Hair today – Gone tomorrow

Easy come, easy go or so I like to think with regards to my hair.

This particular hair cut has been two years in the making……slowly, slowly growing my hair to the required 20cm of length.

Many thanks to the wonderful people at Sustainable Salons who collect the donated ponytails on behalf of Variety, who then turn them into wigs for children living through cancer treatment. It takes approximately six ponytails for each wig, so after my third donation I have contributed to half a wig!

A huge thanks has to go to Katherine of Liana Jane Hairdressing who first suggested I donate my hair via Sustainable Salons. As Kat was snipping away at the many small plaits she had created with my hair, I asked if they get many donations and amazingly Kat herself has collected four in the last month. She then regaled us with some of the statistics including the information that Sustainable Salons have now collected and donated over 43,000 ponytails and collecting ponytails is only a small part of what Sustainable Salons do.


You can check out their website to see more of what they do, but in short, they have helped Liana Jane and many other salons to become recycling havens. Liana Jane now recycle up to 98% of their waste which is just amazing!

Is your salon a sustainable salon?

The first time I donated my hair the requirements were much stricter 30cm, no dye and less than 15% grey. Variety, however, simply want 20cm and have no stipulations as to the colour of your hair. The chances are the recipient will want a more interesting colour than the dark blonde my hair is and who could blame them. If you’re going to wear a wig why not make it fun with a bright pink, green, orange or blue perhaps.

Donating my hair is such an easy was to help someone else that I will never know. It grows at a steady rate and luckily is healthy and reasonably thick. Fortunately, I also enjoy wearing my hair both short and long and coming into summer, I am sure I’ll be happy for the shorter crop.

If you’d like to know more about Simply Stronger’s recycling campaigns including shoes  and bread tags  check out our other blog posts.

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