Hair donations are accepted in India from hair donors by Hair Aid to help economically weak patients undergoing hair loss (short or long term) due to various medical conditions to make wigs. Any one can donate hair for patients who lose hair during treatment like chemotherapy, radiation due to cancer, Alopecia Areata, lupus, burn victims, or other dermatological conditions.
Hair Aid is the non profit associate of Allure Hair - Wigs, Hair Extensions & Hair replacement sytem (www.allurehair.co.in). The wigs, hair extensions, hair pieces made by Allure Hair are used regularly by models in Shampoo and other hair care product advertisements of most popular Indian & international brands, in press and electronic media. Allure Hair has numerous high profile clients, which include models, film and television stars who trust us to make wigs, hair extensions, etc. for their personal use. Allure Hair provides all kinds of hair products & services to feature films (Hindi & regional), Television serials, mythological films & serials, music videos, stage shows, fashion shows.
Hair Aid does not just accept hair donations and depend upon someone else to make the wigs. The donated hair is used to make wigs in house. Unlike a lot of other organisations / people who have hair donation initiatives but do not have the infrastructure to make wigs with the donated hair, Hair Aid has no such issue. All the donated hair is used to make wigs in house. Hair Aid makes hairpieces / wigs for people suffering from long-term medical hair loss like alopecia and hair loss of cancer patients due to chemotherapy that look as good as their natural hair. The cost of making the wigs is borne by Yatin Deshpande himself. Hair Aid does not take any monetary donations & has no other sponsors. The wigs are given free only to economically weak patients. Hair Aid or Yatin Deshpande does not make any profit from this initiative.
Hair Aid aims to create more awareness about hair donation, to inspire people to grow healthy hair and donate it for a noble cause. The idea is new in India. We need to raise awareness first. Yatin Deshpande, the founder of Hair Aid, is under no illusions and knows that there is a lot of work to do if Hair Aid is to establish itself to be known. He estimates that it will take a few years of publicity before Hair Aid is firmly established, but is happy that the initiative has started. He started Hair Aid on 29th May 2012.
Inspired by organisations in the UK, USA and Canada, Hair Aid is working to implement a similar initiative in India.“ I feel every woman deserves to have hair, but I believe that hair donated from India should be used to help hair loss patients in India.”
In India, short hair is not as popular among women as it is in the western countries. Most women here prefer to have long hair, and they will not be willing to get the hair length reduced. Presently due to lack of awareness about hair donation, there are very few hair donors in India. Hair Aid plans to create more awareness and host hair donation events across India in support of the "Hair Aid - Love is in the Hair" program.
Regardless of whether individuals donate hair privately at home or at their local salon, or join others in a community hair donating event, hair donations are essential to make the project successful. People donate their hair, knowing that it will be used for someone who needs it - someone who deserves it. It is a good way for those who could give something back without having to give money to make charitable donations. If you want to do a good deed but don't have the time to spare to commit to volunteer work, donating hair for cancer or other hairloss victims could be the solution. It won't take up your free time, but it's still a way to show that you care.
Yatin says, "When someone loses hair due to an illness or as a side effect of medical treatment, the hair loss is devastating in any degree from slight to severe. We all consider the condition of our hair to be part of how we look and present ourselves to the world and when that privilege is taken away, the results can feel devastating. To make matters worse, a bald head attracts attention, especially for a woman. This leads to strangers asking awkward questions about the illness and the therapy, which may be something that the patient would not want to talk about. This effect on their appearance can be a further setback to women who are already enduring physical and emotional hardship.
My main intention is to help people look beautiful and feel complete from within. Isn't it nice to know that you can help battle those feelings to some degree in a patient? That's why donating hair for hairloss victims is so noble. It doesn't just give them hair - it gives them confidence. Donating hair to create a natural looking wig will also allow patients to go on with their lives without announcing "I'm a patient" to the rest of the world. It isn’t just about hair, its a sort of psychological treatment for all who are suffering hair loss through illness. For many of the patients I have seen, it’s the missing link in their treatment and process of recovery.My appeal to people with healthy hair is to consider hair donation as a unique way to help those who are ill. Hair donation can be thought of as an act of sacrifice similar to organ donation which can be repeated over and over again unlike organ donation which usually only happens once."
The major percentage of the cost when people buy a wig / hairpiece goes to the raw material which is the cost of the hair itself. Hence hair donated by clients or salons will be of great help to reduce the cost of the hair pieces / wigs. Hair Aid has been doing this for the last few years with the hair that Yatin collects from my own clients when they restyle their hair. This is extremely limited compared to the need for wigs / hair pieces needed." I would like to appeal to other salon owners to send hair from their clients for this noble cause.
Yatin says that the reason he has chosen to help people who lose their hair due to medical reasons is “I did not realize that the skill, expertise & experience that I have would be so valuable. Hair loss can be very traumatic for anyone. For cancer patients, hair loss is the most stressful side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. When a person loses their hair suddenly due to medical reasons, they feel they've lost their identity. What results is a lack of self-esteem and lowered morale. This gives me far more satisfaction than just working with the hair of the film stars / celebrities. Custom made high quality human hair wigs made with virgin hair i.e.chemically untreated hair are very expensive which most people are not aware of.
Hair Aid gets enquiries from prospective hair donors looking for salons/ hairstylists in their area to help them to cut their hair for hair donation. It is not possible for us to service to all enquiries that we get from Mumbai, so we suggest them to contact our affiliate salons nearest to them. Hair Aid is now trying to build a network of like minded salons / hairdressers around the country to cut hair for hair donors so that the maximum hair length is usable.
The most frequently asked question from people who call us is "Where can I donate my hair? Can you help me to find hair stylist / salon in my area that will help me with my hair donation ?"
