Saturday, November 8, 2008

Locks of Love

Tonight I grabbed a pair of scissors and chopped all my hair off.

Now don't be alarmed. I've been growing my hair out for the last two years with the plan of donating it to Locks of Love once it hit 10 inches. Let me just tell you now, the wait has been agony.

You see, I'm not the long hair type. I'm really not. Especially not while living in Texas, which is sickeningly, sweltering hot. But I have lovely hair, if I do say so myself, and I figured that I might as well grow it super long, then donate it to a non-profit organization that makes hair prosthesis for young girls who have lost their hair from medical conditions.

The problem with my plan.... my hair just does not grow! Even with only the tiniest of tiny trims every four months or so, it has taken a full two years to grow my hair to what it was before I hacked it off tonight. I'm very proud to say that my longest bits were 13 inches, and the shorter layers were 10 inches. Woot woot!

All the rest, the layers under 10 inches will be sold off by Locks of Love to off set the manufacturing costs. Waste not, want not!

You know how doctors say not to mix prescription medicine with operating heavy machinery? Well, they say nothing about mixing prescription medicines with household scissors. And while most people would take their 10-13 inch ponytail to the hairdressers, the impulsive side of me decided to do it myself.

Let me just tell you, it was a lot of fun. Therapeutic, to say the least! It made me feel 16 and reckless all over again, only now my mom can't ground me - not that she'd ground me for donating my hair... just the reckless part.

Tomorrow, I plan on going one step further by going to the hairdressers and turning this jagged bob into a shaggy pixie cut. In the meantime, I'm having fun with my new do.

And my 13 inch ponytail is already in an envelope with the address to Locks of Love on the front, ready to go to a little girl who needs hair a little more than I do.

If you are interested in donating your hair to Locks of Love, be sure to visit their website at http://locksoflove.org. They don't have a lot of rules when it comes to the hair they accept, but make sure it is clean, at least 10 inches, and held together in a pony tail.

Enjoy!


xoxo,

24 comments:

Kim said...

looks super cute :) My mom and sis have done this... I don't have the patience you have.
I want to grow my hair, trim it, get sick of it and hack it off...want to grow it (the stage I'm at now) :)

Cathy said...

wow! you have guts! looks absolutely fabulous!! I had never heard of that organisation before - what a great cause :)

Marcyanna said...

Awesome! Looks very cute! Locks of Love is great!

I am doing the same thing right now. We'll see how long it takes me as mine was super short when I decided I wasn't going to cut it anymore. That was last year just before Christmas. I can finally pull all the different layers into a tiny ponytail on top of my head. Not the kind of ponytail I need though!

Whimsical Creations said...

Super! I just cut all of my hair off 2 months ago. Feels great not having it all there. Great cause!

WhimsybyMari said...

Your hair is darling and will make some child so happy. For those who have not heard of Locks Of Love, most hair salons will give you a free cut for the donation. What a great way to get a beautiful and expensive hair cut.

Denise Felton said...

The new do is FAB! (You are so freakin pretty.) And I love your promo for Locks of Love. I know three preteen girls that keep going through the grow-it-out-and-cut-it-off cycle for LOL. All of y'all make me feel so proud and wish we granny types could get away with long hair.

Crochet by Momma J said...

Way to go! I donated 12 inches to lock of love a while back. It is a great thing to do!

Winklepots said...

Adorable! :o) Even before you let the "professional" touch it. Make sure you post pics of the shaggy pixie when you get it!

Karen Erickson said...

You look adorable! I've never done locks of love but I have friends who have - I have no patience I think that's my problem. I tell my hairdresser I grow my hair out for her to cut it...LOL.

Share pix of the finished 'do! :)

casserole said...

you SO rock!!!!! Just dye your little pixie bob shocking pink to complete the rebellion. :)

jean said...

Go Marisa! I just tagged you in a bloggging game - http://jeanblomo.blogspot.com/
I miss you roomie!

Oh Mandie! said...

Oh I did that last year! I chopped off 10 inches of hair in my bathroom and mailed it locks of love.

I'm so not a long hair person - when you have rowdy kids the last thing I need is something extra to take care of like long hair!

Your new do looks great!! Make sure and post pics of your pixie cut too!

threemoonbabies said...

My 6 year old daughter got 11 inches cut off her hair just before school started, and she donated it to locks of love. It is a great cause! By the way...you did a great job on your self haircut! It looks really cute!

Nikki said...

Oh Wow! Don't you look fab! Some little girl is going to be trilled.

Bethany said...

Okay you are just too pretty. You look wonderful and what you did it for was even more wonderful.

Karen Faulkner said...

Oh Marisa, there should be some sort of law against women who can chop most of their hair off and still look as cute as you. It is very unfair to the rest of us. That said, I'm so glad you are contributing to such a worthwhile cause! I would but my hair is perpetually stuck at shoulder-length.

Kristi said...

Well where is the ponytail? I want to see the ponytail!

It looks really cute already. Good job!

Janna said...

You go!! What an awesome thing to do with your hair! And your new do doesn't look like a DIY job. I'm impressed! I donated to LOL after the birth of my first child. What a great organization!

Marie said...

Marisa, you are absolutely gorgeous! That short do suits you. Isabella and I are in the process of growing our hair to donate, hers is at 10 inches, but mine is at 8 inches, so she's waiting on me. We're going to get it cut together. Unlike you, I'm not a short hair person because I think the shape of my head is kinda big for it, but Isabella is excited and willing to do it, so I'm using it as a teachable moment on giving of yourself.

I showed her your pics and she got really excited again, but she wanted to see a before picture of you with long hair.

You're pretty brave to do it yourself. I think I might be a little emotional when mine gets cut, I've always wanted it long and this is the first time it has been this long.

Melissa said...

absolutely darling- and what a worthy cause.

Kelly said...

Ms. Marisa, I nominated you for a blog award. Should you choose to accept, you can find the info here: http://macaroniandglue.blogspot.com/2008/11/oh-boy-oh-boy-somebody-thinks-im.html

Apple Blossom Designs said...

LOVE the new do and for a really lovely cause! You go girl!

faz said...

that's amazing!! Did your hair feel very light and werid afterwards. I remember cutting my hair after two years - it was werid!!!

I've never heard of Locks of Love...going to check it out now!

Shaunna said...

I love your new cut! Looks like we were on the same wavelength :)

I hope more people are inspired to do this!

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