This post is a little different than my usual ones. I hope you lovely people won’t mind, but I thought my blog was the perfect space where I could share this.
A few weeks ago I decided to cut off my natural hair mane and donate it for charity.
For many cutting their hair off is a terrifying thought, and I understand that after many years of looking more or less the same, the idea of not recognising yourself at the mirror may be distressing.
However, this was not my case. I first started thinking about having a bold haircut back in September 2015. I wanted to make a change, and I wanted that change to be noticeable and big.
At the same time I also started caressing the idea of making my decision a little more poignant, I wanted it to be something that would do some good also for someone else.
I did some research and I discovered that the Little Princess Trust collects hair donation and uses them to make wigs for children suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatment.
I also collected some first hand accounts from other people who had donated their hair to the Trust to understand a little be better the whole process. Many people also shared the story of the children who received a wig from the Trust. Their stories were extremely touching.
So, armed with determination and feeling light at heart as I knew my hair was going to be donated for a good cause, I marched to the hair salon.
First of all, many of you have no idea of who I am and how I look like. Well, this blog is not about myself, I usually prefer to be hidden behind the camera and take pictures of my wolly-works, but for this specific occasion I decided to make an exception.
To understand the full extent of the cut, I guess we will have to begin from this picture. It was taken at Halloween when I tried to dress up as a cat (lot of effort from my part, I know LOL).
As you can see, my hair was not only long, but it was thick and full ! (please forgive the watermarking, love the internet… but.. yes you all know).
When I went to have my hair cut I could not use my styling products as the hair need to be clean and untreated, ready for the wig making. If any of you have curls / wavy hair, you probably learned the hard way never to brush them when they are dry.
Well in this case I had to make and exception… and this was the result.
The lovely Stephanie (at the salon) now had the daunting task to plait it and secure it properly ready for the cut.
As you can imagine, we were expecting the plait to be rather big and thick. We were not disappointed.
We measured it up and from top to bottom it was 13 inches (33 cm) long! The Trust, in the hair donation guidelines, asks for a minimum length of 7 inches (17.7 cm) so I was more than sure I met the requirements. Yay!
Once the plait was cut my curls decided to spring back in all their glory, free from the weight that my previous length entailed. Since I posted the hair at the post office, I am happy to tell you that the plait weighed 200 grams (shocking, I know).
After the deed was done I also decided to promote the amazing work of the Trust, so I started a fundraising page to also collect some money to go along my hair donation.
If you are able to give a small contribution to the cause as well you can do it in two ways:
1. if you have hair to spare, you can find all the information you need to learn how to donate here ;
2. if you don’t have hair to spare, you can still make a small money donation through my fundraising page here .
The Trust is also active on Facebook, where they started a challenge community page, you can see it here.
This is it. I hope spreading the word about the Trust amazing work will make more people help, one way or another. 🙂
As for me, I really have no regrets about my decision. I would do it all over again.
Thanks for reading, from next post we go back to our yarn talks!