People grow their hair to have it cut be it for a new hair style, only to have the hair swept into a bin at the hair salon or to be stored in a cupboard as a memory. Hair is valuable and even more so to someone who has lost it due to medical reasons.To be able to give to someone who does not have it, is a kind, generous and satisfying thing to do. Your own hair that has taken so long to grow will be made into a beautiful wig for someone who really needs it. Not only will it give them the feeling of having their hair back, it will give them confidence, a return of self esteem, and allow them to be…..just like everyone else.
Hair donor with ponytail 15 inches
About Hair Aid & founder Yatin Deshpande
Hair Aid founder Yatin Deshpande
Hair Aid is a not-for-profit, public service initiative founded by Yatin Deshpande, a well known Hair Stylist, Make up Artist & Cosmetologist. You may have seen his work on the faces & heads of the leading models he works with in the commercials and press for leading shampoo & hair care brands, cosmetic products( Dove, Sunsilk, Clinic,Parachute hair oil variants,ITC Superia, Dabur Hair oil & shampoo, Nyle, Chik, Rejoice, Beauty Secrets by Madhuri, Ayush, Godrej, Brylcreem, Ponds, Fair & Lovely), as well as in the pages of leading magazines.
Located in the north western suburb of Goregaon in Mumbai, he is responsible for a wide range of work for films, television, stage, theatre and individual clients.
Hair Aid is an associate of
Allure Hair - Wigs, Hair Extensions & Hair replacement ( www.allurehair.co.in).
Yatin’s introduction to wig making was not accidental. He trained as a hair designer in London and worked in some reputed salons in the high fashion West End area of London. After shifting back to Mumbai, Yatin decided to freelance as a Hair Designer and Make-up artist for advertising films and press campaigns since it gave scope for more creative expression and flexibility. During the course of his work, it was necessary to work with wigs and hairpieces. Due to his quest for perfection and as he was not satisfied with the quality of the wigs and hairpieces available in India, he developed in house infrastructure with all the necessary requirements, the skilled staff that enables manufacture wide range of premium quality virgin human hair Wigs, Hair Extensions, Hair Replacement Systems, Hair patches, Hair Accessories. What started off a few years ago to meet personal requirements is now Allure Hair, which combines the latest materials, technology with advanced wig making design techniques to recreate a natural looking head of hair.
The products made are used by models regularly in Shampoo and other hair care product advertisements of most popular Indian & international brands in press and electronic media. We have numerous high profile clients, which include models, film and television stars who trust us to make wigs, hair extensions, etc. for their personal use. We provide all kinds of hair products & services to feature films (Hindi & regional), Television serials, mythological films & serials, music videos, stage shows, fashion shows.
Hairloss is not as uncommon as you may imagine. Worldwide 3% of the population will have some form of Alopecia Areata in their lifetime. Out of those 1.5% will go on to have very extreme forms of Alopecia Areata (Totalis and Universalis), which causes total baldness. This condition is not life threatening but is life altering. This happens to many people before the age of thirty and is often a chronic life time problem.One out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime and 90% of women regard hair loss as the worst side effect of cancer treatment.
The information available in the media & internet is very often conflicting and confuses the hair loss patient. Don't get confused with a lot of technical jargon or words which are used while talking and are difficult for a normal person to understand. Some wig sellers, hair replacement clinics and stylists invent terminology to apply to a particular technique with which they make their wigs, hair replacement systems. These words can make them sound more advanced and innovative and give them more legitimacy and respectability to an unsuspecting hair loss client.
Maybe their "latest" - "cutting edge" - "best" - "innovative" - "unique" techniques do a fine job, but does it make them better or different in any way than other products available?
Often, these terms are fads and marketing tools to attract unsuspecting and novice patients. When you hear a term mentioned that you have never heard before, or is unique to a particular clinic do not hesitate to ask what it means in simple terms. We caution you on firms that use a lot of fancy procedural terms that might only be synonyms for techniques that are routine or similar every other technique. Ask yourself, if this is latest, greatest technique a sales tool, or is it a unique method to how this company makes their hair products.
Be cautious where you get your information from. There is a lot of one-sided advertorial-like "research" and "reports" which are cleverly disguised marketing tools. They disguise themselves under simple sounding associations, journals and educational websites which are nothing more then a platform to market specific products or clinic.
My intention is to create more clarity for all who may be faced with hair loss or are currently living with some form of this condition.
Patients with long term hair loss usually need more than one wig to carry on all normal activities. This only adds to the tremendous expense of having the need to such an accessory. Wigs (CRANIAL PROSTHESIS) are not covered by medical insurance in India though they are a side effect of a remedy for treatment. They are treated as a cosmetic item. Insurance coverage for clients with medically related hair loss is available in many other countries.
There used to be a stigma that only those who were ill wore wigs. That has become less and less true thanks to celebrities like Madonna, Beyonce, Cher, Tyra Banks, Victoria Beckham and many others who have taken wigs and alternative hair to a whole new level.
The wig industry used to be divided into two areas: medical and fashion. However, that no longer exists.
Yatin uses his expertise to help all men/women cancer patients find a solution to their hair loss problem. Hair Aid makes hairpieces / wigs for people suffering from long-term medical hair loss like alopecia and hair loss of cancer patients due to chemotherapy that look as good as their natural hair. The hair pieces / wigs are made by using hair donated by clients when they restyle/ cut their hair in the salon or at home or through Hair Donation events organised by Hair Aid. High quality handmade Human hair wigs & hairpieces are made from such hair to help to restore their self confidence.
How does Hair Aid use the Donated Hair
Hair Aid would like to make it clear and inform hair donors that the hair you spent months/years growing and decided to sacrifice for a "worthy cause" is never used by us to make wigs which are later sold to other clients.
