Hair Matters Donation Requirements

It’s important to follow Hair Matters’ donation requirements so we can put every strand of your valuable hair to its’ best possible use!

We require a minimum length of 8 inches.   If you have layered hair, the shortest layer often needs to meet the minimum length requirement.  Adults and children can donate.  Hair Matters will take hair that’s been colored, permed, highlighted and/or bleached. We also accept any percentage of gray hair.

Before going to the salon:

  • Wash your hair but avoid using conditioner.

  • Thoroughly dry your hair. Hair that’s donated must be completely dry before it’s stored or shipped so it doesn’t mold and become unusable.

  • After you wash your hair, don’t use any hair products, such as hairspray, gel, or mousse.

  • Have a hairstyle in mind. Cutting your hair for a cause can make you feel great, but you also need to know what kind of style you want when you walk out of the salon. This can help you avoid having any regrets from donating your hair.

  • In addition to feeling great about your donation, determining your finished cut will help us to section the hair for maximum usability.

 We will measure the length, create sections according to your desired finish cut, band these sections into ponytails, braid each one to keep your hair smooth and completely together, and finally we will band the end of the section. 

We then re-measure to be sure you are comfortable with the remaining length.  We make the cut just above the band of each section.  These braided sections will be placed in a ziplock bag for safe storage until it can be incorporated into a wig for a recipient.

Oftentimes people would like to know that their hair has been used to bless someone in treatment.  Whenever possible, (and with privacy and confidentiality in mind) we would like to make that happen!  If you are comfortable, we support you in writing a personalized note of encouragement.  You may also share your name and phone number if you would like to be notified of your hair’s final destination!

If you’re looking to donate a wig that you used during your own cancer treatment, Hair Matters refurbishes wigs and provides them, for free, to women receiving chemotherapy. There are a minimum of 75 donated wigs being housed at each Hair Matters affiliate location for just this purpose.We also pass along donated hats, scarves and wig care products whenever possible. A cancer diagnosis is costly and we want to minimize the financial burden as much as we can.