Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Fresh Cut!

When I was a Junior in High School, I cut my hair pretty drastically. It was about ear length and I loved it. It framed my face so nicely and I was thrilled to no longer have to deal with long, unmanageable hair. All through college I don't think my hair grew to my shoulders before I would cut it again, if I let it grow that long!

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.
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
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!


Jen said...

I love that you did this. Kyle actually isn't a fan of long hair so I keep it relatively short, plus my hair is super thick and annoying when it's long.

Ashley said...

Wow -- it looks GREAT! I cut my hair SUPER short, like almost a pixie cut, in high school ... and never have again. It really didn't look right on my face, at all!

Chelsea Phelps said...

Love the short hair! I have been itching to chop mine off before the summer heat gets too bad!


Emily Stewart said...

Love it! It looks super cute! :)

Samantha @ 24 to 30 said...

Your hair is so cute!!!

Cat said...

Nice! I've donated to Locks of Love twice, Pantene's Beautiful Lengths once, and plan to donate to Children With Hair Loss soon since they only require 8 inches. (I don't have 10 yet, but am so ready to chop this mop.)

You look great!!

Kara said...

My husband always told me he'd divorce me if I cut my hair. What is with men and long hair? Then one day he came home and told me to cut and show some neck. I asked if he had been standing behind some hot girl, checking her neck out, but he denied it. I cut then. I'm growing it back out a little, but not as long as it used to be! I prefer mine a bit long. It's easier for me to manage.

Marcella{The Life After "Trust Me"} said...

I think both long and short look great on you!
I've had it long for so long and even though it gets on my nerves, I think I would go crazy if it was short.

Katie said...

You can totally pull that short hair off! I love it! On the other hand, I totally look like a boy with short hair, so I will never cut my hair short again. hahaha

Stephanie Griffith said...

I think it looks awesome! I chopped all mine off two weekends ago too into a pixie cut. I couldn't take it any longer! I hated styling it and if I didn't spend 30 minutes on it, it'd look like crap.

People like us have more important stuff to do than worry about our damn hair, right? :D

Hope you're feeling better!

Becky Dougherty said...

Looks great! Locks of Love is a wonderful organization. I keep my hair quite long so I'd have to grow it super long to donate!

Kassie ODriscoll said...

Hey Elizabeth! Katie from "Going Coastal..." let me in on a little (not-so)secret: you're going to be stationed in Okinawa! We're here now and we love it! You're right, the short hair will definitely be your friend in this humid weather. I have long hair and feel the same way as you do: it's too long, unmanageable, and annoying. I'm currently trying to decide how much I'm actually going to chop off the next time I go to get it done!

If you have any questions or need any help throughout the moving process please let me know! Cheers!


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