Cuts Against Cancer: Cutting off 21 inches

My last hair cut (not including trims) was over 3 years ago- back when I was still in college. About 2 years ago, I decided I’d donate my hair. Admittedly, a big part of that influence was because of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, was making its rounds on Tumblr.

I searched online and there are pretty few blogs offering help on how to donate your hair in the Philippines. So I decided to put one together to make it easier for others to help!

First off, why would you donate your hair? It’s pretty weird to cut off your long loved locks, put it in a plastic bag, and ship it off. Well, it is weird, but it’s for a cause. If you want to do it to follow the trend, go ahead. But if you’d like to know what you’re doing it for, read on. The hair that you donate is collected and made into medical wigs for women and children with cancer and lost their hair because of chemotherapy. You can learn more about it and see pictures from

Now that you’re convinced, how can you donate your hair? Based on, the hair that you donate has to be at least 12 inches long. Keep growing it until you have enough and then some for your new hairstyle. They also accept your hair even if it’s been colored or processed. They’ve got a nice illustrated guide on how to donate your hair here. You can do it at your regular salon or at home.

This is basically how:

  1. Shampoo and/or condition your hair.
  2. Dry it.
  3. Gather it up behind you and tie it with a scrunchie/hair tie.
  4. Measure just to make sure that it’s 12 inches or longer.
  5. Cut it above the scrunchie/hair tie.
  6. Tie the other end if needed and put it in a plastic ziploc bag with your name, Facebook email, address and phone number.
  7. Ship it to the address below or drop it off at any Papemelroti branch.
    Papemelroti C/O Donate Your Hair Today
    Korben Place 91 Roces Avenue, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines

So there! I know usually we need to wait for a life-changing situation to get a major hair cut, but maybe this time you should do it for a cause.

To see the video, click here.