on my contact page at http://www.artofwigs.com. Thank you so much.

      HOW TO DONATE YOUR HAIR TO THE ART OF WIGS

      The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more and lightly processed with professional highlights or lowlights, because it will reduce the cost of a custom wig for its clients who are struggling through cancer treatments. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black or brown. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.

      Step 1: Measure your hair. To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in a pigtail or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.

      Step 2: Prep your hair. We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been gently colored, highlighted, lowlighted

      Step 3: Cut your hair. Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation; if not, have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either one very tight pigtail or tight braid, or multiple tight pigtails and braids (recommended). Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail right above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then go get a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.

      Step 4: Mail it in. Place the clean, dry pigtail in a plastic ziplock bag and then place in a padded envelope. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors. Tell us about yourselves. Take before and after shots and send us your photos.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Blessings,
      Stephanie

  18. Shawn Callahan Says:

    Stephanie,
    I am dreading my hair, is there any way that you can use hair that’s been not only treated, but knotted and twisted into barb wire? I really would like to be able to use my hair for good when I decide to chop it. I think even though you say it looks odd on a child, I think that would look cool as hell on some lil knucklehead that’s going through the kind of thing that makes you question your faith itself. I know there has to be tons of em out there that would love to have a do like that. Please please please tell me there’s a way, or someone on this planet that can or will do it. Thank you for what you do. I was searching on the interwebnet for donating any treated hair and came to your site and as a grown man of 40 it teared me up thinking of those lil goblins having to go through what they do. I hope theres a way.
    Shawn Callahan

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Shawn,

      Thank you so much for your email. I love to hear from anyone that is interested in donating. Although I have never had a request for a dreadlock wig since I have been making wigs in Texas, I did have a few that I made in Los Angeles. I agree! I totally agree that one day someone will come along and request such a wig. Not sure who it will be yet but I would be just miserable, if and when, that time comes if I had turned your donation down. Yes, I believe it would be fun to have a dreadlock wig and when you have 10 or more inches and are ready to cut it I would be happy to except your donation. I can’t promise that I will use it anytime soon but it would be great to have on hand, especially if your only option is to put it in the trash.

  19. Norma Dominguez Says:

    In curious but hair that is slightly highlighted with sun-in is ok to donate?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Norma,

      I am sorry to say that the only kind of treatments that I cannot accept are sun-in, henna and or perming processes.

      So sorry,
      Stephanie

  20. Jodi Davis Says:

    I just chopped off 15 inches of hair, but when I cut it, I didn’t think to put it in a ponytail first. Its all layed out on a peice of tin foil, just the rubber band. I spent weeks doing olive oil treatments to fix it again after a recent bleaching and now I’m worried I can’t donate it anywhere because I didn’t put it in a ponytail. Would you still be able to accept it if I wrapped it up really tightly in the tin foil so it doesn’t shift around?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Wow. 15 inches! That’s great. but, you have two things going against you on this one. The bleaching part and the ponytail part. I am so sorry. It sounds like the hair was damaged in the bleaching part since you had to do alot of olive oil treatments. The usual places to donate will not accept hair that has been processed. I don’t know if I will be able to use it either. :( If you are just going to throw it away then I will be happy to take it and possibly I can send it to my friend who is a doll maker and she donates some of the proceeds to her local childrens hospital. Sorry to not have better news.

      • Jodi Davis Says:

        It ended up being only three oil treatments, but I guess I was expecting my hair to bounce back like it did a decade ago when I was constantly bleaching it blonde and it would be soft and pretty again after two shampoo/conditions.

        I’ll send it to you. Hopefully it can be used for something. I hate the idea of just throwing it away.

  21. Heather Shnider Van Beber Says:

    Just want to confirm the above address is still correct to mail for donations… Had a drastic cut done yesterday and need a good head to share my donation with! lol

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      We would love tour hair donation. Thank you so much
      Please send it on to
      The Art of Wigs
      C/o Stephanie Caillabet
      100 Commons Road Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

  22. Emily Says:

    What if my hair has split-ends? Will you still accept it?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Emily,

      Unfortunately I cannot use hair that has been damaged. If the hair is much longer than 10 ” for example, 14″ and the bottom 2 inches have split ends I can cut the hair and keep the good 10-12″. Split ends are caused by damage to the hair shaft so it would cause the wig to knot, fray and tangle and my clients have enough to deal with just getting through Chemo. I’m so sorry to be the bearer of bad news. :(

  23. Geela Jean Bogue-Jackson Says:

    I’m so excited to find your information and that you are located in this great state of Texas. I have donated my hair twice in the past to Locks of Love. I was planning on donating it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths this time, until I read that they do not accept permanently color treated hair. In the past, I too have suffered from alopecia areata and with prescription treatment was able to grow it again (thank goodness). Also, thinning hair does run in my family (my mother suffers from it as do I), and keeping my hair long seems to be working against me. I am READY to donate! Thank you for taking color treated hair, and I hope that you will take mine :)

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      I would love to have your hair donation! Thank you so much for finding me and telling me your story. Please let me know if I can help you in any way if you hair continues to give you problems. I would love to help and have many clients with Alopecia. I’m here for you. thank you so much in advance for your generous donation.

