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Your Definitive Guide to Hair Donation

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Looking to donate your hair?

What a great decision, you beautiful person, you. We’ve compiled some tips information for you to help you pilot your way through the process to donate your hair. Have a look and get ready for some serious chops!

Preparation

Most charities don’t accept hair that’s been color treated (i.e. bleached). This is because donated hair undergoes rigorous chemical cleaning before its safe to be worn as a wig. Too much chemical frying makes it unsuitable for wear. Also make sure that you’re getting regular trims in the months before donation and try conditioning masks so that when it comes time to donate your hair it will be in prime shape.

Daily Hair Health

Keeping hair healthy is mostly a matter of maintenance. When getting out of the shower, use a wide-toothed comb to gently work out any knots. Start with the ends of your hair and take your time working up to the roots. Yanking through knots causes breakage that makes your hair frazzled.

The ends of long hair can get dry. To prevent this, I’ve gotten into the habit of using a drop of argan oil, warmed between my hands, to smooth down over the ends of my hair. This helps keep the ends soft and moist.

When styling, try not to blow dry every day and especially refrain from excessive straightener use. If you have curly or wavy hair that wants to poof out, consider using a fusion hair styler that takes less time to smooth hair than a flat iron, reducing heat damage.

How Much to Give

Charities have minimum requirements for hair donation lengths. This means you might have to play the waiting game before you can give. Be mindful of how short you’re willing to go. I would love to sport the super cute pixies that are so popular right now. Alas, my face shape simply doesn’t lend itself to such a cut so I had to wait a bit longer so I could end up with hair just below my chin.

Note, though, that most charities measure the length of the hair when it’s pulled straight. 6” of curly hair when it’s coiled might end up plenty to donate. Also, most charities will allow layered hair to be donated in multiple ponytails, given that the longest layer is the minimum required length. You might not have to wait as long as you think!

Choosing the Charity

Some charities require more hair, some less. Some charge money for their wigs, some give them away. Some cater to women, some to children. Here are the top contenders:

Helping Children with Hair Loss

Wigs 4 Kids (Michigan based)

Wigs for Kids

Locks of Love

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

It’s a personal decision, choosing which charity to donate your hair to. Research your options and decide which program you’d most like to support.

The Big Cut

The day has arrived! Carefully read the requirements and guidelines of your chosen charity so that you can be prepared. As a general rule, you’ll need your hair to be clean and dry with no styling products of any kind. Have a plan for what you want your cut to look like after the fact. Some people experience a bit of shock when their locks are taken, so bring a friend for support. Take a deep breath and . . . snip!

Send in your offering according to your charity’s guidelines (all of them require a plastic bag and padded packaging) and make sure to use adequate postage. Wave adieu and give yourself a pat on the back.

Donating your hair can be very rewarding. It’s an act of selflessness that benefits another, literally giving of yourself. You can contribute to a wonderful cause and end up with a sexy new style all in one day.

Carrie Wright
Contributing author Carrie Wright is a stylist and writer with a serious passion for all things fashion and beauty. She spends her money on hair products and travel deals and is looking forward to her trip to the Czech Republic. She is currently a writer for Perfecter, and enjoys getting a good deal and investing in versatile hair tools to keep her routine chic, but streamlined.


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Hair Shadows – the secret to fun colors without the commitment

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Hair Shadows the “It” Trend This Season

There you are, waiting for your appointment at the Salon, sipping your coffee and flipping through the latest fashion magazine and you see it. Pastel pink highlights. Oh, how you have always wanted to have pastel pink highlights, but you are afraid once you commit to the color process of lifting your hair color lighter to deposit the pink, your lovely tresses may be dried out or damaged. Your biggest fear – you won’t like the pink and now you are committed to the color and you are out $100.00. Well my beauties, fear no more. I have a solution that you, your stylist and your pocket book are going to love.

Hair Shadow and Hair Mascara

A perfect way to add some fun, funky colors without the commitment. Hair shadows and hair mascaras are a temporary version of hair color, that wash out with shampoo within 1-2 washes. (depending on your hair’s porosity level – if your hair tends to be on the dry side, it may take 3 – 4 washes to remove the color). There are a few techniques and applications for applying hair shadow and hair mascara. The following are products that I have used personally and are products that have been used on our clients in our Salon, and are big sellers for my retail customers.

