Show your support for a cancer survivor

Donate Your Ponytail at Shavathon

COVID-19 Alert: While we truly appreciate the support we receive from our generous donors, who donate their hair to enable us to make wigs for cancer patients in need, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend receiving hair donations at this time with the spread of Covid-19 happening so rapidly. This includes hair donations being posted, couriered or personally delivered to our CANSA Care Centres nationwide. We will inform you as to when we will start receiving hair donations again. Thank you for your continued support.


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.

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: lcarter@cansa.org.za

Fascinations Wigs trained our CANSA staff on wig care…

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: lcarter@cansa.org.za

34 Comments

  • Lucille Craddock says:

    Hi everyone

    My name is Lucille Craddock and I am a leukemia survivor. In 2015 on my first round of Chemotherapy my hair began to fall out and continued until there was nothing left. I know the pain of looking into a mirror and its all gone. That is why i want to say thank you for donating your hair to such a good cause. For some hair is just hair, but to a cancer patient it is a whole lot more. Thank you so much.

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