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Donating Human Hair & Availability of Wigs

Cancer patients often undergo chemotherapy. Hair loss can occur when chemotherapy drugs travel throughout the body to kill cancer cells and some of these drugs damage hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. Hair loss is a common side-effect of chemotherapy treatment.

CANSA ponytail donation

Donated by Melissa Kleinhans…

Wig Hire

CANSA Care Centres have wig-banks that stock synthetic and human hair wigs which may be hired by patients. The availability, styles and colours vary at each CANSA Care Centre. These wigs have been donated to CANSA and are lent out to patients and then returned and ready to be loaned out again to someone else. CANSA asks for a donation for the wigs, so that we can manage their upkeep and care.

Upon request wigs made from human hair may be ordered from CANSA’s Head Office, as staff there receive wigs from our wig-maker. Wig recipients may give a donation towards the wig. Requests for human hair wigs may be directed to Lucinda Carter, email:

Human Hair Wigs

CANSA’s Kindest Cut campaign: CANSA receives human hair donations (ponytails) in order to make sufficient wigs for cancer Survivors requesting them. These wigs are distributed, as requested, to CANSA Care Centres all over the country, and given to cancer Survivors who need it most.

We do accept hair donations at our Shavathons and throughout the year at our Head Office in Gauteng and via local CANSA Care Centres, countrywide. Hair donations received are then sent to a wig manufacturer of human hair.

These wigs are given to cancer Survivors (patients) free of charge, the only exception being CANSA Durban Care Centre where a contribution is required, as these hair donations are outsourced to an independent wigmaker. Donations are welcome.

Please note: CANSA does not have a specific partnership with any hairdressing salons. Please contact a salon of your choice when cutting your hair, in order to make a hair donation. 

Requirements – Human Hair Donations:

  • Ponytail donation that is 25 cm or longer.
  • Hair should be clean and dry.
  • All hair whether dyed or treated is acceptable. We are not able to use dreadlocks.
  • When cutting the hair, please bind both ends with an elastic band and place in a zip-lock bag (this preserves it in the best condition while being transported to the wig manufacturer).
  • Send your hair donation in a plastic bag with your name and contact details on it.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (Hair Donations) document…

Postage Human Hair Donations to CANSA

  • For Att: Lucinda Carter
  • CANSA Head Office
  • P.O. Box 2121, Bedfordview 2008

Where to Drop off Human Hair Donations

Queries CANSA

Please direct any queries regarding wigs or the donation of human hair to your local CANSA Care Centre, alternately, email:



  • Michaela Venter says:

    I donated my 30cm long pony at Rainbow Oncology in Amanzimtoti today and I really encourage people who think of cutting their hair to donate it.

    I hope that I can help someone 🙏

    Much love and light

  • Talita Schalekamp says:

    Na amper 5jaar se groei het ek gister my 30cm vlegsel af gesny. My boetie is in 2012 oorlede aan kanker. Ek kan ongelukkig nie nou meer vir hom iets doen nie, maar ek hoop my hare kan in iemand anders se lewe ń verskil maak.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Baie dankie Talita, dit is ‘n baie mooi gebaar, en ‘n kankeroorwinnaar sal dit opreg waardeer.

  • Maritha Avenant says:

    Laas jaar Februarie het ek my hare geskenk vir n pruik by Gezina Galleries se Shavaton. Die jaar het my skoondogter Simone Steyn haar hare geskenk. Ek probeer elke jaar KANSA ondersteun op n manier.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dankie dames dit word opreg waardeer en beteken baie vir ons kankerOorwinnaars.

  • Magda Saayman says:

    My daughter Chantelle Saayman also donated her pony tail of 25cm after her matrix fairwell, super proud of her. We handed in at CANSA in George ❤️

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Magda please thank Chantelle for thinking of others and for her generous donation to help a cancer Survivor. You are right to be proud of her!

  • Joanna Maharaj says:

    Hi there,

    In memory of two family members taken too soon by cancer, I’ve decided to donate my hair.

    47 cm has just been cut and will be on its way soon.

    I feel blessed to be able to help and put a smile on someones face.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thank you Joanna, what a beautiful way to honour your loved ones’ memory.

  • Marijke Davel says:

    My 10 year old daughter, Hannah, has just had 30cm pony tail cut off… Will find drop off point… So proud!

  • Aria La-Cock says:

    Today i have decided to donate my hair to rock someone’s world by giving my hair… Looked at myself in the mirror and thought to myself hair makes a person and it is a pride to carry hair. I will donate 27cm of my hair with a smile and i pray for blessing on it i know who ever get it will look amazing…

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks for your generous donation Aria, it is sure to make a positive and meaningful difference in a Survivor’s life.

  • Debbie @CANSA says:

    Yes you are welcome to hand in your hair donation at the CANSA Port Elizabeth Care Centre: Thank you for your generous donation!

