Not all clients will have hair that qualifies for donation, but those who do receive haircuts can not only change their appearances but also make a difference in the lives of cancer patients. To qualify for donation, Pantene Beautiful Lengths requires hair be a minimum of eight-inches long when measured straight, free from chemical treatments and permanent hair color, and less than five-percent gray. Pantene Beautiful Lengths requests that hair donations be secured in elastic bands and placed in plastic bags before shipping.
Hairstylists can assist clients in making their donations by evaluating, preparing and cutting hair properly. Hair should be clean, dry and product-free. Many cuts for donation are made simply by putting the hair up in a ponytail and cutting above the elastic band. Hairstylists can help their clients with this process by measuring the length of the hair to be cut and ensuring that it is eight inches or longer before putting their scissors to work. If the hair does not exceed eight inches, it should be allowed to grow more because it does not yet qualify for donation. For those with lengths that do qualify, stylists can position the elastic band carefully or use more than one elastic band to make the most of each client's donation amount.