  24. Kaci Rugg Says:

    I will be cutting my color treated hair in the next week and I am willing to do at least the 10 inches. I will be sending it your way! Is there any special mailing requirement?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      That is wonderful!!! The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more with lightly processed professional highlights or lowlights, Your donation will reduce the cost of a custom wig for our clients who are struggling through cancer treatments or stress and hormone related hairloss. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black, brown or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.

      Step 1: Measure your hair. To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in 2 or more pigtails or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.

      Step 2: Prep your hair. We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been unprocessed, gently colored, highlighted and low lighted. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hair that has been permed or colored with henna.

      Step 3: Cut your hair . Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation. Have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either two or more tight pigtails and secure with a very strong yellow rubber band. Do not use fashion hair ties as they loosen in the mail. Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail right above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.

      Step 4: Mail it in. Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in summer 2013. So please enclose the attached form if you will give us permission to brag about you or honor a loved one.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss

  25. Rita Says:

    I was very excited to come across you on a search for donating colored hair. You mentioned in another reply that you have a friend who is a doll maker that donates a percentage of her proceeds to her local children hospital. The post was from 2012. Do you still have that contact? My hair isn’t at the 10 inch mark yet but I unfortunately have to cut it. I’d still like my hair to be put to good use and would love to send it to you to pass along if that is still an option.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      She actually has stopped working this year. :( I am always on the hunt for a new person like her. I would be happy to take your donation and keep it in my studio till I find another doll maker.

  26. mrsalonso12 Says:

    So, I’m fixing to make an appointment to get a pixie. Was bummed I couldn’t donate because I have highlighted hair. But I found your site, got excited, just measured my hair, and I think it may be long enough! :)

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      That would be wonderful! Thank you so much from myself and my amazing clients.

      • mrsalonso12 Says:

        you are so welcome! I am excited to help a good cause, and also someone local! :):) When I saw your mailing address I got even extra excited :)

  27. Mary Aclin Says:

    Do you take 7 inches? What is the least amount of inches acceptable?

  28. Abby Armstrong Says:

    I have spent the last 2 hours online looking for a place to take almost 20 inches of my hair I am about to cut off! Im just still working the nerve to this week! I am sooooo nervous to get rid of it as this is the first time in my life that I have long hair! It is lightly colored, and I take SUCH good care of it. All natural products and everything. You are still taking donations, correct? What you do is amazing by the way!

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so lucky to love what I do! We would love your hair donation and are thrilled that you took the time to take such great care of it. Thank you so much.

  29. Abby Armstrong Says:

    Ahhh, so I did it today! And I have 16 inches of hair to send. Where do I send it and how would you like it sent? in a ziplock? braided?…

  30. Amanda Logan Says:

    I’m getting my hair cut today, I should have at least 10 inches! I’ve been wanting to do it for a while but I was waiting until after my wedding and my best friends wedding to do it. I’m going this evening to get it cut and I just want to make sure that you’re still taking donations. I had planned to donate to Locks of Love but I had my hair highlighted before my wedding. This is the only place I’ve found in the US that accepts colored/bleached hair!

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Amanda,

      Sorry for the late response. We would love your donation! I think you contacted me via email also so please excuse me if I am repeating myself. Here’s the information you will need.

      The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more with lightly processed professional highlights or lowlights, Your donation will reduce the cost of a custom wig for our clients who are struggling through cancer treatments or stress and hormone related hairloss. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black, brown or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.
      Step 1: Measure your hair.
      To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in 2 or more pigtails or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.
      Step 2: Prep your hair.
      We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been unprocessed, gently colored, highlighted and low lighted. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hair that has been permed or colored with henna.
      Step 3: Cut your hair .
      Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation. Have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either two or more tight pigtails and secure with a very strong yellow rubber band. Do not use fashion hair ties as they loosen in the mail. Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail right above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.
      Step 4: Mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in summer 2013. So please enclose the attached form if you will give us permission to brag about you or honor a loved one.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet

  31. LaVaun Says:

    Planning to get hair cut this weekend. Are you still accepting donations?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Thank you so much LaVaun! Please send all donations to.

      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

  32. Nicole St Pierre Says:

    I chopped my hair today for a wonderful friend battling brest cancer! My heart sunk when I pulled up sites that said I couldn’t send it in cause it was dyed. I’m so glad you will be able to use it. I just measured, I knew my sister took a lot but Wow its 12 inches. Please let me know where I can send this to you and how

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Nicole!