We DO NOT , under any circumstances, use the hair donations intended to make wigs / cranial prostheses towards patients suffering from cancer, alopecia or other forms of medical hairloss in a dishonest way for commercial profitable use as it violates the fundamental purpose of our aim.
Who gets the wigs made by Hair Aid from the donated hair ?
We are often asked by hair donors if the donated hair will definitely be used for "patients with cancer" as this is the common perception, and it has significant emotional weight. However we would like to clarify that we have never deliberately claimed that the hair will be used only for cancer patients . We use the donated hair to make wigs / hairpieces for patients with all types of medical hairloss and not just cancer alone.
Just to clarify on the cancer vs. other types of hair loss issue. A large percentage of the patients who get wigs from donated hair made by Hair Aid are cancer patients. Most patients who undergo chemotherapy will lose his/her hair--it's a side effect of the drugs. The hair will regrow after stopping the chemotherapy. This is why Hair Aid provides wigs / hair pieces to patients with alopecia areata, a medical condition with no known cause or cure--as they will probably never regrow their hair. Irradiation of the scalp damages the skin and hair folicles (like a burn would) so these patientss have a higher chance of staying permanently bald. We believe patients with hair loss from alopecia, burns or other medical conditions also deserve a way to look socially normal as much as patients with cancer do. Hence we provide wigs for patients with medical hairloss due to other illnesses and not just cancer alone.
Can I know or meet the patient who receives my hair?
No, that is not possible. There are two reasons for it.
Hair Aid protects the privacy of all the recipients of the wigs. Unless the recipients of the wigs willingly agree & give consent in writing to disclose their names and/ or photographs we protect their identity.
It takes a minimum 6-10 ponytails to make one wig / hairpiece, so tracking hair from each ponytail would not be feasible. All donated hair is separated as per the color, texture and length. During the sizing process, similar type hair from different donors is mixed together, so we are unable to keep a track of the individual donors hair. We cannot account for every strand of hair donated to us and link hair donors with recipients of wigs.
The wigs made with donated hair are given free of cost by Hair Aid.
We have no hesitation in informing hair donors or those who intend to donate their hair later, that in case you have any doubts about whether the donated hair will be used for hair loss patients or used to make wigs for sale, please do not send your hair donation to us. We do not entertain any queries at a later stage about the use of the donated hair. We prefer to utilise the maximum time we can spare to help those who need the benefit of our expertise & experience and not waste time trying to prove to people who may donate hair once in a while about our cause. We do not want to deal with anyone who has slightest doubt about our intention.
The fact is that all human hair is NOT ideal for making wigs. Hair is extremely delicate especially fine hair like Caucasian hair which breaks while knotting to the net base while making the wig / hairpiece. If at all we manage to use it then it requires very high-maintenance and the wigs will not last long. This is not ideal for patients who might not have the time or energy to take care of it. Hence we only are able to use the hair that we find fit to make wigs / hairpieces which will last long. A well-crafted custom made wig like the type we make usually takes 40 to 100 hours( four to eight working days ) for one person to make. As we make wigs with donated hair we make sure that our effort is also not wasted.
However we would like to clarify that the quantity of short hair (6 inches to 10 inches) we get is very high. After sizing the donated hair, we get plenty of short hair from the hair sent to us. We need longer lengths of hair especially on the top area of the wigs, which we get in very small quantity from the hair donors rarely. All shorter hair that is separated from the donated hair cannot be used in the wigs/cranial prosthesis / hairpieces.
Can some one contact Hair Aid directly to get a free wig?
Hair Aid does not have the resources or manpower to verify the financial & medical condition of the applicants, hence we do not give free wigs to anyone who contacts us directly at present.
Presently we only make wigs and donate them through other NGO's who have the resources to verify the financial & medical condition of the applicants.
Hair Aid is presently in the process of having their own verification process put together to give wigs to the needy.
To qualify as a Hair Aid Wig Recipient,
Applications are approved on a case by case basis and solely at the discretion of Hair Aid. If you apply and are approved to get a free wig you will be informed. In case an applicant does not get a wig we do not offer any explanation or answer questions about why the case was rejected.
Hair Aid featured in media
Hair Aid featured in MID-DAY on 4th March 2014
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Hair Aid featured inDNA on 7th March 2014
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Hair Aid featured in Times of India on 11th Feb. 2014
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Hair Aid featured in Dainik Jajran on 3rd January 2014
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Hair Aid featured in the business newspaper MINT on 8th October 2013.
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Hair Aid hair donation initiative was featured in CNN IBN Citizen Journalist show.
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Hair Donation information
Why should you donate hair to Hair Aid?
Every year, thousands of individuals restyle, trim, shave, and cut their tresses for various reasons like a fashion change, religious purpose or medical reasons. The hair that is cut can be donated and used to make wigs for patients who have hairloss as a side effect of their medical condition. This can be done for a number of personal, admirable reasons:
In memory of a cancer patient who has expired
As a symbol of solidarity for a friend or relative who is undergoing treatment for a medical condition in which hair loss is a side effect.
In cheerful celebration of being a survivor after long term cancer treatment
As a hair donor for a volunteer group to support Hair Aid
Whatever be the reason, donating hair for is a great way to help provide free or low cost wigs and hairpieces to individuals with hair loss.
Apparently, 85% of hair donations come from family members and friends of those who have seen a patient closely during their illness.
HAIR DONATION REQUIREMENTS OF HAIR AID
HAIR AID GUIDELINES FOR HAIR DONATIONS
Hair donation is needed from men and women, young and old, all colors and races. Anyone can cut your hair as long as the guidelines are followed.
Hair Donation Requirements Of Hair Aid
If you would like to donate your hair, please follow proper procedure so that your donated hair can be used.
Hair that is cut, fallen on the floor & then collected or swept from the floor is not usable at all.
