How it works

Start fundraising

We’re inspired by you and others like you, who go above and beyond for kids in need. We
reckon your friends and family would be inspired by your commitment too. So we’d love them
to have the chance to back your effort. It’s really quick to set up an online fundraising page. Why
not hold an event to celebrate the big chop? Or get your school or workplace involved?

Donate your hair

Make the chop and send your hair in with the Hair Donation Form. There are a few simple
guidelines to follow so check them out below. You can also read our read our FAQs for
more info.

Wigs for kids

When we receive donations of hair, we send it to specialised wig makers who make wigs for
those who have lost their hair due to a medical condition. We’re given money for the hair which
goes directly back into Variety’s programs so your hair can help in more ways than one!


There are a couple of do’s and dont’s to donating your hair. For the further details please take a look at the FAQS

Hair must be 35cms long

Hair can’t have permanent or semi-permanent hair dye in it

Tied in multiple pony tails

Hair cannot be mostly grey or dreadlocks. A couple of strands of grey is ok though.

How to donate your hair

1. Start fundraising

Whilst not compulsory it’s encouraged. Start your fundraising page here or take a look at our fundraising tips and tricks

2. Find a Hairdresser

Any hairdresser can do the cut, simply tell them you want to donate your hair and follow the instructions below.

3. Clean and Dry

The hair needs to be clean and dry to ensure it doesn’t deteriorate on its way to us.

4. Tied in a Ponytail

Tie the hair in multiple ponytails and secure with elastic bands

5. Secure with elastic bands

Secure with evenly spaced elastic bands down the length of the pony tail

6. The Big Chop

Cut the hair above the top elastic band

7. Mail it

Place the hair into a plastic bag along with the Hair Donation Form and mail it to Variety – the Children’s Charity , Locked Bag 2468 St Leonards NSW 1590

8. Share your story and new do

Be proud of your amazing efforts to help Aussie kids. Share your story and photos here, and with your family and friends!

What happens after I donate my hair?

Donations of hair are made into wigs for kids who have lost their hair. One specialised can wig cost up to $6,000 and lasts two to three years so the cost is prohibitive for many families. Variety raises funds through the sale of the hair which is then used to provide equipment and services children in need so your hair helps in more ways than one.

Your story is important to us! Tell us how you found out about the program, what made you want to do what you have done for Aussie kids and share your before and after pics!

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