I finally did it!
It was one of those instances where, if I didn't go and do it right that minute, then I might change my mind. So I picked up the phone, made a hair appointment for the very next day. Bam. No going back.
My hairdresser reminded me how last time I came in (11 months ago) I boldly stated I wanted long hair forever and that I only needed trims. I explained to her that yes, I love my long hair, but, it's time for a change. She didn't want to do it! She said she can't grow her hair out, no matter how hard she tries. She would never chop it off if it were her. I laughed. I know. I always thought I would keep long hair too.
But in the back of my mind, I have always wanted to donate my hair. Even though I could hardly imagine myself without it. I chopped my hair off in college, and cried almost every day for months about it. Did I really want to subject myself to that again?
I asked my husband his opinion. He was worried that I would hate short hair and suggested I take it slowly. My point for cutting it was to donate it, so I knew it would have to be a short haircut. I was torn because I didn't want to go against his suggestion, but I did want to donate it. So when I went into the salon, my stylist laughed and showed me that I would still have plenty of hair left after donating it! It was a win-win situation :) My husband would be happy and so would I. After all, I could always chop more off later if I wanted to (which is what I am contemplating now).
So here are pics of some new styles I've been trying out. Half of my hair is gone, yet I can still do quite a bit with it. You may laugh and think, "It's still long!" I know. But to me, it's short.
I researched Locks of Love Donations versus Pantene Pro-V's Beautiful Lengths Donations. I decided on Pantene Pro-V (my stylist recommended it over Locks of Love for many reasons). When I miss my hair, I just think about how my hair will be used in a wig to help someone else with cancer. Then I don't feel so bad. Besides, my hair will grow out in a couple years anyway. (Unless I decide to chop it some more!)
One other reason I'm glad my hair is gone? It took so much time to take care of before. With two little ones to chase after, a house to clean, mouths to feed, church responsibilities, and sanity to keep, I just don't have the time to take care of it anymore. My shorter hair is so much easier to manage and style. Plus, like I mentioned before, I think it makes me look older. Oh and don't forget the headaches. My hair was so long that when I put it up in a ponytail, my head hurt something fierce!
If you are considering donating your hair, I highly recommend it! It is a wonderful feeling :)
Here are our attempts at Easter pictures. Our whole family was sick this past week, so Easter Sunday wasn't exactly our finest moment.
Easter pics: FAIL! :)