Hair that is shaved off and not tied in a ponytail or braid is not usable to make wigs / hairpieces of the quality that we make.
The type of hair that we use to make wigs has its cuticle intact and which has been stored to maintain root to tip alignment. The cuticle layers of the hair strands are all facing in the same direction from root to end just like your natural hair on the scalp and, therefore, do not tangle.
If the cuticle is left and the roots ends alignment mixed up, the scales on the cuticle would oppose and pull each other causing tangling. Every strand of hair has a coarse cuticle, which clings to the cuticle of the neighboring hair when they are facing in the opposite direction. In effect hair is twisting and intertwining into a hair clump which is difficult to comb out.
It can also be heat styled and colored to match to your own hair colour or highlighted / low lighted easily.
Hair must be divided into multiple braids / ponytails of small sections before cutting or shaving.
Put your hair into braids / ponytails, securing them with elastic bands along the length of the ponytail at approx, four inch intervals. You could also plait your hair to cut.
Layered hair is acceptable if the shortest layer is 12 inches. Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
1. Donated hair must be a minimum of 15 inches long (measured from just above the elastic band of the ponytail to the ends).
Hair Donation Instructions
1. Hair must be clean (shampooed and/or conditioned) without styling products, hairspray, or additional hair products.
PREPARING YOUR HAIR FOR DONATION
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Hair Donation plaits
Donating chemically treated hair or processed hair
If you have grown your beautiful hair for a few months or in some cases maybe years and you are ready to cut it off and donate it to Hair Aid, I think that is a noble deed. I cannot tell you how wonderful and selfless and important this act of love and kindness is as I accept hair donations here at Hair Aid. So as you read through the requirements before the “big noble cut” you will read a few words that will stop your heart. "We do not accept hair that has been chemically processed or colored in any way." Oh my God! ‘Why did I highlight my hair? or you may think I was just trying to cover my roots. I feel so let down you think.
Do not worry, we accept hair that is chemically processed but still in good condition unlike some other hair donation organisations who do not accept chemically processed hair at all.
Normallly I seperate the donated hair into two catagories, Virgin and Processed/Color treated. Younger hair loss patients get a virgin hair wig. Our women patients over 18 get color treated hair. No perms, but the ladies who have grown their hair , taken good care of it, done highlights and/or lowlights professionally and used great hair products. “Sun-in” or lemon juice is not a highlight, sorry. The more hair I get the better choices they have for color and texture. Spread the word if you can. We use mildly processed or colored treated hair and they still get a beautiful mane of human hair that is comfortable and perfect for their hair loss battle due to cancer or alopecia etc.
Hair Donor Questions & Answers
Do I need to shave my head to donate hair?
Hair Aid would like to clarify that Hair Donation does not mean that donors need to shave their heads to donate hair. Shaving off all your hair is not necessary. Most of the hair donors send their cut hair in ponytails or braids. As long as a 15 inches (minimum) ponytail can be donated, you can cut your hair to any longer length you choose.
Hair Aid does not force anyone to shave their hair, however there are hair donors who shave off all their hair to donate willingly. It does make a strong statement of your support for patients with hairloss due to cancer or other medical conditions.
It is a wrong notion that has been created that hair donation means shaving of all their hair.This is due to photos & media reports which have been publicised widely where hair donors especially women who have shaved off all their hair to donate.
Where do I go to get my hair cut?
You can go to get your hair cut at your regular hair salon or stylist as long as the donation guidelines listed on our website are followed. We encourage our donors to go to a salon they are already familiar with so they will be comfortable when making their donation. Read Hair Donation Guidelines.
Do you have a list of participating salons?
No, we don’t currently have a list of salons. Most donors go to their regular stylist with our list of instructions for how to make the cut and mail the donated ponytail themselves.
Hair Aid is trying to build a network of salons / Hair stylists who will help hair donors.
Haircuts for hair donations are not free-of-charge and subject to each hairdressers’ own cutting or styling fee(s).
How do I package my donation?
The cut hair / ponytails need to be completely dry before they are couriered / mailed to Hair Aid.. Place the ponytail in a plastic or self sealing bag, and then inside a padded envelope. Be sure to include the hair donor’s name and address, mobile phone number, e-mail, on a separate sheet of paper.
Where can I donate hair for cancer patients in India?
In India hair donation is accepted by Hair Aid.
Where do I send my hair donation?
Please include your full name, Age, Mobile & landline nos. , email address and postal address with your hair donation. All hair donations must be couriered / mailed to
Hair Aid ( Yatin Deshpande ),
Ganesh Apartments, Flat No. 1, Ground Floor,
Plot no.40, Pandurang Wadi, Road No. 3,
Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 063, INDIA.
Phone: Mobile : +91 99 200 45 882, +91 98 67 68 55 65
Will I be informed after Hair Aid gets the donated Hair from me?
We always try to send thank you messages by e-mail to acknowledge your hair donation but sometimes due to work load there could be a delay. Please bear with us. Thank you for understanding this and for your hair donation.
Please do not forget to include a note with your full name, Age, Mobile & landline nos., email address and postal address with your ponytail.
We do not have any official thank you ceremony upon donating your hair.
What is the minimum length for a hair donation?
At least 15 inches is needed to be used in a wig / hairpiece.
Why is the minimum hair length 15 inches when other organisations accept hair fro 8 inches?
During the wig making process about two to three inches of hair length is lost, which leaves only twelve inches (about jaw length) for use. Most of the Indian female patients who receive hairpieces from Hair Aid require long hair wigs. Though other organisations accept hair from 8 inches we do not make wigs with short hair.
Can I donate hair if it is shorter than 15 inches and below?
