Hair donations are accepted in India from hair donors by Hair Aid to help poor financially weak patients undergoing hair loss (short or long term) due to various medical conditions to make wigs. Any one can donate hair for patients who lose hair during treatment like chemotherapy, radiation due to Cancer, Alopecia Areata, lupus, burn victims, or other dermatological conditions.

Hair Aid is NOT in the business of selling wigs. Do not confuse yourself with Hair Aid & Yatin Deshpande's business of making wigs. The wigs, hair extensions, hair pieces made by Yatin Deshpande are made with long hair that is purchased from temple auctions. Wigs, human hair or any other hair related products are NOT SOLD by Hair Aid for profit. Wigs made with donated hair for this social initiative, Hair Aid are made by Yatin Deshpande using his own infrastructure, skilled staff and the cost of making the wigs is borne by Yatin Deshpande himself. Yatin Deshpande does not take any monetary donations & has no other sponsors. The wigs are given free only to poor economically weak Cancer patients or other hair loss patients who fulfil the eligibility requirements.

Hair Aid or Yatin Deshpande does not make any profit from this initiative. Hair Aid is a personal initiative started by Yatin Deshpande and not a registered NGO ( Non Government Organisation ).

Hair Aid does not just accept hair donations and depend upon someone else to make the wigs. The donated hair is used to make wigs in house. Unlike a lot of other organisations / people who have hair donation initiatives but do not have the infrastructure to make wigs with the donated hair, Hair Aid has no such issue. All the donated hair is used to make wigs in house. Hair Aid makes hairpieces / wigs for people suffering from long-term medical hair loss like alopecia and hair loss due to chemotherapy of cancer patients that look as good as their natural hair.

Hair Aid aims to create more awareness about hair donation, to inspire people to grow healthy hair and donate it for a noble cause. The idea is new in India. We need to raise awareness first. Yatin Deshpande, the founder of Hair Aid, is under no illusions and knows that there is a lot of work to do if Hair Aid is to establish itself to be known. He estimates that it will take a few years of publicity before Hair Aid is firmly established, but is happy that the initiative has started. He started Hair Aid on 29th May 2013.

Inspired by organisations in the UK, USA and Canada, Hair Aid is working to implement a similar initiative in India.“ I feel every woman deserves to have hair, but I believe that hair donated from India should be used to help hair loss patients in India.”

In India, short hair is not as popular among women as it is in the western countries. Most women here prefer to have long hair, and they will not be willing to get the hair length reduced. Presently due to lack of awareness about hair donation, there are very few hair donors in India. Hair Aid plans to create more awareness and host hair donation events across India in support of the "Hair Aid - Love is in the Hair" program.

Regardless of whether individuals donate hair privately at home or at their local salon, or join others in a community hair donating event, hair donations are essential to make the project successful. People donate their hair, knowing that it will be used for someone who needs it - someone who deserves it. It is a good way for those who could give something back without having to give money to make charitable donations. If you want to do a good deed but don't have the time to spare to commit to volunteer work, donating hair for cancer or other hairloss victims could be the solution. It won't take up your free time, but it's still a way to show that you care.

Yatin says, "When someone loses hair due to an illness or as a side effect of medical treatment, the hair loss is devastating in any degree from slight to severe. We all consider the condition of our hair to be part of how we look and present ourselves to the world and when that privilege is taken away, the results can feel devastating. To make matters worse, a bald head attracts attention, especially for a woman. This leads to strangers asking awkward questions about the illness and the therapy, which may be something that the patient would not want to talk about. This effect on their appearance can be a further setback to women who are already enduring physical and emotional hardship.

My main intention is to help people look beautiful and feel complete from within. Isn't it nice to know that you can help battle those feelings to some degree in a patient? That's why donating hair for hairloss victims is so noble. It doesn't just give them hair - it gives them confidence. Donating hair to create a natural looking wig will also allow patients to go on with their lives without announcing "I'm a patient" to the rest of the world. It isn’t just about hair, its a sort of psychological treatment for all who are suffering hair loss through illness.  For many of the patients I have seen, it’s the missing link in their treatment and process of recovery.My appeal to people with healthy hair is to consider hair donation as a unique way to help those who are ill. Hair donation can be thought of as an act of sacrifice similar to organ donation which can be repeated over and over again unlike organ donation which usually only happens once."


The major percentage of the cost when people buy a wig / hairpiece goes to the raw material which is the cost of the hair itself. Hence hair donated by clients or salons will be of great help to give wigs free of cost. Hair Aid has been doing this for the last few years with the hair that Yatin collects from my own clients when they restyle their hair. This is extremely limited compared to the need for wigs / hair pieces needed." I would like to appeal to other salon owners to send hair from their clients for this noble cause.

Yatin says that the reason he has chosen to help people who lose their hair due to medical reasons is “I did not realize that the skill, expertise & experience that I have would be so valuable. Hair loss can be very traumatic for anyone. For cancer patients, hair loss is the most stressful side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. When a person loses their hair suddenly due to medical reasons, they feel they've lost their identity. What results is a lack of self-esteem and lowered morale. This gives me far more satisfaction than just working with the hair of the film stars / celebrities. Custom made high quality human hair wigs made with virgin hair i.e.chemically untreated hair are very expensive which most people are not aware of.

People grow their hair to have it cut be it for a new hair style, only to have the hair swept into a bin at the hair salon or to be stored in a cupboard as a memory. Hair is valuable and even more so to someone who has lost it due to medical reasons.To be able to give to someone who does not have it, is a kind, generous and satisfying thing to do. Your own hair that has taken so long to grow will be made into a beautiful wig for someone who really needs it. Not only will it give them the feeling of having their hair back, it will give them confidence, a return of self esteem, and allow them to be…..just like everyone else.