  • Nasheen Poobalan says:

    My daughter aged 15, sister and I donated our 25cm of hair at the end of March, we waited to do this together as a family. This was in memory of loved one’s that we lost to cancer and the many that still continue with the battle. We are hoping by now the wigs have been made and it’s bringing a smile to someone. We will definitely we doing this again. Thank you for your awesome work.

  • Purlene says:

    Just posted my hair. 25cm 🙂

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much Purlene, your generous donation is going to mean so much to a cancer patient.

  • Hayley says:

    My 14 year old daughter cut her hair yesterday and the first thing she said was that she wanted to donate her ponytail to CANSA. Her pony, however, is only 19cm long so does not meet your minimum requirements but I thought I would just drop a line to say that she did think of you and that she hopes you do appreciate it anyway.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Hi Hayley please say thank you very much to your daughter for thinking of others who are going through a difficult journey. This is very kind of her, and it’s great to see such a young lady being so generous.

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi..! My almost 35cm pony is on it’s way to you guys, I hope this can make someone just as happy as it made me. I am doing this as a tribute to my Daughter who lost her father to brain cancer last year. I hope she also stays inspired to do stuff like this for people who truly need it.. xoxo

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thank you Stephanie for your generous donation, it was a wonderful way to honour your daughter’s dad and also to encourage her. Please let me know if you or your daughter need counselling. Losing a loved one is devastating.

  • Lauren says:

    My 30cm pony on it’s way to you! This is my 2nd donation and I love growing my hair for a purpose now!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much Lauren this generous gift certainly brings hope and joy to cancer patients dealing with the side effects of treatment.

  • Arista says:

    Hi, I am very happy to let you know that I will be dropping off my piece of hair at Three Rivers Cansa offices this week. I got it cut on Friday and its 42cm’s!!!
    This is my 2nd time (2014) donating my hair and feel that its so worth it. Much better to donate it then just ending up in a bin at the hairdresser. We have quite a few friends and family members that have been diagnosed with cancer and its the least that I can do to show my support. I have been growing my hair for 4 years now and looks like my 2 pregnancies really helped my hair grow nice and long. I will be keeping it short for now…But the bug will bite again to grow and donate. Hope my hair will make some special girl smile and enjoy it as much as I have. Lots of love and thinking about all of those that are fighting the fight!!! If God has brought you to it, He will get you through it.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much Arista – your generosity will mean the world to a cancer patient struggling to come to terms with the side effects of treatment. Wow – 42 cm’s! Be sure to ask CANSA Vaal Triangle Care Centre to post pics on their Facebook page. Please also let the staff know if there is any way we can support the family members you mentioned that have been diagnosed with cancer. We just need their permission to contact them.

  • Nicki says:

    Hi there. My 12 year old daughter also donated 30 cm of her hair yesterday to help cancer patients. She said she is first going to enjoy the short hair for a little while and then grow it again to donate some more.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Hi Nicki please tell your daugther that she is very kind and generous and that this will mean a great deal to a cancer patient undergoing treatment. Don’t forget to ask the staff at the CANSA Care Centre where she donated her hair, to post a pic on their Facebook page.

  • Chanelle says:

    My Name is Chanelle, My dad has recently being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his liver, lungs and colon. He also has tumours on his T10 & T12 vertebrae as well as in his spleen. In an attempt to support not only him but all others who are fighting a good fight I Shaved my hair off, my ponytails were estimated 30cm each. I would like to say thank you to the CANSA Foundation for the great work that you do, knowing that my hair is going to make a wig for someone who really needs it. I feel liberated in doing this. To Tamara in your Alberton Branch, you are a truly amazing lady. Thank you for your support and listening to our story.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Chanelle I am sad to hear about your dad’s diagnosis. What a wonderful gesture on your part to support him and others fighting cancer. Please keep in touch with the CANSA East Rand Care Centre (Alberton) and let us know if you need further assistance or support.

  • Nazareen Jakoet says:

    My 14 year old just cut almost 50cm of hair with the intention to donate to your organisation.
    We hope it makes someone very happy!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much dear 14 year old xxx your donation is going to make it easier for a cancer patient to deal with treatment. You rock!

  • Cindy Taljaard says:

    I decided that i was in need of a good hair cut and cut off around 40cm of my hair!
    I will be donating it to you in hope that it will help make a wig for someone!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Wow Cindy – 40 cm is awesome! Thanks so much for thinking of cancer patients and wanting to support them.

