After years of booty-length hair, I decided I’d had enough of the double washes and buckets of back sweat. I scheduled an appointment with the only person I’ll let touch my hair, @dom.does.hair, and got to work chopping! If you want to donate your hair, you’ll want to keep reading! I did a ton of research about organizations before I sent locks away. There are numerous non-profit organizations to choose from, but this is the story of why I chose Children With Hair Loss!
Why I Decided to Cut and Donate My Hair
I’ve had long hair for most of my life, and although I love it, it can be a real pain in the butt! I can’t count the times my hair has been wrapped around my throat while sleeping. It gets stuck under my armpit daily and takes two people to wash because my arms would get tired. After years of this, I finally decided to go short for the summer.
Assuming I had enough hair to donate, I started looking into the minimum accepted length, which varies between 8-14 inches (about 21 to 36 centimeters) depending on the organization. As previously mentioned, I chose to donate my hair to Children with Hair Loss, which asks for a minimum of 8 inches for shorter style wigs, although 9-14 inches is preferred.
THE BIG CHOP
I was a bit apprehensive before the appointment at True Aveda with @dom.does.hair because it’s a huge step to cut the hair that I had worked so hard on keeping healthy, but whew, I’m happy I did it! After repeatedly asking if I was sure about my BIG decision, Dom divided my hair into sections and let me make the first cut! As silly as it sounds, I was thankful she let me make the first move because it made me feel powerful. 🙂 We weren’t certain about the length that I had taken off; we just wanted to make sure it was more than 10 inches. To my surprise, I cut three inches more than I anticipated, but it turned out super cute, so I was A-okay!
My girl KILLED it! Look at how stinking cute this cut is! I love that I can sleep peacefully without fear of strangulation, and I don’t have to worry about backne from all the sweat under my mound of hair. Although the cut was a huge change, I’m thankful I had a great stylist that put me at ease and made me look like a picture on a Pinterest board. Furthermore, I’m extremely grateful that I was able to donate 13 inches of my hair rather than disposing of it.
Donate Your Hair to Children With Hair Loss
There are countless non-profit organizations to donate your hair to, but I chose Children With Hair Loss. CWHL is one of the only organizations that give children wigs made from human hair at no cost. They also help kids who have lost their hair for many reasons, including cancer, alopecia, burns, Trichotillomania, and other rare disorders. They donate an average of 600 wigs to children each year, and that is incredible! Each year, the need increases, so if you feel a tug on your heart to donate your hair, I highly recommend doing some more reach on Children With Hair Loss.
Regardless of which organization you choose, your donation will be received with open and grateful arms!
Life After the Chop
Life is grand! I feel lighter and freer with my short hair. Of course, it was a huge change and took a while to get used to, but the upkeep is a hell of a lot easier, and ponytails don’t crank my neck. Having short hair is loads of fun; however, I’m hoping to grow it back out for my wedding. My fingers are crossed that it will sprout out of my head by September (lol).
In all, donating my hair gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling, and I hope my locks helped someone. Feeling good in my short hair is an added bonus, but the main takeaway is that if you’ve considered donating your hair, I hope you decide to do so. Children With Hair Loss is able to help thousands of people each year because of people like us! Let’s keep our support going!