Pantene Beautiful Lengths is helping women who suffer from hair loss due to cancer. Their program encourages men and women to grow, cut, and donate hair to be used in real hair wigs. Here is how you can donate hair to help.
Real hair wigs allow a woman to keep a bit of her dignity while fighting for her life.
But, in order for those wigs to be durable, realistic, and beautiful, donated hair must meet a few requirements:
- Hair must be a minimum of 8 inches long in order to be eligible for donation.
- Hair must be freshly washed and dry. There must be no styling products on the hair when donating.
- Bleached, permanently coloured, or chemically treated hair is not acceptable. - However, hair coloured with vegetable, dyes, semi-permanent dyes, and rinses are acceptable.
- There can be no more than 5 per cent grey in donated hair.
Why so many requirements?
To create a wig, at least six ponytails are used.
Each ponytail is a different colour and from a different person.
Although the hair may look the same colour, each ponytail is unique, so they are processed and dyed the same shade.
Hair must absorb dyes at the same rate in order for consistency and natural looking colour.
This is why grey hair and some chemically treated hair are not suitable.
They do not absorb dye at the same rate and become too fragile and breakable through the processing and colouring process.
How to donate
1. Wash hair and dry completely. Do not style or use any hair products on the hair after washed.
2. Gather hair at the nape of the neck and pull into a ponytail.
3. Make sure the elastic band is just below where you want to cut your hair. The band must remain on the ponytail to keep it intact.
4. Measure the hair from the band to the end to ensure it is 8 inches long or more.
Nothing shorter can be accepted.
5. Cut the hair above the elastic band.
6. Place the ponytail into a zip-lock plastic bag and seal.
7. Visit Pantene.com for the postal address to send your donated hair to.
Once you are finished, start to think about what new trendy hairstyle you want to try first.
Have fun with your new shorter locks and know that you helped another woman enjoy her new hairstyle too.