Great Lengths and The Little Princess Trust need your lockdown locks

The Little Princess Trust is best known for turning the hair from dramatic cuts into wigs for children with medical hair loss – but did you know, you can donate used Great Lengths hair extensions too?

Great Lengths have long been proud partners of The Little Princess Trust and one of the ways in which they support the charity is through the donation of used hair extensions. These are used to make wigs for children in need, in exactly the same way as typical donations of cut hair.

It takes 300 grams of hair to make one children’s wig, which is the average weight of two full heads of extensions. The charity can accept Great Lengths hair extensions that are 16 inches or longer, and clients can donate their used hair directly through the salon where they have their extensions applied.

While Great Lengths hair used to be mixed with other donations, 18 months ago the charity started creating wigs specifically with their extensions. Covid-19 put a temporary halt to proceedings, as the usual Chinese wig manufacturers were unable to produce wigs as usual. This led to the sourcing of UK manufacturers, and a small network has now been set up to carry on the great work – with all wigs stitched with a Union Jack and Great Lengths product code to confirm its authenticity.

Since switching to local manufacturers, seven full wigs for children have been created using purely Great Lengths hair. For this to have been achieved through the Covid crisis is remarkable, particularly given that making wigs is an extremely labour-intensive process, with the majority of work done by hand. It takes up to 60 hours to create one wig, with rigorous quality checks in place to maintain standards.

Now that salons are back open and clients are booking in those long-awaited transformations, The Little Princess Trust are hoping to produce 10 more Great Lengths wigs – and Great Lengths will also be donating hair to ensure the target is met.

It’s easy for Great Lengths salons to get involved in this important cause. Hair simply needs to be removed as usual, then packed and sent in a pre-provided kit. It couldn’t be easier, and as well as donating hair for a very good cause, also provides a point of difference that the salon can promote to support their charitable targets.