I’ve had my hair long for almost all my life and I felt like it was time for a change. I’ve also been wanting to start to grow out my natural color after struggling to maintain cold tones in colored hair. So I cut off my long locks and donated them to Little Princess Trust. They are an organization that provides wigs free of charge to children that have lost their hair. I used to think your hair has to be all natural to donate it but they accept dyed or bleached hair as long as it is a natural color. The donated hair should be at least 17 cm / 7″ in length, as it takes about 10 cm to knot the hair when making the wig.Hearts Salon kindly offered to help me in my mission. I arrived there quite nervous but excited.The lovely Bettina was my hairdresser for the day. We started by securing the hair with hair bands at the top parts where it will be cut off, then braiding it and securing the bottom part.
The part that was cut off measured 25 cm / 10″ in length. It felt so funny holding the pieces that used to be attached to me, haha!We also did some bleaching and toning to my hair to get it to match my natural color more, so I could start my growing process.Bettina is so talented, she did an amazing job with the color. The result is just what I was looking for and I couldn’t be happier!
I was afraid that I would miss my long hair but I honestly don’t. It is so nice to have some change and feels very liberating. My hair is no longer in the way all the time not to mention how much faster it is to wash, dry and style it. So if you have been thinking of chopping off yours too I’d say do it! And how could you regret it when it helps out a little child?
Here’s a little more info about donating your hair
- Clean, dry hair in good condition (no split ends) from any gender, and of any natural colour
- Straight, wavy, curly, permed or chemically straightened
- Containing the occasional grey (less than 10%)
- Dyed, bleached/highlighted (any dyes must be of a natural colour)
- Ponytails(s) cut a long time ago, preserved in good condition
How to do it:
- Wash and dry your hair
- Do not add conditioner or styling products
- Put your dry hair into a ponytail(s)
- Secure at both ends with a hair band, and one half way down for good measure!
- Ask your hairdresser to cut above the band/s nearest your head
- Now have the rest of your hair styled as you wish
- Put your dry ponytail(s) into a clear resealable plastic bag
- Place them in a padded envelope and post using a standard service to