  • Jessica Premchund says:

    My 13 year old daughter, Bela, just cut off 30 CM of her hair to donate to CANSA. She was encouraged to do so by her big sister, Simran, as a meaningful contribution. I am so proud of them both. If this small donation can help someone in need, this will make them very happy. We lost my dad to cancer 8 years ago and he is sadly missed by all, and we personally understand the trials a person goes through with this illness. Our best wishes to your organisation to keep doing great work!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Jessica please thank Bela – to donate this length of hair is special, especially at her age and we truly appreciate it. What a wonderful way to honour her grandfather’s memory.

  • Irene says:

    My 10 year old daughter Alexia Naidoo decided to cut out 45cm of her hair and donate it to CANSA. I am so proud of her. I will be posting it soon. I wish God’s richest blessings to all.

  • Sue says:

    We lost my Father to cancer (MDS/Lung/Skin/possible brain cancer) in August last year. My daughter (8) was heart broken. She decided she wanted grow her hair and and donate it to CANSA. I took her to the salon this afternoon and 28cm of her hair was cut off. She is so proud of her hair and even more excited that she is helping someone who is battling cancer. In the car ride home, she told me that it is her way of blessing someone else, because at school, their theme for the year is “Love God, Love People” and that is her way of showing her love. Her donation will be in the post shortly!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much for sharing Sue. I am sad to hear that you recently lost your father to cancer – this is a wonderfully caring gesture from your daughter and a such a meaningful way to honour her grandfather.

  • Ariska Davies says:

    After an 18 month struggle with Lung Cancer, my dearest Mother passed away 2 weeks ago. On the 3rd of April, I cut almost 40cm off of my hair and promised my Mom that I would donate it to CANSA. I will be taking it to your Bedfordview offices soon. My heart is broken and I miss her each and every moment of the day.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Ariska it is very difficult to lose a mother, I am so sad for your loss. Thank you so much for thinking of other patients affected by cancer at this extremely difficult time, and for your generous hair donation. If you need bereavement counselling, please don’t hesitate to ask when you drop off your donation, and we will put you in touch with staff in your area.

  • Kulsum says:

    Dear CANSA,I am donating my 30 cm ponytail with so much love to someone that might be in need of it to feel pretty again… I have lost too many family members with this disease and every time it break my heart when news is given that somebody else has Cancer.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much Kulsum for thinking of a cancer Survivor and helping them to make cancer treatment a little easier. Consider getting involved with your local CANSA Care Centre to help as a volunteer educating your community on the importance of screening and how to lower cancer risk. It’s the best way to fight this disease:

  • Caitlin baird says:

    hi, I’m Caitlin Baird and my mom got diagnosed with cancer(brain, lung and lymph gland) when I was 12 years old. I decided to start growing my hair as my mom was only given/estimated six weeks to live. Currently I am 16 years old and my mom despite it all still lives and next year is her 5 year anniversary surviving cancer. In tribute of my mom I am going to finally cut and donate my hair to help other cancer patients as I have experienced first hand how cancer can affect ones life and self esteem. I hope my hair will be able to help someone who is in need.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      What an amazing tribute to your mom Caitlin. You will definitely make it a little easier for a patient going through treatment, with this generous gift of your hair. So happy for you both, that your mom is celebrating her 5 yr anniversary of beating cancer!

  • Trishan Marimuthu says:

    Ever since my daughter, Shriyana (9 years old now) was educated on the effects of cancer on people at the end of last year. She has become inspired to help in whatever way possible. Out of her own will, she decided to grow her hair to donate it and make a different in some ones life. Her hair has reached 25cm’s and this month she is very excited to get this done. This has made me to start looking at life differently. Very inspiring to me.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Trishan, your daughter, Shriyana, is indeed inspirational. It is wonderful that a child so young can make a personal sacrifice, for those she does not know, but has compassion for. Please thank her – you can be proud of such a giving child.

  • Cornelia Jurkewitz says:

    We, after much deliberation, decided to donate our hair as a family when a close friend and a relative were diagnosed with cancer. We managed 1.5m between us! Trusting it will make some-one very happy. We took some before and after pictures, but are not sure how to upload them. It is maybe good for people to see that the whole process is not as scary as we think.

  • Cylie Edmonds says:

    I found your comment to be incredibly moving and it was just another reminder of why I am choosing to donate my hair. On Thursday, 27th April 2017, I will be chopping off all my hair to donate to CANSA, my pony tail currently measures at 30cm and I am excited to be handing my hair over to a great cause!

    My new short do will be a daily reminder to be grateful for my health.

  • Mientjie says:

    Last year September my father was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer with a prognosis of 6 months without chemo. It has already spread to his liver and lungs. Only for my mom to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January this year (4 months later). They will be married 40 years in June. She had Whipple sugery in Feb which they found that the cancer spread through the common bile duct. Luckily all the cancer could be removed, but she will need chemotherapy once she is strong enough. I am donating my hair in the next 2 weeks. I can’t fix their disease but I do hope that a piece of my hair makes someone happier ❤️

  • Sarisha says:

    I am so encouraged by this initiative and chance of bringing joy in someone’s life – especially through something so personal like one’s own hair! I have been growing my hair for more than 2 years in order to donate it to Cansa. Finally cut it on my birthday last week – I got close to 40cm. 🙂 Excited to send it through!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thank you Sarisha for giving such a precious gift on your birthday!

