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What is the procedure for donating hair for wigs for cancer patients?

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To donate hair that is used for making wigs for those with cancer, select a charitable cause such as the Childhood Leukemia Foundation or the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Donated hair must be clean, free of chemicals and cut to the length specified in the instructions. Hair donation programs typically require donated hair to be styled in a ponytail or single braid, placed in a plastic bag and mailed to a specific address.

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The first step in preparing hair for donation is washing the hair using shampoo. It's okay to use a conditioner to soften the hair, but the conditioner must be thoroughly rinsed out. Dry the hair completely, and avoid using styling products such as hairspray, hair creams or lotions. Grab an elastic band, and set it within easy reach. Gather as much hair as possible in one hand, and hold together while using the other hand to wrap the elastic band around the loose hair.

Wind the elastic band around enough times to secure hair near the nape of the neck. Tie a second elastic band around the bottom section of hair, and then measure the length of hair between both bands. Hair can be braided before attaching the second band. The ponytail must be at the minimum length to be accepted. Use scissors to cut away hair above the top elastic band.

Seal the hair inside a plastic food bag, and place this bag inside a padded mailing envelope. Follow mailing instructions.

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