This article was co-authored by Laura Martin. Laura Martin is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Georgia. She has been a hair stylist since 2007 and a cosmetology teacher since 2013.
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If you have very long hair and are thinking of cutting it, there are buyers all around the world who might pay a good price for hair they can use to create wigs, extensions, jewelry, and other products. Buyers are searching for hair that hasn't been dyed or otherwise treated. The longer and healthier your hair, the higher the price it will fetch.
Part 1Part 1 of 3:Getting Your Hair in Shape to Sell Download Article
- 1Keep your hair untreated. Untreated hair, known as "virgin" hair, fetches a much higher price than hair that has been dyed, chemically straightened or chemically permed. These processes leave hair damaged, and buyers want hair that's in pristine shape. If your hair has been treated, you can still sell it as long as it isn't damaged. It just won't sell for as much money as virgin hair.XResearch source
- If your hair has significant chemical damage from straightening, curling, or dyeing, you may not be able to sell it.
- 2Don't use heat to style it. When you've decided you want to sell your hair, stop using hair dryers, curling irons, straightening irons or any other heating tool to style your hair. Heat damages hair and causes it to break, so it will be seen has having less value than hair that has never been damaged. Let your hair be completely natural in the months leading up to the sale.XResearch source
- You might also want to avoid letting your hair get sun damaged. Wear a hat when you're going to spend a long time in the sun.
- Pool chlorine also has a drying effect on hair.
- 3Wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo two to three times a week. Sulfates dry out hair, leaving it more prone to getting brittle and breaking. Washing every day is also drying since you're rinsing away the natural oils that help your hair stay shiny and strong. Wash with an all-natural shampoo two to three times a week to keep your hair as healthy as possible.
- 4Keep your body healthy. A healthy body will produce healthy, vibrant hair. If your body isn't very healthy, your hair may look dull as a result.XResearch source In the months leading up to selling your hair, do the following to keep it looking good:
- Eat plenty of protein, complex carbs, fruits, and vegetables, all of which help hair look strong and shiny. Good foods include salmon, eggs, whole wheat cereal, and spinach.
- Stay hydrated so your hair doesn't look dry and dull.
- Avoid smoking, since cigarette smoke can make your hair smell as well as clinging to it and making it look dull.
- 5Grow it out to an even length. You want to grow it out to at least 10 inches (25.4 cm); the longer, the better, since every extra inch fetches more money. Avoid getting layers at the hair salon, since most buyers want hair that's all the same length at the bottom. Get slight trims every so often to keep split ends at bay, so that your hair can grow long and strong.XResearch source
- 6Deep condition your hair once a week. Buy a deep conditioning mask from the store, and apply it to your hair. Let it sit for at least ten minutes before rinsing it out. This will keep your hair healthy and shiny.
- 7Don't cut your hair until you find someone to buy it. You get better money when the hair is fresh cut. Buyers are typically looking or hair that has its natural oils. Old cut hair tends to dry out and lose its shine.XResearch source
Part 2Part 2 of 3:Finding a Buyer Download Article
- 1Decide if you want to sell it through a third party website. The highest prices for hair are fetched through third-party websites. You post a picture of your hair along with descriptive details, and your information appears in a list for prospective buyers to browse. If someone wants to buy your hair, they contact you through the site, you agree on a price, and you receive payment before cutting and sending your hair.XResearch source
- Hair that's long, well-cared for and unique in color, texture or origin fetches the highest prices. Twenty-four inches of wavy red virgin hair could fetch upward of $1,000. Twelve inches of straight natural blonde hair might fetch $300 or so. Third party sites have hair price calculators to help you determine how much to charge.
- You'll set up an account, then follow the steps to upload a picture, the price and other details, then wait for a buyer to contact you.
- If you go this route, do not cut and send your hair before you receive payment. Take a picture of the hair while it's still on your head, receive payment, then cut and send your hair. This will help prevent you from getting scammed.
- 2Consider selling directly to a wig company. If you're looking for a quicker, easier option, look into wig companies that buy lengths of hair. You'll get paid less for your hair, but it's a surer bet that you'll be able to sell it. Search online for companies and call those with reputable sites to discuss the terms. In most cases you'll get a quote for how much they'll be able to pay. You'll then cut and send your hair, and receive payment after it has been processed.
- Wig companies have specific requirements regarding how the hair should be cared for and packaged before it's sent.
- In many cases they pay by length and weight. Since they cut off several inches to remove split ends, they only pay for the usable length of hair.
- 3Beware of scams. Hair is a valuable commodity, and there are people ready to take advantage of women who need to sell their hair to make money. Do your research before you sell your hair. Get more than one opinion about how much it's worth before you cut it off to sell it. Most importantly, unless you have already made a deal with a reputable wig company, do not cut off your hair until you have the buyer's payment in the bank.
- Fraud is a problem for both buyer and seller. Buyers may want to perform the cut or use a known salon to ensure it's real human hair and not misrepresented animal hair or cut from a wig.
- PayPal is often a better choice than mailing money orders or Western Union because less chance of any disputes for money "claimed" to have been sent. It's also highly recommended to send it with a tracking code so that the buyer can follow the package.XResearch source
- 4Consider donating your hair if it won't sell. Not all hair is sellable, unfortunately. Some textures and colors are less desirable to buyers hoping to make expensive wigs and extensions. However, there are companies who would happily take your hair if you've already cut it off and wish to donate it.XResearch source
- Wigs for Kids, Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Children With Hair Loss, Pantene Beautiful Length and Locks of Love are well-known organizations that uses donated hair to make wigs for people in need. There are many others, too. If you are in the UK, consider donating your hair to Little Princess Trust, or Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids Of Michigan, Locks Of Love and Children With Hair Loss, which all accept hair from all over the world. However, Pantene Beautiful Lengths currently does not accept hair from anywhere but America.
