“Someone out there is going to be so happy to have my hair, and it makes me so happy knowing that” – Amba Harty
Amba Harty of Stellenbosch cut off her hair to donate it for an incredibly worthy cause – a wig for someone with cancer! Here is her inspirational story:
“I used to have very long hair for most of my life (almost to my bum!), but then I cut it into a bob. It was just a lot easier to handle. The bob grew out to where it was before I donated it, which took around one year. At the time of cutting it, my hair was around 30 centimetres long.
When this year rolled in, I was desperate for a change and had heard of how wigs could be made from donated hair. CANSA came to my high school every year, but I never had the guts to cut all my hair off until now.
I heard of Tymeless Necessity Hair through my best friend. Her mother donated her long locks to Tymeless so that they could make a wig for a friend of hers who was undergoing chemotherapy. Having heard of their positive experience, I knew that Tymeless was where I would donate my hair.
My experience with Tymeless has been incredible! Rani Chetty was so helpful and organised everything so seamlessly. I cut my hair and a couple of days later a courier was waiting at my door! No admin or stress. Everything was taken care of.
I cut all my hair off completely – right down to a number 1 shave! This allowed me to donate the most hair possible.
My advice to others thinking of donating their hair to cancer would be to donate your hair through Tymeless Necessity Hair. They are truly incredible people and make the process so easy!”
A Word From Rani Chetty – Founder of Tymeless
Hair is an important part of our looks & the way we project ourselves to the world
Tymeless Necessity Hair was formed in 2019 after Rani Chetty personally witnessed the effects of hair loss on a very close friend of hers. Rani watched as her friend – a person who was once the life of any party, full of confidence and vibrant – became voiceless, and then depression set in. Rani felt hopeless and wished she could help her friend through her hair loss journey.
After researching Hair Anatomy and Trichology, Rani decided to form a company to assist people with hair loss due to cancer and alopecia. Today Tymeless Necessity Hair based in Gauteng specialises in making wigs that naturally mimic the client’s looks so that no one knows that they are wearing a hairpiece.
Tymeless Necessity Hair is also a proud partner of Cancer South Africa (CANSA) and crafts wigs for CANSA for their various regions.
Curious to know what happens to your donated hair bundle? Read on…
Your Donated Hair Bundle
Tymeless inspires people to donate their healthy hair for a noble cause to someone who needs
The dedicated staff at Tymeless Necessity Hair treat each bundle of hair with passion, love, care, and most importantly, with the utmost respect.
“To grow one’s hair takes years of dedication. To snip it off takes a few minutes,” says Rani.
“It’s something I have embedded in our employees’ values. We have a team of dedicated and passionate men and women who are not only highly skilled and continuously strive to improve quality and keep abreast of the latest trends but who understand the value in each and every hair strand.”
Hair Loss And Cancer
Donating hair for cancer patients is both easy and rewarding and anyone can do it
While a massive emphasis is placed on beating cancer, many women battle an entirely different challenge – hair loss.
Hair loss due to chemotherapeutic agents is one of the most common adverse effects and is rated as one of the most distressing side effects of cancer therapy. The estimated incidence of chemotherapy-induced hair loss is 75%.
Anagen effluvium is the most common form of hair loss associated with cancer therapy and is usually noticed within one to two weeks of starting the treatment and becomes more apparent in the next four to eight weeks of treatment.
Even though chemotherapy-induced hair loss is a widespread and distressing side effect of cancer treatment, we have very little insight and experience on its psychosocial impact on the patients.
Hair loss can result in anxiety, depression, a negative body image, lowered self-esteem, and a reduced sense of wellbeing.
“While this may seem trivial in comparison to fighting for one’s life, remaining focussed, proud and self-assured plays a massive role in the recovery of cancer survivors,” explains Rani.
“Some studies have shown that hair loss due to chemotherapy or alopecia has a consistently negative psychological impact in both adults and children alike. In the present study, 5% of patients felt avoided by their spouse, friends, or family members. It emphasizes the fact that hair loss is associated with loss of attractiveness and sexuality”.
Rani continues to say that to donate your hair to make a wig, ponytails need to be 10 centimetres or four inches or longer. Both ends need to be secured with an elastic and placed into a plastic bag to ensure the hair remains dry and cuticles intact.
Making Magic That’s Tymeless
As soon as the hair arrives at Tymeless Necessity Hair Rani and her dedicated team get to work.
“The biggest challenge we face with donated hair is the amount of hair that is lost during the hackling process, which accounts for about 20 percent,” says Rani.
“In total, about 25% of hair is lost during the hackling and wefting process before the wig manufacturing process, which is why so often wig manufacturers are forced to use several hair donors’ hair donations to make a wig. At Tymeless, we always insist that the hair donated for a specific cause is the hair – and the only hair used in making that specific wig. If we do not have enough hair, we normally use fillers from other donors’ hair instead.”
The fillers are matched to the identical texture of the donor’s hair so that the hair is consistent throughout. The wig caps used are made using a very soft comfortable fabric, which eases the burning, itchy sensation that the patient undergoes during their treatment.
It is also critical to ensure that the root follicles remain intact and healthy for the re-growth journey for the patient. In addition, all products by Tymeless are locally manufactured.
Do you want to make a difference and give a tangible gift to someone in need? Then get in touch with Tymeless Necessity Hair today! Donating your hair can better someone else’s life and is one of the kindest – and rewarding – gestures you can make.