We would also welcome and accept shorter lengths of hair. We are only able to use shorter lengths to make short hair ladies wigs. Shorter lengths are more difficult to process therefore extra time and effort is needed to put them to use for our wearers. They are mostly used when refurbishments are required. We are unable to use hair lengths that are shorter than 15 inches but we would be grateful for these lengths if available as they will also help those who require our type of hairpiece. People who do not have the required hair length presently, can keep growing it until you have minimum required hair length to donate.
Which type of hair is suitable for hair donation?
Each wig is custom made for each specific person, in an effort to enable them to regain their original appearance. The wig is designed according to the exact size and shape of the person’s head, using hair that is as similar as possible to the original hair. Someone whose hair was short and curly will need a short, curly wig. Someone who had long, straight hair will need a long, straight hair wig. Therefore, we need as many different types of hair as possible.
Does Hair Aid sell hair or throw away hair?
Hair that is short, gray, or otherwise unusable will be used to make something else. Hair Aid DOES NOT throw hair away unless it is wet and moldy, fungus affected or not bundled in a braid or ponytail when it is received.
Can I donate gray hair?
Yes, we can accept donations of gray hair.
Can I donate colored hair?
Yes, we can accept donations of colored hair provided they are not damaged.
Can I donate permed hair?
Yes, we can accept donations of permed hair.
Can I donate bleached hair?
BLEACHED, PERMANENTLY COLORED OR HIGHLIGHTED HAIR IS NOT ACCEPTABLE
It takes at least 6-10 ponytails to make a wig, and each one comes from a different person with a different shade of hair. For a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color throughout, all these ponytails must be processed and then dyed to the same shade. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create a wig that is one consistent, natural-looking color.
Gray hair, and some chemically-treated or permanently-colored hair, does not absorb dye at the same rate as other types of hair. It is much harder to color and, once colored, fades more quickly.
No, we cannot use bleached hair. Highlights are often done with bleach.We cannot use such hair.
Can I donate dreadlocks?
We cannot accept dreadlocks. We are not able to use them in our hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
How many ponytails does it take to make one hairpiece?
Six to ten donated ponytails go into one hairpiece.
Can I meet the patient who receives my hair?
We cannot link donors with recipients for two reasons:
In some instances friends & family members donate hair for a loved one who has lost their hair. We ensure that this hair even though often blended with other donated hair, is put into a specific hairpiece. If this is the case for you, please let us know.
Can I include pictures with my hair donation?
Yes, if you choose to send pictures please e-mail them to Hair Aid. All photos must be submitted electronically in order for use on our website.
Guidelines for sending your photographs
The photographs should be in JPEG format. Please use small file sizes (around 100 Kilobytes each photo) & do not attach very large megapixel files straight from the camera and attach them to your email.
Don't send irrelevant images, be selective, send only pictures that indicate your hairstyle correctly.
Do not send photographs taken from low resolution cameras of mobile phones.
If I send in pictures, will you post them on your website?
We do update our donor gallery from time to time, but cannot guarantee that all the pictures we receive will be posted. We also use photos in our newsletters.
Can I donate my hair to make a hairpiece for a family member or friend?
If the person in need is a patient and has applied to Hair Aid, it is sometimes possible. The family can contact Yatin for more information.
Does Hair Aid always need hair?
Yes, we are always in need of hair. We forecast our need because our recipients can reapply for a new hairpiece every 12 months. Because these hairpieces are custom made, they cannot be reused.
What happens to the hair that is too short or damaged that is sent it, will I know if it is useable?
As far as possible please do not send very shor thair or chemically treated hair.We will NOT be able notify everyone as to the useability of your hair. If your hair is unusable we dispose it off without informing anyone.
Do I need to donate 15 inches?
No! You can always "Shave in Support" no matter what length of hair you have. However, in order to be used for wig, a minimum of 15" is required. Longer hair is always appreciated.
What are some of the medical conditions of the patients you help?
Most of our recipients suffer from cancer or alopecia areata. Others have experienced hair loss from radiation therapy and chemotherapy, severe burns or trauma, and various other genetic and dermatological conditions.
What age group do you help?
We try to help people of all age groups regardless of race, creed, or religion.
Does Hair Aid donate wigs to children?
Hair Aid aims to help women undergoing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia or as a side effect of some other illness. Our wigs are made to fit for adult head sizes and not suitable for children’s small heads. However older kids in their teens are welcome to contact us to inquire about availability of wigs.
What happens to my hair after I donate it?
We open the packages and separate the donation slips from the hair. The hair then gets separated as per its color, texture and length. Similar hair from different donors is mixed together.Once there is enough hair of similar type to make a wig only then the hair is used. Sometimes we may have to wait for a few months till we get similar types of hair which is enough to make a wig.
Does Hair Aid pay money to anyone who wants to sell their hair instead of donating hair ?
Hair Aid DOES NOT pay money to anyone who wants to sell their hair instead of donating hair.Paying money to someone for their hair would be as good as trading.
As mentioned, this is not a profit making project, we cannot afford to pay for your haircut.
Who bears the cost of making the wigs with the donated hair ?
Hair Donors Beware, Be Alert
Hair Donation appeals take place on behalf of Hair Aid as part of an event being held to benefit Hair Aid. These events obtain approval to use our trademark name and logo in association with promoting the event. However, it has been brought to our attention that unauthorized appeals are being done from time to time without the knowledge and/or approval of Hair Aid.
Hair Aid does not solicit for hair or financial donations through any agents. However we do appeal through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., or direct mailers. Do not allow your hair to be given away to anybody not associated with or is involved with an event held by Hair Aid,
Please send all hair donations directly by courier / speed post to our Address. Please do not forget to include a note with your full name, Age, Mobile & landline nos., email address and postal address with your ponytail.
