Hair today, gone tomorrow: How chopping off your hair can help a child
This morning I mailed away 15 inches of my hair. And that long ponytail will only become one twelfth of a wig for a child. Since deciding a few weeks ago that I’d like to donate my hair, I’ve learned that it takes an average of 12 donations of unprocessed (or minimally processed) hair and about $1200 dollars to create one hand-sewn wig for a child.
Click Continue Reading to find out how and why Stephanie chopped her hair off.
It didn’t take me long to decide to take the plunge. With fistfulsof my hair being yanked around the clock by my five-month-old and lotsof it decorating the bathroom floor every day (you know that time afteryou have a baby when all your hair starts falling out?), I knew I wasready for a change. Normally, I’m the cautious type. I’d be the one whowould walk into the salon with long hair and walk out with long hair aninch shorter. But when I realized how my hair might help a child inneed of a wig, my haircut decision was simple.
It was a family affair. Not only did my son need a cut, but I alsothought he might get a kick out of watching me get mine. Well, as itturned out, he got to help. And chopping off my ponytail is somethinghe’s been talking about ever since. He seems to have forgotten allabout his first impression of my new ‘do when he told me, near tears,that he didn’t like it and wanted it long again. Poor little fellow.Instead, now he’s assuring me at least once a day that he really likesmy new haircut. (I suspect there’s a bit of guilt at work there!)
Make sure you confirm details before you make the big chop — somedonation programs require certain lengths, some want no processing,some want no gray, some need hair in a braid, others in a ponytail,etc. Get your details straight and then head to your salon with yourfavorite picture of Katie Holmes or Victoria Beckham in hand. And bid farewell to your hair for the best reason in the world.
There are plenty of donation programs to which you may send your hair. In the US, two big programs are Locks of Love (CBB’s Missy has donated hair to them twice!) and Wigs for Kids, while Canadian readers can send to them or select from a number of different local donation programs. If you’ve sent hair to a program not listed, please feel free to mention it in the comments.