Hair Donation Guidelines
35.5cm (14in) is the hair length required to create wigs in order for the hair to be processed. 1-2cm shorter is okay to donate, but the longer the donation the better!
If you’ve got to wait a little longer for your hair to reach that length, you could consider setting up your fundraising page now! It’s a great way to keep you motivated whilst you patiently wait for your hair to grow.
If you need to chop your hair now, and it’s shorter than 14in/35.5cm, we’d recommend sending it to Sustainable Salons Australia who accepts 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 BOTANY NSW 2019
Many of the people that receive the wigs are young women and children. Having the option to wear a wig often promotes confidence and self-esteem.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 your hair was dyed some time ago and it’s only the ends of your hair that remain dyed, we are able to accept the hair, provided the dyed ends are cut off and the length of the donated hair is 14in/35.5cms or longer.
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
BOTANY NSW 2019
Yes! Variety regularly receives hair from countries such as New Zealand and Japan.
The Big Chop
We don’t have a list of hairdressers as such that we recommend. We often suggest asking your friends or family if they have a close relationship with a hairdresser, as they’re often likely to be very supportive (and some may even generously donate their services).
Another option is to see if there a Sustainable Salons Australia member salon near you, as they are familiar with chopping hair to donate it. They have a directory on their website, which makes it easy to see if there is one located near you.
Thanks so much for your support of Hair with Heart. We don’t have an official program for hairdressers involved with the program, but we’d be happy to send you out a pack with some materials that you could use.
Many hairdressers keep our guidelines & chop instructions on their wall, in the window and have some available for people to take home.
When it comes to sending in the hair, if people are sending it in themselves, we’d suggested providing them with the guidelines document which has the steps to follow (including the link to our online hair donation form). By completing their own hair donation form they’ll receive a personalised certificate to print off and will be notified once we’ve received their long locks.
If they’re happy to leave it with you, we’re happy to receive these in bulk (no need for individual forms).
We don’t have a formal list of participating hairdressers, as in the past we’ve found this quite challenging to keep current.
For those who want to donate their hair at your salon but don’t quite have the minimum length we require (35.5cm/14in) or who have dyed hair, we’d recommend you send those to Sustainable Salons, which is an organisation which works with hairdressers around the country to reduce and recycle materials from salons, including hair. You don’t need to be a member to send in ponytails individually. They accept hair donations from 20cm in length and that are dyed (and many of which they receive that meet our criteria come to Variety). Their contact details are [email protected] or 1300 475 679. Their address is 15 Salisbury St, Botany NSW 2019
Some hairdressers generously offer a discount or complimentary chops for our hair donors, but this is up to you and your salon.
Sending in the hair
Variety – the Children’s Charity
C/O Hair with Heart
Locked Bag 2468
Please include your completed Hair Donor Form, so we know who the hair is from. A PDF of the online form will be emailed to you upon completion.
Once it arrives at the Variety office in Sydney, our wonderful volunteers unpack and sort your hair. It is packed with other ponytails and sent to the wigmaker.
You’ll receive an email to let you know your ponytails have been received. We choose to work with Freedom Wigs, a wigmaker based in NZ who makes custom, human hair, vacuum cap wigs for adults and kids who have lost their hair due to a long-term medical condition, primarily alopecia. Variety raises money from the hair donations which support the grants and programs we provide to give Aussie Kids a fair go.
On average it takes between 10-20 ponytails to make just one wig.
We don’t sell wigs. Variety grants wigs to kids who have lost their hair due to a medical condition, including long-term conditions such as alopecia and trichotillomania, and temporary hair loss, including kids undergoing treatment for cancer. 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, and cover up to $6000.
Due to the volume and logistics of the wig making process (on average 10 – 20 ponytails are used to make one wig) as well as privacy, we are unable to track your hair through to the final recipient. Each wig is also custom made, so when it is used in a wig, depends on the type of hair requested by each client. Your hair will only be used in a wig for someone who have lost their hair due to a medical condition, primarily alopecia.
We’d encourage you to take a look at Hannah’s Story. Hannah has alopecia and was nine when she was granted a wig by Variety. The video shows the impact a wig can have on someone’s life.
Plus it’s a great video to share with friends and family too.
The wigmaker we work with, Freedom Wigs also posts lots of photos of recipients of their wigs on their Facebook page.
We’d love to see if we can help!
Click here to view Variety’s [Wig Application and guidelines].
Our Kids Support team is here to help too – give them a call on 02 9819 1000 or send them an email (mailto:[email protected]). The Kids Support team in NSW looks after all the wig applications for Australia.
The money Variety receives for your hair, along with the money you raise by fundraising, is used to help give Aussie kids in need a fair go. Variety supports kids in so many ways, from purchasing a child with a disability a new wheelchair to buying school uniforms for kids who are doing it tough.
There are lots of ways to fundraise – and something to suit everybody, even if it’s your first time!
You could start small by setting up a fundraising page and only share it with close family and friends, or you may want to go a bit bigger and share it will all your friends on social media.
You can download your Fundraising Guide here for all the tips and tools.
And we’re here to help! If you have questions, ideas, or need anything – send us an email, give us a call or send in an enquiry.
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!
Everyday Hero is the fundraising platform used to support the program. The funds you raise will automatically be transferred to Variety from your Everyday Hero fundraising page.
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!
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.
Use the Share button on your fundraising page, or simply copy and paste your page URL to your social media (Facebook, Instagram etc.)
Make sure you post a photo or two of your chop or new haircut to your page, and share your page around one more time. People can and often do make a donation after the big chop.
The donations from your friends and family come through to Variety automatically, so there’s no need to close the page for us to receive them.
If you would like to take down your page, you can do so via the ‘Edit this Supporter Page’ area – towards the bottom is a link that says ‘ Disable Page’.
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.
Or why not host your chop at your work? You could organise a lunch or morning tea.
ABOUT HAIR WITH HEART
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.
At Variety – the Children’s Charity we believe all Aussie kids deserve a fair go in life, so we support kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs by providing practical equipment, programs and experiences to help them overcome obstacles and live life to the fullest
If you have a question that we haven’t covered, or want to chat through ideas for your big chop or fundraising, submit an enquiry below, send us an [email](mailto:[email protected]) or give us a call on 02 9819 1000.