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Hair Donation

Donate hair for cancer patients…

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.

Guidelines applicable for hair donation…

(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.

All India

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

Addresses & Contact Nos of Salons

Bangalore

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

99005 84616

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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.

044-4040 4444

Location details of the salons

Chennai

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

044-2235 1615

Kannur (Kerala)

'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

Web Page

Kerala

Sargakshetra Cultural Centre

Minimum length of hair: 15 inch.

CMI Ashram, Chethipuzha P.O, Changanassery, Kottayam, Kerala 686104

Fr.Alex Praikalam CMI, Director

94964 64118

Mumbai

'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

86910 00801

Web Page

Mumbai

'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.

Webpage to join the initiative

Mumbai

Cope With Cancer

Minimum length for hair donation: 12 inch.

Madat Charitable Trust, 15 Ujagar Industrial Estate, Waman Patil Marg, Deonar, Mumbai 400071.

022-4970 1285

www.copewithcancer.org/hair-donation

Mumbai

Hair Aid

Donate hair with minimum length being 15 inch.

Ganesh Apts., Flat No. 1, Ground Floor, Plot no.40, Pandurang Wadi, Road No. 3, Goregaon East, Near St Thomas School, Mumbai 400063

www.hairaid.org.in

Mumbai

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

98219 49401

Facebook Page

Pune

Papillon Wigs

They do not accept hair donation. However, if you are a cancer survivor and wish to sponsor a natural hair wig for someone who needs it but can't afford it, you may approach Papillon to do the needful.

90227 20730

Web Page

Pune

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

Salon Apple branches in Pune

Trichur (Kerala)

Hair Bank by Miracle Charitable Association

Donated hair must have a length ranging from 10 inches to 14 inches

98470 98237

hairbank.in/hair-bank/

 

 

What Can You Do?

  • 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.

  • Have queries, assistance requests or feedback on this subject? Your response sent by email or through 'Submit Feedback' form above, will be posted here.

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  • Know someone already undertaking this activity in your city? Inform us so that they can be listed on this page.
     

 

Queries & Requests

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.