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 grownn 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 I do have to charge for my 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
Here’s our donation information and requirements.
The Art of Wigs is thrilled to accept hair donations of ten inches or more ( more is better if you can spare it ) 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 naturally curly or straight or gray. As you follow these steps, please know that your generosity will help women regain confidence and security at a difficult time. Sadly, we cannot accept hair that is damaged, ombred, bleached and pigmented with color (primary and secondary colors) or chemically straightened or curled.
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 (the kind your mama said not to use). 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 an inch 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 and how awesome you are. – then ask for a sassy short hairstyle that will make you look years younger or older ( depending on what your going for) 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 from our donators on our new website coming in summer 2013. Send it on to:
The Art of Wigs
100 Commons Road
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Thank you so very much for your generosity and support of women and children dealing with cancer and hair loss due to alopecia.