A few months ago I decided to grow out my hair with the goal of donating some of it to some sort of organization that made wigs for cancer patients. When I set out on this mission, I honestly didn't know much about the process, how much hair I needed to cut or even who would really benefit from my donation; heck I didn't even know how long it would take for my hair to grow that much or if I would even put up with the growth if/when it happened!
So... fast forward to almost a year later and my hair was getting annoyingly long; it would take me a while to brush and untangle it and once I had the baby, he would pull it while I was breastfeeding. I will, however, admit to the fact that I got a lot of compliments on my "beautiful" long hair and did enjoy the versatility of such length.
But the time came to make the cut and I decided to donate 8 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, an organization that makes wigs for female cancer patients (any kind of cancer). In the process, I learned that many organizations that claim to help cancer patients actually don't give wigs to such people but rather favor patients with alopecia and other hair loss related conditions instead.
I chose this particular program because of the simplicity of the donation process and also because it was the one that required the least amount of hair (8 inches), so I thought it'd be much easier to part ways with less hair when the time came...
On November 8th, I decided to make the jump and have my hair cut; I went to the hair salon and specifically asked the lady to cut off 8 inches of hair and so she did...and then some... I somehow ended up with a 12 inch pony tail in my hand and a shorter than expected hair do! oh well! hair grows back, right?
I will say that cutting my hair for a donation was way more emotional than I expected. For some reason I felt sad and then guilty for feeling sad. I am still trying to get used to my new look, which I didn't love right away (I still don't love it!), but I am happy to have checked this off my bucket list!
And to anyone looking to help cancer patients, please check out one of these hair donations programs and cut some hair off!