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Would you cut 20 centimeters of your hair if you knew it would make a difference in the life of a cancer patient?

To get inspired, read more about why we launched this campaign and how it is already helping women in Lebanon


it is not like hair will cure cancer or save a life. And yet, it may save a heart.

Rouba abou zeid (donor and blogger)

 
Hair loss as a result of cancer treatments can be devastating to a woman’s self-esteem as well as emotionally distressing as they feel others will realize they are sick. Many patients report feeling insecure about their appearance during this time and isolate themselves from others as a result of this. 
 
In our part of the world, the social pressure on maintaining one’s physical appearance makes it even harder for women to cope with the disease. They fear others finding out about their condition due to the stigma still associated with breast cancer and treating them differently. As such, the majority of Lebanese breast cancer patients rely heavily on wigs during chemotherapy to help them look and feel more like themselves again. 
 
Unfortunately, natural (human-hair) wigs which are the most comfortable, durable and physically-appealing for patients are also quite costly - especially in considering the high medical expenses and bills one incurs during treatment.
 
As part of our mission to enrich the lives of cancer patients and boost their sense of well-being during treatment, One Wig Stand launched the Make the Cut: Hair Donation Campaign to collect as many ponytails as possible from across Lebanon to be able to create and provide wigs for all those who can’t afford one.
 

SEEING A SMILE ON A PATIENT'S FACE WHEN SHE PUTS ON A WIG THAT LOOKS AND FEELS RIGHT IS THE REASON WE ARE DOING THIS. IN KNOWING WE HAVE HELPED LIGHTEN HER LOAD ON THE JOURNEY TO BEAT CANCER IS OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE THANKS TO EVERYONE'S SUPPORT AND HAIR DONATIONS.

 
Through donations collected during the first edition of the campaign, we are able to provide high-quality wigs for patients to wear for the duration of their treatment, completely free-of-charge. 

 

Patients can benefit from our wig support program all year long by simply reaching out and visiting our office. We help them find the right wig, or custom-order one to be made, so that it looks as similar to their hair as possible. Once their hair has grown back out and they no longer need it, they return it to us such that another woman many benefit from it in the future.

As of July 2013, patients have been benefiting from wigs donated to us or produced from donations received by our wig manufacturing partner Hair & More.

In order to find out more about One Wig Stand's wig support program or if you are a patient in need of a wig, please contact us on:

[email protected]

01-203112 / 79-158471

 

In only its first edition, OUR CAMPAIGN, with the support of everyone involved, has been able to not only meet but exceed its set goals.

 

Donation Goal and Support: Donors felt connected to the cause and generously snipped from their locks to support patients in need. Their donations and the touching words that came along with them were a highlight for us! Within the 9-month campaign period, we were able to exceed our set goal of 400 donations by 165 ponytails!

Buzz and Media Coverage: Media coverage and promotions allowed us to reach as many people as possible within a short time-frame. We'd like to extend a thank you to our Media Partners: TimeOutBeirut, Cloud 961 and UMagazine for their commitment as well as all the diverse media outlets that covered the event, including The Daily Star, L'Orient le Jour, Al-Balad, Min el-Ekhir (MTV), Baynetna (MTV), Helwi el-Hayat (LBC), Bi-Beirut (LBCI), Radio Orient 88.7/88.3FM (Host: Mireille Mazraani), Melody FM (Host: Vinny) and the online community (including but not limited too): Gino's Blog, Blog Baladi, L'Armoire de Lana, Life & Style & Co., Le Blog de Chanty, Rouba Abou Zeid, Closet Clause, Closet Confidential, Fashionicia, Fashion to Tracy and Talar Demirdjian.

Hair Cutting Events and Collaborations: Alongside the major hair-donation event that took place at L'Oreal's Academy in June 2013 and provided the public an opportunity to make the cut free-of-charge under the scissors of top Lebanese stylists, schools and universities organized their own drives to encourage their own communities to donate.

Plans to Expand and Regional Interest: Following several inquiries and interest in the campaign, we aim to expand the campaign to other parts of the region in the nearby future. If you are a NGO or organization interested in partnering to lead such an initiative in your country, please email us on: [email protected]