Give Hair to Change Lives
Wigs for Kids is a private, non-profit organization relying solely on donations to make durable, custom Hair Replacement Systems that look just as a child's natural hair would.Through caring companies, foundations, groups and individuals like you, we can continue to provide COMPLIMENTARY Hair Replacement Systems to children who would otherwise not be able to afford them. It costs approximately $1,800 to complete one Hair Replacement. To help offset the costs of production and processing for our Replacements, a money donation is appreciated with your ponytail, or you may want to consider collecting pledges from family and friends for your hair donation.
Please download the hair donation form below. You can type on the form and print it out to mail in with your hair donation. Page 2 contains the instructions to give to your stylist.
Generally the Wigs for Kids office receives two to three mail crates of hair donations from all over the country each day; our staff and volunteers are working diligently to process all the incoming mail. You should receive confirmation of your donation via e-mail (if requested) or a postcard in approximately six to eight weeks.
Hair Donation Requirements
Hair donations must be a minimum of 12 inches in length to ensure that we can provide prosthetics for children who wish for long hair. It takes twenty to thirty ponytails or braids to create one Hair Replacement.
We cannot accept hair that has been chemically processed -- perms, color treated or highlights. Natural color or highlights that wash out are acceptable. Hair that has been chemically processed will not withstand the chemical processing to sanitize the hair. Gray hair is acceptable.
Hair that is donated must be clean and dry before mailing.
Your hair can be cut at a local salon or for a listing of salons click here. Contact the salon to check whether they offer discounted or free services.
How to Cut a Ponytail
We rely on talented hair professionals to properly cut the ponytails and braids that are then donated to Wigs for Kids. When cutting hair that is to be donated to Wigs for Kids, please follow these simple steps:
1. Make sure hair is a minimum of 12 inches. Pull curly hair straight for a more accurate measurement.
Mail the hair in a sealed envelope (special containers or insurance are not necessary) to:
Wigs for Kids -- Hair Donations
If your salon would like to do more to help Wigs for Kids, you can become an Ambassador or Affiliate Salon. Click here or contact us by email or phone for more information.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q; How long should I wait after I have dyed or highlighted my hair?
A: You may donate your hair if it has been chemically treated as long as it has been at least two years since your last treatment. If previously dyed, the ponytail should not include any dyed portion of the hair - only new hair growth.
Q: Do you accept dreadlocks?
A: No, dreadlocks cannot be hand-sewn into our custom-made hairpieces.
Q: Where can I get my hair cut for Wigs for Kids?
A: We do not require certified specialists to cut ponytails for Wigs for Kids; you may go to any salon that you choose, however, we do have a list of salons that we have worked with in the past listed here. Check to see if there is a salon in your area, if not, ask a local salon if they can accommodate you. If you are looking for a free or discount hair cut, please call the salon in advance to see if they are willing to donate their time to cut your hair as specified.
Q: I cut my hair before looking at your instructions on your website and the ponytail is 10 inches. Will you still accept it?
A: Although we strongly prefer donations that are 12+ inches to ensure that we can provide prosthetics for children who wish for long hair, we are still able to use ponytails that are 10+ inches.
Q: My ponytail is already cut, however it is less than 10 inches. Will you still accept it?
A: Ponytails that are less than 10 inches will not be accepted as they will not able to be incorporated into the hairpieces.
Q: I have a ponytail that was cut a few years ago. Will you still accept it?
A: We will accept ponytails that are no more than one year old that are still tightly bound and secured.
Q: How much do you charge your recipients for the hairpieces?
A: Nothing! The cost of a customized piece cost approximately $1,800 (this includes products, mannequin, brushes, towels) at no cost to the recipient.
Q: Can I donate my hair to a specific recipient?
A: No; unfortunately it is not feasible to track one person's ponytail(s) through the process, since at least 20-30 ponytails are needed for each hairpiece.
Q: May I see a picture or hear from the child who receives my hair?
A: We are unable to track specifically whose ponytails go into whose hairpieces. However, we can share a story with you of a child we have helped receive a hairpiece.
Q: Am I able to write letters to Wigs for Kids recipients?
A: You absolutely may write letters to our recipients! You may send them to our office and we will pass them along. However, we cannot disclose personal information about our recipients, such as their mailing addresses, and we cannot guarantee that one of our recipients will write back to you.
Q: May I donate my hair “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” a loved one?
A: Absolutely! On the “Reason for Donation” section of the Hair Donation Form, note to whom you are dedicating your donation to. If you would like an additional note of recognition sent to another address recognizing your donation, please specify that you would like to do so and include that information.
Q: Do you send a confirmation once you have received my hair?
A: Yes. Because the large volume of mail we receive, our staff and volunteers are working diligently to get all the mail processed. You should receive confirmation in approximately 6-8 weeks. If email address is given we will send an email confirmation, otherwise, a postcard will be sent in the mail.
Q: What happens to my hair after I send it in?
A: Every day, we receive 3-4 tubs of hair donation mail. Our in-house process involves certain steps for quality control (making sure each ponytail is dry and secured properly), as well as measuring, sorting, and wrapping. The hair is then sent to our manufacturers where they create the custom-made, hand-sewn pieces. In this process, shorter hair is combed out of ponytails, and all of the hair undergoes a sanitation process.
Q: Who are your manufacturers? Are they located in the United States or overseas?
A: We have been using the same three manufacturers for over thirty years in order to ensure that these special hairpieces that we design are of the greatest quality possible. They are out of the country, because there are no companies who provide the services that we require in the United States.