Hair donation was an unknown concept when it was launched in 2013, but today it has become a huge movement as ladies go bald for defying social norms and taboos, to avenge cancer for stealing the dignity of their loved ones.
For many of us, our hair is part of our identity. Going bald or losing our hair due to medical reasons can be a traumatic experience. In such cases, patients who have undergone hair loss due to chemotherapy might require wigs.
A close friend of Kiran suffers from cancer and this prompted her to donate her hair for this noble cause, as she could not bear to see her friend in suffering alone. As a mark of solidarity, she decided to donate her hair so that cancer patients can regain their self-esteem. She wanted to feel what her friend was going through. She took this bold step so that she could see a smile on her friend’s face.
Kiran Gite is a first-year student of journalism from MGM college of Aurangabad. She was willing to donate her hair. After contacting experts to know about the procedure she has donated her hair today.
“I wanted to donate my hair for cancer patients. I had permission from parents. I contacted experts on how can I do it. For donating your hair, the length should be at least 21 to 22 inches long. I measured my hair. Also, I had to send them using a zip pouch. It took me around 2 hours to search for the correct zip, which I used to send my hair to Pune,” said Gite.
Kiran added, “There is not much awareness about hair donation. My humble appeal to the people is, if possible, we all should donate hair. It is not very expensive and the happiness which you can see on the face of the cancer patient is priceless.”
Wig or hair prosthesis is a non-surgical hair replacement solution specifically designed for those suffering from hair loss. Wigs made from natural hair are custom made to fit the patients’ head and are sturdy and durable.
Many men have donated their hair too. Hundreds of wigs have already been donated. The movement has gone viral in south Indian states. Although, awareness is still low in the North and East India.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Rekha Shelke Principal MGM College of Mass Communication and Journalism, said, “Kiran was always active in college, she also did well in her studies. We are really proud of Kiran as a student. She has taken a great move and set an example for the young generation.”
Donating hair for cancer patients is both easy and rewarding and anyone can do so. Our hair that takes so long to grow can be made into a beautiful wig for someone who really needs it to maintain a positive body image after her hair is shed due to chemotherapy.
Criteria for donating hair
- Hair should be over 21 to 22 inches long.
- Hair should not be coloured.
- If you have done hair straightening, then you cannot donate hair.