Hair fall is a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer. It is is stressful and traumatic experience for women patients and badly affects their self-esteem and morale. This is on top of physical and emotional hardship caused by cancer affliction.
Wigs can help cancer patients overcome the psychological effects of hair loss. However, natural hair wigs being expensive, poor patients would be unable to afford one. Organisations listed below provide wigs free of cost or at very low prices to such underprivileged patients. Since the cost of hair forms the major part of a wig’s cost, receiving donated hair is crucial for these wig-makers.
(a) Hair swept off the floor is unusable for making wigs. Do not send the same.
(b) Hair that has been bleached, lightened, permanently colored or chemically treated and damaged is not acceptable. Gray hair is accepted. Wavy or curly hair may be stretched or straightened with iron before measuring.
(c) Before cutting hair for donation, freshly wash the hair (with shampoo and/or conditioner) but do not apply any styling product after that.
(d) After drying, tie the hair into 4 ponytails. To create four ponytails, tie the hair in front of each ear into 2 ponytails, and then tie the hair behind each ear into 2 ponytails.
(e) Ponytails are to be tied and held using elastic bands. The topmost elastic band should be just below where you want to cut the hair. Place subsequent elastic bands at 4 inch intervals. Ensure that the bands are tight around the hair to keep the hair together after cutting. Take care to see that the minimum length required is available from topmost elastic band to the end of the ponytail.
(f) Place the ponytails with elastic bands in a dry plastic bag. Place the plastic bag in an envelope along with a slip mentioning your name and details. Courier the envelope to the address.
'My Hair for Cancer' initiative by Richfeel, Nargis Dutt Foundation, CPAA and Lakme Salons
Drop in at any Lakme salon in Mumbai and donate your hair.
'Tangled' Project of The Cherian Foundation
Visit any "Green Trends" hair salon in Bangalore, Chennai & Hyderabad. Hair will be cut by them as needed for the wig.
Cope With Cancer
Minimum length of hair: 12 inch.
Madat Charitable Trust, 15 Ujagar Industrial Estate, Waman Patil Marg, Deonar, Mumbai 400071.
Hair for Happiness
This initiative is by 2 students from Bangalore. Hair is sent to Little Princess Trust (UK) who provide free wigs to children suffering from cancer in UK and Ireland. Minimum length of hair: 7 inch.
Niharika Jadeja, Amatullah Vahanwala
Hair for Hope-India
Minimum length of hair: 15 inch.
Department of Psycho Oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA), Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai-36
Sargakshetra Cultural Centre
Minimum length of hair: 15 inch.
CMI Ashram, Chethipuzha P.O, Changanassery, Kottayam, Kerala 686104
Fr.Alex Praikalam CMI, Director
Wish to donate your hair to help cancer patients needing wigs? Contact one of the organisations listed above.
Keen to ensure that more people donate hair? Persuade your friends, relatives and co-workers to become hair donors.
Are you skilled in making wigs so as to help cancer patients? Get in touch with one of the outfits directly or inform us.
Aware of any needy cancer patient who will greatly benefit from a wig? Inform his details to one of organisations listed above.
Wish to volunteer to help one of the organisations listed above? Get in touch with them directly or inform us.
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