  • Jade says:

    Friday is my school’s CANSA Shavathon and I’m chopping off my ponytail for donation (I just scrape in on the 25 cm mark ;)) and I am beyond excited. I was planning to wait until after Matric Dance but I lost my grandpa to leukemia in December and I realized that some little (or big) girl going through chemo needs my hair a lot more than I do :).

    Thank you for all of your hard work xx

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thank you Jade for paying tribute to your grandpa in such a special way. Your hair donation will certainly improve a young cancer patient’s confidence and morale as they fight cancer.

  • Natasha says:

    I cut my hair yesterday for the first time in 10 years I really have short hair now and I would like to donate it to someone special and in need. It would make me so happy to make someone feel good again! Everyone is beautiful their own special way…

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much Natasha that is an amazing gesture of compassion – ten years wow! Please drop off your hair donation at your local CANSA Care Centre or post it to Head Office. See contact details and address on this web page.

  • Terray says:

    I decided end of last year that I would like to make a contribution to CANSA by growing my hair and donating it. I had lost a very sweet grandparent very suddenly to cancer so that is one of the reasons I decided to donate my hair. It is now about 23cm and still growing. Hoping to be able to donate in January/February next year as my hair grows quite fast. Expect it very soon. 😉

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thank you Terray we look forward to receiving it. What a wonderful way to honour your grandparent.

  • Kia says:

    I have been growing my hair for almost 2 years, I usually have a short hairstyle so it’s been a mission but I’m at 21cms now so will be able to donate it beginning of next year! Very excited for my mohawk to be revealed under all this hair lol

  • Lee-Ann says:

    I’ve been thinking about donating my hair for quite some time now, and have come to a decision to do so 🙂 my hair grew past my bum this year, I’ve never cut it before… but its time to make someone else feel beautiful and happy just the way i have been feeling… soo excited 🙂

  • Catherine says:

    I’m planning to cut my hair tomorrow, and I was a little bit nervous about losing the long hair that has been such a big part of who I am for so many years, but it literally took me five minutes reading through these comments to realise what a great cause it is. It’s the least anyone can do.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much Catherine, you are making it easier for a cancer Survivor to go through treatment!

  • Bianca says:

    My sister and I have decided that we are going to grow our hair long enough to donate to you guys. My hair is currently about 16,5cm and my sister’s is about 6,5cm. We are so excited!! I know too many people that have or had cancer so i’m will to cut my hair to make wigs for people in need!! 😀 love what you guys do!! <3

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      That’s awesome Bianca & sister! We’re looking forward to receiving your hair donation when it is long enough.

  • Pralynni Sununan says:

    My 10 year old daughter,Utara decided that she wants to cut her hair and donate to CANSA in honor of my dear mum. The 12th July 2016, was my mum’s 20th death anniversary. I know mum is shining down on us and I hope that Utara’s hair is gonna bring a smile and hope to a cancer survivor ….. My family and I would be popping by at the head office to drop off Utara’s donation, 32cm :), God Bless..

  • Margaux says:

    I just cut off my ponytail yesterday morning. 40cm of hair, and 2 years worth of growth later. I love my new short hair and it was so rewarding knowing that my hair is going to provide some hope for someone in their difficult time. CANSA, you do amazing work by providing such a great platform to make donating hair and helping others so easy and gratifying.

  • Christelle says:

    Ek en my suster het Maandag ons hare laat knip. Ons pos dit vandag, ek hoop jul kry dit en dat iemand weer pragtig gaan laat lyk. Dankie vir jul organisasie en harde werk.

  • Teri says:

    My husband was diagnosed with cancer 6 weeks ago. He is undergoing R-CHOP chemo and on Wednesday last week (14 days after his first chemo) his hair started falling out. By Saturday evening I needed to shave his head because it was falling out by the handfuls. My hair was waist length but I had it cut off yesterday morning. It is now in a pixie cut and I have saved my pony for you. When my husband saw my short hair he cried. I presented him with my pony and said “No darling. Somebody needs this more than I do.” My ziplock bag will be delivered to your Bedforview office within a day or two. Baldy and pixie first need to get through 2nd chemo, tomorrow, and then it’s all yours.

    Thanks CANSA for all that you do for all of us, patients and families.