Hair donor with ponytail 15 inches


About Hair Aid & founder Yatin Deshpande

Hair Aid founder Yatin Deshpande

Hair Aid is a not-for-profit, public service initiative founded by Yatin Deshpande, a well known Hair Stylist, Make up Artist & Cosmetologist. You may have seen his work on the faces & heads of the leading models he works with in the commercials and press  for leading shampoo & hair care brands, cosmetic products( Dove, Sunsilk, Clinic,Parachute hair oil variants,ITC Superia, Dabur Hair oil & shampoo, Nyle, Chik, Rejoice, Beauty Secrets by Madhuri, Ayush, Godrej, Brylcreem, Ponds, Fair & Lovely), as well as in the pages of leading magazines.

Located in the north western suburb of Goregaon in Mumbai, he is responsible for a wide range of work for films, television, stage, theatre and individual clients.

Yatin’s introduction to wig making was not accidental. He trained as a hair designer in London and worked in some reputed salons in the  high fashion West End area of London. After shifting back to Mumbai, Yatin decided to freelance as a Hair Designer and Make-up artist for advertising films and press campaigns since it gave scope for more creative expression and flexibility. During the course of his work, it was necessary to work with wigs and hairpieces. Due to his quest for perfection and as he was not satisfied with the quality of the wigs and hairpieces available in India, he developed in house infrastructure with all the necessary requirements, the skilled staff that enables manufacture wide range of premium quality virgin human hair Wigs, Hair Extensions, Hair Replacement Systems, Hair patches, Hair Accessories. What started off a few years ago to meet personal requirements is now used to help the poor , combining the latest materials, technology with advanced wig making design techniques to recreate a natural looking head of hair.

The wigs, hair extensions, hair pieces & other products made by Yatin are made with long hair purchased from temple auctions. They are used by models regularly in Shampoo and other hair care product advertisements of most popular Indian & international brands in press and electronic media. We have numerous high profile clients, which include models, film and television stars who trust us to make wigs, hair extensions, etc. for their personal use. We provide all kinds of hair products & services to feature films (Hindi & regional), Television serials, mythological films & serials, music videos, stage shows, fashion shows.


Hairloss is not as uncommon as you may imagine. Worldwide 3% of the population will have some form of Alopecia Areata in their lifetime. Out of those 1.5% will go on to have very extreme forms of Alopecia Areata (Totalis and Universalis), which causes total baldness. This condition is not life threatening but is life altering. This happens to many people before the age of thirty and is often a chronic life time problem.One out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime and 90% of women regard hair loss as the worst side effect of cancer treatment.

The information available in the media & internet is very often conflicting and confuses the hair loss patient. Don't get confused with a lot of technical jargon or words which are used while talking and are difficult for a normal person to understand. Some wig sellers, hair replacement clinics and stylists invent terminology to apply to a particular technique with which they make their wigs, hair replacement systems. These words can make them sound more advanced and innovative and give them more legitimacy and respectability to an unsuspecting hair loss client.

Maybe their "latest" - "cutting edge" - "best" - "innovative" - "unique" techniques do a fine job, but does it make them better or different in any way than other products available?

Often, these terms are fads and marketing tools to attract unsuspecting and novice patients. When you hear a term mentioned that you have never heard before, or is unique to a particular clinic do not hesitate to ask what it means in simple terms. We caution you on firms that use a lot of fancy procedural terms that might only be synonyms for techniques that  are routine or similar every other technique. Ask yourself, if this is latest, greatest technique a sales tool, or is it a unique method to how this company makes their hair products.

Be cautious where you get your information from. There is a lot of one-sided advertorial-like "research" and "reports" which are cleverly disguised marketing tools. They disguise themselves under simple sounding associations, journals and educational websites which are nothing more then a platform to market specific products or clinic.

My intention is to create more clarity for all who may be faced with hair loss or are currently living with some form of this condition.



Patients with long term hair loss usually need more than one wig to carry on all normal activities. This only adds to the tremendous expense of having the need to such an accessory. Wigs (CRANIAL PROSTHESIS) are not covered by medical insurance in India though they are a side effect of a remedy for treatment. They are treated as a cosmetic item. Insurance coverage for clients with medically related hair loss is available in many other countries.

There used to be a stigma that only those who were ill wore wigs. That has become less and less true thanks to celebrities like Madonna, Beyonce, Cher, Tyra Banks, Victoria Beckham and many others who have taken wigs and alternative hair to a whole new level.

The wig industry used to be divided into two areas: medical and fashion. However, that no longer exists.

Yatin uses his expertise to help all men/women cancer patients find a solution to their hair loss problem. Hair Aid makes hairpieces / wigs for people suffering from long-term medical hair loss like alopecia and hair loss of cancer patients due to chemotherapy that look as good as their natural hair. The hair pieces / wigs are made by using hair donated by clients when they restyle/ cut their hair in the salon or at home or through Hair Donation events organised in India or elsewhere. High quality handmade Human hair wigs & hairpieces are made from such hair to help to restore their self confidence.



How does Hair Aid use the Donated Hair

Hair Aid would like to make it clear and inform hair donors that the hair you spent months/years growing and decided to sacrifice for a "worthy cause" is never used by us to make wigs which are later sold to other clients.

