Donation requirements checklist

Hair Donation Guidelines

How to Donate Hair

Whether you are a seasoned professional cutting hair for hair donations, or an individual cutting a ponytail in your own home, please follow these simple steps to help make cutting and donating your hair easy and fun.

Measuring and Cutting Your Hair Donation

Hair donations must be a minimum of 12 inches

Follow these measuring tips:

    • Grow ponytails 14+ inches to have the most impact on a child in need.
    • Pull curly hair straight for a more accurate measurement.
    • Start the measuring tape at the start of the ponytail.
    • Stop measuring where the ponytail starts to thin due to layers or split ends.

Hair donations must be clean and stored/packaged completely dry.

    • Wet hair will mold in shipping and will be thrown away.

Hair donations cannot be permed, color-treated, or highlighted.

    • Temporary coloring or highlights that wash out are acceptable but must be completely washed out before cutting. Gray hair is accepted.

Tie hair into at least four sections (six are even better) around the head for a more generous donation.

    • Hair that is pulled into one ponytail or braid results in a loss of up to four inches of hair. To section ponytails:
      • Make a center part
      • Starting from this center part, part the hair over the top of each ear. This will create four sections of hair

To create four ponytails:

    • Tie the hair in front of each ear into ponytails, and then tie the hair behind each ear into ponytails.
    • Make sure each ponytail or braid is tightly secured. Hair that is loosely wrapped tends to become loose during shipping, making it unusable.
    • PLEASE be sure hair is tight and secured with several rubber bands 2-3 inches apart.

Cut hair above the rubber band and seal it securely.

  • Seal all dry ponytails in a Ziploc bag.

Place Ziploc bag along with Hair Donation form and barcode/ID number in a sealed envelope addressed to:

Wigs For Kids — Hair Donations
24231 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145

Get Your Donation Barcode

Are you ready to donate your hair?

Complete the online Hair Donation Form below to receive your barcode/ID number.

If you use our online form and include a printout of your barcode with the donation, you can expect a thank you within 60 days of Wigs For Kids receiving your ponytail(s).

If you fill out a paper form without a barcode, you can expect a thank you within 4–6 months of Wigs For Kids receiving your hair. We truly appreciate your hair donation and will do our best to send a thank you as quickly as we can. Thank you for your patience and your donation!

Please consider adding a small financial donation to help Wigs For Kids with the cost of hair processing, services, and hair replacements (which average $1,800 yearly per child). Any amount helps us get closer to helping a child. You can make your financial donation on the Hair Donation Form by selecting “Include Monetary Donation” from the drop-down menu.

Start Your Hair Donation Form

Hair Donation Form


About Wigs For Kids

Wigs For Kids is a nonprofit organization that helps children suffering from hair loss stemming
from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns, and other medical
causes. Stylists and regular people just like you work together to give recipients the self-esteem
and self-image they deserve.


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