Can you sell your hair for money?
It may sound crazy, but you actually can!
I admit, it is one of those weird and crazy ways of making money but people do it.
Apparently, there is a good market demand for it.
If you have lovely, long, luxurious hair which you are thinking of cutting short, you may be interested in how you can make money selling your hair.
Long hair can be time-consuming to maintain. For some, it is also inconvenient or difficult to style in a hurry, especially in today’s busy lifestyle.
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Hair traders are willing to pay handsomely for your lovely locks.
What will I learn?
Where to Sell Your Hair for Cash
You can do this either online or locally.
Here are some websites and places you can try:
HairSellon claims it is “the biggest and best online hair sale marketplace!”
You can use the site to sell your own hair, unprocessed hair or processed hair.
It works like a big classified site but just for buying and selling hair and related stuff.
You do have to pay listing fees that range from $15 to $50.
The good news is listing fees are the only fees they take. They do not take sales commissions. Once your hair sells and the buyer pays, the money gest transferred to your PayPal account.
As for how much you can sell your hair for, it depends on the texter, color, length and other factors. In one of the reviews, a woman says she was able to sell her hair for $4,000 here!
To find out how much your hair is worth, check out their handy Hair Price Calculator.
This is a hair-specific classified site, sort of like Craigslist, but only for selling hair.
The downside is that unlike Craigslist they charge you a listing fee starting at $8 for a two weeks listing.
That said, the plus is that this is a well-known site to hair buyers, and your chances of selling your hair are much better than selling on a general classified site.
This site was originally built for people to make extra money selling their hair. But it has since expanded and besides selling hair, people now sell artwork that includes hair.
You can create a listing and sell your hair directly to buyers. Now you may have a hard time navigating the site since it has a very weird design that is still stuck in the 90s.
They pay anywhere between $3-$5 per oz of hair if it passes the industry standards.
To sell your hair to this company, your hair must be at least 12 inches long.
5. Buy and Sell Hair
This is another site that was designed exclusively for people to buy and sell hair.
According to the company, their site gets the “highest traffic, the most sales and the highest prices for your hair in comparison to other hair trading websites.”
Most recent listing that I looked at start at over $250. So people seem to pay decent money for good log hair.
You do have to pay a one-time listing fee of $14.50 for 3 months. Besides that, there are no commissions or other kinds of fees.
Gumtree is one of the biggest online classifieds sites in the UK.
It’s basically the UK version of Craigslist and is just as popular.
You can sell anything including your hair.
By the way, when selling stuff locally, please be safe. Always meet in public areas. Your town may even be one of those that use their police station as a designated area for buyers and sellers to meet up and exchange cash for goods.
7. Facebook Marketplace
I think Facebook Marketplace is overlooked by a lot of people mostly because most peo9pell think of Facebook only as a place to share pictures and posts. But Facebook Marketplace is a great way to buy and sell stuff locally.
You can create a listing in minutes and the best part is that you can use your Facebook account to promote your listing by sharing your listing.
Update: The site is down.
This was one of the original hair selling sites that was even featured on Good Morning America. They were getting over a thousand requests from people who wanted to sell their hair every day.
Craigslist is still the king of selling ANYTHING locally for quick cash. All you have to do is create a short listing and wait for potential buyers to contact you.
Be sure to add a few pictures of your hair. People usually respond faster to ads with listing on Craigslist and other classified sites like Craigslist.
If you want to target potential buyers not just in your local area but nationwide or even internationally, you can try selling your hair on eBay.
The process is the same as with selling anything else. You create a listing and can either set a price and sell it that way or create an auction and sell it to the highest bidder.
You can also try selling on other sites like eBay.
OK, hear me out…
Instagram users post a lot of fashion and beauty related pictures, so I’d think this would be a great place to post an ad selling your hair. You already have a targeted and very interested pool of potential buyers.
And it’s free to post on Instagram. Give it a try, it might just work for you.
Use Local Selling Apps
There are a lot of great apps for selling stuff locally these days. You can create a listing just as you would with classified sites.
These apps are usually free to use and you can make your listing in a few minutes.
Here are some of the best ones to try:
Tips for Selling Your Hair Locally
This is a little bit more time-consuming and requires a bit leg work but it’s doable. You need to find people in your local area who buy hair or pay for your hair either cut or attached to your head. For example, many hair salons have their own hairstyle models. You could become one.
Usually, you are paid a small payment as well as a free hair cut. Simply check with your local hair salons to see if any of them is looking for a hairstyle model. You can also check the newspaper ads, Craigslist and Yellow pages listing for that.
