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Hair Donation to Little Princess Trust.

I hadn’t had my hair cut in well over a year. I was happy to let it grow out, but it got to the stage where I was bored, I wanted something different and I wanted to go back to it being a little shorter again.

I booked myself in for a hair appointment for when C was at pre-school one afternoon (oooh the luxury, I had not had a ‘proper’ salon appointment in years!) so I was looking forward to it.

A few nights before my appointment I was sat looking thorough old photographs & pictures online to give me an idea of what I wanted and how short to go, so I could show the hairdresser, but something struck me whilst I was sitting there …..

All the hair I was going to have taken off was just going to land on the floor in a heap and get swept away into the bin. It just felt like such a waste. It was in good condition and nothing wrong with it .. I just fancied a change and it felt a shame for it to end up in the bin.

So I quickly googled what I could do, and I found my answer!

I was going to donate my hair!

 

Hair before donating it

I found a few companies online whereby you could donate hair, but I made the choice to send mine to Little Princess Trust.  They provide real hair wigs for Children (boys and girls) across the UK & Ireland who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

I read through their guideline and luckily I seemed to tick all the boxes … I was good to go.

Suitable Hair
  • Clean, dry hair in good condition (no split ends) from any gender, and of any natural colour
  • Straight, wavy, curly, permed or chemically straightened
  • Containing the occasional grey (less than 10%)
  • Dyed, bleached/highlighted (any dyes must be of a natural colour)
  • Plaits/pony-tails, cut a long time ago, preserved in good condition 
Unsuitable Hair
  • Hair that is less than 7”/17cm in length
  • Dyed an unnatural colour (blue, green, purple)
  • Largely/mostly grey hair
  • Afro (the wig-maker is not a specialist manufacturer of Afro wigs. The Trust buys in these wigs separately)
  • Dreadlocks
  • Hair extensions
Guidelines
  • Wash and dry your hair
  • Do not add conditioner or styling products
  • Put your dry hair into a plait/s or pony-tail/s
  • Secure at both ends with an elastic band
  • Ask your hairdresser to cut above the band/s nearest your head
  • Now have the rest of your hair cut and styled as you wish
  • Put your dry plaits/pony-tails into a clear plastic bag
The above checklist was taken from Little Princess Trust Website for donating hair

When I arrived at the salon I explained to the hairdresser what I had planned and before she washed my hair for it’s new style she tied my hair into the required plait & popped a hairband on both ends to keep it secure.

To make sure I had enough hair to donate I was having to go shorter than I was planning, but I just thought to myself … it’s only hair, it’ll grow back again and by doing this I was helping someone who was in need of it because they didn’t have any of their own.

Once it was cut they popped it into a plastic food bag for me and she went ahead and carried on with my appointment as normal.

Despite the fact I went shorter than I had planned I was SO pleased with the end results.

 

Hair after donating it.

 

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Once I was home I transferred it into a more secure food bag & popped it into a padded envelope with my hair donation slip and sent it off.

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Donating Hair to Charity

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I received a certificate a few weeks later via email so I know they received it ok & i’ve hopefully gone on to  help someone just a little bit.

Hair Donation CERTIFICATE

TheList-bade-new

 

2 Comments

  1. What fab thing to do, one of my friends did this as well. I had mine cut from long when I was pregnant with Aria two years ago, I wish I had read about this then. And you new hair looks fantastic too!

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