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Japan is seeing a rise in hair donation programs to make medical wigs for children with cancer and other illnesses.
However, according to Kyodo, a lack of knowledge among donors and a shortage of manufacturers are holding back progress in this area.
Hitomi Iwaoka, general secretary of the Aichi Prefectural National Association for Beauty and Hairdressing Training, notes that there are a small number of hairdressers and beauticians in Japan who can make medical human hair wigs. Therefore, according to Iwaoka, the production cannot keep up with demand.
On the other hand, donors often donate hair that is too short or too brittle, which is not suitable for wigs. Also, some donors disagree that they do not know who will subsequently use their hair.
Therefore, representatives of the Fine Today industry, Shiseido Co and Welfare Beauty, have established a special program in which they will hold an event to provide information about the history, goals and current situation of wig making to potential donors. They also launched hashtags on social media so that donors can connect with wig owners.
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