Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Donate Your Hair in 5 Easy Steps

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 20, 2015 0 comments

Thinking about donating your hair? We can help!

Woman holding a ponytail of hair at a St. Baldrick's event

At St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events, shavees℠ raise money for childhood cancer research by pledging to shave their heads in support of cancer patients, who often lose their hair during treatment.

St. Baldrick’s does not collect hair donations, but volunteers are welcome to shave their heads at St. Baldrick’s events and donate their hair to another organization. It’s a great way to help two charities at once and you can do it all in five easy steps!

Not yet ready to rock a bald head? You can still donate your hair and help find cures for kids with cancer with a Do What You Want fundraiser.

Photo by Alycat Photography

Step 1: Sign up

If you want to get your head shaved and donate your hair at the same time, sign up as a shavee. If you’d just like to cut your hair and donate it, start a fundraiser.

Step 2: Choose a charity

Decide where you’d like to donate. There are several charities that collect hair donations to make wigs for children with different types of hair loss, but there are also groups that give to adults. Choose the organization that best resonates with your reason of wanting to give.

Step 3: Spread the word

Let your supporters know that you plan to donate your hair through the message section of your St. Baldrick’s webpage, and through email and social media. Ask them to make a donation for childhood cancer research to honor your sacrifice.

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Step 4: Make the cut

At your St. Baldrick’s event, have your hair secured in several ponytails or braids and ask the barber to cut each of them off above the elastic.

Step 5: Mail your mane

Charities have varying requirements when it comes to sending them your hair donation. Be sure to follow their directions on how to pack and mail your mane.

Where to Donate Your Hair

Check out these organizations that collect hair donations to use for wigs:

Wigs for Kids

Wigs for Kids makes wigs for children and teens under the age of 18 who have lost their hair due to medical reasons. They require at least 12 inches of hair that is not dyed, bleached, or highlighted. To donate your hair, the hair must be bound in a ponytail.

Locks of Love

Locks of Love makes wigs for kids under the age of 21 who suffer from long-term medical hair loss. They require at least 10 inches of hair that is not bleached or highlighted. The hair must be bound in a braid or ponytail.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Pantene Beautiful Lengths makes wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer. They require at least 8 inches of hair that is not bleached, permanently dyed, permed, or chemically straightened. The hair must be bound in a ponytail.

Children with Hair Loss

Children with Hair Loss makes hair available to children under 21 with medically-related hair loss. Their guidelines include at least 8 inches of hair in length, preferably not bleached or highlighted. The hair must be ponytailed or braided.

Childhood Leukemia Foundation

Childhood Leukemia Foundation offers a variety of services to children with cancer and their families, including providing custom-made 100 percent human hair wigs. They require at least 10 inches of hair that has not been colored or chemically treated. The hair must be bundled in a braid or ponytail.

Questions? Contact SBFinfo@StBaldricks.org.

YOU can make an impact for kids with cancer. Sign up and start fundraising today!

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