  • Merail Alexander says:

    After reading an article on news24 about the hair shortage for wigs I took the initiative to involve as many ladies possible to donate their pony tails. It was with great joy that we could donate 7 Pony Tails and have delivered it in last month to the cape town branch!!!! I am proud of each and every lady who has made this selfless donation. We are all touched by Cancer 1 way or another and I can proudly say that this will not be a once off thing.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thank you so much Merail and also to all the other ladies involved. Please be sure to submit your before and after pics to the CANSA Cape Metro Care Centre so that they can share on their Facebook Page. This is a wonderful way of giving back and in particular giving dignity to cancer patients undergoing treatment.

  • Lanese Louw says:

    Hi Guys,
    On 12 March 2016 We had a CANSA Relay for Life held here in Pretoria. I dyed my hair ‘Bright Pink’ in support of all those with Breast Cancer.. But at the event itself I went and had my head shaven and donated with the hope that it can be used to make a wig and ‘Brighten up’ another beautiful woman’s life. And hopefully by next year’s Relay it will be long enough to donate it again as I hope to make this my ritual. After all it’s the smallest thing I can do next to the these Beautiful and Strong Warriors that get’s up Every morning and Kick Cancer’s Behind!!!

  • Jessica Allderman says:

    Hi everyone!
    I have been growing my hair for almost 2 years and my locks were so long they covered the entire length of my back. Ever since my Gran had cancer I have been wanting to do it, but everytime I chickened out.
    Today I finally took a leap of faith and I cut the ponytail of 47cm!!! Sitting there and looking at my hair on the table I felt shocked and in someway a bit sad because I always took pride in my long hair and now I didn’t have it anymore. That’s when I realised how much worse it must feel to have your hair fall out after chemo. So I just know in my heart that my hair will bring joy to someone who needs it and that makes me so happy. Day one post cut and feeling great! will definitely recommend it to anyone! It grows back. I’m going to start growing my hair again to donate next year! It is a generous sacrifice that is greatly appreciated! Merry Christmas CANCER org!!!

  • Kayleigh says:

    All through high school I’ve been known for having long hair. My friends jokingly call me Rapunzel and more times than I can remember I’ve had little girls tell me that I have princess hair. Now that I’ve finished matric I feel like it’s time for a change. I’m finally ready to say good bye to my princess hair. I’m cutting my hair tomorrow and donating what comes off in the hope that I will be able to help a little girl somewhere feel like a princess again, like I have for the last few years.

  • Verna-Lee says:

    Hello ill be cutting my hair tomorrow ive always wanted to help little girls with cancer … so i thought why not donate ? so ill be donating my hair for the 1st time and im so excited to…, I really hope i can help make a differance and put a smile on one of the girls cute pretty faces..
    Thank you Cansa for helping so many girls and woman to feel good about themselves after all they are all
    #B E A U T I F U L L .

    Hope you have a nice day ♡♡



  • Aneën says:

    I am lucky enough to have hair that grows relatively fast +-30cm a year so as I am cutting my hair tomorrow I will also be donating my ponytail and hope to do so every year or so. I know it’s a very small contribution, but I hope it will help someone feel better.

  • Nicole Malgas says:

    My mom-in-law was diagnosed with cancer this year. And with her not having medical aid and receiving free treatment from a government hospital I wanted to do anything I can to assist. My 1 year old daughter, two friends and myself shaved our heads and donated our hair.

  • Noreen says:

    My daughter decided her 12th birthday wish is to cut her hair for donation to Locks of love. I was so taken with her wish that I also decided to donate mine.
    So yesterday both mom and daughter had our ponytails cut and we will be delivering this week.
    Hope we can make a little princess (or a big one) very happy again.
    Love Noreen and Carla Koster

  • Winnette van Niekerk says:

    I am in the process of growing my hair to be able to donate… I was concerned that dying my hair would not be accepted, but now I am even more determined to do this… it is hard growing your hair because you start feeling irretated with your hair, but as a non cancer person I will bare with growing my hair as long as I can as this would be my promise and dedication to people fighting… I have been involved with CANSA relays and done 4 relays and helping as team Zumba to support… this is now my support to help somebody else, as my mom has bladder cancer and my dad had melignant melinoma found on his back…

  • Juanita says:

    Hi CANSA team! I cut off my hair today, it’s a bit more than 40 cm I think… 🙂 I really hope you can use it and make someone very happy! I will hopefully be able to post it this weekend, I’m so excited! I’m doing this for all of those that are fighting, and to those who have lost the battle… This is the least I can do! <3 All my love xx

  • Melanie vd Merwe says:

    We had our daughter’s Zandre and Zurika hair cut today, I will be sending it off to you. This action is dedicated to my grade 2 teacher whom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Spa Victoria: Day Spa & hair Studio says:

    Small Salon in the Free State – we have a few clients in the salon that has lost loved ones from cancer and we have a few clients still fighting cancer,
    We made our first donation and it is on its way too you. The Young Lady that donated had stunning long black hair has been a client with us for a long time now (we helped her get ready for her matric dance and wedding day). After all the big events she wanted a drastic change, we asked her if she would like too donate her hair. She was kind enough too agree too give us her beautiful hair for the purpose of helping cancer patients. She is so excited about her new look and that her hair is helping others.

