Donate your hair and give the gift of pure love to someone who needs it
WHAT WE DO
Our hair bands are made from soft and comfortable elastic and are designed to be worn underneath other headgear such as hats, scarves, turbans, head wraps, beanies, etc. The unique Real Fringe patented designs give the patients a “real fringe” effect (hence our name!) that looks easy and natural.
WHY WE EXIST
We were created with the hopes of empowering everyone who has lowered self-confidence and self-esteem as a result of their hair loss. We want to help patients discover a renewed sense of self-worth and normalcy. There’s not much we can do to reduce their physical challenges, so we hope through Real Fringe, we can make a real impact on the lives of these patients.
For people with Alopecia Areata, hair loss can be emotionally difficult. Many turn to itchy and uncomfortable wigs or choose to wear scarves and beanies, but still feel self-conscious about their hair loss as they go through their daily lives. For alopecia patients to be able to look in the mirror and see real human hair in their reflections can make a huge difference to their self-confidence and body image.
Undergoing cancer treatment is a scary time for oncology patients, whose lives are turned upside down by a single diagnosis. Before beginning chemotherapy treatments (or just after starting), they can get their hair cut and sent to our team at Real Fringe, who will create one head band with their real hair, creating a “fringe effect” which they can then wear under beanies, bandanas, hats, and more.
Real Fringe Hair Band Features
Real, Not Synthetic
Long hair optional
Know where it's from
The softest weave
We take dyed hair
Made in Australia
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTEHave you been personally touched by cancer or alopecia, and would like to make a difference in some way?
For many alopecia areata patients and oncology patients who have been undergoing treatment for some time, it’s not feasible for them to create Real Fringe Hair Bands with their own hair. So if you would like to contribute and give the gift of pure love, all you need to do is get a haircut! If you are cutting more than 4 inches of hair, please consider donating it to our cause. We accept both natural and coloured/dyed hair!
Download our hair donation form here, send your donation in with the completed form, and someone out there will be immensely grateful for your kindness.
For most of us, it’s just hair.
For a recipient, it means so much more.
We can help organise fundraising events, talk about our work with patients suffering from hair loss of one form or another, and other community events.
Click the button below to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to talk to you about your ideas and how we can help.
Get together with at least 3 other people, get your hair cut at the same time and raise funds to put towards the creation of Real Fringe Hair Bands for someone you love.
Click the button below to contact us about your fundraiser idea!
ORDERING REAL FRINGE HAIR BANDSWhether you are ordering some for yourself, or as a gift for a loved one, we would love to help!
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to donate my hair but it is coloured.
How long does the hair have to be?
How is hair collected from a donor?
Real Fringe Hair Bands
10 Frances Ave
How is hair collected from an Oncology patient?
Hair must be washed and dried prior to cutting. Your hairdresser needs to section the hair into a ponytail, or multiple ponytail bunches if the hair is very thick. Elastic bands are applied to the bunch of hair at the top closest to the head. The band needs to be quite tight to secure the hair during transport. The hair is then cut at least 1cm above the elastic band. The hair donation is then placed in a zip lock bag and needs to be sent via REGISTERED MAIL to:
Real Fringe Hair Bands
10 Frances Ave
How does the hair have to be cut to be donated?
What is a Real Fringe Hair Band exactly?
How do I use the band?
How much hair is on the head band?
Can my Real Fringe Hair Band have a fringe and hair at the back?
How do you know what size to make the band?
Are you a charity or a not-for-profit organisation?
How does a business apply to advertise on the Real Fringe Hair Bands website and pay for 1-4 RFHBs to be created?
How does someone nominate a family member, friend, or loved one who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, has completed chemotherapy in the last 4 months, or has alopecia to receive a Real Fringe Hair Band paid for by the company of the month?
Can I safely curl or straighten the hair on the Real Fringe Hair Band?
Can I wash the hair and band?
LATEST FROM OUR BLOG
These are the stories from behind the scenes of Real Fringe Hair Bands.
Testimonial: A Young Child With Alopecia Finds Joy I still remember the day my daughter, Mia, was officially diagnosed with Alopecia. She was one year old and had been developing small patches of hair loss for a few months. Two GPs dismissed it as normal baby hair...read more
Your Hair Donation Guide For most of us, it's just hair. For a recipient, it means so much more. Here's a simple step-by-step guide to guide you through the process of donating your hair to Real Fringe Hair Bands. It's easy as 1-2-3, we promise! Worried about whether...read more
What makes Nicole Dematos tick? Nicole Dematos is the founder of Real Fringe Hair Bands (RFHB), and she is also an oncology nurse with a passion for all things oncology and in making a true difference. “I don’t know what it was about oncology nursing, but it was...read more