Part 3Part 3 of 3:Cutting and Packaging Your Hair Download Article
- 1Have your hair professionally cut if possible. Tell the stylist you're donating/selling your hair and that you want it cut as evenly as possible. Give very specific instructions, and don't let the stylist add layers or texture until after the hair has been cut.
- Your hair needs to be completely dry, so ask your stylist to make sure it is dry, and possibly use a hair dryer. Make sure, if you use a hair dryer, you keep it on low heat as high heat from hair dryers and heat tools can damage your hair.
- Don't use products or heat tools on the hair before cutting.
- 2Bundle your hair into a tight ponytail. Don't use holders with metal or rubber bands because these will break hair strand. Bundle it right at the nape of your neck, where you'll be able to cut your hair as short as you can and still keep it all the same length. The stylist should cut your hair just above the ponytail holder.
- Use a few ponytail holders to secure the ponytail or braid at a few points down its length, so that it does not come loose.
- Transfer the hair directly to a strong plastic zipper bag to protect it before sending.
- 3Send the hair according the agreement you made. Package it in a tightly-sealed container so it doesn't get wet or dirty, and send it off to the buyer. Make sure to send it with a tracking code so that the buyer can follow the package.
- QuestionMy hair was cut and put into a band, but it has come out of its band. Can I still sell it?Laura MartinLaura Martin is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Georgia. She has been a hair stylist since 2007 and a cosmetology teacher since 2013.
Professional Hair StylistProfessional Hair StylistExpert AnswerIf the hair is loose but hasn't moved around too much you should be able to gently detangle and re-band it. If it has gotten so tangled that it's facing different directions it will be hard to sell.
- QuestionCan I sell my hair if it is graying?Laura MartinLaura Martin is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Georgia. She has been a hair stylist since 2007 and a cosmetology teacher since 2013.
Professional Hair StylistProfessional Hair StylistExpert AnswerYes. In fact, if your hair is fully gray it is very valuable and should fetch a high price. But even salt and pepper hair can be sold.
- QuestionHow much can I get if the hair is in 20 inches?Community AnswerTwenty inches can fetch a lot of money. Is it straight, wavy, what colour? Straight blonde/brown/black will fetch about £500-600. Straight red will fetch about £550-650. Wavy blonde/brown/ black - 700-800. Wavy red - 750-850. Curly blonde/brown/black - 900. Curly red - 1000. Remember all hair sells at different amounts at different companies, and these results are for about twenty inches.
- QuestionWould would my black and healthy, 153 cm long hair be used for if I sell it?Community AnswerIt would probably be used to make extensions instead of a wig, because the wig would be too long. You will get from $2,000 to $2,100 if you sell it.
- QuestionI'm a man and I have about ten inches of hair. I plan to shave my head, would my hair be worth something?Community AnswerYes, it doesn't matter if you're male or female, as longer as the hair is healthy.
- QuestionI want to sell my hair. Never dyed, colored or dried! All naturally taken care of, curly dark brown about 16 inches. Any tips?Community AnswerMaybe grow it to 18-20" before cutting, and you will probably get around £400-£600 in English pounds, or in USA dollars, about $570 - $855. In Indian rupees, you might get about 57277.
- QuestionI have some cut-off hair from 1926. How much is that worth?Community AnswerIt is probably worth next to nothing. It will have lost natural oils and become dry and dull. If it is hair from someone renowned, donate it to a museum.
- QuestionWhat if my hair is part natural and part dyed?Community AnswerStill sell it, just you won't get as much money. Or, cut your hair off, then cut the dyed bit off and sell the virgin bit.
- QuestionWhich shampoos should I use if I want to sell my hair?Community AnswerIt may sound weird, but I go for mane and tail shampoo, which is specifically known for keeping long hair healthy.
- QuestionHow can I sell my dreadlocks?Community AnswerNo one will buy dreadlocks; they aren't useful.
- If you are growing your hair out to sell it, then avoid dying, bleaching, perming or blow drying your hair. When you can offer "Virgin" hair, you will get more money.
- Prices are lowest for hair under 20" inches because longer wigs and extensions are far more popular. Higher offers are for lengths over 28" inches. Price offers are based on length and overall fullness measured by weight after cutting. One length hair or blunt cut ends remain the buyers top choice since the length is constant without mousy thinning out at the ends.
- Try to live in a smoke and drug free environment. People want hair of the best quality.
- There are many programs where you can donate your hair to be made into wigs for sick people. These help people who may not be able to afford wigs get them.
- When posting pictures of your hair for selling it, make sure to get pictures taken outside in bright sunshine. This shows off the natural highlights of your hair much better than indoor lighting. Add pictures of your hair alongside a ruler, to show current length. Make sure to mark the point at which the cut would be made with a hair tie so the buyer knows how much they are getting.
- Natural colors ranging from Golden blonde being the most sought, then Brunette shades, followed by Reds, trailing to dark black being the most common.
- Adults who have had cancer treatments also need wigs. Donating your hair will make a world of difference to a child.
- Make sure that you do not add to the hair that has been cut. Just use the hair with the rubber band on it.
- Beware of scammers out of there, they will try to use several methods to rip you off. Accept PayPal only as a payment method.
About This Article
Before you try to sell your hair, keep in mind that you may not be able to sell it if it's damaged from being dyed or chemically treated. You'll also need to grow it out to at least 10 inches and keep it at a uniform length without any layers. Once your hair is long and healthy enough, look for opportunities to sell it on third-party websites, where you may be able to earn hundreds or even thousands of dollars for your hair. Or, you can sell directly to a wig company, which is usually easier but less profitable. For more tips from our Cosmetologist co-author, like how to avoid scams, read on!