Hair Aid ( Yatin Deshpande )
Ganesh Apartments, Flat No. 1, Ground Floor,
Plot no.40, Pandurang Wadi, Road No. 3,
Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 063, INDIA.
Phone: Mobile : +91 99 200 45 882, +91 98 67 68 55 65
This is Hair Aid’s only office and anyone instructing you to mail your hair donation to a different location is most likely fraudulent.
Hair Aid permits for groups and individuals to sponsor events to benefit our initiative. The event organizers have registered and received permission to use our name and logo for a limited time. Registered events may be confirmed by contacting our office. If you believe that you have been solicited for a donation by an unauthorized Hair Aid representative, please contact the Hair Aid office by phone or email to confirm.
Donated Hair after Sizing - Remi Double Drawn 15 inches, 14 inches,12 inches
Donate your Old Wig
Hair is an integral part of a woman’s body. Human Hair wigs are expensive and many women cannot afford the medical bills; let alone a wig. Hair Aid appeals to women who no longer need a wig and wish to give their wig to another woman currently undergoing treatment. This is just one more way to contribute in the fight against cancer. More importantly, the woman would know that her wig was being used by someone who really needs it.
Our goal at Hair Aid is to make every woman feel good throughout the treatment process.
When donating old used wigs for hairloss patients, contact us. If you have a wig and are interested in donating, following a few basic steps can ensure that both you and the recipient of your wig benefit from your donation.
1) Make sure that the wig is of a suitable quality for wig donation, since, as any donated items, wigs should be lightly used and should not be damaged. Make sure that the hair has been well cared for and that there is no wear and tear from styling or storage before you begin the process of wig donation.
2) Make a package with the wig and include whatever accessories came with your wig, including tools for styling and storage, to ensure that the recipient can properly care for the wig as well.
Share Your Hair Donation Photos & story.
Since Yatin started Hair Aid on 29th May 2012, we have received Thank you e-mails & messages of gratitude and photos of hair donors holding their cut ponytails with a new short hairstyle. Hair Aid is overwhelmed by the support of hair donors & others who have not been able to donate hair but make an effort to spread the word to create awareness about hair donation.
Hair Donors are requested to send their before and after photos along with their messages so that they can help us to inspire more people to donate their hair.
Hair Donor - before & after photos
Hair donor with ponytail 15 inches
Hair Donor - donated 16 inches of her hair.
Hair Aid acknowledges with heartfelt gratitude your personal hair donation and support towards patients suffering from short term or permanent medical hair loss.
Preity Zinta donates hair to make wigs for cancer patients
The immortal dialogue in the Hollywood movie ‘Spiderman’, “With great power comes great responsibility” will continue to hold true no matter how old we grow. And some of our Bollywood celebrities know how to make use of their fame for charitable purposes. .
Actress Preity Zinta has a noble heart, we all know, and she has just given us yet another example of her graciousness.
Women love their hair and are possessive about it but actress Preity Zinta is different. Well, the fact is she is not just an actress... but a woman of substance, which was evident when she cut her much loved tresses for her role in Ishqk In Paris as the role demanded her to sport short hair. You may wonder what's new here?Well, the story doesn't end there. She could have very well used a wig for the role, but she decided to cut her hair and give it away for charity.After cutting her much loved hair, she decided to do her bit towards charity by donating the hair to a cancer patients' association in the US.
In fact, she made even an appearance on TV for the IPL5 in 2012, during a match of her team Kings XI Punjab, sporting the short hair.
Hair Aid acknowledges with heartfelt gratitude her personal hair donation and support towards the cause.
Preity Zinta cut her hair and has donated it to a cancer foundation.
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Wigs made with patients own hair
Hair Aid can make wigs with clients own hair if the patient has hair is in good condition & chemically untreated. The patient has to contact us well before the first chemotherapy treatment.
The hair has to be shaved off the scalp, yes you read it correctly ....Shave off & not cut off. Only hair longer than 15 inches from your own hair can be used. Short hair is of no use for the wig. Hair that is collected after it has fallen off the scalp, collected from the comb or brush or swept off the floor is not usable at all.
The hair is sectioned off and directly shaved from the client's head and meticulously hand tied strand-by-strand on to a light and durable base cap.
Hair that has been bleached / over processed is not usable. We may have to add 40 to 60 % of our own hair stock if your own hair is not sufficient. As the major cost of making a wig is the cost of the hair itself, patients can save 25% to 40% on the cost of the hair (not the cost of the wig).
This is an important fact that Doctors and medical counselors should inform the patients. This fact is also not revealed by most wigmakers.
As hair loss is certain after chemotherapy, be prepared and order your wig well in advance before the first chemotherapy treatment. Get your wig before you lose a lot of hair. That way, you can match your current hair style and color. Custom-made wigs or hairpieces take atleast 2-3 weeks before they are ready. Most patients are expected to lose their hair but still have a faint hope that it would not happen to them. However, hair starts to fall out after the first chemotherapy. Hair loss can happen suddenly, although it is usually more gradual and begins within one or two weeks of starting treatment.
The hair begins to fall out once chemotherapy starts so rather than wait for your hair to fall out and be thrown away, why not use it to make your wig. I recommend having your hair shaved before your chemotherapy treatment starts rather than wait for your hair to fall out. As the scalp may become dry and tender it may not be possible to shave the hair once chemotherapy begins. Please note that hair has to be stored in the same direction that it grows i.e. from roots to ends. Hair that is collected after it has fallen off or swept off the floor is not usable as it will tangle.
In case patients have friends or relatives who have long hair similar to their hair type and would like to donate their long hair for your wig then that can be used as well.
When should I order my wig if I am going to lose my hair because of treatment ?