We DO NOT , under any circumstances, use the hair donations intended to make wigs / cranial prostheses towards patients suffering from cancer, alopecia or other forms of medical hairloss in a dishonest way for commercial profitable use as it violates the fundamental purpose of our aim.

The wigs made with donated hair are given free of cost by Hair Aid only to poor finanically weak patients who cannot afford to buy a wig.

We have no hesitation in informing hair donors or those who intend to donate their hair later, that in case you have any doubts about whether the donated hair will be used for hair loss patients or used to make wigs for sale, please do not send your hair donation to us.

We do not entertain any queries at a later stage about the use of the donated hair. We prefer to utilise the maximum time we can spare to help those who need the benefit of our expertise & experience and not waste time trying to prove to people who may donate hair once in a while about our cause. We do not want to deal with anyone who has slightest doubt about our intention.

Who gets the wigs made by Hair Aid from the donated hair ?

We are often asked by hair donors if the donated hair will definitely be used for "patients with cancer" as this is the common perception, and it has significant emotional weight. However we would like to clarify that we have never deliberately claimed that the hair will be used only for cancer patients . We use the donated hair to make wigs / hairpieces for patients with all types of medical hairloss and not just cancer alone.

Just to clarify on the cancer vs. other types of hair loss issue. A large percentage of the patients who get wigs from donated hair made by Hair Aid are cancer patients. Most patients who undergo chemotherapy will lose his/her hair--it's a side effect of the drugs. The hair will regrow after stopping the chemotherapy. This is why Hair Aid provides wigs / hair pieces to patients with alopecia areata, a medical condition with no known cause or cure--as they will probably never regrow their hair. Irradiation of the scalp damages the skin and hair folicles (like a burn would) so these patientss have a higher chance of staying permanently bald. We believe patients with hair loss from alopecia, burns or other medical conditions also deserve a way to look socially normal as much as patients with cancer do. Hence we provide wigs for patients with medical hairloss due to other illnesses and not just cancer alone.

Can I know or meet the patient who receives my hair?

No, that is not possible.

There are two reasons for it.

Hair Aid protects the  privacy of all the recipients of the wigs. Unless the recipients of the wigs willingly agree & give consent in writing to disclose their names and/ or photographs we protect their identity.

It takes a minimum of 6-10 & more ponytails to make one wig / hairpiece, so tracking hair from each individual ponytail would not be possible. All donated hair is separated as per the color, texture and length. During the sizing process, similar type of hair from different hair donors is mixed together, so we are unable to keep a track of the individual donors hair. We cannot account for every strand of hair donated to us and link hair donors with recipients of wigs.

The fact is that all human hair is NOT ideal for making wigs. Hair is extremely delicate especially fine hair like Caucasian hair which breaks while knotting to the net base while making the wig / hairpiece. If at all we manage to use it then it requires very high-maintenance and the wigs will not last long. This is not ideal for patients who might not have the time or energy to take care of it. Hence we only are able to use the hair that we find fit to make wigs / hairpieces which will last long. A well-crafted custom made wig like the type we make usually takes 40 to 100 hours( four to eight working days ) for one person to make. As we make wigs with donated hair we make sure that our effort is also not wasted.

However we would like to clarify that the quantity of short hair (6 inches to 10 inches) we get is very high. After sizing the donated hair, we get plenty of short hair from the hair sent to us. We need longer lengths of hair especially on the top area of the wigs, which we get in very small quantity from the hair donors rarely. All shorter hair that is separated from the donated hair cannot be used in the wigs/cranial prosthesis / hairpieces.



Can some one contact Hair Aid directly to get a free wig?

Please do not contact us directly to get a free wig presently.

Hair Aid does not have the resources or manpower to verify the financial & medical condition of the applicants, hence we do not give free wigs to anyone who contacts us directly at present.

Presently we only make wigs and donate them through others who have the resources to verify the financial & medical condition of the applicants.

Hair Aid is presently in the process of having their own verification process put together to verify the financial & medical condition of the applicants to give wigs to them.

To qualify as a Hair Aid Wig Recipient,

  • the person must be an Indian citizen and residing in India.
  • the person must be financially weak. Proof of income has to be submitted.
  • the person is a below poverty line ration card holder ( yellow or orange coloured ration cards)
  • Experience hair loss due to as a result of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, lupus, burns and other medical reasons or a documented medical condition diagnosed by a doctor. Please submit application, birth certificate, doctor verification of diagnosis and photographs with and without hair. These pictures will not be shared and only Hair Aid will use them for their records.

Applications will be approved on a case by case basis and solely at the discretion of Hair Aid ONLY if you fulfil the above mentioned requirements.

If you apply and are approved to get a free wig if you fulfil the above mentioned requirements you will be informed.

In case an applicant does not get a wig we do not offer any explanation or answer questions about why the case was rejected.


Hair Aid featured in print & electronic media


Yatin Deshpande with guest of honour Malaika Arora & a wig recipient at 4th Indian Breast Cancer Survivors Conference by Womens Cancer Initiative - Tata Memorial Hospital


Hair Aid featured in FEMINA on 21st April 2014

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Hair Aid featured in MID-DAY on 4th March 2014

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Hair Aid featured inDNA on 7th March 2014

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Hair Aid featured in Times of India on 11th Feb. 2014

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Hair Aid featured in Dainik Jajran on 3rd January 2014

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Hair Aid featured in the business newspaper MINT on 8th October 2013.

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Hair Aid featured in Deccan Herald newspaper on Jul 18, 2013.

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Hair Aid hair donation initiative was featured in CNN IBN Citizen Journalist show.

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Times of India, Crest edition, Apr 7, 2012

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Hair Donation information


Why should you donate hair to Hair Aid?

Every year, thousands of individuals restyle, trim, shave, and cut their tresses for various reasons like a fashion change, religious purpose or medical reasons. The hair that is cut can be donated and used to make wigs for patients who have hairloss as a side effect of their medical condition. This can be done for a number of personal, admirable reasons:

In memory of a cancer patient who has expired

As a symbol of solidarity for a friend or relative who is undergoing treatment for a medical condition in which hair loss is a side effect.

In cheerful celebration of being a survivor after long term cancer treatment

As a hair donor for a volunteer group to support Hair Aid

Whatever be the reason, donating hair for is a great way to help provide free or low cost wigs and hairpieces to individuals with hair loss.

Apparently, 85% of hair donations come from family members and friends of those who have seen a patient closely during their illness.





Hair donation is needed from men and women, young and old, all colors and races. Anyone can cut your hair as long as the guidelines are followed.


Hair Donation Requirements Of Hair Aid

If you would like to donate your hair, please follow proper procedure so that your donated hair can be used.

Hair that is fallen on the floor while cutting & then collected or swept from the floor is not usable at all.

Hair that is shaved off and not tied in a ponytail or braid is not usable to make wigs / hairpieces of the quality that we make.

The type of hair that we use to make wigs has its cuticle intact and which has been stored to maintain root to tip alignment. The cuticle layers of the hair strands are all facing in the same direction from root to end just like your natural hair on the scalp and, therefore, do not tangle.

If the cuticle is left and the roots ends alignment mixed up, the scales on the cuticle would oppose and pull each other causing tangling. Every strand of hair has a coarse cuticle, which clings to the cuticle of the neighboring hair when they are facing in the opposite direction. In effect hair is twisting and intertwining into a hair clump which is difficult to comb out.

It can also be heat styled and colored to match to your own hair colour or highlighted / low lighted easily.

Hair must be divided into multiple braids / ponytails of small sections before cutting or shaving.

Put your hair into braids / ponytails, securing them with elastic bands along the length of the ponytail at approx, four inch intervals. You could also plait your hair to cut.

Layered hair is acceptable if the shortest layer is 12 inches. Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.


1. Donated hair must be atleast 15 inches long (measured from just above the elastic band of the ponytail to the ends).

Please do not waste time & call to check if hair less than 15 inches is acceptable.

2. Hair that has been bleached, lightened, permanently colored or chemically treated and damaged is not accepted. However it may be colored with vegetable dyes (henna) and semi permanent dyes. (If unsure, ask your hair stylist).
3. Gray hair can be also accepted if it is free from use of chemicals.
4. Wavy or curly hair may be stretched or straightened with iron before measuring.
5. Hair should be freshly washed, conditioned and without using any styling products before cutting for donating. If the hair is wet when it is cut then allow it to dry completely before packing. If you let moisture stay in the hair while packing then it allows fungus to grow and it cannot be used & will be thrown off.


Hair Donation Instructions

1. Hair must be clean ( shampooed and/or conditioned ) without styling products, hairspray, or additional hair products and completely dried.


2. Divide your hair to make small sections of about 5cms by 5cms on your scalp as shown above.Tie your hair from each section tightly with a thread or rubberband. Make a normal three strand braid of every section. Making a braid will ensure that the hair does not get tangled. If your hair is thick and dense you may make more smaller sections than shown above. Hair that is not sectioned properly & pulled into one ponytail or braid without making smaller sections or partings results in a loss of up to four- fiveinches of hair.

3. Ensure that the thread or rubberband is tight around the hair to keep the hair together after cutting. If the hair comes out of the band it will not be usable. A second hair band can be placed around the middle of the braid / ponytail to help keep the hair together after cutting.

4. Ensure the thread / elastic band is just below where you want to cut your hair.

5. Measure the length of the braid / ponytail from the elastic band; make sure that the hair is at least 15 inches. Any length shorter than 15 inches is too short to be used in a ladies wig and cannot be used. There is no limit to the maximum length requirement. If your hair is not 15 inches, do not be in a hurry to donate, have patience, continue to grow your hair out.

6. Cut the hair just above the tied thread / elastic band such that the band remains on the ponytail after cutting and keeps the hair together. Do not wash or style the ponytail in any way after it has been cut off. In case the hair is wet when cut allow it to dry normally in sun before packing it.

7. We also accept old wigs, falls, hair extensions made of Human hair only.

8. Place the ponytail, kept intact and completely dry, in plastic bag. Hair that is swept off the floor is not usable. Place the plastic bag with the ponytail in a padded or plastic envelope.



• use a conditioner after every wash to help keep hair moisturized and protected against damage
• use a spray, leave-in conditioner for extra protection when using heated hair appliances
• look for new technology in your drying and styling tools to help minimize damage
• use deep-conditioning treatments once a week, or as needed, to minimize split ends and keep hair in top condition
• regular salon visits to keep hair healthy-looking and beautiful
• regular, gentle brushing to promote healthy hair growth and natural oil distribution
• use a comb with smooth, wide-set teeth to gently detangle hair, working from tip to root after hair is washed

DON'T use a brush on wet hair when you step out of the shower
DON'T attempt to blow-dry soaking wet hair immediately; to help prevent heat damage, towel-wrap your hair for 10-15 minutes and remove excess water before using a blow-dryer
DON'T overbrush hair; despite the common myth that 100 strokes a day are good for hair, this can lead to breakage
DON'T tease or back comb hair, as it can raise the cuticles, making them fragile and susceptible to breakage.

Please write your details on a separate sheet of paper including your full name, Age, Mobile & landline nos. , email address and postal address with your ponytail donation. All hair donations should be mailed or couriered to Hair Aid address.

How do I pack my cut hair donation to send it to you?

The cut hair / ponytails need to be completely dry before they are couriered / mailed to Hair Aid.

Place the ponytail in a plastic or self sealing bag, and then inside a padded or laminated envelope. Be sure to include the hair donor’s name, sex, age, address, mobile phone number, e-mail, on a separate sheet of paper inside the envelope along with the donated hair.

Do not pack hair in a box & make a large pack.

This is to avoid the donated hair package being sent back as it cannot be dropped through the letter hole on the door when no one is present to accept it personally.

Where do I have to send my hair donation?

Please include on a separate sheet of paper your full name, Age, Mobile & landline nos. , email address and postal address with your hair donation.

Our website is updated every week. this is the correct address to send the hair donation. DO NOT CALL OR SEND EMAILS TO WASTE OUR TIME TO ENQUIRE IF THIS ADDRESS IS CORRECT. It is a matter of common sense that we would definitely not give a wrong address on the website.

Please do not come personally or send someone to our address with the hair donation as very often no one is present at our address due to other professional business commitments. Whenever you courier the hair donation we send someone to pick it from the courier company office whenever it suits us if we were not available to take it at the time of delivery.


Please DO NOT use the following courier services to send the package to us.

1) The Government of India Postal department services ( Speed Post ) OR REGISTERED POST as they are not customer friendly. They ask me to collect the package from the post office which is far from my address & I am unable to do it during their working hours. The courier package sent by you is then returned undelivered & goes back to the sender whenever there is no one to accept it at our address.


2) Blue Dart / DHL courier

Your money will be wasted if the package sent by Blue Dart / DHL courier, as very often it is returned undelivered & goes back to the sender as the staff of Blue Dart/ DHL do not even if "DROP" is mentioned on the package. They take great pleasure to harass the consignee/reciever by making them go to the local area office to collect the package. On going to collect the package they make us wait endlessly trying to show that they are doing a great favour.


Many hair donors have informed me that the hair donation package is returned goes back. The courier company informs that Hair Aid has shifted to other place.

Please note that the address given on the website, where you send the hair donation package is a flat that owned by me so I will be at this adress forever.

I work for the media & entertainment industry and I am not present at the address all the time. Most of the regular courier staff drop the parcel through the door even if it is locked.

Mention the word " DROP " on the package above the address in big bold letters. They will drop it off even if no one is there to accept it.

Working Hours & Holidays

We can accept courier packages only during working hours between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.( Indian Standard Time).

Hair Aid is closed on SUNDAY, Bank Holidays & Maharashtra State Government Holidays


All hair donations must be couriered / sent by post to

Hair Aid ( Yatin Deshpande ),

Ganesh Apartments, Flat No. 1, Ground Floor,

Plot no.40, Pandurang Wadi, Road No. 3,

Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 063, INDIA.

No enquiries are answered on the phone.

Phone: Mobile : +91 99 209 45 882

The phone number is given for the courier company staff to contact us and not for making telephonic enquiries.


Hair Donation ponytails

Donating chemically treated hair or processed hair

If you have grown your beautiful hair for a few months or in some cases maybe years and you are ready to cut it off and donate it to Hair Aid, I think that is a noble deed. I cannot tell you how wonderful and selfless and important this act of love and kindness is as I accept hair donations here at Hair Aid. So as you read through the requirements before the “big noble cut” you will read a few words that will stop your heart. "We do not accept hair that has been chemically processed or colored in any way." Oh my God! ‘Why did I highlight my hair? or you may think I was just trying to cover my roots. I feel so let down you think.

Do not worry, we accept hair that is chemically processed but still in good condition unlike some other hair donation organisations who do not accept chemically processed hair at all.

Normallly I seperate the donated hair into two catagories, Virgin and Processed/Color treated.  Younger hair loss patients get a virgin hair wig. Our women patients over 18 get color treated hair. No perms, but the ladies who have grown their hair , taken good care of it, done highlights and/or lowlights professionally and used great hair products. “Sun-in” or lemon juice is not a highlight, sorry. The more hair I get the better choices they have for color and texture. Spread the word if you can. We use mildly processed or colored treated hair and they still get a beautiful mane of human hair that is comfortable and perfect for their hair loss battle due to cancer or alopecia etc.


Hair Donor Questions & Answers

Do I need to shave my head to donate hair?

Hair Aid would like to clarify that Hair Donation does not mean that donors need to shave their heads to donate hair. Shaving off all your hair is not necessary. Most of the hair donors send their cut hair in ponytails or braids. As long as a 15 inches (minimum) ponytail can be donated, you can cut your hair to any longer length you choose.

Hair Aid does not force anyone to shave their hair, however there are hair donors who shave off all their hair to donate willingly. It does make a strong statement of your support for patients with hairloss due to cancer or other medical conditions.

It is a wrong notion that has been created that hair donation means shaving of all their hair.This is due to photos & media reports which have been publicised widely where hair donors especially women who have shaved off all their hair to donate.

Where do I go to get my hair cut?

You can go to get your hair cut at your regular hair salon or stylist as long as the donation guidelines listed on our website are followed. We encourage our donors to go to a salon they are already familiar with so they will be comfortable when making their donation. Read Hair Donation Guidelines.

Do you have a list of participating salons?

Hair Aid gets enquiries from prospective hair donors looking for salons/ hairstylists in their area to help them to cut their hair for hair donation. It is not possible for us to service to all enquiries that we get from Mumbai, so we suggest them to contact our affiliate salons nearest to them.

Hair Aid is now trying to build a network of like minded salons / hairdressers around the country to cut hair for hair donors so that the maximum hair length is usable.

The most frequently asked question from people who call us is "Where can I donate my hair? Can you help me to find hair stylist / salon in my area that will help me with my hair donation ?"

We currently do not have a list of salons. Most donors are requested to go to their regular stylist with our list of instructions for how to make the cut and courier / post the donated ponytail themselves.

Haircuts for hair donations are not free-of-charge and subject to each hairdressers’ own cutting or styling fee(s).

Where can I donate hair for cancer patients in India?

In India hair donation is accepted by Hair Aid.

Will I be informed after Hair Aid gets the donated Hair from me?

Hair Aid understands that you will be keen to get an acknowledgrment after you have sent the hair donation but please note that it is NOT possible to inform each & every donor by phone or e-mail about the reciept of your hair donation.

The main reason for this is Yatin Deshpande, the founder of Hair Aid travels frequently for his professional assignments hence the courier / post parcels are recieved by someone else.

To verify whether your donated hair has reached us please contact your courier company & check with them. They will give you a proof of delivery. OR

Alternatively log on to the courier company website and check the status of your package by filling the package / consignment number and you will get to know the status immediately.

Please bear with us. Thank you for understanding this and for your hair donation.

Please do not forget to include on a separate sheet of paper details with your full name, Age, Mobile & landline nos., email address and postal address with your ponytail.

What is the minimum length for a hair donation?

At least 15 inches ( 38 centimeters) is needed to be used in a wig / hairpiece. But if it is in layers then the shortest layer should be atleast 12inches ( 30 centimeters). Do not call to check if hair less than 15 inches is acceptable.

Why is the minimum hair length 15 inches when other organisations accept hair from 8 inches?

Though other organisations accept hair from 8 inches we do not make wigs with short hair. Hair shorter than 10 inches can only be used to make gents wigs.

There are lot of people who enquire about donating their hair to make wigs for Cancer patients but I am unable to accept the hair if it does not meet our minimum hair length requirements. I whole heartedly appreciate their desire to help our cause but the main issue we face for making wigs is that the hair donors will rarely cut from near the roots or shave off their hair. Most Hair donors cut about 12 inches to 15 inches of hair which can only make short wigs as the top 3-4 inches are required to be folded to knot the hair to the wig net base cap. When the hair is knotted to the net base while making the wig it is necessary to fold it to create a loop to hold the hair in the knotting needle. This allows to pull the hair strand through the net (lace) hole and make the knot to tie the hair strand firmly. This is done by folding the hair strand at the top of the length of hair towards the root.

To make a ladies wig 18 inches long which is about shoulder length I need minimum 21-22 inches long hair. Apart from that we need at least 6-10 hair donors pony tails to make one wig. As most girls/women who donate hair have their own hair cut in layers it is very difficult for us to get longer hair to fill the top area of the wigs.

Can I donate hair if it is shorter than 15 inches and below?

We are unable to use hair lengths that are shorter than 15 inches but we accept hair which is cut in layers where the shortest layer is 12 inches. People who do not have the required hair length presently, can keep growing it until you have minimum required hair length to donate. Do not call to check if hair less than 15 inches is acceptable.

Which type of hair is suitable for hair donation?

Each wig is custom made for each specific person, in an effort to enable them to regain their original appearance. The wig is designed according to the exact size and shape of the person’s head, using hair that is as similar as possible to the original hair. Someone whose hair was short and curly will need a short, curly wig. Someone who had long, straight hair will need a long, straight hair wig. Therefore, we need as many different types of hair as possible.

Does Hair Aid sell hair or throw away hair?

Hair that is short, gray, or otherwise unusable will not be used. Hair Aid has to throw hair that is wet and moldy, fungus affected or not bundled in a braid or ponytail when it is received.

Hair Aid does not sell any donated hair.

Can I donate gray hair?

Yes, we can accept donations of gray hair.

Can I donate colored hair?

Yes, we can accept donations of colored hair provided they are not damaged while coloring.

Can I donate permed hair?

Yes, we can accept donations of permed hair provided they are not damaged while perming.

Can I donate bleached hair?


It takes at least 6 to 10 ponytails to make a wig, and each one comes from a different person with a different shade of hair. For a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color throughout, all these ponytails must be processed and then colored to the same shade. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create a wig that is one consistent, even, natural looking color.

Gray hair, and some chemically-treated or permanently-colored hair, does not absorb color at the same rate as other types of hair. It is much harder to color and, once colored, fades more quickly.

No, we cannot use bleached hair. Highlights are often done with bleach.We cannot use such hair.

Can I donate dreadlocks?

We cannot accept dreadlocks. We are not able to use them in our hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.

How many hair donors ponytails are required to make one wig?

It takes about six to ten hair donors ponytails to make one wig.

Can the hair donors meet the patient who receives their hair?

No, that is not possible. We cannot link donors with recipients of the wigs for two reasons:

All donated hair is separated as per the color, texture and length. During the hair sizing process similar type of hair from different hair donors is mixed together to be used in one wig. Hair donated by 6 to 10 hair donors are used to make one wig, so it is impossible to track the individual donors hair once it gets mixed with other donors hair.
As all recipients are patients, we protect their  privacy.

Can I include photographs with my hair donation?

Yes, if you want to send photographs please e-mail them to Hair Aid. All photos must be submitted electronically in order for use on our website. Please DO NOT send prints of photographs as we do not have the facility to scan them.

Please note that Hair Aid does not gurantee that the sent photos will be definitely used on the website. We have a very limited server space for the website so we may not be able to upload all photos sent by hair donors on the website.

Please send only the Hair donors before & after photos. Photos which have any other people apart from the Hair Donor will be rejected & deleted.

Please do not send e-mails requesting to add your photos on the Hair Aid website.


Guidelines for sending your photographs

The photographs should be in JPEG format.

Please use small file sizes (around 100 Kilobytes each photo) & do not attach very large megapixel files straight from the camera and attach them to your email.

Don't send irrelevant images, be selective, send only pictures that indicate your hairstyle correctly. Your own hair before & after the haircut.

Please send only the Hair donors photos. Photos which have any other people apart from the Hair Donor will be rejected & deleted.

Do not send photographs taken from low resolution cameras of mobile phones.

  • The photo must be taken against a light background (either white, off white, cream or light grey so that your features are distinguishable and contrast against the plain background).
  • Clear and of good quality. Crop your image to edit and remove any unnecessary portions of the picture.
  • Full face without glasses/sunglasses and normally without a hat, cap or a head covering . Should show the front back left side, right side,Top area or any other specific area where the hairloss exists.
  • Position the person being phographed and lighting in such a way that there are no distracting shadows on the face or background. Maintain a natural expression.

If I send in pictures, will you post them on your website?

We do update our hair donor gallery from time to time, but cannot guarantee that all the pictures we receive will be posted.

What happens to the hair that is too short or damaged that is sent it, will I know if it is useable?

As far as possible please do not send very short hair or chemically treated hair. We will NOT be able notify everyone as to the useability of your hair. If your hair is unusable we dispose it off without informing anyone.

Do I need to donate 15 inches?

No! You can always "Shave in Support" no matter what length of hair you have. However, in order to be used for wig, a minimum of 15" is required. Longer hair is always appreciated.

What are some of the medical conditions of the patients you help?

Most of our recipients suffer from cancer or alopecia areata. Others have experienced hair loss from radiation therapy and chemotherapy, severe burns or trauma, and various other genetic and dermatological conditions.

What age group do you help?

We try to help people of all age groups regardless of race, creed, or religion.

Does Hair Aid donate wigs to children?

Hair Aid aims to help women undergoing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia or as a side effect of some other illness. Our wigs are made to fit for adult head sizes and not suitable for children’s small heads. However older kids in their teens are welcome to contact us to inquire about availability of wigs.

What happens to my hair after I donate it?

We open the packages and separate the donation slips from the hair. The hair then gets separated as per its color, texture and length. Similar hair from different donors is mixed together. Once there is enough hair of similar type to make a wig only then the hair is used. Sometimes we may have to wait for a few months till we get similar types of hair which is enough to make a wig.

Does Hair Aid pay money to anyone who wants to sell their hair instead of donating hair ?

Hair Aid DOES NOT pay money to anyone who wants to sell their hair instead of donating hair.Paying money to someone for their hair would be as good as trading.
Hair Aid does not make any profit out of this initiative. The cost of making the wigs is borne by Yatin Deshpande himself. Hair Aid does not take any monetary donations & has no other sponsors. Hence, buying hair from people is not possible.

Why does Hair Aid not provide FREE haircut for those who wish to donate their hair?

As mentioned, this is not a profit making project, we cannot afford to pay for your haircut.
As for why other parties are able to provide free haircuts, you will have to find it out yourself. Hope the public would understand and make their own judgement.

Who bears the cost of making the wigs with the donated hair ?

The entire cost of making the wig is borne by the founder of Hair Aid, Yatin Deshpande. Hair Aid does not accept monetary donations from anyone & does not have any other sponsors who fund us.

Do the people who get the wigs have to pay any money for the wigs?

No,the wigs are given free of cost by Hair Aid as they are made with donated hair.


Hair Donors Beware, Be Alert

Hair Donation appeals take place on behalf of Hair Aid as part of an event being held to benefit Hair Aid. These events obtain approval to use our trademark name and logo in association with promoting the event. However, it has been brought to our attention that unauthorized appeals are being done from time to time without the knowledge and/or approval of Hair Aid.

Hair Aid does not solicit for hair or financial donations through any agents. However we do appeal through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., or direct mailers. Do not allow your hair to be given away to anybody not associated with or is involved with an event held by Hair Aid,

Please send all hair donations directly by courier to our Address.

Please DO NOT use the Government of India Postal department services ( Speed Post ) OR REGISTERED POST as they are not customer friendly. They ask me to collect the package from the post office which I am unable to do during their working hours. The courier package sent by you is returned undelivered & goes back to the sender whenever there is no one to accept it at our address.

Please do not forget to include a note with your full name, Age, Mobile & landline nos., email address and postal address with your ponytail.

Our website is updated every week. this is the correct address to send the hair donation. DO NOT CALL TO WASTE OUR TIME TO ENQUIRE IF THIS ADDRESS IS CORRECT. It is a matter of common sense that we would give a wrong address on the website.

Hair Aid ( Yatin Deshpande )

Ganesh Apartments, Flat No. 1, Ground Floor,

Plot no.40, Pandurang Wadi, Road No. 3,

Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 063, INDIA.