Now, if you are not in it for the money or perhaps can’t find anyone to sell your hair to, you can donate your hair to a cancer or children organizations such as LocksOfLove that makes wigs for cancer patients.
You don’t get any money out of this deal, but you make a cancer patient’s life a little happier along with your own life.
It’ll be easier to sell your hair if you provide good photos and clear descriptions.
Here are a few suggestions as to what details to include:
- The length of hair you are selling
- The colour of your hair
- The texture of your hair, whether it is thick, curly, straight, etc.
- How often you wash and style your hair
- What you generally use to style your hair, such as styling products, blow dryers, or curling irons
- Whether you smoke or drink alcohol
- How healthy your diet is
- Don’t be afraid to promote your hair for how good it is, you need to make people want to buy your hair, but be honest.
How Much Can You Get for Your Hair?
It really depends on many factors including the length and color of your hair. When you are deciding how much to charge for your hair, take a look at other similar listings to get an idea of what the market price is, it could range anywhere from the high hundreds to a few thousand.
There are a few ways things you need to know first before you cut your hair so that you can make the most out of it.
- It’s best to wait until your customer has paid you before you go cutting your hair.
- If your hair is shorter than 10 inches, has been colored, bleached, permed, has grey hairs or you smoke, it is unlikely that you will be able to sell your hair.
- Be careful not to disclose your identity or home address for your own protection when selling online. Do not include your full name in the listing, and if your email address includes your name, set up and use an alternative email.
- Buyers are in search of hair that is not styled too often, is not washed daily, and the longer the better. Maintain your hair in the most natural state you can and grow it out as long as possible while still keeping it in a good, healthy condition to get the best price for your hair.
Is it Worth It?
Well, if you need money quickly, it is worth it.
You probably won’t be able to pay your rent with it, but you can definitely make some extra cash.
And the best part is that selling your hair for money is easy and can be done a few times a year if your hair grows fast.
Its very useful site
Thanks Lorena. I’m Glad you find it useful.
We buy hair in the Minneapolis area and we pay especially well if you will model the makeover for us.
What company is this, James?
Let me know if you are still buying hair. My girls are looking to cut their hair and each have 12-15 inches to cut. Hair has never been colored.
Megan, I do not buy hair. You could however, use the sites mentioned in this post to go about selling your daughters’ hair.
Hi James, I’m interested in finding out more! Thank you!!
Hi .. a janes…. I live in Tucson AZ.. and have 36 inches im looking to sell… Please contact me… Sheriah28@gmail. Com
Where at? I live in the Duluth area I have 17 inches of virgin brown hair
I have between 26 and 33 inches it’s in a braid already cut dark brown with some gray
Okay I’m a 55 year old male 14 inches of fine soft straight hair brown never use hair dryer curling iron styled permed or died washed every 3 days
Give some of these sites/people a call and see what you can get for your hair, Ron.
I have 24 inches of medium brown hair, naturally curly, Virgin hair, I wash once a week. Non smoker. I would like to sell my hair locally. But I am having trouble finding where to go.
I have 24 to 30 inches of hair that I am willing to sell. Its blonde and straight. about 2 to 3 inches thick I did dye it about 10 yrs ago. I’m 29 and I never curl it or straighten it. Always all natural. Please email me if interested. (email removed)
“locks of Love” sounds like a great effort, but actually they sell most of the donated hair to wholesalers, so most of the hair they get isn’t used for cancer patients : (
I didn’t know about that, Susan. Can you direct me to a source where you read/heard that?
Renee D Mullins
Yes I read that as well.
Your website is great and has lots of information I find very useful. I’m 42 years old and I’ve never colored or styled or used any hair product. I have very sensitive skin and have only washed my hair once a week for the last 25 years, but I do smoke am I going to be able to sell my hair?
Thanks for the kind words, Mark.
I don’t think smoking alone should be an issue, but I am not sure. The best way to find out is to contact the companies we listed.
hi what happen to the hairs cut at salons …
is their any site which buy bulf hairs..
Hi my name is Paul, I have been thinking of cutting and selling my hair.I hear there is a market for this, and I’m usually cutting my hair3times a year because it grows so quickly. Is there any places near by the inland empire California area that I can contact or vice versa. My hair is10 -12 inches long, curly, salt and pepper color, natural never been colored, washes once weekly. Never use instruments, or dryers, sprays or oils of any hair product s, dries naturally, comb with fingers only. Also light smoker. Anyone interested please email.
I’m in New Delhi, India, how do i sell my hair from here, it’s around 13inches.
You’d have to contact these companies directly, Vungzawl.