After watching a documentary back in December 2017 about lack of wig supply for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, it inspired me to grow my hair as long as possible for 1 year, so that I could donate my hair to make a wig for one of the cancer patients with financial needs in Thailand.
Wigs from human hair are costly, yet a necessity because cancer patients often develop skin sensitivity while undergoing chemotherapy. By December 2018, my hair was waist length, long enough to be cut for wig making. I was advised that a minimum of 10 inches of hair would be required for wig making.
So a few days before New Year’s Eve, I went to my mom’s local hair stylist in Bangkok for a haircut. I was excited and nervous at the same time because I was not sure how much hair would be left after 10 inches were cut away. Although I had short hair in the past, it was always a bob. I never had a haircut so short that it became pixie style, so not sure if very short hair would suit me. Anyway, I reassured myself that whatever length I ended up with, my hair would grow fast, so it would all be fine in the end.
What really matters is that my hair will make a real improvement in someone’s life. Someone who really needs it. As far as I am concerned, this wig is the best New Year present I have ever given anyone.
It was a fortunate coincidence that a Thai actor was also at the salon to have his hair dyed that day. He recorded a live broadcast of my haircut, so that I could make the video below to show you the wig making process as well.
For those who are interested in participating in the good cause, your hair needs be at least 10 inches long before it can be cut to make a wig. Once you have your hair cut, it is best to find a freelance wig maker to make a wig for you, then bring the finished piece to the National Cancer Institute of Thailand. The average cost for wig making should be around 2,500 baht.