I made a sacrifice two weeks ago, a big sacrifice.
At the end of September last year, I made a decision about what I wanted to do to mark the occasion of my 40th birthday in March. I didn't want a party and I wasn't particularly interested in presents either, its just more "stuff" to clutter up the house, and I need that like I need a hole in the head. I decided to grow my hair even longer than usual over the Winter and then donate some of it to Little Princess Trust a charity that makes real-hair wigs for kids with Cancer.
After choosing the original style that I liked and blogging about it, I found another one that I liked more. It was even shorter but I loved it so much more than the other one and so this is THE ONE that I chose.
I was fundraising all over Winter, even donating 25% of the item price of all items sold from my online shops between October and up to and including 31st March 2013. I put these donations through my Just Giving Page on behalf of, and in the name of, the customers who made purchases.
I had a little problem with my usual hairdressing salon in December. My stylist had not managed to get into work that day and so the salon owner was to cut my hair that day. I told him that all I wanted was a 1/2 inch trim to keep it healthy as I was growing it longer than usual so I could have it cut and donate it to charity. He told me how he didn't agree with people donating their hair to be made into wigs when there are perfectly good synthetic wigs available and he was quite nasty about it and his attitude really upset me. He cut my hair and I left the salon with a bad taste in my mouth. It was not the usual enjoyable, relaxing, pampering experience that I am used to. It was only when I got home and saw myself in the long mirror that I discovered he had cut about 3 inches off the length of my hair!!! The air turned blue, as you can imagine, because it was now very doubtful that I would be able to donate the 12" or more that I should have been able to donate. I vowed there and then never to patronise his salon ever again, even though I had been going there for 15 years!
I put the word out that I was looking for a new regular hairdresser and I found one in the form of hubbies long term family friend, Pauline Babbington, who kindly offered to cut my hair and re-style it free of charge seeing as it for was Charity. I decided that I wanted my husband and my two girls with me at the salon when I had my hair cut off, not only for moral support but also so that I wouldn't have to go through all that nervous anxiety on the way home of having to make a big entrance with my new look. I set the date of the cut as 7th April 2013, as this was the first date after my 40th birthday that we could all get together.
So, this is how long my hair was the day before the cut. It should have been touching my belt!!!
And this is the shorter style I chose to have my hair cut into after the donation.
And now the photos of the event.
Getting it brushed out
Getting pony-tailed up into 3 pony-tails - ooohhh eeeeerrr its finally happening!
Here it goes, its getting cut off - ooooh eck! No turning back now
Before I knew it all 3 pony-tails were cut off, I was treated to a lovely relaxing wash and was being re-styled
The back. It's short for the first time ever and look how soft and shiny it is!
Hubby sat there whilst I had it cut with pretty much that same look on his face the whole time.
I got 2 x 8-9" pony-tails and 1 x 12" pony-tail to send off to Little Princess Trust.
That 12" pony-tail could well have been at least 14" if I hadn't had "hairdresser" problems in December.
I intend to now keep my hair short and I have been having fun drying and styling it in different ways. I am still fundraising for them, even though I have smashed through my initial fundraising target and donations can be made via my Just Giving Page or by texting LOCK52 £(amount greater than £2) to 70070
If anyone is inspired by my story but is worried about going from long hair to short hair, please don't be worried about it, it's the best thing I have done in ages and I feel so good in myself and about myself. Not only does it make you feel good doing something amazing for someone less fortunate but having all that physical and emotional weight cut off and getting a fab new modern look does wonders for your self-esteem and although my hair was healthy already, I can't believe how soft and silky it feels now.