5 ways to help others by donating hair

MCR asks: I’ve been trying to grow my hair out long so I can cut it and donate to Locks of Love in honor of my Mom. I need enough to donate at least 10 inches and have some left for me. (Or I could follow Brittany Spears lead & just shave it all off, then they would have plenty to make a wig.) Is there anything I can do to speed up my hair growth?

The Right Brain dutifully responds:

M, donating your hair in honor of your Mom is such a sweet idea! Unfortunately, there’s not much you can really do to impact the speed at which your hair grows. About the best you can do is take good care of the ends of your hair so you don’t need to trim them as you’re growing out to your ultimate length. So, you might find these Top 10 split end busters helpful.

We wish you the best luck and we’d like to help educate other members of the Beauty Brains community with this list of 5 places where they can donate their hair for medical purposes.

5 Ways To Donate Hair

1. Locks of Love

2. Wigs for Kids

3. Pantene’s Great Lengths Program

4. Childhood Leukemia Foundation

5. Zichron Menachem

Finally, a word of caution: not all charities are what they appear to be. In researching this article we came across numerous sources that cited unfair hair donation practices. If you’re concerned, check out the links below before you donate: