Donate Your Hair to Cancer Patients in Manila

I first blogged about Makati Medical Center’s hair donation program back in 2016. Since then, I’ve been getting a lot of queries. Good news, people! We have a 2019 update.

Hair donation programs like Locks of Love are common in countries like the United States and Canada, but not in the Philippines. There are only a few groups here that organize hair donation programs, and not as often as we’d like.

Sadly, my curls aren’t qualified for donation, but I’d like to spread the word to other interested individuals.

What: Gift of Your Hair 2019
When: April 10, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Makati Medical Center Tower 1
Things to remember: You must pre-register. Come with clean hair. Do not apply any hair products. You will get a free haircut and styling from Heads Salon at the venue. If you want to get a haircut elsewhere, the donated bundle of hair should be in a ponytail and self-sealing plastic bag with the donor’s complete name. For questions, click here or call the Cancer Center at (+632) 8888-999 loc. 7122.

Types of hair accepted:
1. Nine (9) inches or more
2. Uncolored hair is preferred, but if you’ve colored your hair, make sure it’s only one shade.
3. Straight or wavy hair
4. Rebonded or straightened hair is okay.

Not accepted:
1. Colored hair with highlights or multiple shades
2. Bleached hair
3. Permed hair
4. Naturally curly or kinky hair (Boo!)
5. Hair shorter than 9 inches



For other hair donation programs, check out Cuts Against Cancer and I Aim Hope: A Chronic Illness Awareness Campaign.

Have you ever donated your hair to cancer patients in the Philippines? Tell me about your experience in the comments section below.

First published: April 10, 2016
Updated: March 6, 2019

  1. I will donate my hair as well when it’s long enough! This will be my tribute to my mother who died with cancer 2 years ago. See yah soon MMC! I’ll let you know kate when it’s ready!

    – tittus

  2. Hi! Just some clarifications, I read some articles saying that colored hairs are not allowed, what if I had my hair colored years ago and now the color was outgrown by my natural hair am I eligible to donate? Are they allowing “semi-wavy” hair? I would love to donate on the next hair donation project.

    1. Yes, semi-wavy hair is allowed. As for previously coloring your hair, as long as you cut out the colored part and donate the natural part, then that’s fine.

  3. Hello!

    I am Yanyan Sanchez, a student-officer at the University of Santo Tomas. I’ve come across this site to look for organizations accepting hair donations for cancer patients since we have a HAIR DONATION EVENT this April 23, 2018 in UST. Kindly let me know when you do 🙂 Thanks

  4. Hello Kat,

    I was browsing google to look where I can donate my hair since I’m planning to have it cut and my hair is alreay below my butt but upon checking, pamelmeroti announced last march that they stopped getting donations as per cuts against cancer manila. do you know any events related to this any time soon?

  5. Hi Kate. I’ve been searching for an institution or center where we can donate the hair of my daughter. She’s turning 8 and only had a haircut once. She’s up for her 2nd haircut and wants it to be donated instead to cancer patients. She wants to help on her own little way. I am super proud of her 🙂

    We went to Papemelroti last night but they said that they’ve suspended their works in accepting hair donations. I havent called Makati Med though. If you heard anything from any group, please let me know. Super thanks!

    1. Hi, Ara. That’s so kind of your daughter! 🙂 I was actually at Makati Med recently and haven’t seen any new posters of hair donation yet.

  6. Hi Kate,

    Good day!

    Just to ask if there’d be upcoming event or activity where I could donate my long hair? And perhaps, I would get n touch with MMC about it as well.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Thanks,

    May 🙂

    1. Hi, May. I haven’t heard of any new hair donation activities yet. But if you get any updates from MMC, please let me know, as many of my readers are also asking. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Lea! Please try calling the number I listed above to see if Makati Med will be holding one soon. So far I have no news, but yes, it would be great if the Philippines had something like Locks of Love regularly. 🙂

  7. I have a naturally wavy and colored hair with highlights so I would not be able to donate any hair. But what i can definitely do is offer my service as a nurse. I hope they have another program like this so that I can also share this information with my friends and family.

  8. Hi Kate! Sayang hindi din ako pwede magdonate. Naturally curly din kase buhok ko.
    I love your CurlPower page since hindi din kase ako madalas makakita ng posts/blogs about embracing curly hair.
    Would it be okay na i-link kita sa blog ko? Thanks!

  9. Had to share this! I was planning to cut my hair short kasi super init po lalo na po ngayong summer, ngayon po may mas malalim na reason na ako para magpa-cut ng hair. Thanks to this post ate kate. Will try my to bring my friends with me, baka bet din nila. More hair, the more we share. ???❤

  10. I can def drop by! Thank goodness its my rest day at work. I came across an ad somewhere that papermelroti does this also and donates to I guess a factory who makes wigs if I’m not mistaken but it wasnt really clear but this one isdef worth donating! I have been keeping my hair for running 4years now (dyed with the same color, had occasional salon treatments, I also have my weekly treatments at home, curled) so you can imagine how long it is. If the stylist would say its been damaged for too much use of curling wands atleast its worth the try and I’ll have a happy heart! I’ll let you know Ms. Kate?

  11. I have a long hair, dapat idodonate ko din yung buhok ko dun sa mall na nadaanan ko, nakakalungkot lang kasi willing pa naman ako magdonate kaso di daw qualified yung buhok ko kasi ang dami nang patong ng hair color at puro split ends.

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