Rapunzel Rapunzel, it’s time for a haircut already!
I have been putting off getting my hair cut and coloured for months and it’s starting to get out of hand as you can tell by the photo above. I’ve never had my hair this long before. What you don’t see (cause I
sneakily had the photo taken just from the back) is that my hair is very grey in the front and is in desperate need of highlights.
With all that’s been going on with the Teacher’s Labour Dispute in BC we are uncertain whether the Serious One, my partner, is going back to work in September. So I’ve been saving money where I can and that includes attending to my beauty ‘needs’.
But I can’t stand it any more. The grey hair at the roots is making more of a statement about my age than I care to let on. And so its time to do something about it.
So, I booked an appointment to have a hair cut with Tanis at Salon Haze for the following next week and left it at that.
Fast forward to yesterday, I came across a Facebook post by fellow Vancouver blogger and mama, Tamara Goyette, who had decided to donate her long, beautiful locks to Wigs for Kids BC. I knew then that I had to do the same.
WHOA. Wait a minute.
As I’m getting older I am decidedly more attached to my long hair. It feels more feminine somehow to flip my hair around, you know, when I’m tryin’ to be all sexy. But lately, it’s been annoying me. It gets caught in everything, and I have visions of it getting stuck it the car door as my partner drives away.
This could potentially lead to a gruesome situation if I don’t do something. Stat.
So it’s time to put my big girl panties on and and suck it up. Besides, I would really like to keep some hair and my scalp intact for a while yet.
Donating my hair seems to be the safest option.
Besides the silliness, because I am so NOT serious, I am donating my hair to fulfill my driving need as a multi-tasker. I love that I can get a new look AND give my hair to a good cause at the same time. Writing about my experience and sharing it with you so you can also spread the word to everyone you know *HINT* *cough* would satisfy the need to make a difference.
If I can make a difference for one child then my job is done.
Donating my hair to Wigs for Kids BC so that a wig can be made for a child who is desperately sick feels good. And now that I know about this program I can’t imagine doing it any other way. I may even let my hair grow again so I can do it again. And…this will be such a great learning experience for my son. I’ll be sure to tell him what I’ve done and if he decides to do the same in the future that would be amazing too.
Donating Hair ~ How It Works
In order to donate hair for a wig you must have:
- at least 8 inches of hair to cut. Spoiler alert!! CHECK.
- It must not be coloured. CHECK (highlighted hair is OK!)
- It must not be older than 3 months. CHECK. I will be mailing my hair as soon as it has been cut.
- Hair must be clean and dry prior to cutting. No problem. CHECK
I’ll be sending my hair to:
Wigs for Kids BC
12131 Hayashi Court
Richmond, B.C. V7E 5W2
Help me raise money to make a wig for a child in need.
If you don’t have hair to donate please consider making a donation to help me raise money to help Wigs for Kids BC with the funds they need to make wigs. I’m over 10% of the way to completing my goal. Please donate today. CLICK HERE!
Cutting off my hair
I did it! I cut off over eight inches of hair!
My experience at Salon Haze on West Broadway in Vancouver was fantastic. My stylist Tanis was a star and had some great tips on how I can wear my hair shorter without it being so high maintenance. She has over six years experience in her field and is really good at what she does.
I’ve had my hair all different lengths and colours from a platinum blonde pixie cut to auburn and curly to pink and blue highlights to dark brown, to its current state, blonde, long and well, boring.
I was concerned that Tanis might be nervous about cutting my hair because a.) we had never met and b.) she was going to cut off a LOT OF HAIR.
It turns out that Tanis has done this many times before and was quite excited at the prospect of doing this for me. She had worked with many clients who have donated their hair, and loves the transformation she makes happen.
She also had some great ideas for the perfect cut and style for me. One of my friends suggested this look
and I loved it but Tanis explained how my hair would respond to this cut and I had to agree that the texture of my hair wasn’t quite right for this. She suggested this one instead
which seemed to be a perfect compromise between my friend’s choice and my previous cut, (suggested by another friend) which you can see to the right of this post. >>>>>>
The Best Styling Tip
Tanis’ best tip for me, and all her clients really, is to work with the texture we have rather than fight it, especially if you don’t want to spend too much time fussing in the morning. For my hair that means cutting it to bring out its natural curl and using a bit of styling product to bring the curl out where it is flat in the front.
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