Hair Donations

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The story: The American Cancer Society has wig banks all over the country, including about 10 in Chicago, offering wigs in all kinds of colors and styles. Most wigs are synthetic, donated to the American Cancer Society or purchased using funds from Relay for Life and other efforts. But banks also get real-hair wigs from the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which since 2006 has taken donated ponytails and distributed close to 50,000 real-hair wigs to banks nationwide. In 2015, ACS wig banks gave out 1,348 synthetic and real wigs in Cook County alone. Volunteers work with patients to help them choose the wigs that best suit their needs.

Wigs go to: Women undergoing cancer treatment (and the occasional man or child, according to our local sources). Wigs are free, and recipients can make an appointment to choose a wig and keep it the same day, sometimes without leaving their hospital room or treatment room. Three styles of real-hair wigs are available: short (ear-length), medium (bob style) and long (just above the shoulder).

Hair requirements: Minimum 8 inches, with split ends trimmed off. Must not be dyed, bleached, chemically processed or more than 5 percent gray.

Unusable hair: Is NOT sold.