Race Against Breast Cancer to hold hair donation event Saturday at West Ridge Mall – Topeka Capital Journal


The Race Against Breast Cancer will hold its Make the Cut hair donation event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at West Ridge Mall.

Hair may be cut at the event at no cost, or donors may bring their already cut hair, according to a news release.

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Hair donated at the event will be given to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program, which fashions it into wigs that are donated to local American Cancer Society offices for use by women undergoing cancer treatment.

Requirements for donated hair are:

It must be 8 inches long from base of ponytail to tip of hair.

Wavy hair is fine and may be straightened for measurement.

Hair may be colored with vegetable or semi-permanent hair dye or rinse, but not with harsh chemicals, such as bleach or permanent dye.

Hair must not be more than 5 percent gray.

Hair should be freshly washed and dried, without any styling products, on donation day.

Professional hair stylists from Topeka salons have donated their time and expertise for the event, according to the news release. There will be an award for the stylist wearing the most pink.

An award will be given to the donor giving the longest length of their own hair. The Lisa’s Legacy award is named for Lisa Chapman, a Race Against Breast Cancer board member who died of cancer in September 2013. Donors must be present at 11:45 a.m. to win.

The American Cancer Society, GraceMed Health Clinic and the Silverbras organization will have information booths set up at the event.

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