      Thats so wonderful. Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in summer 2013. So please enclose the attached form if you will give us permission to brag about you or honor a loved one.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

      • Nicole St PIerre Says:

        Hi Stephanie,
        There was no attachment for the form, and I will try to include pictures if I can find some.

        Thanks soooooo much

        Nicole

  33. Marita Ann Rogers Says:

    I am marita rogers I Just cut Off my color hair for breast cancer Where can i seen it to to make a wig for cancer patients .I am walking in Charlotte Avon Breast Cancer Walk. if you want to send a love offen for me to walk Please send All Love Gifts to Marita Ann Rogers 312 Cherokee St Pembroke,NC 28372. I have to raise 1800.00 To Walk.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more with lightly processed professional highlights or lowlights, Your donation will reduce the cost of a custom wig for our clients who are struggling through cancer treatments or stress and hormone related hairloss. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black, brown or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.
      Step 1: Measure your hair.
      To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in 2 or more pigtails or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.
      Step 2: Prep your hair.
      We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been unprocessed, gently colored, highlighted and low lighted. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hair that has been permed or colored with henna.
      Step 3: Cut your hair .
      Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation. Have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either two or more tight pigtails and secure with a very strong yellow rubber band. Do not use fashion hair ties as they loosen in the mail. Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail right above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.
      Step 4: Mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in summer 2013. So please enclose the attached form if you will give us permission to brag about you or honor a loved one.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

  34. Stacey Says:

    Thinking of shaving my head again to raise money for cancer, such a shame that the last time I couldnt find someone who would take treated hair as my hair is so healthy and well looked after! I will definetly be sending my hair to you if I decide to go through with this again.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Stacy,

      That would be wonderful. We would be more than happy to accept your hair donation. Thank you so much.

  35. Teresa Todd Says:

    Thanks, Stephanie. I have blonde hair with highlights, and have been growing it out for Locks of Love. I just found out today my hair would be rejected, and was about to give up on the whole thing. Thanks for explaining what will probably really happen with my hair should I still donate. Now I have the facts for LOL vs. Matter of Trust.

  36. Tammy Schubert Says:

    Hello…I have been in search of a place to donate my bleached blonde long hair..bleached w/ Pravana..My mother in law is losing her hair(she has terminal brain cancer)..she dosnt want a wig..but I am gonna donate and shave my head to show her some love…I just want to donate to someone who will use it..its still good hair…just plat blonde..if I can be bald w/ her..to show support..I wanna do it the right way…please help.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Tammy,

      Please forgive me for my late response. This comment went by without my knowing. I hope its not too late. I would be happy to accept your hair and hopefully it will be in great condition and I can use it for my clients. If there is damage I cannot promise that I can but if its looking good then I would to have it for my clients in honor of your mother. Please don’t forget to send a little note with your donation and let me know that the hair is your and its for your mother. We also love before and after pictures for out big board of hair angels! thanks so much – stephanie

  37. Rebekah Bartley Says:

    Hi! I am so so happy I found you! I just had 11 inches cut off today and would love to send it somewhere to be used in a special way, especially since it has taken so many years to grow it out. Can you still take it even if it is thinner at the bottom? I would love for it to be useful rather than have to throw it away since its such a big deal to me to chop that much off. I’d appreciate your opinion, thanks! ~ Rebekah

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Rebekah,

      Thanks so much for finding me. We would love your hair donation. Usually it take about 2-3 ponytails to make a wig so if the ends are thinner than usual I can usually use your hair as a top layer or blend it in with some longer hair that will make up the bulk. Thank you so much for you donation and please be sure to send me a little note explaining who you are and the processes that you hair has gone through. Thank you – Stephanie

  38. find the best Hair color and dyes. Says:

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    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Thank you so much for the complement. I wish I had more time to blog more. Its been a blessed and busy year and I am so thankful to love what I do. :)

  39. ChaCha Says:

    You have inspired me. My hair has been growing out forever, and I do get tired of all the routine of washing, conditioning, curling iron, etc. My hair is treated, but I keep it in good shape (thanks to my stylist!). When I have 10″ or more, I’ll know it is time to cut. It will then be on its way to you.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Cha Cha,

      I can’t wait to see it! I recently did the “big chop” as I do every few years and I have to say the feeling of short hair and the time saver is 100% worth it! Dont foregt to tak epictures and send them in with your doantion. We love to add pics to our Wall of Hair Angels here at the studio!

