Chopping off the locks for CANSA

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My brother had a haircut recently and donated his hair to CANSA to be made into a wig. It was such a lovely gesture, and I’ve been itching for a cut too… So I decided to follow suit. I called up my hairstylist Claudia of Japs (Just Another Personal Stylist) Hair Salon on main road in Sea Point and asked if she could help me out. She told me that there have been quite a few clients that requested the same – it’s really nice to know that so many others do this. So we chopped off my locks and I delivered my hair to some friendly folk over at CANSA Care Centre on 37A Main Road, Mowbray.

Donating hair to CANSA to make a wig

Step 1:

Grow 25cm or more hair to donate. Your hair may be treated, but they can’t use dreadlocks.

Step 2:

Wash your hair. Hair that’s donated should be clean and dry – makes sense.

Step 3:

Bind both ends with an elastic band. Plaited hair is also easier to manage.

Step 4:

Place in a ziplock bag which helps preserve the hair in its best condition while it makes its missions to the wig manufacturers.

Step 5:

Package it with your contact details on and post it or drop it off at your local CANSA Care Centre.

Find your local CANSA Care Centre here.

25 Responses

  1. Shante
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    Would it work if you have layers? Really want to donate and my hair is long, but it is in layers.
    How would I go about that?
    Also, is there other ways in which we could help?

    Blessings

    • Ming-Cheau
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      I’m sure it isn’t an issue, as long as the shorter hairs are 20cm or so, otherwise it’d be a waste. Other ways to help include donations or volunteering. just contact the head office 🙂

  2. Jimmy Gordon
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    Hi Guys – I am turning 55 this year and my hair has got a slight greyish color (not too shabby for a person of my age) but I would like to grow my hair to support this wonderful project. Will my slight grey hair be a problem or do you guys “hair color dye” it to fit the purpose ?

  3. Belinda
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    I gave your info to an hairdresser ,as to date she has had no reply yet.i took mom to her for a hair cut and we wanted the ponytail donated to you. She has got 7 ponytails waiting to be donated.please provide me with info as to getting them donated asap.

    • Ming-Cheau
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      Hi Belinda, all the info you need to get in touch with CANSA is in the post 🙂 I just wrote about my experience. Hope you get it sorted.

  4. Zahraa
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    Hi, I want to donate my hair. I live in pietermaritzburg, KZN. I just want to know if there is a CANSA Base in pmb to which I can give it to or do I have to post it. Thank you.

  5. Susan White
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    Hi I want to donate my hair. I live in Pretoria. Where can I drop it off in Pta?

  6. Raeesah
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    Hi , what would happen if I want to donate my hair but it’s less than 25cm?

    • Ming-Cheau
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      I think they need the length to make it into a wig, wait it out 🙂 It’s a great thing you’re considering!

  7. Heather Martens
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    Hi there

    I recently cut my hair and the pony is about 20cm. Is this usable?

    • Ming-Cheau
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      Hi Heather, send the hair through, you never know. I would suggest giving them a call and asking if it’s enough 🙂

  8. Allissa Miles
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    I would love to donate my hair. I’ve been growing it out for almost 2 years now and my hair is almost at the right length to donate but i am not sure if they take split ends or if my hairdresser would want to trim my hair before cutting it therefore making it too short to donate.

    • Ming-Cheau
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      If a hair stylist is cutting your hair for you, maybe ask her to trim the splits? I doubt it’ll be that problematic.

  9. Raja
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    I am growing my hairs to donate.can I shave it off at home and then pack it and drop by Cansa or do I have to go to professional hairdresser to cut it in proper way?

    • Ming-Cheau
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      I skeem as long as the hair is tied on both ends like a neat ponytail, it should be fine.

  10. Lené
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    Hi there
    I’m Lené and I’m 14 years old I have been growing my hair for 2 years now and I really want to cut it off for cancer . it’s extremely long but I live in South Africa in Uitenhage a small town but I don’t know where to take my hair to and my hair dresser knows nothing about stuff like this. Can you please help me?

    • Ming-Cheau
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      Hi Lené! It’s a wonderful thing to do. Your closest CANSA care centre is in Port Elizabeth – their number is 041-373 5157. You’ll probably be able to post it to them, or if you can find someone making a mission there to drop it off. Hope you get sorted!

  11. Claudz
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    Hi how do you know if your hair is long enough to donate??

    • Ming-Cheau Lin
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      Hi Claudz, apologies for the late response, I’ve had technical issues with my blog. It needs to be 25 cm or more, just under a full ruler length. Just remember to consider the style you want after the cut.

  12. Janine wilson
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    Where can I go and cut my hair which salon?

    • Ming-Cheau Lin
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      Hi Janine, you’ll need to ask your salon/stylist to help you out with this as they’ll be cutting your hair. Then you can take the donation to CANSA to send your hair off.

  13. Izzie
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    Hi, I’m 14 and my life long dream is to help people less fortunate than be. The thought of cutting my hair has come up multiple times since I was as young as 6. I recently met someone who very shortly died of cancer. Now I’m really considering it but I dont want my hair to be too short. Will any hairdresser do the job?
    Thank you.

    • Ming-Cheau Lin
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      It seems like any hairdresser can! Cos it’s just about securing the ends of the hair together that gets sent to CANSA. Try measure around 25cm and if what’s left is too short, I suggest you let it grow a bit more so when you do get 25cm you’ll still have lengthy hair. I’m actually looking to chop it off again soon too.

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