15 May 2013

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

via Vogue.com

Summer is just around the corner and as everyone digs up their short shorts and short sleeves, I thought I'd take some time to talk about short(er) hairstyles. As some of you may know, last July I cut off almost 13 inches of my hair. Why you ask? I donated my hair to an organization called Locks of Love. They produce wigs out of donated hair to provide for children who suffer from medical hair loss. I helped organize a hair donation event at my work where 5 women, including myself, participated. 

My ponies are the two second to the left. 

I urge you, those who are considering a shorter do for the summer, to think about donating your cut hair to Locks of Love. I grew out my hair for years (10 inch minimum requirement) knowing that I eventually wanted to make the donation. But I never really grasped what an impact it could possibly make for a child. That is, until it hit close to home. I recently found out that a dear little girl to me has been diagnosed with Alopecia - a disease that causes hair loss. We will continue to support and pray for her. But if need be, I promised I'd shave my head should it get to the point where hiding it is impossible.  

On a much lighter note, if you do make the noble donation, shorter hair seems to be the way to go for a lot of trend setting women. Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller has taken her hair and scissors literally into her own hands and snipped away. Elin Kling, another super famous blogger, has opted for a shorter, chic do. Karlie Kloss, as seen above, cut her long locks right before a major Victoria's Secret runway show. Miley Cyrus, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, and Anne Hathaway (just to name a few) have gone super short with their awesome variations of the pixie cut. At the end of the day, for the most of us, our hair will grow back. But let's take a moment to think of those who aren't as fortunate. 

XOXO,
~N

UPDATE (16May13):
It has been brought to my attention that the Locks of Love organization is under scrutiny for not tracking their donations. While they continue to provide wigs for children, they have admitted to selling the hair. This is disappointing to say the least, but since they continue to provide custom made wigs for children for a fraction of the cost or even free, I still have some respect left for the organization. They have also donated millions towards research for Alopecia. So now, I must say if you're still willing to donate, please keep this in mind.





18 comments:

  1. i'm a girl that hacks of her hair almost every 6 months like clock work haha, i just get so bored with one length! this summer i'm thinking of cutting it off into a boy cut, and if i do i definitely plan on donating :)

    xo Marlen
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  2. Such a good cause! Gotta love it. What a good reason to get a new hair style.


    xo Haylee
    http://www.dolledupdaily.com/

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  3. I think short hair is so cool and young. I cut my hair short from very long length once years ago but I'm not brave enough now.. haha!!! I would love for you to visit my blog and maybe we can follow each other on GFC and Bloglovin if you like?

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  4. i love you for your heart. i am very fortunate....

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  5. I love short hair.. it's so edgy, young and hip but sadly it would never match my face. If I had non-pumpkin round face, I would totally rock it. I'm so boring when it comes to hair. I JUST colored my hair for the first time in my life and I'm 24 haha.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, would you like to follow each other?

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  6. The messy hair on the right looks great. I love it, when hair doesn't look so straight. Unfortunately, my hair is too long and always falls back again. :(


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  7. Well done! I have donated to Locks of Love before. When I found out they sell their 'surplus' of hair donations, I was disappointed too. Since then I have also donated to 'Pink Heart Funds' & 'Pantene Beautiful Lengths.' I tried to do some research on the other two, but have not read anything about them selling the donations they receive. But I could be wrong, because I did need to get rid of my chopped off ponytail and didn't want it lying around the house.
    I typically donate about 12 inches at a time, since I am lazy to get haircuts regularly and as a result my hair grows like a weed, so it makes me feel better that it's going toward a good cause and not just going straight into the trash. I might research another hair donation organization and do it again, because my hair is almost at my waist again and it's only been a little over a year since my last donation!
    By the way, thanks so much for visiting my page!! Anyways, enjoy your new short hair!

    shortandsweetjoy

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  8. Oh wow, what a fantastic cause! I'm so scared to go short though...

    Trendy Teal

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  9. wow this is such a great cause. I'm actually deciding to cut my hair tomorrow! but ivve never heard of this cause. its so great that you are promoting this.

    :) even tho its summer in aus i decided to still cut my hair.

    btw. thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm in love with ur blog. Hope we can keep in touch. i've decided to follow u :)

    xx Michelle

    mich-ette.blogspot.com.au

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  10. I love the idea of donating hair. Just wonderful!
    xoxo

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  11. Nice post dear :)
    Would you like to follow each other? Let me know!

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  12. How wonderful of you to make us remember organisations like these!
    I for one have been thinking about cutting my hair for about 20 centimeters, but I would've never came up with the idea of donating it... :)

    X Marjolein - Never Too Polished.com

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  13. this is such a nice idea, ive been thinking about cutting my hair, and this looks like such a good cause

    -Tara x

    SHOPSTYLECONQUER.COM

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  14. I think the concept is a very good idea
    xx http://everything-classy-and-fabulous.blogspot.com.au/

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  15. you have such an amazing heart! lots of prayers for the litte girl!!

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