Cut your hair for cancer fight: Pechanga, Temecula stylists offer deal



This is the 9th year they have hosted the event where hair is collected to be made into wigs, given free to those in need battling cancer.

Ashley Ludwig | Contributor

Pechanga Resort Casino and Spa Pechanga is hosting its annual Mane Campaign, free cuts and styles for those willing to donate eight or more inches of hair, according to a resort spokesperson. This is the 9th year they have hosted the event where hair is collected to be made into wigs, given free to those in need who are battling cancer.

Hair donors can make an appointment for their donation cut on any Monday or Tuesday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in October beginning Oct. 2 and running through Oct. 31 at Spa Pechanga.

“Each donor will be given a voucher to have their hair further cut and styled for free at the Smith Hair Salon in Temecula,” a spokesperson for the resort said.

To make an appointment to donate, call (951) 770-8501 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Those contributing to the Annual Mane Campaign include Spa Pechanga, Hair We Share, Paul Mitchell The School Temecula and Smith Hair Salon.

All hair donations go to the Hair We Share organization. Hair We Share provides free, real-hair wigs to eligible men, women and children with breast cancer and other medical hair loss conditions. Here’s how to sign up to donate:

• Haircut donation appointments at Spa Pechanga may be made now through October 31 by calling (951) 770- 8501.

• Appointments will be taken on Mondays and Tuesdays in October from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Spa Pechanga.

• Donors’ hair will be measured and cut by cosmetology students from Paul Mitchell The School Temecula under direction of an expert instructor.

• Donors receive a voucher for a free haircut and style to Smith Hair Salon in Temecula near the Promenade Mall.

The Mane Campaign encourages men, women and children to donate eight or more inches of naturally colored (not harshly chemically colored or bleached) hair.

An update for this year, gray hair is now accepted for donation.

Pechanga Resort Casino also provides hair donors with a $50 credit toward treatments or retail items at Spa Pechanga, plus sends a $50 contribution to Hair We Share in the care of each hair donor.

Each donor will also be entered to win a Pechanga Getaway package, which include a two-night luxury hotel stay, day passes for two to Spa Pechanga and a $200 food and beverage credit.

The mane campaign coincides with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Our team is committed to bringing back the hope and light Pechanga’s Mane Campaign sheds on the need for hair donations,” said Rachel Patane, Spa Pechanga Manager. “The campaign has touched each and every one of us. We’ve seen so much love, tears and strength from the donors and from breast cancer patients through our programs and because of that, we want to make this year’s campaign even better.”

By including a salon from the Temecula area and the area’s local cosmetology school, more potential donors can be reached. “It’s a great opportunity for the students to get real-world experience and to work toward a fantastic cause,” said Patane. In its ninth year, nearly 600 ponytails have been collected through the previous years. It takes five to six ponytails to make one real-hair wig. The length of 600 ponytails is equal to four 737 airplanes or four blue whales or an entire professional baseball field.

For more than a decade, Pechanga Resort Casino has been a major supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in its region. Pechanga has donated more than $835,000 to the foundation in the fight against breast cancer and toward raising awareness. The Centers for Disease Control show breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, affecting one in eight.

The organization’s statistics show more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease each year. Hair loss, one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment, can be especially traumatic for a woman fighting cancer.

Spa Pechanga is open Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit

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