For others of us, we wait. Procrastinate. Put it up. Grab a pony holder. Think about getting it cut. Search for another unbroken claw clip. Think about where to get it cut. Tuck it under a hat. Wonder how fast we can get it cut. Procrastinate. Ask the neighbor to cut it.
Then we toss the hair in the trash can with a deep *sigh* and a happy *ahhhhh*. Short hair!
Guess which kind of a hair cutter I am?
I have been thinking about getting my hair cut again. It has, after all, been several years. Oh, I have had a few trims in there, but no short hair cuts. This time, when I get my hair cut, however, I am going to do things a little differently.
Okay. It will still involve scissors. But this time I will have the deep *sigh* and the happy *ahhhhh* because I am not going to toss the hair in the trash can. Did you know that you can donate your hair to help people... well, without hair? Check this out!
Locks of Love helps financially disadvantaged children who have permanent or long term hair loss due to different medical conditions. The wigs are donated or sold on a sliding fee scale. Most of the children have alopecia areata.
Beautiful Lengths is a program from the Pantene company. According to their website: "The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong, beautiful hair and provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer." So far Pantene has donated 18,000 wigs to the American Cancer Society wig banks.
Wigs 4 Kids primary focus is on children with cancer, though they also help other young people who have hair loss due to such things as alopecia, trichotillomania, lupus, hydrocephalus, and burns. They are based in Michigan and serve the youth in that state.
Wigs for Kids also helps children who have hair loss from a variety of circumstances by providing a custom made human hair prosthesis. They are a nationwide organization.
Each one of these organizations collects hair and then sends the hair to different companies who construct a custom made wig to fit the person. Most of them can be worn while swimming, doing sports, and they can't be tipped off like a hat. Hey - that's important to a girl in junior high. Think about it.
Check out the web sites for more details of how to cut your hair, ship it, and how the different wigs are constructed. They all have different requirements for length as well as how the hair is shipped. Some of them even have lists of participating salons who will cut your hair and take care of shipping it.
So, next time you think about cutting off an extra 8 to 12 inches of hair, think about putting it to good use, too!