  40. Sandy Says:

    Hello. I am planning on cutting my hair. It has been processed with high lights and about three months ago I had it colored dark to match my natural color. Upon reading your site, I need to know what do you mean by lightly treated. I make sure to get my hair deep condition when I get have any type of chemical process. Please let me know if this type of hair based on the information I have provided you would be acceptable use to you. Please note that I usually have any type of chemical process conducted about three or four times a year.

    Additionally, just like everyone else, I was disappointed to here that some organizations sell the donated hair or do not accept chemically treated hair. I was definitely glad to have stumbled on your website.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Hi Sandy!

      Thank you so much for the question. It sounds like your hair will be just great for donation. Lightly treated is just another way of saying it wasn’t bleached to death and has been treated nicely and and is in good condition. :)

      Im very happy you stumbled on my website too. Thank you for finding me.

      Thank you,
      Stephanie

  41. Monica Rosie Says:

    Hi! I am getting ready to cut my hair tomorrow, and a friend suggested I donate! It’s highlighted (good condition) blonde, but is in long layers. Not exactly sure how to measure? Top of pony tail to longest layer?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Monica,

      Great news. Measure from the top of ponytail to the longest layer and if you can take each layer in sections and use more rubber bands and more ponytails than just one it will help get those 10″ i need to make the wigs. Thanks you so much.

      Stephanie

  42. Bradie Leopold Says:

    I’m interested in donating my hair, cutting next week. It has been highlighted, as I am a dirty blond, but still healthy. Are you interested? If so, please message me and let me know where I can send once cut.
    Thank you,
    Bradie

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Bradie,

      Thank you so much. We love all donations and as long as there isn’t any damage and it fits or 10″ and above requirement then we would love your hair donation.

      The address to send is:

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road Suite #7-348
      Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

      Thank you so very much
      Stephanie

  43. Angie Says:

    I just cut off 11 inches in honor of mom, 5 years cancer free!
    I was so disappointed when I realized I couldn’t donate to the other places because I had highlights a year 1/2 ago, but then I found The Art of Wigs and was so relieved! Thank you so much for what you do!

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Thank you so very much. Each and every donation is so important to us. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for finding me.

      • Monica Says:

        I’ve been sporting my new short hairdo or almost 2 weeks now- everyone’s loving it! I’M loving that my highlighted 12″ of hair was able to be donated!! It should be sitting in your inbox now!

      • The Art of Wigs Says:

        I’m going through this weeks donations today and will look out for it! Thanks so much Monica. So happy you like your new short do!

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Thank you for the kind words and for your donation. Tell you mom, “Way to Go!!!” for me.

  44. Alicia Says:

    What is the minimum length of hair? I was trying to donate my highlighted hair, but didn’t want to go super short in my style. My hair is pretty long in the back, but it is layered around my face. Thanks!

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more with lightly processed professional highlights or lowlights, Your donation will reduce the cost of a custom wig for our clients who are struggling through cancer treatments or stress and hormone related hairloss. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black, brown or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.
      Step 1: Measure your hair.
      To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in 2 or more pigtails or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.
      Step 2: Prep your hair.
      We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been unprocessed, gently colored, highlighted and low lighted. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hair that has been permed or colored with henna.
      Step 3: Cut your hair .
      Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation. Have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either two or more tight pigtails and secure with a very strong yellow rubber band. Do not use fashion hair ties as they loosen in the mail. Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail about 1” above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.
      Step 4: Mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. Please try not to use envelopes that are lined with plastic bubble wrap as they are not recyclable. If you are concerned about the envelope ripping in the mail you can double wrap it using 2 envelopes. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in the winter of 2013.
      Thank you so much,

      Stephanie

  45. Pam Sue Says:

    Stephanie, thank you SO much for accepting highlighted hair. My kids donated to Locks of Love when they were younger in honor of a young girl that wasn’t much younger than them. It truly touched my heart that they decided to do this for someone else to benefit. Even though as a young child my youngest daughter donated her hair not realizing that as she ended her senior year in high school that she would be diagnosed with alopecia and would need a wig to start her college years. And just this year one of my younger sisters was diagnosed with breast cancer and has since lost her hair to chemo.

    So, now it is my turn, but I was heartbroken when I thought I would not be able to donate because of getting highlights. Thank you again for making dreams come true for not only the people that receive your wigs, but also the people who still want to donate their hair after getting it treated.

  46. The Art of Wigs Says:

    As of now, since it is only little old me making these wigs and seeing clients, and everything else this wonderful company throws my way, I don’t send out certificates. I am in the process ( happy to say it’s almost finished ) of creating a donation page that will list all my donators by their first name and last initial, city, state and if they are donation in honor of someone I will have that too.A few donators have given me written permission to use their photos so I will be posting those up on the wall. I just don’t have the man power or money to send out all those letters and stamps so I have been making this page for the website so people can see I received and am so very thankful for their notes, well wishes and amazing stories about themselves and their loved ones.

