Enter Gene. There is just something about men and long hair, right? I grew my hair out for about a year and a half I suppose before our wedding, knowing I wanted a pretty up-do. As soon as the wedding was over and Gene deployed, I cut it back short. Every time Gene deploys I go crazy and cut my hair, and it always grows back to an "acceptable" length before he gets home.
Lately, my long hair has been the longest I think it has been in my entire life. It was unmanageable, heavy, always in a pony tail, and getting to the point where washing it was more hassle than I wanted. I kept threatening Gene that I was going to share it all off. During our road trip it was even more miserable! Horrible water pressure mixed with different climates (AND HUMIDITY!) and by the time we were in South Carolina I was looking for the first hair cuttery I could find!
I waited until we got home though, woke up Friday morning, and called Ulta, asking if they had any openings later in the afternoon, and they did. SOLD.
I was even more pleased to learn they took care of the donation for you for Locks of Love (and that the haircut is free if you've been growing it out to donate)! So she measured it, put a few bands on it, and BOOM- chopped off my 12 inch donation before cleaning it up with some layering! So now I have a short 'do and feel FABULOUS!
My only regret is not really researching hair donation better before hand. I had never heard anything bad about Locks of Love, and they were really the only donation program I had ever heard of! Later in the day I saw a few different comments about Locks of Love, so I took to their website to get some information for you all!
"Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge of on a sliding scale, based on financial need.So doing something awesome for a great cause was part of it, but also, I kind of think it's going to be perfect for the weather in Okinawa!
The hair prosthetics Locks of Love provides are custom-made from donated ponytails for each child's head. They retail between $3,500 to $6,000. The hairpiece forms a vacuum seal, like a suction cup, and does not require the use of tape of glue. Only the wearer of the hairpiece may remove it, by breaking the vacuum seal at the temples. Children can dismiss insecurities about classmates pulling off their hairpiece, or losing it at recess. They can swim, shower, and do gymnastics- in short, they can be kids again. Each hairpiece is made from real human hair, and arrives long, so the recipient may style it to fit their face..." -Lock of Love