How to donate your hair

You can donate your hair so it can be made into a wig to be worn by someone affected by hair loss.

One company many of our fundraisers donate to is Freedom Hair. Their customers include cancer patients who have suffered hair loss as a side effect of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.

To donate your hair, it must:


  • be longer than 35.5cm
  • not be coloured, permed or processed in any way
  • not have been dropped on the floor when cutting
  • not be a mix of grey and coloured hairs - must be either all grey or all coloured.


How it works

Freedom Hair have instructions on their donation form for how to part and tie your hair in preparation for cutting it.

Your hair needs to meet all the conditions above and be clean and dry.

The easiest way to have your ponytails cut would be to have a hairdresser do it for you before styling your shorter hair, however, you have the option to cut your ponytails yourself.

Next, put your cut ponytails in a bag and send them with your donation form to Freedom Hair.

Freepost 130760
Freedom Wigs Limited
PO Box 575
Dunedin 9054

As part of the process, Freedom Hair will pay you for your hair. If you prefer your hair to be a donation, you can ask for the payment to be donated to the Cancer Society or another charity of your choice.

Read through Freedom Hair's more in-depth guide and fill out their form below before mailing your ponytails through.

Freedom Hair Donation Form

Visit the Freedom Hair website


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Create your fundraiser page

We've built a free-to-use website where you can create your own fundraiser page. Visit You Can For Cancer to create your page or donate to any of our brave ‘Chop the Mop’ fundraisers.

You can easily share your fundraiser with your friends and family and raise money to help people in your community who are affected by cancer.

Create your fundraising page

Donate to our Chop the Mop fundraisers

Finding a wig

Our Wigs for Hair Loss page has wig providers and information on the government subsidy for wigs.

The Look Good Feel Better programme also includes advice on wigs and headwear.

Look Good Feel Better

Wigs for hair loss

More information on hair loss and cancer



Last updated: February 28, 2024