Hair Donation

Q: Can I contact the recipient of my donated hair?

At this time we are unable to track ponytails from the donor to the recipients. It is a goal we are continually working towards. However, we are able to share a story with you of a child who has received a wig. Please let us know if you would like to read a story about one of the wig recipients.

Another alternative is our Sponsor A Child program which allows you to help children in need of a hair replacement system. The child you sponsor will receive a Wigs for Kids hair replacement system designed specifically for them at no cost. Your sponsorship will cover their hair replacement system as well as products, services, and support, and allow them to face the mirror – and life – head-on.

Through a monthly donation of $150, you can financially sponsor a child’s hairpiece. As a thank you for your sponsorship, you will receive the Wigs for Kids newsletter which chronicles the heartwarming progress of children whose lives have been transformed through hair and financial donations. For more information on the Sponsor A Child program, please click here.

Q: What happens to my hair donation after I send it in?

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, secured properly, and meets our requirements), as well as measuring, sorting, and wrapping. The hair is then sent to one or more manufacturers for the creation of the hair replacement system.

Q: May I donate my hair “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” a loved one?

Absolutely! There is a checkbox on the electronic Hair Donation Form, note to whom you are dedicating your donation to in the “In Honor of/In Memory of Name” field.

Q: May I see a picture or hear from the child who receives my hair?

We’re sorry, but we are unable to do this due to privacy concerns for our recipients. However, you can find stories of children we have helped on our Facebook page.

Q: Can I offer a hair donation to a specific recipient?

Unfortunately we cannot do this. However, we do receive many heartwarming letters telling us that donors are donating hair “In Honor” of a friend or a family member.

Q: I have a ponytail that was cut a few years ago. Will you still accept it?

We will accept ponytails that are no more than one-year-old that are still tightly bound and secured.

Q: I cut my hair before looking at your instructions on your website and the ponytail is less than 12 inches. Will you still accept it?

Hair donation length is important. Ponytails that are less than 12 inches will not be accepted as they will not able to be incorporated into the hairpieces.

Q: Where can I get my hair cut for Wigs For Kids?

We do not require Hair Donation Specialists to cut ponytails for donating hair to Wigs For Kids; you may go to any salon you choose or you may cut the hair yourself. However, we do have a Hair Donation Specialist locator here. Check to see if there is a salon in your area, and if not, ask a local salon if they can accommodate you and encourage them to sign up to be an Hair Donation Specialist on our website. If you are looking for a free or discount haircut, please call the salon in advance to see if they are willing to donate their time to cut your hair as specified.

Q: Do you accept dreadlocks?

No, dreadlocks cannot be hand-sewn into our custom-made hairpieces.

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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