It’s all About Hair

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“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy

Hair, flow it, show it
Long as God can grow, my hair”

–James Rado, Gerome Ragni

Over the years I have become very, very protective of my hair. I think my fear of doing anything with it started many, many years ago when my mom had the brilliant idea to ‘lighten’ it. When you’re a kid, how can you argue with Mom? So I let her lighten my hair. That was a big, big mistake. My hair turned orange. Turns out I have difficult hair, and since then on the few occasions that I have done anything to my hair (which is usually highlighting or outright lightening it), I have always let a professional handle the chemicals, and we also know that my hair will take longer than the recommended time to ‘come up.’

The last time I did anything to my hair was nearly 10 years ago. I darkened it. Very, very dramatic affect. Wish I had taken a picture, but alas I did not.

I’ve also gone through a series of bad hair styles and bad hair cuts. So, again, over the last 10 years, I’ve mostly just let my hair grow, and grow, and grow. I learned how to keep my bangs trimmed (saw this sweet little trick on the Oprah show one time; it works). My hair has been on self maintenance for the longest time. I wash it, I wear it. That’s it.

Along comes the Locks of Love organization. They make wigs for children who have lost their hair to a medical diagnosis such as alopecia or cancer. These wigs are made out of human hair and a child in need does not pay for one–it is given to them. A lot of work and time goes into each one. The organization relies solely on donations of both money and human hair.

Recently, I cut my hair. Nearly 12 inches in all! I bagged up my pony tail, nice and neat and sent it along with a small financial donation to Locks of Love. And, I love my new hair cut! Much easier to manage! Thank you Angela at TNT Hair Design in Springtown, Texas, for making this happen.

Giving back to your community and helping a child in need is a wonderful feeling.

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It’s all About My Hair

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For a number of years I pondered the notion of donating my hair to the Locks of Love organization. It’s taken me nearly 10 years to finally do this. Today was that day. I cut off 12 inches of hair, placed it neatly into a baggie, and then into a padded mailer. I hope it helps.

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