I made an impromptu decision to fly home for a long weekend. I found a ticket using frequent flier miles and looked forward to seeing my family.
A couple days before my flight, I measured my hair to see how long it was. I didn’t think it would be long enough to donate (12 inches), but I figured it had to be getting close. Since my hair is so curly, it never looks very long! But when I measured, it was about 12 inches. I was so excited!
The next day I searched on the Wigs For Kids homepage for salons near my family where I could get my hair cut. Many salons offer a donor a free haircut, or a half-price haircut. More importantly, the salons affiliated with Wigs For Kids know how to properly bundle the hair for donation. The first donation went so well and I’m happy to say that the second time did as well.
My mom came with me to the salon and took some pictures. The hairdresser, Kelly, was an optimistic mother-to-be come January. She did a great job. She even straightened my hair before making pigtails! I had never seen myself with straightened, long hair before so that was quite a change!
I couldn’t help but think about the origins of why I decided to donate my hair in the first place, the passing of my uncle. I also couldn’t help but think about how different my life was during the first time I grew out my hair, traveling the world, and then this time, working on a PhD. Two very different challenges with two very different rewards.
Either way, it felt really good to get rid of my hair and make a positive contribution to some kid’s battle with cancer. If you’d like to donate time, money, or hair to Wigs For Kids, you can find more information here.