More than half of all US citizens donate food, clothing, or other personal items. In recent times, over $400 billion was given to charitable organizations, and over eight million folks gave blood. When it comes to “traditional” forms of giving, we seem to know what to do.
What about other ways of donating that we do not usually consider?
Hair donation is a frequently overlooked form of donation that necessitates more research than finding the nearest donation box. Though, it is a donation that can make a big difference for children and women with medical conditions, cancer, or trauma resulting in hair loss.
Why Should You Donate Hair?
Regardless if a person loses hair as a result of a condition called alopecia (absence of hair) or chemo, it disturbs more than just their appearance. Studies show that losing hair during cancer treatments makes patients feel sicker and upsets their self-esteem significantly. Folks with naturally occurring or chemo-induced alopecia have greater levels of depression, anxiety, lower self-esteem, and bad body image.
The standard solution was synthetic wigs made from human-made fibers. These wigs are always available. Sadly, they are usually stiff and do not imitate the look and feel of real hair. For kids struggling with alopecia or chemotherapy hair loss, synthetic wigs aren’t created for their little heads. As one may expect, the downsides to synthetic wigs don’t increase confidence or wellness in individuals who wear them.
So, charities start using natural hair to address these issues.
Natural hair donations offer a wider range of real hair textures and colors. Real hair wigs are more life-like. This indicates a person’s wig will possess a natural feel, the strands will be like normal hair, and wearers can even tailor the wig with accessories. All of this would be harder to do with synthetic wigs.
Sadly, one hair donation does not make one wig, which is why larger volumes of hair donations are necessary. In fact, it takes up to 10 ponytails to create one wig.