It was a decision that I made last spring. I was brainstorming a bunch of random facts about me for a 50 Random Facts About Me video, and mindlessly I wrote down, for fact #50, “One day I really do want to donate my hair.” We all have so many items on our bucket list that, if we’re going to be real, will probably never get crossed off. Eat dinner on the moon? Probably not goona happen. Travel the world? Most likely no. But donate my hair to kids with cancer? That’s something I can do.
Anyone who knows me knows that my hair is one of my most treasured possessions. It’s not so much that I love it, but rather, that I don’t welcome change easily, and I have literally cried after haircuts. (That was a very long time ago though…Don’t judge me!) Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that deciding to chop off over a foot of my hair is a big deal for me, and honestly, is not something I would have been able to do a couple years ago. I feel like me chopping off my hair is (a) doing something completely selfless and (b) not caring what anyone else thinks.
So…I made the decision in spring, but didn’t muster up the courage until a couple of weeks ago when I decided to book the appointment. I never thought the day would come, but sure enough, it did. There was no backing out now. (Also, I strategically announced in a video that I would be doing this so that I couldn’t back out; it was already announced, decided, and final.)
When I arrived at the hair salon, my nerves immediately kicked in.
I just want 8 inches off. The bare minimum.
How short is it going to be?
Is it really going to be short?
Can you make it not too short?
Then, with the encouragement of my mom and hair dresser, I decided that enough was enough. If I’m going to do this, I’m really going to do this. Every single inch counts. Every single inch matters. Every single inch helps. I decided to cut off 10 inches, and then another 3 or 4 were taken off in order to style it.
Even though I didn’t think my hair looked as good short, I left the salon feeling anything but ugly. I just did one of the most selfless things I could possibly do, and what in the world is ugly about that?