  47. Jessica S. Says:

    Hi Stephanie, I also stumbled upon your site as I decided a couple of years ago to grow out my hair to donate. After a year filled with personal tragedy, I wanted something different and broke down and got some color treatment done to my virgin hair. I have naturally thick strong strands of hair. Last December I had some all-over color, a few highlights and lowlights, and a very slight natural-looking ombré effect on the bottom few inches. (This was in one day.) The ombré is not bright blonde, just lighter than my natural brown color. Then in June I had a semi-permanent tint applied near my scalp to cover grays. I take good care of my hair and apply minimal heat to it. On the rare occasions I do use heat in styling, I always use a product to protect it. I also get regular trims. Do you think you could use my hair? I plan to cut it in the spring. I don’t want to start all over and waste the 12 inches I have if anyone could use it. The other charity sites say that bleached hair disintegrates in their processing. Do you process donated hair in the same manner? Any direction you have would be much appreciated.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      The process I use does not disintegrate bleached hair at all. I’m not sure what process they use that would do that. As long as your hair is healthy and you can print out what you wrote here and put it in a ziplock with your donation that will be super. Thank you so very much for your donation nd your attention to detail. :)

  48. Samantha Corley Says:

    Hello,

    I have been thinking about donating my hair and was wondering if the longest layer needs to be 10 inches or the shortest layer? I have 10 inches to donate, however, my hair is layered.

    Thank you!

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      10″ is the minimum I can accept and there is not a maximum length so the shortest layer must be 10″. Thank you so much for your question. :)

  49. Lori Says:

    My daughter had planned to donate but had very little highlights added for her senior pictures. She is cutting this weekend & would like to know where to send. She also wants to know how much to cut off. Does she count the length before or after cutting off split ends? 8 or 9 inches? You are the only one who’ll take with the highlights. Please instruct us where and how to ship to you. Thanks

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more with lightly processed professional highlights or lowlights, Your donation will reduce the cost of a custom wig for our clients who are struggling through cancer treatments or stress and hormone related hairloss. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black, brown or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.
      Step 1: Measure your hair.
      To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in 2 or more pigtails or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.
      Step 2: Prep your hair.
      We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been unprocessed, gently colored, highlighted and low lighted. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hair that has been permed or colored with henna.
      Step 3: Cut your hair .
      Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation. Have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either two or more tight pigtails and secure with a very strong yellow rubber band. Do not use fashion hair ties as they loosen in the mail. Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail about 1” above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.
      Step 4: Mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. Please try not to use envelopes that are lined with plastic bubble wrap as they are not recyclable. If you are concerned about the envelope ripping in the mail you can double wrap it using 2 envelopes. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in the winter of 2013.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

  50. Sarah Says:

    Good Morning. I came across your website when researching places that would accept highlighted hair. I wanted to make sure you were still accepting donations. Please let me know. Thanks!

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Yes we are! Thank you so much for finding us and for your generous donation

      • Ashley Says:

        Hi Stephanie,
        This morning I was asked to donate, but I am making sure they like my color. I have 18+ inches in one pony tail, will be donating to you if they decide to go another way. Are you still wanting donations? :) thanks for what you’re doing for these people. It’s so hard having to deal with the rest that goes along w the reason you lose your hair!

      • The Art of Wigs Says:

        Yes please! We are always wanting donations. Thank you so much for finding us and for your generous donation.

        Blessings!
        Stephanie

  51. Melissa Says:

    Good evening! I just had the heart sinking feeling when I found out that my highlighted hair was not acceptable for Locks of Love and
    Beautiful Lengths. I am so glad I persisted and found your blog and website. I have professionally highlighted hair that is in great condition, shiny with no split ends. I am planning to cut my 12inch long hair on January 8, 2014 into a pixie. I have had friends and family members who have struggled with cancer in the past year. One just beat the battle and another just died. So if my hair qualifies, I hope it makes someone’s days a little easier in their honor.
    Thank you for continuing to provide a wonderful service for women and children who need it!

  52. Naty Says:

    I just cut my hair and it Was dyed a year ago. It like 12 to 15″ long. I would Love to send it so it can be used by someone who really needs it. Can i send it to You?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      yes please!!!!
      Simply mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. Please try not to use envelopes that are lined with plastic bubble wrap as they are not recyclable. If you are concerned about the envelope ripping in the mail you can double wrap it using 2 envelopes. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in the winter of 2013.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

  53. Naty Says:

    Pls let me know if You still receive hair donation.

