Cancer patients, especially children, have a lot to deal with emotionally and physically. You can do something that will boost their self-esteem. Donate your hair so it can be made into a wig. If you were going to cut your hair anyway, this is an efficient way to change somebody's life in the process.

Grow your hair out. To make a wig for a small child, you must be able to pull your hair into a ponytail and cut off a full 10 inches. Longer hair can be used for adult wigs, and some organizations accept hair that's slightly shorter. Other groups, such as Wigs for Kids, require hair that's at least 12 inches long.

Wash and dry your hair before cutting it. If it's curly, you may want to blow it out straight to get the optimum length.

Pull your hair into a pony tail before cutting. You can also braid it before cutting if you'd like.

Have someone else cut the ponytail off. Consider allowing a professional hair stylist.

Put the ponytail into a plastic, resealable, airtight bag and put it inside a padded envelope to be mailed.

Determine which cancer support group you want to send your hair to. The groups include:

Locks of Love 234 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Wigs for Kids - Hair Donation 24231 Center Ridge Road Westlake, Ohio 44145

Pantene Beautiful Lengths c/o Resolve Corp. P.O. Box 434 2110 Kipling Ave. Etobicoke Station B, Ontario Canada M9W 5L4

Tip

  • Neither bleached hair nor dreadlocks are not accepted.

    Gray and colored hair can be donated.