My Locks for Love

I mentioned in my last post, that ever since my grandmother‘s recent diagnosis with breast cancer I felt the urge to become more involved with breast cancer research. I want to not only learn more about the disease and how to prevent it but I want to begin participating more actively.

The first thing I wanted to do was have a wig made for her. After all, it’s just hair and it grows back. Maybe I wanted to do it because I felt like it was the only thing, other than praying, that I could physically do to help.

So, my hair went from this:

To this:

I cut almost 12 inches off! I was so nervous before I cut it. I thought about it for weeks but kept procrastinating, so I finally made an appointment and had it cut that same day.

Normally, I cut about 3-4″ off every four months or so. I hadn’t cut this much hair off in almost 14 years! I have to admit though, it felt really good and maybe now I’ll wear it in something other than a ponytail. Though my hair is naturally curly, I almost always wear it straight. Even though I love my curls, ever since I had kids I just don’t have time to spend doing my hair. Does anyone else have that problem? 😉

Afterward, I called every beauty school and wig manufacturer I could locate but couldn’t find a single company that was willing to turn my hair into a wig for under $1100. So, I ended up donating it to Locks of Love (I had looked up their instructions for cutting hair to donate prior to my appointment).

Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Learn more about how you can donate your hair to Locks of Love here.

Not sure if you should do it? Take a look through their recipient gallery here.

5 thoughts on “My Locks for Love

  1. I agree! Lovely hair cut!!! So nice to be able to do things like this; I know how much one wants to do something active when someone we love is ill; so glad you were able to do this for a child!

  2. Looks great! One more note on Lock of Love, if you have it cut at Fantastic Sams, the hair cut and style is free. I always donate my hair and always go to Fantastic Sams for it because then you don't have to worry abotu sending it in or anything, they do all the work for you!Plus, a free cut is pretty good, too. I've never had a bad cut from them and I always leave a good tip since I'm not paying for the cut.

  3. Hi there -I just surfed over here from orthodixie, and I look forward to reading your adventures. I'm am "inquiring into orthodoxy mom" myself. I just wanted to say, good on ya for donating to locks of love – they have a great program! Also, though, re: naturally curly hair, I have it, too, and after 30 years of a lukewarm relationship with my curls, I have learned to love them thanks to Curly Girl – a method for giving your curls the chance to put their best foot forward, so to speak. Google curly girl method and see what you think – it's a definite time saver over blowdrying them out! Have a blessed remainder of your Fast!

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