Helping Hair

We all know how amazing you feel when you’re having a good hair day β€” 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.

5 thoughts on “Helping Hair

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Ok, I’m in awe of you. Seriously. That is a very magnanimous thing to you.

    And the new bob style looks great, even though your face is hidden. πŸ™‚ Of course you’re going to need new passport photos, ID photos, etc. It’ll be interesting to hear how others react – this from a guy who has had the same haircut style for 30+ years. πŸ™‚

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    • Sandy says:

      Thanks Draco. That’s a very kind thing for you to say πŸ™‚ Naturally, everyone made a bit of a fuss since it’s so dramatically different, but all positive comments πŸ™‚

      I’ve had the same haircut for almost 10 years and I’m slowly getting used to my new one now. Perhaps it’s time for a change? πŸ˜‰

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  2. Snoskred says:

    Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    This is a wonderful thing to do. And you ended up with a great haircut as well. πŸ™‚ Win win!

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I also add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts. You may see me drop by again during November, but it might be December before I finish my first drop by to blogs if I don’t get faster at leaving comments. πŸ™‚

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!
    Snoskred
    http://www.snoskred.org

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    • Sandy says:

      Hello and welcome Snoskred! Thanks for your lovely compliment and for dropping by. I’ll be sure to check out your blog too. Happy NaBloPoMo πŸ™‚

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