I’ve Got Gray Hair, Why Can’t I Donate?

We have recieved several posts from those with gray hair asking why we don’t accept gray hair donations.  Believe us, if we could use them, we would take them! Gray hair, as well as some chemically-treated or permanently-colored hair, does not absorb dye at the same rate as other types of hair. It is much harder to color and, once colored, fades more quickly. So when it takes about 6 ponytails to create one wig, we can’t have parts of the wig fade.  Also, gray hair tends to be brittle and cannot withstand the rigorous wig-making process. 

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4 responses to “I’ve Got Gray Hair, Why Can’t I Donate?

  1. I was wondering what the recipient requirements were? As the caretaker of a 21 year old cancer patient it was difficult finding a wig that made her feel her age. She was to old for locks of love and to young for most of the styles we found.

    • Hi Laurie,

      Our wigs come in many lengths and colors to help make every woman feel the best that they can during their fight. Please contact your local American Cancer Society so you can provide the woman you take care of a wig that makes her look and feel a bit more like herself.

  2. Just as a reminder, Matter of Trust will take hair in any condition to help clean up oil spills!

  3. Dr. Desmond Tobin, professor of cell biology from the University of Bradford in England, suggests that the hair follicle has a “melanogentic clock” which slows down or stops melanocyte activity, thus decreasing the pigment our hair receives. This occurs just before the hair is preparing to fall out or shed, so the roots always look pale. ;

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