No enquiries are answered on the phone.

Phone: Mobile : +91 99 209 45 882

The phone number is given for the courier company staff to contact us and not for making telephonic enquiries.


This is Hair Aid’s only office and anyone instructing you to mail your hair donation to a different location is most likely fraudulent.

Hair Aid does not permit for groups and individuals to sponsor events to benefit our initiative. No event organizers have received permission to use our name and logo for a limited time. Registered events if any may be confirmed by contacting our office. If you believe that you have been solicited for a donation by an unauthorized Hair Aid representative, please contact the Hair Aid office by email to confirm.



Donated Hair after Sizing - Remi Double Drawn 15 inches, 14 inches,12 inches



Donate your Old Wig

Hair is an integral part of a woman’s body. Human Hair wigs are expensive and many women cannot afford the medical bills; let alone a wig. Hair Aid appeals to women who no longer need a wig and wish to give their wig to another woman currently undergoing treatment. This is just one more way to contribute in the fight against cancer. More importantly, the woman would know that her wig was being used by someone who really needs it.

Our goal at Hair Aid is to make every woman feel good throughout the treatment process.

When donating old used wigs for hairloss patients, contact us. If you have a wig and are interested in donating, following a few basic steps can ensure that both you and the recipient of your wig benefit from your donation.


1) Make sure that the wig is of a suitable quality for wig donation, since, as any donated items, wigs should be lightly used and should not be damaged. Make sure that the hair has been well cared for and that there is no wear and tear from styling or storage before you begin the process of wig donation.

2) Make a package with the wig and include whatever accessories came with your wig, including tools for styling and storage, to ensure that the recipient can properly care for the wig as well.





Share Your Hair Donation Photos & story.

Since Yatin started Hair Aid on 29th May 2013, we have received Thank you e-mails & messages of gratitude and photos of hair donors holding their cut ponytails with a new short hairstyle. Hair Aid is overwhelmed by the support of hair donors & others who have not been able to donate hair but make an effort to spread the word to create awareness about hair donation.

Hair Donors are requested to send their before and after photos along with their messages so that they can help us to inspire more people to donate their hair.


Hair Donor - before & after photos


Hair donor with ponytail 15 inches


Hair Donor - donated 16 inches of her hair.



Hair Aid acknowledges with heartfelt gratitude your personal hair donation and support towards patients suffering from short term or permanent medical hair loss.
Your donated healthy hair will help give self confidence to those who battle their illness with a lot more dignity. Your generosity is touching & will inspire many more to donate their hair as well.
On behalf of Hair Aid & all those, whose lives you will touch.

Thank you!


Preity Zinta donates hair to make wigs for cancer patients

The immortal dialogue in the Hollywood movie ‘Spiderman’, “With great power comes great responsibility” will continue to hold true no matter how old we grow. And some of our Bollywood celebrities know how to make use of their fame for charitable purposes. .

Actress Preity Zinta has a noble heart, we all know, and she has just given us yet another example of her graciousness.

Women love their hair and are possessive about it but actress Preity Zinta is different. Well, the fact is she is not just an actress... but a woman of substance, which was evident when she cut her much loved tresses for her role in Ishqk In Paris as the role demanded her to sport short hair. You may wonder what's new here?Well, the story doesn't end there. She could have very well used a wig for the role, but she decided to cut her hair and give it away for charity.After cutting her much loved hair, she decided to do her bit towards charity by donating the hair to a cancer patients' association in the US.

In fact, she made even an appearance on TV for the IPL season 5 in 2012, during a match of her team Kings XI Punjab, sporting the short hair.
Well done, Preity Zinta. Hope your tribe grows. May your hair donation inspire many more to donate hair.

Hair Aid acknowledges with heartfelt gratitude her personal hair donation and support towards the cause.


Preity Zinta cut her hair and has donated it to a cancer foundation.

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Contact Information


Postal Address

Our website is updated every week. this is the correct address to send the hair donation. DO NOT CALL TO WASTE OUR TIME TO ENQUIRE IF THIS ADDRESS IS CORRECT. It is a matter of common sense that no one would give a wrong address on the website.


Hair Aid ( Yatin Deshpande )

Ganesh Apts., Flat No. 1, Ground Floor, Plot no.40, Pandurang Wadi, Road No. 3,

Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 063, INDIA.


No enquiries are answered on the phone.

Phone: Mobile : +91 99 209 45 882

The phone number is given for the courier company staff to contact us and not for making telephonic enquiries.


( Please send e-mails to both addresses)





Hair Aid is an independant non-religious, non-political entity. Hair Aid does not take positions or align itself with any special interests.It is our mission to promote the well-being of people affected with hair loss through our program of providing wigs, hairpieces & hair replacement systems made from hair donations.

Any event taking place as part of a religious, political or any other special interest group supporting us does not reflect the views or opinions of Hair Aid.

All events and fundraisers held on behalf of Hair Aid always uphold and reflect the mission and desire to help hair loss affected people.

All materials posted on this site are subject to copyrights owned by the Hair Aid, Mumbai and other individuals or entities. Reproduction or re-transmission or reprinting is prohibited without prior written permission from Hair Aid of Mumbai or the other copyright owner.

The Hair Aid name and logo, and all related names are Hair Aid' proprietary trademarks and service marks, and may not be used by any other party without the prior express written permission of Hair Aid.

No medical advice provided
The content posted on this web site by Hair Aid is for information purposes only.
Hair Aid does not answer specific medical questions or provide medical recommendations.
The information shall not be considered as medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition.
Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
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