If we were meeting for coffee today, the first thing you'd notice would be my new haircut.
I got it all chopped off.
I didn't do it for vanity. Or for the summer. Or for something new.
I did it for my mom.
A few month ago my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I have done a lot of denying and crying and asking God why. Now, instead of asking why, I'm asking how. How can we use this experience to grow closer as a family and closer to God?
After doing research on cancer and chemo, I started to think a lot about hair and the value we place on it. The value I placed on it. I spend more time looking at myself in the mirror than I care to admit. And why? I hide behind my hair. For me, long hair got to be a safety net. As strange as it sounds, I felt protected with long hair.
[picture by Ashley Hasty]
But why do I care so much?
Did you know that it take around 6 ponytails to create a wig?
So I cut my hair for my mom and for others who are losing theirs.
[I would have shaved my head if my mom wouldn't have been mad.]
And it was fabulous!
[pictures by Ashley Hasty]
I almost feel guilty by how much I love my hair!
Please keep my mother, Peggy, in your prayers. She's amazing and I know that God has his healing hands upon her.
I donated my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Some things to know if you're thinking of donating [from the website]
- DO use a conditioner after every wash to help keep hair moisturized and protected against damage.
- DON'T use a brush on wet hair when you step out of the shower; once hair is washed and conditioned, use a comb with smooth, wide-set teeth to gently detangle hair, working from tip to root.
- DO use a spray, leave-in conditioner for extra protection when using heated hair appliances.
- DON'T attempt to blow-dry soaking wet hair immediately; to expedite your blow-out process and help prevent thermal damage, towel-wrap your hair for 10-15 minutes and remove excess water before using a blow-dryer.
- DO look for new technology in your drying and styling tools to help minimize damage.
- DO use a root-lifter spray to achieve volume; avoid excessive teasing of hair, as it can uplift cuticles, making them fragile and susceptible to breakage.
- DON'T overbrush hair; despite the common myth that 100 strokes a day are good for hair, this can lead to breakage. Regular, gentle brushing promotes hair health and natural oil distribution.
- DO use deep-conditioning treatments once a week, or as often as needed, to help minimize split ends and keep hair in top condition.
- DON'T wait more than eight weeks to get hair trimmed; regular salon visits are essential in keeping hair healthy and beautiful.
It's so easy to donate. Go here for more information.