I did it!! Saturday morning I went to the salon and I donated my hair.
I did a lot of research on the different companies who make real hair wigs for a cause. I heard that Locks of Love charges their recipients for the wigs. I also found out a lot of foundations throw away the hair that isn't long enough -- in situations where the donor has layered hair, like I do. I was very torn, I didn't want to cut all my hair off and then have it thrown out! No way, Jose! I kept looking around, doing my research, convinced that there HAD to a be a non-profit program that doesn't require TWELVE inches and can use all the hair I send them. Does such a organization even exist?!
It does: Pantene Beautiful Lengths
They use every piece of hair regardless if it is long enough for a wig or not. The shorter pieces they use in hair mats that help clean up oil spills. As far as I could tell, they do not sell or throw away any of the hair. AND they donate the wigs to their recipients.
I quickly made an appointment and then freaked a little haha. I text my friend Jess to see if she wanted to go with me to my appointment. THANK GOODNESS she did! I probably would have backed out! She was so supportive and excited for me and when I almost had a melt down after the first cut, she was there telling me how sassy and amazing I was going to look.
I think she took more than 8 inches, but it's ok. it will grow back and for a good cause.
As of now, my hair and I don't have a great relationship. I'm not LOVING it unfortunately. I have received tons of compliments on it from friends and family. My family has some of THE most honest people ever...so if they didn't like it or I looked a hot mess, I know for sure that they would tell me. It is going to take some getting use to.
The hair and I went on some outings trying to get accustomed to one another:
We mailed the donation to Pantene.
We went to Michael's with Jess and tried on funny visors.
We took a picture with The Husband.
We went for a run.
I styled it myself.
We went to the grocery store.
We made cupcakes
So what do you think?!
I don't know -- it has only been 2 days and I am a little sad that I hacked it all off. BUT, unlike some of the people who will be receiving donated hair, I can grow it back. My dad has always said "the difference between a bad haircut and a good haircut is about two weeks". Hopefully my hair and I start getting along. I do like it more since I have styled it myself. I really liked it Sunday, I'm not loving it that much today (Monday). We'll see how it is going in about two weeks.
How was your weekend? Do anything drastic?