Last Saturday, I made the decision to finally cut my hair after a year and a half of not stepping foot into a hair salon. Crazy I know, but to be honest I don't like going to the hair salon. I'm more of a "do it yourself" kinda gal but not so much when it comes to cutting, I wouldn't dare cut my own hair in fear of looking like Kate Gosselin back in 2009…yikes!
The decision to cut my hair was not an easy one because I became emotionally attached to it. I grew use to washing it, brushing it, straightening it, curling it, styling it and even having it get caught in things. It was also like a security blanket especially during the brutal winter months and whenever a pesky pimple decided to make an appearance on my face. Growing up my sisters and I weren't allowed to cut our hair, I only remember having short hair once as a child (thanks to lice). Hair definitely has a special significance within social, cultural and religious settings. Can you imagine what it would feel like to lose your hair?
That question is what lead me to not only change my look but also to donate my hair to Locks of Love; they provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Locks of Love creates custom-made hair prosthetics out of donated ponytails that retail between $3,500 to $6,000. The hairpieces are not a cure but they help restore normalcy to the lives of children that have lost more than their hair. Locks of Love aims to provide a foundation on which the recipients can begin to rebuild their self-esteem. I encourage everyone to donate at least once, if not there are other ways to help this amazing cause!
My 14" ponytail
Donating your hair is quick and easy!
Visit www.locksoflove.org to read the complete guidelines for acceptable donations.
I went for a haircut that would frame the shape of my face well and that I would feel comfortable with. The cut is short in the back and slightly longer towards the front.
My certificate of appreciation that I posted on my bedroom wall :)
I strongly believe that even the smallest selfless act can have a huge impact on someone else's life.