    We at Spa Victoria will help and encourage more people to visit and donate – thank you for helping all the cancer patients.

  • Ilse says:

    I have been growing my Hair for the last 3 Years, all for the purpose of donating it so that Someone can be gifted a wig. My pony will but cut next week and I am so excited, hoping to inspire others to do the same.

  • Ellie Bob says:

    Hi All,

    my 30cm ponytail is on its way to you guys!
    in memory of my 14 year old God-daughter who lost her battle with cancer in June last year.

    love, Ellie xxx

  • Britnea Courtis and Tyla Braun says:

    my best friend Tyla and I have decided to donate our very long ponytails to cancer, we were inspired by our very good friend Grace who did it last year. I have been thinking about it for a while but I never thought I would actually do it. now my appointment is booked for Thursday!!! it took a lot of convincing to get my best friend to do it but now I think she is actually more excited than me 🙂 we have decided to keep it a secret from our peers at school and so on Friday they are all going to be very surprised when they see us. we hope that whoever gets our hair is very happy.

  • Debbie Porter says:

    I have a story to tell about my 30cm ponytail which I will be sending off to you soon to make a wig.
    I cut this ponytail off when I was 13years old and my Dad has kept it ever since. This ponytail has travelled from Ladysmith to Richmond to Empangei to Pongola in KZN then to Kei Mouth and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and to finally make it’s way back to Kloof in KZN. My Dad has survived prostrate cancer many years ago, and has recently had a tumour removed from his face and is into his 4th week of radium treatment. Dad has handed my ponytail back to me and it still looks as shiny and beautiful as the day it was cut off. I pray that the wig made from my hair will bring great joy and a sense of adventure and roads to still travel for the person who will wear the wig. With love and blessings from Debbie Porter

  • Michelle says:

    I am happily donating a whooping 43cm of hair to this wonder cause. I have been growing my hair for 3 year now and changing my hair style to a much shorter one. Hope my locks brighten up someone’s day. It’s cut, packaged and delivered with lots of love!!!!

  • Christelle Leuvennink says:

    I cut off 35cm ponytail on my 24th birthday on the 27th of January. I was happy to stumble upon this website by random thought to not to let my pony go to waste. The girls in my class at Eikestad Primary School who used to play with my hair endlessly are sad that it is gone, but I hope that it will put a smile on the face of a suffering soul.

  • Nicole says:

    Wow! I have been reading a lot of comments and it is absolutely inspiring! I am planning to cut my hair this weekend, God willing. I will then donate it, I am terribly nervous but I feel more blessed and grateful to be able to donate my hair.

  • Natasja Saayman says:

    I got married on the 13th December 2014, and I have been saving my long hair for my wedding day for 6 years, so now it’s time for someone ells to enjoy my hair. I will be cutting my hair today and donating 30cm to Cansa.

  • Joy says:

    Yay, glad to have found somewhere in SA for my hair to be used. Will be cutting off and posting 45cm to celebrate my 41st birthday on the 24th. Trusting it is used to help someone feel beautiful again 😉

  • Tanja says:

    My little girl Caitey cut her pony yesterday and I’m posting it off:) she has inspired me to do the same as soon as my hair is long enough, can’t wait! We are hoping to inspire others in our community to do the same, I was so touched of a story of a little girl that’s best cancer day was when she received her human wig, I can’t begin to understand this disease but pray for a cure and everyone that is going through a tough time, whether it’s personal or a family member or even a friend. I lost my great grandmother many years ago, she may be gone from this earth but never forgotten in our hearts.

  • Bilkish Pillay says:

    Sometimes in life we never appreciate what we have…….hair. It grows and when it bothers us, we just chop it off without a care. Last year I challenged myself to grow my hair over 25cm. I did it and very proud to announce that on the 31st December 2014, I cut my hair. Will soon be mailing it to you amazing people who gave me this privledge. I now challenge those out there, donate what you can always get back. Life is short give happiness to those who need it. Thank you to my wonderful hairdresser, Bernie for being so patient with me. Thank you to CANSA for doing a wonderful job. God bless.

  • Quinta says:

    I have just gotten home after cutting off 30cm of my hair. I will be hand delivering the ponytail to your offices in Bedfordview. This donation is in loving memory of my mother who passed away 2 years ago during her battle of brain cancer. Thank you CANSA for offering this service to those fighting this terrible illness.

  • Deborah says:

    After growing my hair for 5 years, I cut it on Tuesday. Had to go quite short to get the 25cm, but CANSA you have another ponytail on it’s way. In honour of my Dad who is fighting prostate cancer.

