We all know how amazing you feel when you’re having a good hair day — you can conquer the world! Unfortunately for women battling cancer, seeing your hair fall out is gut-wrenching, nevermind a good hair day. I guess this is where Look Good… Feel Better and the Beautiful Lengths campaigns come in.
The idea? To manage the appearance-related side-effects for people undergoing cancer treatment/s. I think it’s a great idea. It’s not about being vain, but about not feeling low in mood because you’re undergoing (sometimes dramatic) physical changes. It’s about making you feel good so you’re in a better mindset to tackle the challenges ahead. Personally, I know how confident I am if I feel I’m looking pretty spiffy on a particular day.
So with all that in mind, I headed to the hairdresser’s for a long-awaited haircut.
People tell me that my hair’s quite long, even when after I’ve curled it. It naturally falls down to my waist-line, I think. I’m hoping it can make a nice wig for someone in need.
I told the hairdresser what I wanted to do and she asked me if I was sure, jokingly, of course. She has already done this once before for another woman who donated her hair. The hairdresser said she doesn’t like cutting long hair because she likes it and wants to grow it long herself. In fact, she didn’t want to do the ‘original chop-off’ and asked her assistant to do it for her.
It felt kind of weird holding my own lopped-off hair in my hand. It made me realise just how long it was, but I also felt oddly disconnected (not just physcially) from it. Holding it, I knew it was my hair, but I didn’t feel it was a part of me. I can’t really explain it much better than that. Anyway, I sent it off in the post and am hoping it will go towards making someone feel beautiful and ready to take on the world.
As for me, I’m loving my new haircut (as do The Parents and Super Boy), but I will have a lot of explaining to do when I see old friends and my work colleagues. Ah well, all for a good cause.