I’ve been growing my hair out from a shoulder length cut for about 2 years. At first it was because I thought my curly hair would be better tamed if it had some length to weight it down.
Nope. I was wrong.
Then I realized how much easier it was to put back in a wet pony tail or, you know, the Mom bun. But about a year ago it became too long. Not only have I been “blessed” with curly hair, but it’s incredibly thick. It’s impossible to brush, I get headaches from the weight of my wet ponytails and I wake up tangled in my own hair every night.
Last summer I wanted a “big cut”. Maybe 4 inches off to get a fresh style and get rid of this rat’s nest. But I have an overwhelming need to be as productive as possible with every decision I make. Cutting 4 inches off seemed like a waste- why not just a few inches? Or…why not just a LOT of inches?
Then I got inspired by two little cuties and shared this blog about “Elly’s Story” last June. That’s it! If these girls could do it without hesitation, so could I. Let’s donate some hair!
I’ve done my research over the month or so and although I’d love nothing more than to donate to Wigs for Kids, they need 12 inches and will not accept color treated hair. I chose to go with Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths because, selfishly, they will take only 8 inches and I didn’t think I could stand to grow my hair one. more. inch. Locks of Love is probably one of the most well known places to donate but…do your own research on that one folks!
In my mind I was going to wait until the end of summer so I could easily throw my hair in ponytails at the pool but for the last few weeks all signs are pointing to NOW. HONY has been tugging at my heartstrings with the series on pediatric cancer. My old stylist in MI, who cheered me on for the first year of my hair growing out adventure, had an opening during a last minute chance for us to visit. Plus my hair got stuck in my brush the other day and I almost felt like making the big cut myself.
But I think the most important sign was Layla asking about wigs a few weeks ago. We got to talking about hair donation and, for the first time, I explained cancer to her. I hate that I know anything at all about it, but I love that I can tell her about the people in her life that have beat it.
So here we go! My old stylist in Midland was a total trooper and not only cut my hair, but she also cut the kids’ hair while we were in. The kids were pretty good while they waited for their turn (Ok…sort of good) but it was fun to get them involved. Layla took a few pictures:
And made the first cut. Look at her face! LOL
I was going to let Jack cut too but he decided he’d rather boss Sam around and tell her how to do her job-
Then I got a turn!
And then I turned the scissors over to the professional. I do have to say, it was so freeing to cut it all off. My head feels about 10 pounds lighter!
On the fence about donating? Do it! It feels so good to get rid of all that hair for a great cause. My hair feels healthy, my heart feels full and someone special is going to get a beautiful head full of hair using 8 inches that I absolutely did not need.