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Hair donation and wigs

This page tells you about hair donation and wigs. We are often asked about hair donation. Some people ask before they have their hair cut before chemotherapy. Other people would like to donate hair to make up into wigs for people with cancer. You can find information about

 

Human hair versus synthetic wigs

Human hair wigs are not actually the first choice for most people whose hair falls out due to chemotherapy treatment. People who have long term hair loss (alopecia) that is not related to cancer are more likely to buy wigs made from human hair.

There are 2 main reasons for this. The wigs have to be made to order and this can take up to 2 months. Most people don't know 2 months beforehand that they are going to have chemotherapy, so they need a wig sooner than that.

Human hair wigs are also very expensive. They can cost anywhere between £200 and £2000, compared to a synthetic wig, which costs between £50 and £200. Many people cannot afford real hair wigs, especially when they are only going to be wearing it for a few months until their own hair starts to grow back. Also, you actually need 2 wigs, so that you have one to wear while the other is being cleaned. Human hair wigs need to be cleaned regularly and this is a specialised process that takes time.

Some people do prefer human hair wigs because they often look more natural. So you may want to still consider donating your hair. But remember that there is no guarantee that your hair will be used for a wig that a cancer patient will use. And cancer patients are not given human hair wigs for free, which is a common belief. People treated on the NHS are given one free synthetic wig. If a person prefers to have a human hair wig, they will have to pay for it themselves.

 

Donating your hair

Your hair needs to be at least 6 inches long to be used in wig making. The hair must be clean and in a pony tail when it is cut. 

If you are interested you can contact 

They will explain to you about having your hair cut and will pay you for it. The fees are £3 per ounce if your hair is 10 – 12 inches long and £5 per ounce if it is more than 12 inches long. They have asked us to point out though, that no one is going to get rich by selling their hair.

The Trust are also able to accept hair donations from anyone wanting their hair to be used to help children who have hair loss due to cancer treatment and other causes. Your should have at least 7 – 12 inches of clean, good condition hair. 

 

Hair merchants

Banbury Postiche is the only company that we know of that buys hair from individual people. There are hair merchants, but they advise us that they buy in bulk from abroad and cannot buy from individual people. If your company offers this service, let us know. We can add your details to this page.

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Updated: 25 April 2013