Donating your hair is a generous and selfless gift that can help change the life of somebody who is struggling with hair loss from a variety of reasons including: alopecia areata, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, severe burns or trauma, and various other genetic and dermatological conditions.
It’s an incredible feeling to cut off your own hair to give somebody else the chance to style and twirl hair again. Although many of us are attached to our hair and chopping off a foot of hair can be an emotional experience, it’s also a rewarding one.
There are a variety of places that you can donate so it’s important that you find an organization that fits why you are donating. For popular places like Locks of Love or Wigs for Kids, the minimum length of hair you can donate is 10-12 inches. That is a lot of hair! The idea of donating it to a good cause should make it a little easier but you still want to find the right look. So we’ve rounded up some short hairstyles that should make your transition to shorter hair easy and exciting – and they’re chic too!
Just a reminder that you can donate your hair even if its gray, colored or permed!
Graduated Chin-Length Bob
Depending on the length of your hair, chopping off a foot can mean that you’re left with a much shorter hairdo. A graduated bob can be a way to donate as much as possible (or the required amount) without losing too much length. The front of your hair will still frame your face, offer styling options and give you the feeling of longer hair. For an edgier graduated bob, make it asymmetrical too!
Heavy Side-Swept Long Pixie
Rather your hair is thick or fine, a long pixie can be the right cut for you. It makes thick hair more controllable and helps fine hair look full and luscious. This cut definitely isn’t for the shy lady but it’s perfect for somebody who is ready to kiss their long locks goodbye, donate them and rock a bold new look. A heavy side-swept style will help with face framing and it’s also a softer more feminine look. Plus, you can style is different ways and it’s super cute with hair accessories and hats.
If you donate your hair, you are in good company, and if you chop it into a bob then you’re joining good company. The bob is the hottest hairstyle of the year and if you’re going to chop off your locks, you can guarantee that there is a bob for you. However, you’re probably used to having long fun hair if it’s long enough to donate. So, we recommend a light and sultry bob. Add subtle layers to give your hair the body of longer locks. Add some side-swept bangs for extra styling options.
Depending on how short your hair will be after you donate your hair will depend the length and look of your asymmetrical bob. This cut looks great if the shorter side is above your ears and the longer almost for your chin or it looks fantastic at a longer ‘lob’ length. We love the asymmetrical bob for women who want to donate because it’s a bolder and edgier look that will have standing apart from the crowd like your longer locks did. This hairstyle should be made to work with your face shape, hair type and personal styling preferences.
If you’ve decided to donate your hair then kudos to you! It’s truly a selfless act that will be appreciated by a lucky person who can’t grow hair on his or her own. And you will look awesome with your shorter hairstyle!