It was always our aim that our 60th Random Act of Kindness would be this one: LJM1 donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust where they make real-hair wigs for children sufferering from hair loss. Today was the day!
Right at the start of this project, LJM1 decided that she would grow her hair for donation. Added to her already long hair, there was a lot of growth in the last 12 months! Last week we set up a justgiving page for sponsorship with all money going to the trust. We had a measly target of £30 as we honestly didn’t believe people would sponsor LJM1 just to have her hair chopped off!
That target was smashed in minutes! In 24 hours nearly £250 had been raised. Today, that total is over £425! We’re astonished and it keeps going up.
Today was the day LJM1 was booked in for the chop. Arriving at the salon, the hairdresser asked what was wanted. “Can you please braid it and then cut off the braids?” was not what she was expecting to hear! LJM1 had been a little nervous but that soon changed to excitement once sitting in the chair. Soon, it was all plaited and the first three were chopped off! LJM2 actually cut off the last plait: a most satisfying moment.
Now, LJM1 has very short chin-length hair (no pictures of our faces today though!) and a cold neck! It looks amazing and she is so chuffed with it!
Furthermore, she has had almost 16 inches/200 grams of hair cut off.
We hope that this will make a Little Princess (or Little Prince) smile. When she lost her hair she was given an amazing synthetic wig on the NHS. It really helped her look and feel like her old self. The Little Princess Trust will combine LJM1’s hair with others of a similar colour and type. Up to five different donations go into making a wig. Twelve inches is needed for a long wig as up to four inches is lost in the knotting process. LJM1 has donated almost 16 inches!
To whomever receives my hair, I am sure that you will be better at styling it than I have ever been! Let’s face it, that won’t be hard! My styles consist of ‘Let it flop’ and ‘oh, a hair bobble on my wrist, handy!’
However, here are a couple of tips:
1. it’s not great with humidity, so I apologise if you end up looking a bit like Monica in that Barbados Friends episode.
2. I’ve only got two grey hairs, which I’m sure they’ll have removed for you.
3. Umberto Gianni Curl Friends works well if you want to embrace the curl and tame the frizz.
4. Be thankful that you’re in an age of straighteners – growing up without GHDs with hair like your new hair meant I was very much surrounded by frizz.
5. Don’t use a crimper. Ever. Even if they come back in ‘fashion’. Not cool!
In all seriousness, it’s yours. Take it! I’m glad that I had it to give away. I hope that your own hair returns one day but until then, embrace the frizz in humidity, the thickness, the curls and the wave (depending on how long your wig ends up!). Enjoy.
I’ve enjoyed growing it for you!