  54. Leigh Anne Says:

    Hey there!!! I am organizing a donation cut at our school in memory and honor of several cancer patients and cancer survivors from our area. I know I have 2 people who have color treated or highlighted hair that are ready to donate.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      That’s awesome! The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more with lightly processed professional highlights or lowlights, Your donation will reduce the cost of a custom wig for our clients who are struggling through cancer treatments or stress and hormone related hairloss. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black, brown or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.
      Step 1: Measure your hair.
      To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in 2 or more pigtails or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.
      Step 2: Prep your hair.
      We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been unprocessed, gently colored, highlighted and low lighted. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hair that has been permed or colored with henna.
      Step 3: Cut your hair .
      Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation. Have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either two or more tight pigtails and secure with a very strong yellow rubber band. Do not use fashion hair ties as they loosen in the mail. Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail about 1” above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.
      Step 4: Mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. Please try not to use envelopes that are lined with plastic bubble wrap as they are not recyclable. If you are concerned about the envelope ripping in the mail you can double wrap it using 2 envelopes. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in the winter of 2013.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

  55. Tonya Little Says:

    I have been growing my hair for some time now specifically for donation. I decided to put some color to brighten up my look. when I went to cut my hair for donation the salon asked me if my hair had been processed. I said yes and they told me I was unable to donate. I was so sad. I have looked for a place that would accept processed hair just to be upset every search. Today I searched again and found you which made me cry to the fact I will be able to accomplish my goal of helping another in need. I help others everyday I am a nurse. This just seemed to be a big deal for me. So I thank you for being so special and accepting processed hair.

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Yea!!!!The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more with lightly processed professional highlights or lowlights, Your donation will reduce the cost of a custom wig for our clients who are struggling through cancer treatments or stress and hormone related hairloss. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black, brown or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.
      Step 1: Measure your hair.
      To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in 2 or more pigtails or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.
      Step 2: Prep your hair.
      We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been unprocessed, gently colored, highlighted and low lighted. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hair that has been permed or colored with henna.
      Step 3: Cut your hair .
      Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation. Have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either two or more tight pigtails and secure with a very strong yellow rubber band. Do not use fashion hair ties as they loosen in the mail. Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail about 1” above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.
      Step 4: Mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. Please try not to use envelopes that are lined with plastic bubble wrap as they are not recyclable. If you are concerned about the envelope ripping in the mail you can double wrap it using 2 envelopes. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in the winter of 2013.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

  56. Pilar Ertl Says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I was wondering the same thing Sarah was and wanted to make sure you were still accepting hair donations and I’m so glad that you are!!! I think you are an angel for giving hope to women when they think there is no hope. God bless you and you’ll be getting my hair donation soon.
    God bless you!!!

  57. littlegirlgonewild Says:

    Hi!

    I came across your site like many others in search of a place to donate hair that has been highlighted. My hair was lightly highlighted about 9 months ago, but they haven’t completely outgrown. I have at least 12 inches of hair (maybe another inch or 2 depending on how short I decide to go). I have a couple of teeny split ends, but not at all badly damaged…should I tell my stylist to give the ends a slight trim before chopping my ponytail or does that matter?

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

    Best,
    Jessica

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      It would be very helpful but it this post comes back to late then all you need to do now is send it in and I can do the rest.
      :)
      Simply mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. Please try not to use envelopes that are lined with plastic bubble wrap as they are not recyclable. If you are concerned about the envelope ripping in the mail you can double wrap it using 2 envelopes. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in the winter of 2014.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

  58. Angela Says:

    Hello!! I was interested in donating my hair (it has been high lighted and color treated but, very healthy!) and did not see donation info on your website! Are you still accepting donations??!!!

    Thanks,
    Angela

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Sure are! Sorry for the late response. The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more with lightly processed professional highlights or lowlights, Your donation will reduce the cost of a custom wig for our clients who are struggling through cancer treatments or stress and hormone related hairloss. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black, brown or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.
      Step 1: Measure your hair.
      To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in 2 or more pigtails or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.
      Step 2: Prep your hair.
      We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been unprocessed, gently colored, highlighted and low lighted. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hair that has been permed or colored with henna.
      Step 3: Cut your hair .
      Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation. Have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either two or more tight pigtails and secure with a very strong yellow rubber band. Do not use fashion hair ties as they loosen in the mail. Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail about 1” above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.
      Step 4: Mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. Please try not to use envelopes that are lined with plastic bubble wrap as they are not recyclable. If you are concerned about the envelope ripping in the mail you can double wrap it using 2 envelopes. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in the winter of 2013.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

  59. Gaela Ake Fisher Says:

    I’m so glad I found your site! My hair is well past my waist and I plan to cut it this summer. I really wanted to donate it, but it has had highlights in the past and I was afraid that it would just have to be thrown away! Do you make long hair wigs for your clients or will you use it to make several shorter wigs? My hair is very thick and will be close to 24 inches?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      That’s wonderful. I can’t wait to see it. Yes we would love your hair donation. I will usually keep hair that long the length that it is. Sadly the ends may have to be trimmed an inch or so but I won’t know until I see your hair. I very rarely cut a length in half. I usually get donations that are exactly 10″, our minimum, and not an cm longer. The longer lengths are so welcome since every wig that I make is custom. Thank you so much!

