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It’s interesting that many visitors to this site come through a recommendation. Or simply through a Google search – or through some search item that leads to us.

“Search item” is a good expression when it comes to the subjects of hair, hair replacement and donations. Because you, like other people, are surely searching for something. A good hairdresser locally, perhaps. Or guidance on the subject of hair and hair replacement. Or why it is rewarding to donate hair, and how it works. To find answers, read on:

Where do I send my ponytail?

You send your ponytail to us, or your hairdresser sends it.

What is a direct donation?

There are donors, often young people, who prefer to send in their ponytail themselves. In this case, they send their hair to us directly.

Who are you and what do you do?

We are a classic hairdressing business, operating in the second generation, that has specialised in the fields of thin and fine hair, second hair and hair replacement.

What happens to my hair?

Depending on its length, hairpieces and real-hair wigs are made with your hair.

Who gets my hair?

The wigs are provided to people who suffer from acute or illness-related hair loss and need replacement hair.

Why is “real hair” so important?

For people who are ill, in this phase of their lives real hair that feels and looks like their own hair is especially important.

Do I get confirmation that my hair has arrived?

Of course. For this, we need your contact details.

What kind of projects do you support?

With your ponytail and our donations of money, training projects are supported that give young people from slums and crisis-hit areas in the world proper training to qualify as a hairdresser – and thus give them a future in which they run their own lives.

How long does my hair have to be?

30 centimetres is ideal. Give a few centimetres more if you can. The longer your hair, the more useful it is.

Is the length of the ponytail the length of the wig, too?

For knotting the hair, we need about 5 centimetres. This means that the wig is not quite as long as the ponytail.

What is the best way to cut it off?

Your hair should be newly washed but dry. Simply wind your hair into two ponytails and tie them together with a strong thread or a hair tie. If you cut the hair yourself, make sure the scissors are sharp. Even better: ask your hairdresser.

Why should I go to my hairdresser to donate hair?

Quite simply because the results are better. Your hairdresser advises you about your cut and style. When donating hair, less can be more. And really short hair can look really good.

Does the hairdresser earn money with my ponytail?

Your hairdresser simply passes on the donated hair to us. Otherwise, for you it is a completely normal visit to the hair salon: consultation, cutting, care, styling. Just the way you want it. If you prefer, you can also send your ponytail to us yourself.

Do I have to pay the postage costs myself when I mail in my donation of hair?

We pay these costs – whether you send the hair to us yourself or via your hairdresser

How much hair is needed for a wig?

Sometimes three or even more ponytails are used. Using a knotting needle, the hairs are knotted individually into the foundation, which is a finely woven net.

Can I donate dyed hair?

This is possible. However, hair that has been dyed or made blond often breaks very easily and cannot then be knotted. Hair in its natural condition is best suited to making wigs.

Does the colour of my hair matter when I donate it?

Red or brown, blond or grey – every donation of hair is valuable.

What about fine, smooth hair, or thick, curly hair?

The structure of the hair does not really matter. What counts is its length. Fine hair, too, is needed for producing wigs, And curls are very popular.

How valuable is my hair?

Every donation of hair is valuable. We assess your hair according to its length, weight and condition. For production, all hair must have a uniform length. In a special process we comb the short lower hairs out of the ponytails.

Can I donate along with friends?

Yes, you can send us a joint hair donation. But it is important that the individual ponytails are separate.

How quickly will my hair grow again?

Normally hair grows by one or one-and-a-half centimetres per month. The hair of young people often grows by two centimetres a month. So thirty centimetres grow back again quickly in two years.

Can I donate hair from other people?

Every donation is welcome – perhaps your aunt or grandmother has an old ponytail in a drawer. This is often the case. Ask them.

What do I gain from donating?

You do good. You support a social project. And you do something for us and our trade: for young hairdressers.

Where can I see that something happens thanks to the donations?

We at Intercoiffure work with and, making donations direct to our organisation Take a look at the various associated projects that have already been carried out. Our curiosity is great. And soon, when we can travel again, we will show images here of the projects that we support.

Who is Intercoiffure?

Intercoiffure is a community of hairdressers who are characterised by outstanding craftsmanship thanks to their excellence and their remarkable commitment to quality. At present, about 300 premium hairdressers in Germany are permitted to use the Intercoiffure seal of quality. Globally there are some 2,800 Intercoiffure hairdressers in 45 countries.

What is Education for Life?

Education for Life is an aid programme run by the association Intercoiffure Charity Deutschland e.V., which collects and encourages financial donations for educational projects. It benefits young people from slums and areas of crisis around the world who receive proper training to qualify as a hairdressers. And in this way they get a future.

Production in Germany. Does that make sense1/2?

We love craftsmanship and we live tradition. And we believe in Germany as a production site. That’s crazy, some say. We say it’s possible. We have made a start, and are now gaining experience in Germany and its neighbouring countries. For example in production of especially suitable foundation thread that we are testing at present with a committed expert from the university here in Augsburg. And this is not the only network that we are creating: here too, the normal way of doing things is changing. A lot of people with special skills have lost their jobs. Offices and production facilities will no longer be needed in future. In a home office, it is possible to spend time temporarily knotting a wig. It’s worth a try. And it might be a new way forward.

How can I help you with this?

If you like our mission, tell other people about our activities. Or tell them how worthwhile it is to go to a good, qualified hairdresser. Or to be a hairdresser yourself. We give training. Especially for qualifications in the field of hair replacement.