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How to Sell Your Hair for Cash

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HairLooking to make a few bucks quickly?

Look no further than the mirror.

If you have hair longer than 10 inches that has ideally not been chemically treated, you can sell it and make some quick cash. Unlike other ways you can make money through parts of you, such as selling bodily fluids, selling your hair is non-invasive, and if you continue to grow it, you can sell it every year or wait a few years to make even more money.

There is a thriving hair market thanks to doll makers and those who wear weaves and other hair pieces. Some people even use human hair for jewelry and other crafts. The more unique your hair is, based on color and texture, the more it may fetch.

How to Take Care of Your Hair

People buying hair care about the quality. While there is not much you can do about the color (without chemically treating it) or the texture, you can do plenty of things to keep your hair in its best condition.

  • Don’t wash it every day or you will remove the natural oils
  • Don’t chemically treat your hair
  • Brush your hair gently to avoid breakage
  • Eat a healthy diet and take vitamins
  • Don’t take drugs, use alcohol, or smoke
  • Have it trimmed regularly to remove split and dead ends

Where to Sell Your Hair

There are several different venues where you can sell your hair.

eBay:  The blogger I mentioned above sold her hair on eBay. She only paid for the cost of the auction and the seller’s fees. The buyer pays the shipping. This is a great site to use if you want to make money quickly as most auctions only last a week, but you can’t be fussy about the price you get. Ebay may not be the place people naturally go to look for hair, though. There are other sites solely dedicated to the human hair market.

Hairwork:  This site is solely for those looking to sell and buy human hair as well as those who make crafts and other items out of human hair. Some people don’t cut  their hair until it has already been purchased. This site costs $20 to list your hair for 3 months. Use this site or the next site listed below if you aren’t in a hurry to sell your hair and want to earn premium money for your hair.

Online Hair Affair:  This site requires that you login before you can access any of the information such as what hair is being sold. You will pay $10 on this site to list your hair.

You can increase your chances of making a tidy sum by having quality photos and detailed descriptions. Many people take pictures of the back of their heads so people can see how long the hair is and what the texture and color look like. Taking these pictures in natural sunlight is best. Also, remember not to ship your hair until you have received payment as there are some fraudulent buyers out there.

Lastly, remember if you don’t have a desire to make money from your hair, you can always donate to a charitable organization like Locks of Love which makes wigs for financially disadvantaged children who are suffering from long-term hair loss.

Have you sold your hair for money? Would you consider it?

(Photo: ohcream)

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16 Responses to “How to Sell Your Hair for Cash”

  1. Colin says:

    Locks of Love charge the cancer patients for the wigs. Being in a family that has had radiation and chemo, another bill is not something that should be added during the process.

    http://www.locksoflove.org/faq.html#Ac5

    Other options:
    http://www.wigsforkids.org/
    http://www.pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/Pages/default.aspx

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks for the alternate links, Colin! I cut a ponytail of the appropriate length for donation off, but then found out that Locks of Love is not well-loved by the cancer patient community. :-/ I’ve been trying to figure out where else I could donate the hair to since then! Now I can mail it off today :)

      • Mark says:

        I also heard stories about Locks of love, so I decided to look for another option.

        There is Pantenes Beautiful Lengths program: Pantene.com/Beautifullengths, but I prefer Wigs for Kids. All the info is on thier site: Wigsforkids.org.

      • Bryna says:

        There is also a group called “Wigs for Kids”. Even if you have only 4 inches of hair, they’ll use it! They take the shorter hair and sell it to doll makers to help fund the production of wigs. Check them out! :)

  2. Yet another disadvantage of male pattern baldness. :)

  3. This is hilarious—I never would have thought pf this!!!

  4. Sally says:

    Aren’t there any sites that would be free to list your hair? Lol. Seriously though, selling your hair for cash is quite an ingenious way to make money.

    • Jen says:

      Yes, there are. However, the one I used 4 years ago doesn’t seem to be the same company/website. It was called Hairtrader.com. There is a hairtrader.org, which looks completely different, but might be free. I just posted about this so feel free to read my post.

  5. Kurt’s post made me laugh aloud. I know several people who have donated to Locks of Love. The beauty shops make it really easy, they mail your hair in for you. It is a real feel good program.

    • Mark says:

      Not really. Locks of love sells the wigs to the patient. Also they sell most of thier donations to companies overseas.

  6. Pam says:

    I think instantly you can cash buy sell your hair. It’s true beside side affect also.

  7. I think it’s so cool that you can sell your hair. A friend of mine sold her hair and it went to a great cause. She felt good, got a hair cut (for free!) and got money from her hair. It’s a win-win.

  8. longhair DO care says:

    Hmmm, what would someone pay for 3 ft of light brown/auburn naturally curly hair ? It’s uncolored , chemical free , never exposed to any kind of treatment ( ASIDE FROM DEEP CONDITIONING)
    How much is this valued , and what are some of my advantages?

  9. Steph says:

    Locks of Love uses a sliding fee scale, so those with more financial need pay little to nothing for their wig. They sell the unusable strands (too short, grey, etc.) to offset some of the costs. Keep in mind that a non-profit does not mean that the company doesn’t money, it means that they reinvest their profits back into the company rather than giving it to share holders.

  10. Mark says:

    I havent decied yet but Im leaning towards donating to Wigs for Kids, wigsforkids.org.

    I have heard the stories about Locks of love and don’t think that they are the kind of company I want to deal with.

    I called Wigs for Kids, got straightforward answers and think thats my option. It also has a link to local salons that will cut your hair for free or a discount. For me its s no-brainer as they are also close to my home, so its like helping my local community as well.


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