My daughter dislikes getting her hair cut. I think it's more a fear issue than anything else, but it typically results in her hair ending up longer than expected as she continuously postpones the inevitable. This past fall we went to the salon several times and each time she backed out saying she'll get it cut next time. Well, at that point we were in the process of moving and homeschooling and the holidays and well, it just didn't happen. So I suggested, since it was so long already, that perhaps she could just keep growing it a few more inches until it was long enough to donate to cancer patients. I explained to her that red hair was rare and it would make some kiddo really happy to have such a pretty color wig. To my surprise she actually agreed saying it would be really cool to have her hair made into a wig. Stubborn and unpredictable...I like it.
So we let it grow, and grow, and grow. Until it became a long tangly mess. Resembling dreadlocks at times. She's stubborn about many things and hair brushing, washing, even hair touching, are all high on the list. But she wanted to see it through and we had made it this far, and well, we weren't giving up. So it grew and grew (and tangled and tangled) more and more. By the time it warmed up outside, even she was ready for a change. We crossed our fingers and measured and sure enough, if she wasn't at 10 extra inches, it was pretty dern close.
We picked a pretty spring day and headed into town to our favorite Aveda salon. My little red-haired gypsy knew exactly who she wanted cutting her hair and would accept no substitutes (did I mention she was stubborn?) and there would be no backing out. Not that she would have. She was worn thin by our constant grumbling about her tangled mess, and I think she was tired of brushing it (the few times she actually did). No, she was ready. She sat in the chair with a big ol smile on her face.
And came out looking like a rock star!
We had decided, after doing a little research and talking with friends, that if we didn't have the full 10 inches required for Locks of Love, we would still have the ponytail cut and we would mail it in to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program. For the Pantene program the ponytail only needs to be 8 inches, and the wigs they offer to cancer patients are free of charge.
My little gal felt so good knowing her hair was going to a good cause she's decided to do it again. In fact, my older gal is joining in the fun. They're going to start growing their hair out now with the hopes of having 8 inches sometime early spring. My older gal has longer hair so I imagine hers will be ready sooner. Either way, we're doing this to support our friends over at Christina's Breast Friends, a non-profit organization put together by our friend Christina, who's a breast cancer survivor. She's an inspiration to many people, ourselves included, and we are happy to do this with her in mind. You can find out more about her organization on Facebook or thru her blog. If you'd like to participate in the Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program thru Christina's breast cancer group, you can email her and let her know and she'll give you all the details. Her email is: Christina, firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, just go to the Pantene website and you'll find an address to mail your ponytail off to!