All right, I announced that I was going to donate my hair to Locks of Love. When I got to the hairdresser this morning, however, she encouraged me to donate to Wigs for Kids instead. Both organizations provide wigs (hair prosthetics) to minors who have lost their hair due to cancer, burns, or other medical issues. According to the hairdresser, she prefers Wigs for Kids because they give the wigs to the children for free, whereas Locks for Love often sells the wigs. I haven’t looked into any of this and am in no way promoting one of the charities over the other. My feeling is that you should do what makes you feel comfortable. For anyone interested in checking out Wigs for Kids, you can visit http://www.wigsforkids.org/content/history. Since Wigs for Kids was the preferred charity of this particular salon, I went with them.
It’s a strange thing to grow out your hair for years and then have a foot of it lopped off in one fell swoop. Despite the shock to the system, though, it was so much fun. Everyone at the salon was thrilled that I was donating, and the atmosphere was one of good will and cheer. I’m thrilled with my new cut, and it feels a bit like shedding my winter coat for my light summer clothes.
If you want to see the process of donation (this is before the actual cut to clean up my do), I’ve included the photos of my hair here. I highly encourage every woman to try this at least once in their life, especially if you’re thinking of switching to a short style anyway.