Losing hair from your head, face, or body can be hard to accept. Feeling depressed and/or angry is common and perfectly all right. Because hair loss is such an emotional experience for women as well as men, spend some time getting used to the idea of you being without hair. The idea is to figure out how to maintain a positive body image after your hair is gone. For obvious reasons, this is easier to do before you lose your hair. At the same time, keep in mind that it is a temporary side effect. Talking about your feelings can help. Get your wig or hairpiece before you lose a lot of hair. That way, you can match your current hair style and color. Take your wig to your hairdresser or wigmaker for styling and cutting to frame your face if it is not already done.Cutting your hair:
You may have your hair cut short if you are not going to use your own hair to make the wig. This approach provides you with an emotional way between having a full head of hair and none at all. If all your hair comes out, it's easier to manage losing short hair than long — for a while, anyway. And if only a little of your hair ends up falling out, the hair that is left will look thicker and fuller if it's short. It's less traumatic to lose short clumps of hair than long ones —and it's easier to fit a wig over less hair.
Hair falls out in single strands and in clumps. Once it starts coming out, hair will be on your pillow, on your collar, on the floor and in your shower.There are patients who do not touch their hair but as the hair loss increases the hair becomes entangled with hair that was still securely anchored within the follicles. I explain to them that they would feel more comfortable and there would be less chance of infection if the matted hair that were under tension were shaved off. The elimination of uncontrolled hair fall and embarrassment of shedding generally helps. Frankly, it's a complete mess — such a mess that you may find yourself dialing your hair stylist and asking for an appointment to have your head shaved. Shaving facilitates prosthetic hair security and comfort i.e. two way tape and other adhesives for hair prostheses.
If you suspect that you may shed tears while having your head shaved, do not worry. I schedule the appointment in complete privacy and then you wear your wig before leaving. Keep in mind that you are not the first person to undergo this type of procedure, and you will not be the last. I am happy to do what I can to help you through this difficult appointment.
Another way to make the transition easier is to start having fun with your hair now, before you begin treatment. If you've ever wanted to experiment with a different style and color, now is the perfect time. Have you always wondered what you would look like in a shorter style? Go for it! That way, when you do transition to a wig you will feel free to continue experimenting with new and different looks.
Should a Cancer patient who will undergo Chemotherapy shave the hair off and if so, when?
All patients may suffer from cancer of various parts of the body so the treatment is different and approach to cancer and its treatment varies – what works for one person may not work for another.
Hair loss happens with most chemotherapy medications and people may have different responses, even with the same medications. Some people will lose all their hair, while others may only experience thinning of hair. Most women do lose some or all of their hair, usually after their second treatment. Some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on your head. Others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, pubic hair, and hair on your legs, arms, or underarms. The extent of hair loss depends on which drugs or other treatments are used, and for how long. The various classes of chemotherapy drugs all produce different reactions.
The frequency of your treatments will also affect hair loss. Some types of chemotherapy are given in small doses, and this minimizes hair loss. Other treatments are scheduled every three weeks in higher doses, and may be more likely to cause more hair loss. However most hair loss is not permanent and hair usually grows back after treatment is over.
Once the hair starts to shed, it will not be affected by handling, such as brushing or shampooing although some patients think that, if they do not handle their hair, it will not fall out. In fact this is not the case. This type of diffuse loss means general thinning all over the scalp and body and not in patches.
It is easier to express grief of the loss of hair in one sharp shock than to do it on a daily basis. A fact I wish patients had realise at the time with rapidly diminishing sparse hair hanging on for dear life.
Patience with the process; Keep in mind that you are putting something foreign on your head that will take some getting used to. It may feel hot or itchy depending on what the base of the cap is made of.
How many wigs / hairpieces do I need? OR
Is one wig sufficient for me?
It is always necessary to have two wigs / hairpieces regardless of the type of wig you choose. Those who wear a wig daily for more than 10 to 12 hours should definitely have two wigs.
Can you live with just one set of clothes? No, you can't. Same goes for wigs as well.
Factors such as sweating, pollution and humidity will contribute to the frequency of washing. Sweat at the net base if not cleaned properly and bad hygiene can lead to skin problems like fungal infection of the scalp. Not only can you wash one wig while you wear the other, you can be sure to have a fresh one for special occasions.
Sometimes an unforeseen situation may arise and cause problems that a professional will need to fix. While it is being repaired, you will need an alternative hairpiece to wear. Though human hair wigs can last from 1 to 2 years, they require periodic repairs during their lifespan. Repairs may take up to two to three weeks. Your back-up wig / hairpiece will allow you to have peace of mind and feel comfortable in any situation.
Many clients prefer to alternate styles and colors – adding versatility to their wardrobes. Owning more than one wig can add fun and creativity while allowing you the freedom to change your look to match your mood as per the occasion.
What is the difference between a wig and cranial prosthesis?
A wig is a artificial covering of human, animal or synthetic hair worn on the head for personal enhancement, for cultural or religious reasons, for fashion or various other aesthetic and stylistic reasons, as part of a costume by actors to help them better resemble the character they are portraying, or to conceal hair loss or baldness. A ready machine made wig has a set style - what you see is what you get.
A cranial hair prosthesis is a nonsurgical hair replacement solution specifically designed for medical hair replacement applications for those suffering from hair loss due to alopecia, side effects of chemotherapy treatments, and variety of other medically related hair loss situations. Unlike an off-the-shelf wig, prosthesis is custom made to fit the clients head is sturdy and durable and exactly duplicates the patient's hair to what it looked like before the hair loss occurred. . Precise head measurements are taken and real human hair is selected to match the hair texture, color, density, part and hairline. Often variations of the hair color are blended for a more natural appearance. The hair is hand tied onto a base material that resembles scalp. The base, which is breathable and very comfortable, is attached with a semi-permanent bond. From that point, it is just like your own hair, to wash and style as you wish. The cranial prosthesis gives you a totally natural appearance. Your result is a full, lush head of hair that looks real because it is real.
