Hair Donation FAQ
1. Do you accept hair donations?
YES we do! Hair donations are a great way to help us provide wigs for kids. In order to make one wig it takes hair from 15 – 20 different donors ponytails!
2. Do I have to raise money in order to donate my hair?
No, you do not have to raise money to donate your hair but we really encourage you to do it! Our organization is so much more than hair donations and we do some amazing things for our kids and their families all through donated funds. The only way to do that is by people helping us fundraise through headshaves and hair cut campaigns and other fundraising events. To set up an online fundraising page click here.
3. Where should we send our hair donation?
Mail it here:
Balding for Dollars – BC Children’s Hospital
Rm B315A – 4480 Oak Street
*Please include a return address and/or email so we can thank you, and personalized notes are always welcomed!
You can also drop hair off in person at the BCCHFoundation or to Eva & Co. Wigs during their open hours. Please email us your return address information if you do drop off, as Eva’s does not send thank you notes on our behalf.
4. Is there a specific way that you would like us to send our hair?
Yes! Hair MUST be clean & dry, neat ,and tightly bound in ponytails, secured at the cut end only with an elastic band and sealed in a paper envelope . You can wrap the hair in tissue or double envelope if you’d like. *At the request of our wigmaker & to be more environmentally conscious, please do not send hair in plastic of any kind.
5. What length does the hair have to be?
To be eligible for donation, hair needs to be a minimum of 10 inches to be used in wigs for kids. More is always appreciated!
6. Do you accept dyed hair or hair cut a long time ago?
We are not able to accept fully dyed or permed hair at this time but we are able to accept highlighted hair and grey hair. Hair cut more than 3 months prior is not usually useable due to diminishing strength and elasticity of the hair.
7. How does the wigs get to the kids?
We work in partnership with the Wigs for Kids program and the Social Workers at BC Children’s hospital to ensure that all of our Oncology/Hematology patients receive a wig. Once they meet with the social worker the child/teen and their parent will go to Eva & Co Wigs with a special voucher and pick out a wig of their choosing. Eva & Co Wigs subsidizes the cost of a wig (usually $1500 – $3000 each) because of all of the real hair donations received, therefore they are able to offer them for $1000 per wig paid for by Wigs for Kids BC.
If you have any other questions please send them our way! We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at one of our Balding for Dollars events in the future! Remember every single ponytail counts!
Eva & Co Wigs
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