Hair fall is a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer. It is a 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 for cancer patients can help the latter to overcome the psychological effects of hair loss condition. However, natural hair wigs being expensive, poor patients in India would be unable to afford one. Organizations listed below provide wigs free of cost or at very low prices to such underprivileged cancer 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) Minimum hair length acceptable varies with the organization. This information is stated in the ‘Whom You Can Contact’ section below.
(b) Hair swept off the floor is unusable for making wigs. Do not send the same.
(c) Hair that has been bleached, lightened, permanently colored or chemically treated and damaged is not accepted. Gray hair is accepted. Wavy or curly hair may be stretched or straightened with iron before measuring.
(d) Before cutting hair for donation, freshly wash the hair (with shampoo and/or conditioner) but do not apply any styling product after that.
(e) 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.
(f) 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.
(g) 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.
Naturals (Chain of hair & beauty salons)
'Naturals' salons are partners in 'Outsmart Cancer' initiative of Times of India & Apollo Cancer Centre. Walk into one of their salons and indicate your wish to donate hair for cancer patients. Hair will be cut as needed and the cut hair would be directly sent by them for wig-making.
Head Office: 044-4967 2121
Hair for Happiness
This initiative is by 2 students from Bangalore. Hair is sent to Little Princess Trust (UK) who provide free real hair wigs to children suffering from cancer in UK and Ireland. Minimum length of hair: 7 inch.
Niharika Jadeja, Amatullah Vahanwala
Bangalore Chennai Hyderabad
'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 wigs for cancer patients.
Adyar Cancer Institute
Minimum length of hair accepted is 15 inch. Send it by courier or hand it over in person at the following address.
Department of Psycho Oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA), Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai-36
'Show You Care, Donate Your Hair' by For You Trust
Hair to be donated should be between 10- 12 inches in length.
Chiara Luce Badano Centre, For You-Charitable Trust, Thavakkal Complex, Iritty 670703, Kannur, Kerala
0490-249 1433, 90724 23704
Sargakshetra Cultural Centre
Minimum length of hair: 15 inch.
CMI Ashram, Chethipuzha P.O, Changanassery, Kottayam, Kerala 686104
Fr.Alex Praikalam CMI, Director
'Donate-a-Wig' programme of Sanjeevani... Life Beyond Cancer
This programme doesn't require hair donation, instead cash donation is requested towards cost of a wig. This will be supplied free to a female cancer patient who lost hair during chemotherapy at ACTREC, Navi Mumbai or RST Nagpur or J N R Cancer Centre, Bhopal.
306, Gold Mohur, 3rd Floor, 174, Princess Street, Mumbai 400002
'My Hair for Cancer' initiative by Richfeel, Nargis Dutt Foundation, CPAA and Lakme Salons
'Lakme' salons donate hair for cancer patients. Drop in at any Lakme salon in Mumbai and hair will be cut as needed.
Cope With Cancer
Minimum length for hair donation: 12 inch.
Madat Charitable Trust, 15 Ujagar Industrial Estate, Waman Patil Marg, Deonar, Mumbai 400071.
V Care Foundation
Minimum length for donated hair should be 12 inch.
A-102, Om Residency, J.W. Road, Near Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai 400012
Prashanti Cancer Care Mission
Prashanti Cancer Care Mission has tied up with Salon Apple. Interested people can donate hair to Salon Apple and the wigs prepared will be donated to cancer patients.
1800-274-0401, 020-2565 6110
Hair Bank by Miracle Charitable Association
Donated hair must have a length ranging from 10 inches to 14 inches
Wish to donate your hair for cancer patients? 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 natural hair wigs 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 real hair 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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Bunty 98219 06938
I am based in Mumbai. I have 10 to 15 inchs long hair. Naturally smooth, straight & silky. I wanted to sell due to urgent need for money but can't find any buyer.. So I decided to donate.