Guest Post: Donating My Hair

This is a guest post written by Laura. Check out her blog!

Hello, my name is Laura. You might have seen me around on Lauren’s channels — I am her best friend after all, meaning I often also carry out duties such as personal assistant and/or personal photographer.
Years ago Lauren donated her hair to charity, got a pixie cut, and basically never went back. When I decided to follow her lead and also donate my hair, she asked me if I would write a post for her blog about it. So here we are. I hope you enjoy it.

The experience, before:

Two years ago I decided to grow out my hair — not just because I longed for long locks again, but also so I could potentially donate it to charity in the future. I promised myself I would try to let it grow past my boobs (great measuring device, I know) as it had reached this length before. 

Time flew by and before I knew it, my hair was way longer than I ever thought it would be. I only noticed this by looking at videos and pictures from a while ago, in which you could see a major contrast compared to my hair now (at the time of writing this, it has not yet been cut). 

I have never been one to experiment much with different hair styles. My hair is wavy and easily turns into a big ball of fluff, so it can be a little intimidating to navigate around this mess and think of a charming new style for yourself. Not only that, it is also difficult to imagine what your hair will look like when it’s cut, as curls tend to live their own lives. A haircut may mean you lose your curls, or you may gain a significant amount. As a result, I always just kept my hair appointments to a minimum “just the dead ends, please” — or if I was feeling particularly brave: “you can add some layers”.

Finally, about two haircuts ago, I decided this attitude must come to an end. Inspired by another curly-haired friend who does like to experiment (@andreawetzels), and by Lauren donating her hair a long time ago, I decided to set a date: at the start of 2019 I would give up at least 7”(/17cm) of my hair for the Little Princess Trust charity.

Again, at the time of writing this before-part, I still have my long hair. I am very excited to get rid of it. Ever since I’ve officially made the decision to donate it, I have become more aware of what a nuisance long hair can be. It’s heavy; it takes a long time to brush; it needs a lot of product; it’s always in the way. I am a little nervous about the upcoming hairdresser’s appointment, but mostly I can’t wait to post that envelope with my locks in it.

Before pictures by Lauren

The experience, during and after:

Honestly, I wasn’t even that nervous on my way to the hairdresser’s. It was just a weird thought that I was going to look completely different in a couple of hours. I’d had a nightmare that they’d cut it way too short and we found out I had a massive bald spot on the back of my head, but it was a comfort to know nothing that dramatic could or would happen.

When I got there I talked over my plans with the hair stylist again. She was a little bit nervous about cutting an entire ponytail off, especially since you need to get the correct length otherwise the charity won’t be able to use the hair. A colleague came to assist her — which was great actually, because this way my hair stylist could help me document this exciting moment.

The big moment!

The minute the hairdresser started cutting through my ponytail, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. Literally. My hair was so much lighter suddenly and my head and neck felt as if they could move for the first time ever. I mentioned before that long hair can be heavy, especially thick wavy hair like mine, but I had no idea how much weight it was actually pulling. Immediately I understood the therapeutic feeling people sometimes get from cutting their hair off. It truly feels like a physical sensation of leaving the past behind.

My hair seconds after the ponytail was cut off

The very first impression was weird, mostly because I knew I still had a long time to go in the hairdresser’s chair before I’d be able to look at the finished product. In the end, it wasn’t the anticipation of “what’s it going to look like?” that made me anxious, but the long time I ended up sitting in that chair. The total process took 3 hours!

It was totally completely absolutely 100% worth it though. I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result. I feel better; I feel lighter; I feel myself entering a phase of self-obsession as I stop by every mirror to check myself out. Weirdly enough, my short new cut makes me feel much more feminine and mature. Who would’ve thought short hair could do that? On top of that, I must mention again that I feel like I’ve left some kind of past behind. Already I can’t picture the Laura with long hair anymore — she seems like a completely different person from a long time ago. 

Of course I’m glad to be over the moon with this new look, but what if I hadn’t been? Truthfully, I think I would’ve been okay with that too. The option of donating my hair made it so much easier to do this: if the new cut had turned out ugly, at least it would have been for a good cause. Plus, it all grows back anyway! Luckily I managed to kill two birds with one stone: a happy new look for me, and a happy new wig for charity.

My new look

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What I had done to my hair

I got a balayage treatment, a short bob, and a curtain fringe. To keep my balayage nice, fresh and toned in the future, I also bought a small bottle of Daddy-O purple shampoo from Lush. 

Inspiration for my cut can be found here on my Pinterest board.

My hair was done at Taylor Taylor hairdressers in Sheffield, UK.

My ponytail will be donated to Little Princess Trust charity. This UK charity provide wigs for children and young people who have lost their hair due to illness and/or cancer treatment.

Find me elsewhere

If you want to know more about me, you can find me on Twitter (@treaclewaffle) or on my blog.

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