  • Ann says:

    I am cutting my hair on friday and will be donating it the following week…
    I am so excited yet nervous at the same time…
    I am so glad I can help and make someones day.

  • Nureen says:

    Hi, im Sooo excited to say that both my little girls have decided to donate their hair. Aaliyah aged 12 and Azraa aged 9. We are all so proud of them both. 25cm from both my angels.

  • Mariska says:

    In memory of my father’s sister… I am donating my hair.

    I am so excited, today my countdown for cutting my hair and donating it begins. This is something I wanted to do for a very long time and decided to do it the day of my last matric exam paper. I know somewhere in SA someone is going to be filled with joy because of something small I did. I am hoping my gesture will motivate my friends to do the same.

    7 days…

  • Charlotte Els says:

    I am on my way to cut my 30cm ponytail. I will be posting it to you soon. In Memory of my Gran, my Mother and my best friend’s mommy, who all lost the battle against Cancer. Feel wonderful. Hope this will give someone a full head of locks in their struggle with chemo..

  • Monné says:

    Hey. I have long curly hair. When my hair is straightened, my ponytail is much longer than 25 cm. however when it is curly my ponytail is much shorter. Will this still be acceptable?

  • Andrea says:

    A few days ago I was diagnosed with lymphoma, and have decided to donate my healthy long hair to the cansa association before i start treatment . I feel so great to be able to help others in my position. I am 22 years old and my ponytail is around 30cm which I have always been way too scared to cut off, but now I have the opportunity to help:-) I start treatment in a few days and look forward to becoming a survivor.

  • Hannelie says:

    Last night I cut off my 30cm ponytail, and will be sending it via courier today (won’t chance the striking post office). I feel fabulous without all the long heavy hair, and will hopefully make a patient very happy!

    Also, this gesture is in honour of 9-year-old Zanika, who fought so bravely, but finally lost the battle last week.

    Much love and thank you each and every one for everything that you do!

  • Anthula says:

    My 4 year old son Robin would like to donate his hair to cancer children. His hair is longer than 25cm. So his hair will be sent to you soon. We so excited…. Anthula & Robin

  • Dominique says:

    Hi! Three years ago, I had a dream about a cancer patient crying because she didn’t have any more hair. When I woke up the next morning, I decided I would do something on my part to help people like the girl in my dream to feel pretty again! I’ve been growing my hair ever since, and on the same day my final matric exams end this year, I will be cutting mt 53 cm ponytail off and donating it! This initiative really opened up my eyes to the possibilty of helping someone feel good about themselves again, no matter how small the contribution!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thank you Dominique – what a wonderful gift to a cancer Survivor facing treatment. Please send your photo before and after to FOR ATT: Webmaster and we can post on our website. Good luck with your exams!

      • Dominique says:

        Thanks! Hope many other people will make the same sacrifice to help someone else feel beautiful.

  • Lauren Billett says:

    Hi there,
    My 6 year old daughter is growing her hair to donate her ponytail. Today we are at the salon for a (very small) trim and she is getting the full treatment! Hand and head massage, hot chocolate the works!
    She is so looking forward to cutting the ponytail off but we have a few cm to go so for now just enjoying keeping the hair healthy and beautiful. We love this initiative!

  • Kerry McIntyre says:

    Hi there,

    I am currently growing my hair for my wedding and would like to cut my hair and donate it after it. Does the ponytail have to be 25cm or will shorter also be accepted?

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Hi Kerry

      Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Thanks for wishing to make a hair donation.

      It is best for the wigmaker if the ponytail is 25 cm long. However, shorter pieces can be used to fill in the “gaps” (usually more than one hair donor’s hair is used to make a wig).

  • Mecheal says:

    I’m so proud of my Mom, Lynn (in her 60’s).
    She has been growing her hair the past 3 years or so and we’re getting ready to cut it and drop off a long silver braid to CANSA in Mowbray, Cape Town.
    Great stuff guys! Such a great initiative!!
    I’m “disgusted” that my Mom can grow her hair that long and mine doesn’t grow like that! LOL 🙂
    The apple fell far from the tree in this case!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Mecheal

      Your mom is a star – 3 yrs of growing her hair to make hair donation shows selfless commitment. Will mean so much to cancer Survivor. My hair also grows slowly – but luckily you and I can show our support at Shavathons and spray our hair all the colours of the rainbow instead!

  • Carolyn Rochat says:


    I cut my hair today for a donation. Please advise if I should send registered mail?


    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Hi Carolyn

      Thanks so much for your hair donation – it will make facing treatment a little easier for a cancer Survivor. It should not be necessary to send per registered post, unless you would like to track delivery.