      Blessings,
      Stephanie

  60. Sarena Says:

    Stephanie,
    Hello! I am 16 and I have decided to cut my hair for these suffering woman and children. I have not only decided to cut my hair, but to shave my head to show these people that they are not alone with their battle and someone out there cares. My hair is naturally a medium/darkish brown. I do color my hair but I keep my hair about the same color to my natural so that when it starts to grow out it will match together. I rarely dye my hair and I have stopped straightening it. My hair is pretty healthy and pretty thick. My hair is semi wavy but not to bad. It’s pretty straight. When I put my hair in a lose ponytail it is about 10 inches long from the bottom of the band to the end of my hair. My hair is layered though. I plan to let my hair grow as long and healthy as I can until my 17th birthday. I really want to give my hair to a company that REALLY cares about cancer patients and not just themselves. Your company seems like a great company. I have a couple questions though:
    1. What are your requirements for the length of hair?
    2. Does my hair seem like it could be used for your company?
    3. Is there anything else you would want me to do/not do with my hair while I am waiting for my birthday to come along?
    Thank you so much!
    Sincerely,
    Sarena

    • Sarena Says:

      Stephanie,
      Hello! I am 16 and I have decided to cut my hair for these suffering woman and children. I have not only decided to cut my hair, but to shave my head to show these people that they are not alone with their battle and someone out there cares. My hair is naturally a medium/darkish brown. I do color my hair but I keep my hair about the same color to my natural so that when it starts to grow out it will match together. I rarely dye my hair and I have stopped straightening it. My hair is pretty healthy and pretty thick. My hair is semi wavy but not to bad. It’s pretty straight. When I put my hair in a lose ponytail it is about 10 inches long from the bottom of the band to the end of my hair. My hair is layered though. I plan to let my hair grow as long and healthy as I can until my 17th birthday. I really want to give my hair to a company that REALLY cares about cancer patients and not just themselves. Your company seems like a great company. I have a couple questions though:
      1. What are your requirements for the length of hair?
      2. Does my hair seem like it could be used for your company?
      3. Is there anything else you would want me to do/not do with my hair while I am waiting for my birthday to come along?
      Thank you so much!
      Sincerely,
      Sarena

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Sarena,

      Thank you so much for finding my company and taking the time to email me. Cutting your hair very short is enough to get a wonderful donation. Keeping your hair healthy and uncolored from here on out will help a lot. My clients and myself cannot thank you enough for your generous donation. Each donation keeps the prices of my kids down by hundreds of dollars. The length requirement is a minimum of ten inches but the longer the better. Yes, since you are young and is sounds like you haven’t been bleaching your hair then we can most definitely accept your hair donation. The only thing I will say is keeping your hair healthy is easy, keep the heat low and the conditioners on for at least 5 minutes before washing it out. Let me know when you are about to cut it and I will send you my donations information or you can find it posted all over this message board. Oh, and take lots of pictures for my “Angel Wall”. Thank you so much

  61. Trish Says:

    Do you still have an alternative for the hair that you are not able to use yourself? Or does it just get thrown away?

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Trish,

      I am always looking for alternate uses for the hair that I receive that is way under the length requirement or just too badly damaged to use. I don’t put the donation information on my website so I can talk or email each and every donator and make sure they know what is needed. Still I get 6″ ponytails or just bags of loose hair. Every time I open an envelope like that it breaks my heart. Sadly, the doll maker that I was sending hair too has retired, so if you know of anywhere I can send these sweet donations I will be open to any recommendations. For now they stay here at my studio safe until that day.
      I will tell you that all the unusable hair that comes out of each ponytail after I process it and get it ready for wigmaking ( which is usually about 10 – 20 % ) does make it outside and right near a a huge rabbit den on my property. They had a very warm winter and the birds are now picking the tresses to make their spring nests. It’s my way of recycling rather than just tossing it in the trash. :)

      Thank you
      Stephanie

      • Trish Says:

        Thank you Stephanie for the quick response. I have between 8-10 inches to donate. I am a natural blonde, however most of it has been bleached or highlighted and I am unsure how useable it is. I hate to cut it and have it just tossed into the trash. Do you have any suggestions as to how to strengthen it until I decide to cut it?

  62. The Art of Wigs Says:

    Sure, I would start with a nice trim and make sure you keep the dead ends off, then try to keep your flat ironing and blowdrying to a minimum or at least turn al the temps down to under 380. If you can avoid highlights or just keep them to a “spill” on the very top that would help. Other than that use professional shampoos and conditioners, treat your hair to a conditioning mask every once and a while, and remember to eat your veggies and drink water. It is amazing to me how our hair can be a direct refection of our own health. Thanks so much.

