I gave up coloring my hair back in the summer of 2011 (I did a series of videos on my YouTube channel that you can see here). I also stopped cutting the length off and let it grow out.
I love my hair. People comment on it and even reach out to touch it on a regular basis. I’ve had young women tell me they have tried to dye their hair this color and it never turns out. They wonder how I got mine to be this color and are kind of put-out when I tell them it is natural.
I have have gotten the short end of the stick when it came to my body but I got lucky when it came to my hair.
At least I think that now at 48. When I was 30 I wasn’t feeling so much love for all that whiteness.
Anyway, when I found out I had breast cancer and that it is possible that I will have to have chemo I started thinking about donating my hair. I figured that if there was a chance I would lose it all then I would like to do something nice for someone else and give them my hair.
I also figured that if I got lucky and didn’t need to have chemo that I wanted to donate it anyway. Just as an expression of gratitude for my good luck.
So I made the appointment.
I’m not going to lie. I was a bit emotional about it.
For some reason the “I have cancer” bomb really hit me this week and I was super emotional for a few days. Also, growing out that hair has been a 3 year project.
I put on a mostly brave face and kept my appointment.
By the way, four pony tails allow the stylist to capture more hair than one pony tail.
Besides, 4 are just down right sexy, right?
Okay, maybe not.
I always knew the back of my hair was darker (left) but I didn’t realize how much darker.
Eight inches plus a little more cut off into a bob.
This is shorter than I imagined it would be but I was Okay with that. My hair grows fast and I was happy that someone else would get my hair.
That is, until I went to write this post and started doing some research.
My hair was donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and I was told they would take my gray/white hair. Turns out… they won’t. According to their Prepare Your Hair page they won’t take hair that is more than 5% gray.
I’m so incredibly bummed. I wouldn’t have gotten my hair cut quite so short if I knew it was going to be tossed in the trash.
Check out this article I found doing some research for this post – Why I will never donate my hair to Locks of Love (or anyone else).
Well, I guess this is what I get for jumping the gun and not doing my research first.
To tell the truth I felt like I was kind of “under the gun” with another upcoming surgery and wanting to donate my hair before I got bogged down with surgeries and treatments. I trusted what I was told rather than doing my own research. That will teach me.
On the UP side – because there is ALWAYS and up side.
- My hair has been cut and won’t need it again for a while if I decide to grow it out again.
- I know more, and now so do you, about donating hair.
- I feel like I still get Karma credit (is there such a thing?) because I did what I did with love and good intentions.
- It was getting a little too long and was becoming a nuisance.
- If I do have to have chemo and my hair starts to fall out maybe it will be less traumatic to have shorter hair, rather than long hair, fall out?
There isn’t much I can do about it now. It’s not like I can sit and paste my hair back together.
I’m not even going to waste my time by being upset about it all. I’m just going to enjoy the cool breezes on the back of my neck and focus on the next step in my cancer journey.