  • Clinton says:

    As a hairstylist i came across this awesome cause and have spoken to a few cliens about cutting their hair to donate it.Tonight my sister decided to cut her hair so we decided to cut the pony tail off and donate it to this great cause and its a win win because her new look is cute and someone will benefit from it.Will be posting or dropping it off soon and hope it will help make someones day when its processed into a wig.It definitely made our day to have a purpose to cut the hair off.;)

  • Louise Bosch says:

    Hi. I teach at Laerskool Phalaborwa in Phalaborwa near the Kruger National Park. One of our educator’s 3 year old son has been diagnosed with Leukemia. This has moved our whole school – educators and learners all the same!! We decided to donate hair next year with the shavathon. Most of our Grade 5 girls are already growing their hair for this worthy cause and we measure and chat about it weekly. I am looking forward to next year’s shavathon at Laerskool Phalaborwa…. Watch this space.

  • Tanya says:

    My son, who has been growing his hair for 3 years to donate, had it cut off and bagged yesterday. It will be in the mail tomorrow. Huge thank you to Michelle from Carlton Hair, for the fabulous donation of her time for this worthy cause.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Please thank your son for this amazing gesture. Are there pics? If so please send to FOR ATT: Webmaster so that I can post on our website. Please also extend our thanks to Michelle at Carlton Hair.

  • Wonda says:

    I mentioned this to my 9 year old. She is willing to donate her 29cm ponytail. I contacted our local CANSA representative, as my daughter Megan would like to challenge other children and adults to do the same. We will be taking pics of the before and after and putting an article in our local newspaper!!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Wonda

      This is a wonderful gesture on your daughter’s part. Please ask your CANSA Care Centre representative to send the pics and article through for our website.

  • Kelly says:

    This morning my 62cm hair was irritating me and now it 9:30pm and I just asked my mom to cut off 30cm and tomorrow it will be on its way to you guys! Thank you for what you do!


  • Lizelle Swart says:

    My daughter, Genevieve, 8 years old, cut her ponytail off yesterday. In the mail. Trust it can make a difference for someone.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Lizelle

      Please thank your daughter – this is a wonderful gesture and will mean the world to a cancer survivor undergoing treatment.

  • Hilary says:

    Cut my hair, ponytail will be on its way from Dubai to SA very soon!

  • Chris-mari Smith says:

    For the first time, going to cut my hair and send it you guys. I lost 2 family members to cancer, so this way I pay them tribute. I hope you can use it well, would love to see the wig? 🙂

  • Candice says:

    Hi, plaited my hair comes to close to 30cm plaited and cut it 🙂
    will be dropping it off as soon as i can

    the work you guys do is amazying and i hope my little donation of hair helps

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Wow – thank you Candice for this wonderful donation – it will help make coping with cancer treatment a little easier for a cancer survivor.

  • erica says:

    My 10 year old daughter is on her way to donate about 25cm today. Thank you for the great work

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much – it is very inspiring when such a young girl decides to do such a selfless act in order to help people she doesn’t even know. She will be making it easier for a cancer survivor to face treatment with confidence & dignity – please share this message from CANSA with your daughter.

  • Laura says:

    Cutting my hair for the first time on saturday to donate, so excited as I’ve been growing it for over a year with my friends. So excited!!!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much Laura – you are going to help make it easier for a cancer survivor to deal with their treatment.

  • yolandi scott says:

    I cut 30cm off today. Have ponytail in a bag will post on Tuesday.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thank you so much Yolandi, this will mean the world to a cancer survivor!

  • Nicole says:

    Hi there,

    My company is hosting a shavathon and I would like to donate my hair. Would we be able to donate the hair when we drop off all the funds collected?

    Many thanks 🙂

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Nicole

      Thank you to you and your colleagues for hosting a shavathon – you can hand the hair over to the Care Centre staff and they will organise that it reaches the correct destination.

  • Debbie @CANSA says:

    Dear Pat please contact the person on call for the CANSA Care Centre closest to you – see list of staff on call:

  • mariaan says:

    Have a amazing story of hope re of my MIRACULOUS healing re breast cancer followed by double lung cancer. I am clean 4 years 5 months with regular monthly checks all the time. No sign or trace of cancer anywhere. Unfortunately the strong doses of chemo received when lungs was treated left (late after effects) damage to nerve system, but is being treated lately. I have a clean and uncoloured long pony-tail (very well preserved and protected) was cut off many years ago and wish to donate it in hope that it can be used for a wig for the right cancer fighter in need of this. Will work on how and where to drop it off.
    Regards and Blessings to CANSA for the wonderful care and work they are doing.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Mariaan

      Thank you for your inspirational comment and willingess to donate your hair. Please consider joining our Facebook Group for cancer survivors (anyone who has heard the words ‘you have cancer’) – the members all have or have had cancer in the past and we are always looking for inspiring people like yourself to join and encourage:

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