June 16, 2011

Hair Donation: Goodbye Nine Inches

Table full of ponytails.

I have been growing my hair out for two years. The random photographs and memories in my mind are littered with images of  me with long straight locks.  About a year ago I made the decision to continue growing my hair to donate it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Beautiful Lengths collects hair donations to make real hair wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

On Sunday of last week, the day before I was cutting my hair, I was feeling uneasy about the change.  Thoughts of "What will I look like?", "What if it looks bad, or it's too short?" raced through my brain.  I understood my moment of panic, so much of our identity and confidence as women is tied to appearance. Then I remembered the women who's identity and appearance have been altered, sometimes drastically, by cancer and subsequent treatment, remembering this strengthened my resolve.  On Monday I was happy to give 9" of hair (along with 32 other women and children) to someone I have never met and probably will never meet, but I know that gift will help to uplift her confidence and hopefully give her strength at a time when she needs it most.

For more information on Pantene Beautiful Lengths click here

Have you been thinking about donating your hair?  Have you donated your hair before?


  1. You are such a courageous person for doing this! I am moved by your compassion... what a selfless act. My Aunt lost her hair when she had breast cancer and my Dad bought her a wig made of human hair. Her hair always meant the world to her - it was probably the most devastating thing about her cancer (with the exception of her eventual death). Thank goodness there are people like you in the world.


  2. Style Dilettante, I am sorry that your aunt had to suffer with cancer, I am sure that your Dad buying her a wig was the greatest gift. Cutting my hair was a small act for those courageous women who have to brave such a devastating and serious illness. I found this incredible video of a music group donating their hair you might enjoy http://youtu.be/knDLvOzTcuQ.

  3. Thank you Jennifer for your selfless act!


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