Donating Color Treated Hair!

I had been told before that donating color treated hair wasn’t possible, and they wouldn’t accept it. In August of 2013 I cut off 12 inches of my long color treated hair to support the #hairforhazel and #itgrowsback movement. Shailene Woodley started it when she cut her hair and donated it to play Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars movie. I vowed to donated my hair again as soon as I had 8 inches, which is the minimum you can donate.

Donating Color Treated Hair


This time, I was getting it cut much shorter. It’s the shortest that it has ever been, and I haven’t had short hair in over ten years. I was determined to cut and donate it though, there was no second thoughts, but when once the ponytail was chopped off all I could think was ‘ugh, I’m going to hate it, it’s going to look terrible.” Luckily, I don’t hate it and I’ve gotten compliments that it suits me. One thing about me is I don’t wear makeup, or fuss over my hair. If I would have hated it I would have just worn it pulled back in a headband until I could get it styled differently.donating color treated hair

There is a huge misconception out there that if you have color treated hair, or gray hair you can’t donate it. This is NOT true! Donating color treated hair is possible! Children With Hair Loss accepts dyed and gray hair, as long as it’s at least 8 inches, and is in good condition. If your hair is healthy and you have very little split ends, you can donate color treated hair!

After the big chop I have been searching for the best hairc are products do I can grow my hair out again, here are a few products I suggest:

  • Silk Pillowcase to avoid damaging your hair at night.
  • Garnier Damage Eraser products are my favorite. They make make hair so manageable and soft and strength it at the same time.
  • Aussie 3 Minute Miracle – these are my favorite store bought hair masks.
  • Large Tooth Comb – they are super cheap. When your hair is wet, this is the only thing you should be using to comb/brush it!

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  1. Thank you! I have a great ponytail to donate, but it has hair color in it and I wasn’t finding a place to accept it. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this – I’m getting my hair cut this weekend and was sad because I thought I wouldn’t be able to donate it to Wig’s for Kids since it’s been treated. (Balayage) I will be donating at least 10 inches!

  3. I would like to donate my hair it is Not coloured or grey and is at least 9 inches long please let me know what to do and where to send it

  4. Thanks so much!!! I’m so happy that I can donate my highlighted hair. I have been wanting to for a while. It feels GOOD to do something for another!

    • That’s exactly how I felt when I found Children with Hair Loss! I had been wanting to donate my hair for awhile, but I didn’t think I had any options!

  5. Happy to know I can donate my long, thick gray hair! I’m having surgery & my hair would be in the way. I decided to let it grow long and cut it right before my surgical date. Such good news! Even grandmas can donate <3

  6. I have bleached hair. It is a strawberry blonde color where can I donate? I have about 8-10 inches.

  7. Hi,
    I am 53 years old. I have grown my hair down to my waist, my hair is coloured & is grey at the roots – so grey = won’t be a problem – i can certainly do 8inches or more – please let me know where to send my hair for a wig & what country are you ???

    • I’m not 100% sure because I can’t seem to find any definite info on the website but I think it would be accepted because if you look at the donation form you can put in any country.

  8. I am so glad I food this article! I was looking for a place to donate to, but feared no one would take it because of it being colored. Thanks for the info. I am going in for a cut this Wednesday and will be donating to children with hair loss. What a great find!

  9. I’m thinking about donating my hair. Cutting it tomorrow. I’ve love to donate.

  10. Thank you so much Jessica! I too was going to be getting my hair cut short and thought I couldn’t donate since I have some bleached highlights. I will be donating 10-12 inches.

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