Believe it or not there is high demand for human hair. Wigmakers, hair extension companies, collectors and even some jewelers are willing to pay as much as $2000 a pop for healthy long locks of hair.
So how do you prepare your hair for selling? Where exactly can you sell your hair? What are the non-paid charitable options? This article explains everything you will need to know to begin selling your tresses.
Requirements for Selling Your Hair
Before you go any further, you will need to determine whether or not you will be able to sell your hair. Here are the principal requirements:
- Your hair will need to be longer than 10 inches.
- You will be expected to have healthy “virgin hair,” meaning that your hair is free from chemical treatment such as dye, perms or bleach. (If you hair has been treated, you may still be able to sell but for a lesser price)
- The cut hair will have to be properly prepared as per the guidelines of the buyer.
Should You Donate or Sell Your Hair?
There are some outstanding charitable organizations that will happily accept your donations, and if your current financial situation allows this is something you might consider.
Locks of Love is one organization that provides hair pieces for financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. A google search for “where to donate hair,” will provide a few other options.
How Much Can You Make?
If you do decide to sell you hair, the amount you can make will vary hugely depending on the hair’s color, length, quality and how well you market it. For very long hair that is of great quality and a color sought after, it is possible to earn in excess of $2000. But most hair is sold for about $300 to $900.
Preparing Your Hair for the Sale
Once you know that you want to sell your hair, you can start preparing it for the best possible price.
- The longer your hair is the more it will sell for, so you may decide to bide your time before selling. Bear in mind that hair grows an average of 6 inches a year.
- The foods that you consume have an impact on the condition of your hair, so eat healthily.
- Avoid smoking and drugs as this can have a detrimental affect on your hair.
- Do not shampoo your hair every day as this strips it of it’s natural oils.
- Be gentle when you brush your hair.
Listing and Marketing Your Hair
The easiest place to sell you hair is on specialized websites (check out the resources below). Use these listing tips to ensure that you receive the best possible price for your hair :
- Photos of your hair are of course crucial. Take various shots from different angles (before it has been cut).
- Before photographing, wash and rinse your hair with cold water to increase shine. Proceed to brush well.
- You might also want to consider trimming split ends along with some minimal styling in order to make the hair look it’s natural best.
- Have the photos taken in natural light, preferably on sunny day. It is difficult to take pictures of your own hair, so have someone else take them for you.
- Make sure to provide a detailed description of the length and quality of the hair, including, your health habits and living conditions (ie. a non-smoking environment). You should also give a rough dollar amount for what you would like to receive from your hair sale.
Payment will most commonly be sent via PayPal. If you don’t have an account then opening one can be done in a matter of minutes.
Checks and money orders may also be occasionally sent, but whichever form of payment you receive, make sure to let it clear before you dispatch the sold hair.
Be wary of scams. You shouldn’t have to pay anything to sell other than perhaps a small listing fee depending on the website you are using. For best peace of mind stick to using the most common hair-selling websites that already have a solid reputation.
Cutting and Sending Your Hair
- Don’t cut or send your hair until it has been sold. This protects you in the case of a fraudulent buyer or a buyer pulling out of the sale.
- If your hair is very long, consider getting it braided before cutting. Otherwise, keep it bundled with a rubber band around the top.
- Package your hair in an airtight bag or padded mailer. Don’t send it until you’ve received payment.
- Send the hair insured and with delivery confirmation to ensure that it is received. Sending with delivery confirmation also gives you seller protection when using PayPal.
Resources: Where to Sell Your Hair
The most common hair selling websites are BuyAndSellHair, SelllHairStore, Hairwork and HairSellOn (listings here are free and the site has a useful hair price calculator tool). It is also possible to sell hair on eBay although it will probably not fetch as much as it would on the specialized websites.