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How to Sell Your Hair for Cash

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Have long hair and need to raise some extra cash? Selling your hair could be the answer.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Verify your eligibility. Buyers are looking for healthy, "virgin" hair that is 10 inches long or longer. If your hair has been dyed, bleached, permed or you're a smoker, you aren't likely to find a buyer.
  2. Choose a listing site. There are several websites that specialize in hair sales. Spend some time looking at each one to determine which will work best for you. A couple to consider:
  3. Write up your listing. To increase your chance of a sale, include several photos of your hair, along with a good description of its condition. A few things to mention:
    • The length of your hair (or the length that you're offering)
    • Details about the color and texture of your hair (Is it thick? Straight? Curly?)
    • Details about your hair care habits (How often do you wash your hair? Do you use styling products, A blow dryer? Irons?)
    • Details about your lifestyle (Do you smoke? Drink? Eat well?
    Keep in Mind: Your listing should be used to talk up the health and desirability of your hair.
  4. Set an asking price. Look through other listings (both current and completed) to determine a fair market value for your hair. Be sure to compare your hair to similar listings, or you may not arrive at an accurate figure. (Prices in the high hundreds to low thousands are common).
  5. Make your sale. Once you've reached an agreement with a buyer, cut and ship your hair according to the buyer's specifications. For your protection, do not ship the hair until a full payment has been received (usually handled through PayPal). Also consider purchasing delivery confirmation and insurance.

Tips:

  1. When selling anything online, it's best to keep your identity hidden. Avoid using your full name in your listing, and consider setting up a separate e-mail address to handle questions from potential buyers.
  2. Longer hair is worth more. If you're interested in selling yours, consider growing it out first.
  3. Hair that is washed daily is less valuable to buyers.

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