Last weekend, onstage at Camp Bestival, I chopped seven inches off of my long hair.
This cut was five years in the making, but by the time it had gotten long enough to donate, I was pretty bummed to let it go! I have always been a short hair girl (I had a pixie cut for years) and the long hair made me feel beautiful and even (gasp . . . isn’t she a mum?!) a bit sexy.
But I didn’t grow it out as a vanity project: I grew it out to be made into a wig for a child who had lost their hair to cancer. I was sad to see it go, but what is the point of this life if not to take care of others and add as much love and beauty as possible to the world? (Sorry to get a bit cheesy, but I truly feel this way.)
A sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who donated! You have helped me a real difference in a little kid’s life.
So many people I talk to don’t know that hair can be donated. People get dramatic haircuts every day and all that long, donate-able hair gets swept up and binned. Spreading the word about hair donation is essential to changing this. So here, for your reading pleasure, is all you need to know about donating hair to The Little Princess Trust (rules are slightly different to donate to Locks of Love in the US, but you can read that info here):
- Clean, dry hair in good condition (no split ends) from any gender, and of any natural colour
- Straight, wavy, curly, permed or chemically straightened
- Containing the occasional grey (less than 10%)
- Dyed, bleached/highlighted (any dyes must be of a natural colour)
- Ponytails(s) cut a long time ago, preserved in good condition
Unsuitable hair for our wigs:
- Hair that is less than 7”/17cm in length
- Dyed an unnatural colour (blue, green, purple, dyed red)
- Largely/mostly grey hair
- Afro (the wig-maker is not a specialist manufacturer of Afro wigs. The Trust buys in these wigs separately)
- Hair extensions
It will be at least two years before I have enough hair to donate again, but until then I would love to keep my raffle a yearly thing. Anyone ready to commit for a haircut in 2018? 😉