  63. Trish Says:

    Thanks. I will let you know how it goes!

  64. Laura Barclay Says:

    Hello, I am interested in donating my color-treated hair to you. I noticed that you would like pictures (before and after). Can I email those to you when I send the hair? What is your email address?

    Thanks!
    -Laura

  65. Jill Says:

    Hello! I am very interested in donating my hair to your company since my hair has been dyed, and the organizations I was interested in donating to do not accept dyed hair :( Just a quick question, do you accept layered hair? The longest layer is about 12 inches and the shortest is 8 inches. Thank you!

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Great question. I do accept layered hair but I am sad to say that anything under 10″ will not make it into your final hair donation. We very carefully go through each donation and keep everything over 10″ and the rest will be placed into or shortie bin and kept until we need a few fill in pieces for other wigs or some other purpose. Everything that meets the 10″ requirement will be used to make wigs for our clients. Thank you so much.

  66. Laura Beth Gatzke Says:

    Are you still accepting donations of color treated hair? I had my hair highlighted last year, and am now back to a single color.
    Any info you can give would rock!

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Yes I am. The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more with lightly processed professional highlights or lowlights, Your donation will reduce the cost of a custom wig for our clients who are struggling through cancer treatments or stress and hormone related hairloss. Each hair donation makes a difference, and no hair can be too curly, straight, blonde, red, black, brown or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time.
      Step 1: Measure your hair.
      To correctly measure your hair, put your hair in 2 or more pigtails or braid and measure from the top of the band to the bottom tip. You are ready to donate you have ten or more inches of hair.
      Step 2: Prep your hair.
      We can use healthy hair in good condition. Wash hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, comb through and let air dry. We accept hair that’s been unprocessed, gently colored, highlighted and low lighted. Unfortunately, we cannot accept hair that has been permed or colored with henna.
      Step 3: Cut your hair .
      Find a stylist who is familiar with hair donation. Have him or her follow these directions. Pull clean, dry hair back into either two or more tight pigtails and secure with a very strong yellow rubber band. Do not use fashion hair ties as they loosen in the mail. Be sure the hair being cut off is at least ten inches or more in length. Cut the pigtail about 1” above the rubber band and place in a ziplock bag. Take a deep breath and think about all the women who will benefit from your hair – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that is easy to style and maintain.
      Step 4: Mail it in.
      Place the clean, dry pigtails in a plastic ziplock bag and then put in an envelope and send it on to us. Please try not to use envelopes that are lined with plastic bubble wrap as they are not recyclable. If you are concerned about the envelope ripping in the mail you can double wrap it using 2 envelopes. We would love to tell our clients about their hair donors so please tell us about yourselves. Maybe even take before and after shots and send us your photos. We would love to post your photos, well wishes and prayers on our new website coming in the winter of 2013.

      The Art of Wigs
      100 Commons Road
      Suite 7-348
      Dripping Springs, TX 78620

      Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hairloss.

      Stephanie Caillabet
      Owner/Wigmaker

  67. Cindy Says:

    Hi!

    I am currently growing out my hair for my wedding in July of 2015, it’s already at the 10 inches you require but I need it longer for the up do I chose, right after my honeymoon I am planning to chop my hair off and would love to donate it. Here’s my question, I have super healthy hair( my hairdresser of 15 years always tells me how crazy healthy it is) but I work outside and it is sun bleached…I am naturally a dirty blonde and by September it looks like I have dumped bleach over my head, then the winter comes and the roots are my natural color, it’s an ugly cycle, but makes for hair that looks like spun gold… I have been told by locks for love and others that my hair is ‘damaged’ and not usable for virgin hair for children, and am quite heart broken. Would you be willing to work with this? Or would it only go to adults? Anything is better than it being sold to a wig company or thrown away, but I was hoping for it to go to a child.. Also do you make your wigs or send them out to a company? I’m looking to donate to someone who keeps the hair and makes the wigs themselves, not shiping overseas or outsourcing anything-I’m a Buy local make local gal-

    Thanks, and I look forward to your response!!

    Cindy

    • The Art of Wigs Says:

      Cindy,

      You came to the right place. I absolutely can accept your hair. I will have to see your hair to see if I can use it for a childs wig or for an adult. It’s hard to guess those things. Either way it won’t be thrown on the floor. I have been a wigmaker for over 20 years and appreciate all hair donations since they keep my little wig shop running without having to ask for huge deposits from my clients. All they pay for is my labor and materials if I can match the hair to them.

      Thank you so much for finding me and I hope you have a wonderful wedding!

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