Hair Aid Affiliate Salon / Hairstylist Program
Hair Aid seeks volunteer stylists to help Hair Aid in hair donation throughout the year. If you or your salon is interested in volunteering to cut and style hair for hair donors or if you or your salon would be willing to provide a number of free cuts to hair donors, please contact us!
Help Hair Aid to spread awareness & help the cause
Yatin says that the reason he has chosen to concentrate on helping people who lose their hair for medical and other reasons is “I did not realize that the skill, expertise & experience that I have would be so valuable. This gives me far more satisfaction than just working with the hair of the film stars / celebrities. I am now trying to build a network of like minded salons / hairdressers around the country to cut hair for hair donors so that the maximum hair length is usable.My aim is to create public awareness, and have a national network of independent salons and professionals who will be committed to help people suffering from cancer and medical hair loss, in short a collaborative effort.
We get many enquiries from patients / clients looking for salons/ hairstylists in their area to help them to cut their hair for hair donation or from hair loss patients with their requirements of wigs & Hair replacement systems. It is not possible for us to service to all enquiries that we get, so we suggest them to contact our affiliate salons nearest to them.
The most frequently asked question from people who call us is "Where can I donate my hair? Can you help me to find hair stylist / salon in my area that will help me with my hair donation or for washing & styling wigs, maintenance and ordering custom made wig / hairpiece?"
As an Affiliate Salon of Hair Aid we would request you to provide discounted or complimentary restyles/ cuts and to the hair donors who offer to donate the minimum required length of hair.
Measurements and Fitting: Stylist takes detailed measurements of the patient’s head. Assisting the patient in filling out the application with required information.
Style and Color Selection: Stylist works with the patient to determine the best suited style and color.
Delivery and Cut-In: Learn how to prepare the wig/hairpiece for fitting, application/cut/style of the hairpiece and maintenance techniques to review with the patient and his/her family.
Packaging & Shipping information: Explain the procedure for handling, packing and mailing / couriering of the donated hair.
Medical and Support Group Referral Network
The Hair Aid Affiliate Salon has to work with local medical and support groups by establishing a relationship with them.
Hair Aid will provide the Affiliate Salon with a Certificate mentioning your salon an Affiliate.
Hair Aid will provide assistance to the Affiliate Salon to conduct various programs that will help them to increase hair donation program awareness among medical /support group by providing training to reach out to address high-priority referrals such as key hospital personnel, oncologists, support groups, etc.
We believe that training and technical support is important for any hair professional committed to supporting those with medical hair loss. This is why Yatin has developed a training program for our Affiliate Salon / Hairstylist.
We do need to charge for this training. Without this valuable support from the salons, it is impossible for us to offer this training, guidance and support.
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We are located in Goregaon East, a suburb in North West of Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. Goregaon has been for long been associated with Bollywood, the Film & Television, Fashion, Media industry.There are a number of shooting studios,locations in and around Goregaon. The Film city is about 6 kms. from Goregaon Station. The national Airport is about 10kms. away while the international airport is 12 kms away.
How to reach us
Please anticipate traffic delays in Mumbai and start well in time. In case you are unsure about the time generally required to reach us from your location please enquire with us.
By Road : We can be reached easily by the Western Express Highway or by S.V. Road if you are coming by road.
A. If you are coming by the Western Express Highway come upto the Aarey Milk colony traffic signal and turn on to Aarey Road towards the Goregaon station. Ask for the nearest landmark St. Thomas High school.We are about 200 metres ahead from there. Take the right turn on Pandurang wadi road no.2. Once you are in that lane take the left turn from there and we are in the second building on the left.
If you are coming by the Western Express Highway come upto the Gokuldham or Oberoi mall traffic signal and turn to come towards the flyover bridge which connects Goregaon East and Goregaon West. After taking a turn here skip the two crossings (junctions) and turn left at Masurkar Chowk to come in to Masurashram Marg (Pandurang wadi Road no 4).
B. If you are coming by S.V. Road then come upto the traffic signal at Goregaon Telephone exchange and take the fly over bridge which comes to Goregaon East.Take the first right turn at Masurkar Chowk to come in to Masurashram Marg (Pandurang wadi Road no.4).
C. If you are coming by Link road Goregaon west then come upto the traffic signal at Inorbit Mall and turn to come towards Goregaon telephone exchange. Take the fly over bridge which comes to Goregaon East.Take the first right turn at Masurkar Chowk to come in to Masurashram Marg (Pandurang wadi Road No. 4).
Public Transport : We are about 5-7 minutes walking distance from Goregaon Railway station which is on the Western Railway. (Nearest Landmark St.Thomas High School, Goregaon East).
We are about 200 metres ahead from there. Take the right turn on Pandurang wadi road no.2. Once you are in that lane take the left turn from there and we are in the second building on the left.
Hair Aid ( Yatin Deshpande )
Ganesh Apts., Flat No. 1, Ground Floor, Plot no.40, Pandurang Wadi, Road No. 3,
Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 063, INDIA.
Contact between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for enquiries and / or booking appointments
Mobile : +91 99 200 45 882, +91 98 67 68 55 65, +91 95 949 45 882, +91 98 690 768 12
( Please send e-mails to both addresses)
Hair Aid is an independant non-religious, non-political entity. Hair Aid does not take positions or align itself with any special interests.It is our mission to promote the well-being of people affected with hair loss through our program of providing wigs, hairpieces & hair replacement systems made from hair donations.
Any event taking place as part of a religious, political or any other special interest group supporting us does not reflect the views or opinions of Hair Aid.
All events and fundraisers held on behalf of Hair Aid always uphold and reflect the mission and desire to help hair loss affected people.
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