Donating your hair to be turned into wigs for women and children who have lost their hair battling cancer is a wonderful thing to do. You are helping women and children who have been through an incredible battle feel better about themselves as they recover. The wigs made from donated hair are life changing for the people who receive them and –fantastically – hundreds of real human hair wigs are made from donated hair every year.
Before you donate your hair you should make sure that it is in the best condition possible. Here are some ways that you can take care of your hair while you grow it out and before you actually cut it for donation:
Deep Condition It Once A Week
During the growing period you should be washing and conditioning your hair regularly. But it’s also a good idea to use a conditioning masque or deep conditioning treatment once a week. This will repair any damage to the hair and keep it strong and healthy as it grows out. Remember that minimum length for donation is eight inches, but even longer is even better.
Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a fantastic and inexpensive conditioner for your hair. It’s full of fatty acids and nutrients that keep your scalp healthy, repair damaged hair, and make your hair soft and shiny. All you need to do is get some virgin unprocessed coconut oil and apply it to your hair once or twice a week. You can apply it with your hands or comb it into your hair and rub it into your scalp. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse it out.
Avoid Hot Styling Tools
Using a hair straightener or a blow dryer often isn’t recommended if you’re growing your hair for donation. Extreme heat can permanently damage the hair and make it unusable for creating wigs. You can use these types of heat based styling tools once in a while but you shouldn’t use them every day.
Go Sulphate Free
All shampoos and conditioners are not created equal. Cheap shampoos are really nothing more than detergent and they can strip your hair of natural healthy oils. Over time, that can lead to damage that will make the hair poor quality for wigs. So upgrade to a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner when you’re growing out your hair for donation. A better-quality shampoo and conditioner will also help prevent breakage and split ends that can occur as you grow your hair longer.
When your hair is finally long enough to donate prepare your hair for the big day by getting a salon conditioning treatment or using a coconut oil treatment. Make sure your hair is clean and dry before it gets cut.