ColorMe by Giuliano – a Hair Mascara. It comes in a tube with a brush, just like regular mascara. Every color of the rainbow is available, as well as the newly introduced metallics.  It is to be applied to dry hair, then followed up with blow drying the color to set it. It is not recommended to use a flat iron or curling iron after the color has been applied, for risk of staining your hair.  Be sure to have finished curling/flat ironing your hair before applying the color.

ColorBug by Kevin Murphy – a Hair Shadow. The packaging is a little round puck that fits easily into your hand. A great color selection as well. It is recommended to be applied to dry hair, and to place a towel around your shoulders to catch any of the powder residue that may fall from the ColorBug. It is recommended to use gloves for working the color into the hair, less risk of staining your newly polished manicure. It is not recommended to use a flatiron/curling iron after applying the ColorBug.

Pigment Pencil by Joico Structure – the newest addition to the hair shadow trend. It is a pencil, it looks like a wide eyeshadow pencil. Available in pink, blue or purple. The less product applied = pastel, the more product applied = vibrant. It is to be applied to dry hair, again, after flat ironing or curling, to prevent staining. It is recommended to cover your shoulders with a towel to catch any powder residue that may fall.  *Featuring Blue Cheer on yours truly.

Hair Shadow

So now you can go and try that pastel pink highlight without the fear or the commitment…or the blue, or the red, or the purple.

Hair Shadow and Hair Mascara are an AWESOME alternative for young children who want funky colored hair – let them try a few colors to see if they even like their hair a different color. No chemicals being applied to their hair and no tears or tantrums for Mom and Dad when junior realizes that he/she hates blue hair.

Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.


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9 of the Hottest Hairstyles Right Now

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Hottest Hairstyles for this Season

Goodbye fall, hello winter! It’s time to break out our boots and scarves and mix it up. It’s also time to take a look at the seasons hottest hairstyle trends! What I love about trends is that they evolve each season- I don’t see completely dramatic changes, we see updates and upgrades to the hottest hairstyles of the year, and this fall/winter is no different! Braids, ombre, fringe and topknots are still some of my favorites. Check out these simple on-trend looks I love this season.

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Braids are still hot hot hot right now! The beauty of a braid is that you can place it anywhere on the head and creatively mix it with most looks. Whether you have your hair all up or half up, braids are great ways to add texture and romance to your holiday style! Remember to pull apart the braid for a softer, more whimsical look. For some grip throughout the braid we love Redken’s Powder Grip™- tap a little powder throughout the base where you place the braid and it’ll hold all day and night. To finish a braided look, spray Redken Shine Flash™ all over.

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The topknot is always a classic trend and it works so well for an effortless holiday hottest hairstyles glam-up. For a sleek polished look, use Redken Workforce™ working spray to smooth once hair is pulled up. Don’t be afraid to create an “undone” topknot either if that’s your preference; imperfection can be absolute perfection with this look! Bold lips work really well with a topknot so have some fun with color this season!

Hottest-Hairstyles-ombre ombreOmbre color is still on trend but it’s evolving and becoming more gradual rather than an intense “dipped” contrast. We are noticing softer and more subtle tones this fall and winter. Brunettes are playing with reds and golds while red heads are playing with coppers and browns. Ombre is a great way to add visual interest without changing the overall tone of your hair. It’s also a totally low-maintenance style that allows a ton of flexibility! I am loving Redken Chromatics hair color and the fabulous new Flash Lift lightener. Try putting yourhair up, that will show off your ends color too!

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Check out the subtly in color for these ombre applications . . . they are barely there but add just enough dimension to make the color story interesting and reflective! Most often, less is more and this example is no different.

Full fringe is back with a vengeance. Winter is always a good time to try on fringe- it works with most face shapes and looks great with straight or wavy texture! If you get bored of straight full fringe, you can always sweep it to the side. Fringe is an easy way to completely change a look without doing much to the structure of the style

We encourage you to make an appointment at your salon and try out these hottest hairstyles this season! Let your hairstylist or colorist know that you’re ready for an upgrade this season and have some fun!

Jennifer-McGann
Contributing author Jennifer McGann Vice President of Education at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. Jen has worked in the Cosmetology industry for 15+ years as a salon technician, educator and freelance designer. Since 2005 at Tricoci University, Jen has been passionate about the development of the finest educators and students, delivering the season’s hottest trends to students and helping raise the bar for beauty education in our industry. Follow Tricoci on FaceBook and Twitter


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