For those of us with early signs of male pattern baldness, selling your hair for money might not be an option. However, for you folks with long, luxurious locks you might have a cash cow atop your head. “Hair traders,” as they are known, will pay hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars for human hair.
The buyers will usually request 12 inches of hair or more of you hair. They will then use your hair to fashion a wig for themselves or to resell. Of course, the longer and healthier your hair, the more money it can fetch.
You probably already know that there are a number of organizations that seek people to donate hair. They are very laudable charities and I encourage you to check them out, but if you are looking to sell your hair, here is what you will need to know:
1. Treat your hair with kindness
If you start every summer by bleaching your hair you aren’t going to be able to sell your hair online. Buyers are looking for uncolored and untreated hair. Your hair should be healthy and free of split ends. In fact, buyers will want to know your entire hair history including whether you smoke, how often you wash your hair, and even what your diet is like. As you might imagine, the more attractive and shiny your hair, the higher the bids will be.
2. Find a reputable company
Hairwork.com is considered one of the top places to sell your hair online. Their website isn’t very fancy, but the owners estimate that about 65% of all online human hair sales are sold on their site. The way that it works is that you, the seller, have to purchase an ad for $20.
You’ll need to post several pictures along with some details about your hair including the exact length and circumference. Some buyers request a specific asking price while others partake in a blind auction of sorts by requesting bids. You choose which offer is acceptable and then complete the sale with the buyer off of the site. They will usually give you shipping instructions including how to pack your hair.
3. Pick a new hairstyle
Here’s a word to the wise. If you so decide to sell your hair, make sure that you have a new hairstyle picked out first. Cutting off the majority of your hair can be a shocking and unsettling experience to some. It’s best if you have a new hairstyle picked out that you are excited about. It might make the process a bit easier.
Has anybody ever considered selling or donating their hair? Let me know what you think in the comments.
Good luck Penny Hoarders!