We have a wonderful group of volunteers who unpack and sort through the hair donations received by Variety. They are boxed together and sent to the wigmaker.

We choose to work with Freedom Hair, a wigmaker based in NZ who makes custom, human hair, vacuum cap wigs for adults and children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition, primarily alopecia. Variety raises money from the hair donations which supports the grants and programs we provide to give Aussie Kids a fair go.

Variety – the Children’s Charity
Locked Bag 2468
St Leonards
NSW 1590

Please ensure that you have included your completed hair donation form. A PDF of the online form will be emailed to you upon completion.

Online Form

35.5cm (14in) is the hair length required to create wigs in order for the hair to be processed. Slightly shorter is still okay to donate, but the longer the donation the better!

Sustainable Salons Australia accept donations of ponytails from 20cm. You can drop off your ponytails to any Sustainable Salon (please visit their Directory to find your nearest salon)

If there is no Sustainable Salon in your area you can post your ponytails to:

Sustainable Salons Australia
15 Salisbury St

Many of the people that receive the wigs that are made from these hair donations are young woman and children. They very much want to fit into normal everyday life and this includes the hairstyles they choose – many prefer longer hairstyles as their peers often have long hair.

We cannot accept any hair that has been processed or dyed, including semi-permanent, foils, bleach, henna or chemically straightened. The hair must be natural to be used by the wigmaker so they can properly colour match, as dyed hair tends to fade or change colour. Processed hair is also more brittle and prone to breakage both during the wigmaking process and while the wig is being worn.

If the dyed or faded ends are cut off and the length of the donated hair is 35.5cms or longer, then it can be used.

Sustainable Salons Australia accepts dyed hair. You can drop off your ponytails to any Sustainable Salon (please visit their Directory to find your nearest salon)

If there is no Sustainable Salon in your area you can post your ponytails to:

Sustainable Salons Australia
15 Salisbury St

If your hair is totally grey or has just one or two grey hairs that can be easily removed, we can accept it. We cannot accept salt and pepper grey. We accept curly hair, except very tight corkscrew curls because of manufacturing issues. You can donate layered hair as long as the majority of the layers are longer than 35.5cm.

Like all items that are stored for a length of time hair can break down and weaken, if it is older than five years old we would recommend not sending it in.

It’s better to leave your hair in its natural state, so it’s easier to blend with similar hair.

On average it takes between 10-15 ponytails to make just one wig.

Any hairdresser (or even a friend or family member) can do the cut, we suggest you bring along with you a copy of the guidelines which shows how to chop the hair.

Yes! Variety regularly receives hair from countries such as New Zealand and Japan.

Make sure your ponytail is clean and dry. Place in a zip lock bag to protect and send in an envelope or post bag (including your printed Hair Donation form). Please contact your local post office to ask them about costs.

We don’t sell wigs, but children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition can apply to be granted a wig. The wigs that are granted by Variety include those made by Freedom Hair, as well as other types, depending on the needs and preference of the child.

Fundraising is not compulsory but it is encouraged. Variety is a non-government funded charity so every urgently needed piece of equipment, therapy session, vehicle modification (and much more) that is granted is all thanks to the amazing support of people like you. Setting up a fundraising page online through our Hair with Heart campaign on Everyday Hero is quick and simple, and a great way to let you friends and family show their support!

What is everyday hero?
Everyday hero is the fundraising platform used to support the program. The funds you raised will automatically transfer to Variety from your Everyday Hero fundraising page.

How do I set up a fundraising page?
To set up your fundraising page, click here.

What do I need to do once my fundraising page is created?
Personalise your fundraising page by uploading a profile photo, setting a fundraising goal and sharing your story. You can continue to post pictures to your page and thank your donors leading up to the BIG cut!

What is the best way to jumpstart my fundraising?
Make your first donation! People will be more likely to support you knowing you have personally committed to the challenge and supported yourself along the way.

I have never fundraised before, where can I find some tips to reach my fundraising goal?
There are a lot of ways you can fundraise within your community – Download your Fundraising Kit for all the tips and tools.

How do I share my fundraising page via social media?
Copy and paste the link to your social media site (Facebook, Twitter etc.)

How can my work help me reach my fundraising target?
Many companies have Employee Matched Funding programs which match some/all of an employee’s charity fundraising efforts; ask your HR department or manager. If they don’t have a program, they may still be willing to make a donation to support your fundraising for Variety.

In 2007, after their daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with alopecia areata, Matthew and Rebecca Adamson established the Princess Charlotte Alopecia Foundation to raise awareness of the condition and funds to supply quality, human hair wigs to people with alopecia.

In 2013, the foundation became part of the Variety family, becoming the Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program. Building on the amazing work of Matthew, Rebecca and their volunteers, the program has continued to grow – granting wigs to children with alopecia and accepting hair donations to make into wigs for those whose hair loss is due to a medical condition. In 2016, the Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program became Hair with Heart.