Summer is a great time to go for a short new style, which means it’s also a great time to donate your hair! There are several organizations out there that take donated hair, and donating hair is a great way to make a real difference in someone’s life, here are 4 places where you can donate your hair & the requirements for each organization:

Locks of Love

Locks of Love is the most well-known hair donation organization. Locks of Love provides hairpieces for children dealing with medical hair loss, who cannot afford to buy them on their own.  10 inches is the minimum length of hair that can be accepted and permed and colored hair is accepted. However, hair is not acceptable if it has been bleached in the past.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a program started by the hair care brand, where you can donate either 8 inches of hair or 8 dollars, to help provide free real-hair wigs to women battling cancer and dealing with medical hair loss.  The requirements for this program are, hair donations must be 8 inches, hair cannot have any previous dyes, bleaches, or chemicals, and there cannot be more than 5% gray in the hair that is donated.

Wigs4Kids

Wigs4Kids is an organization that provides real-hair wigs to children living in Michigan between the ages of 8-13. The requirements for this organization include, hair donations should be at a minimum of 10 inches, but the organization will accept some 7-9 inch donations, hair should be less than 10% gray, and hair should be free of chemical processing.

Children with Hair Loss

Children with Hair Loss is a non-profit organization that provides free human hair replacement for children and young adults dealing with hair loss because of a medical condition such as cancer or alopecia, etc. Children with hair loss asks for a minimum hair donation of 8 inches, they accept gray hair, they prefer non-chemically treated hair, but will accept any hair in good condition, and require that hair be ponytailed or braided upon donating.

So, if you have long hair and you’re planning to make the cut, consider donating your hair to one of these organizations as a simple way to make an impact on someone’s life.