Donate Your Hair to Charity at the 12th Annual DeSales Hair Drive

by Katherine Kusik | Apr 10, 2013

On April 24, students, faculty, staff, and community members will have a chance to donate their hair to make wigs for women undergoing chemotherapy (Pantene Beautiful Lengths) and children who’ve lost their hair due to chemotherapy or alopecia (Locks of Love). The event begins at 6:00 p.m. in the McShea Student Center on the school’s Center Valley campus.

“The hair drive began 12 years ago, and it’s really exciting that it is still going,” said Maggie Riggins, director of campus ministry, who’s running the event. “We have salons from the area come and give hair cuts for free so donors will leave with a professionally styled haircut.”

This year, All About Hair, from Bethlehem, Pa., will help at the event.

“You can walk in the day of the drive and just decide that you want to do it then,” said Riggins. “But the pre-registering lets us know how many people will attend and that we will have enough stylists.” To pre-register, e-mail The event is open to the DeSales community and the general public.

In the past, 20 to 30 people have donated at the hair-drive. This year’s goal is to be within or above this range of donors.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a non-profit organization that makes wigs for women who are experiencing hair loss caused by chemotherapy. The hair must be at least eight inches long and can have been dyed, but only with vegetable dyes, rinses, and semi-permanent dyes.

Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that collects donated hair to make wigs for children suffering hair loss caused by cancer or alopecia. Donated hair must be in a ponytail that is at least 10 inches long. Colored or permed hair is accepted, but bleached hair can’t be used.

For more information, e-mail Riggins at

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