Miss M, you should donate your hair to Locks of Love!
This is what I’ve been hearing from a student for about a year and a half. She had long, wavy hair and decided to donate it when she found out that her hair could be used to make wigs for children who have lost their hair due to medical conditions. Ever since, she has been trying to convince me to make a donation.
I’ve been growing my hair out from a pixie cut since about 2007. I kept it chin-length for a while, then shoulder length, and finally decided to let it keep growing. I can fit it all into a ponytail and even a bun. I love how it looks when I get help curling it. But most of the time, I throw it into a ponytail and the tail collects knots throughout the day. It also takes forever to dry my hair when it’s wet. When I go rock climbing, there’s always the fear it will escape from the confines of a ponytail or braid and become snagged in the gear.
I have avoided donating my hair to Locks of Love because of videos of girls getting one big ponytail lopped off when making a donation. What I found out when I did some research is that I can have my hair sectioned off into smaller ponytails for a less severe cut. At one point my hair was dyed, and I thought that color treated hair could not be donated. I was wrong. Color treated hair is acceptable as long as it was not bleached before the color treatment.
Although I’m nervous, I have decided to take my student’s advice and donate my hair. She helped me measure it and the length is longer than the 10 inches required. I have found a cute new hairstyle and may even get a bit of a color change. The appointment is set for Valentine’s Day. My hairstylist is ready.
I can’t wait until my student sees my new hairdo and realizes that her persistence helped me decide to put my hair to good use.