Hello Internet Peoples! I have been meaning to write this particular blog post for about a million years now, but in typical Amber style, it just didn’t happen. Hope the future is treating you all well!
Now, as many of you will already know, I recently cut my hair and donated it to the Little Princess Trust. This post is dedicated to promoting awareness about this charity, and also some of my reasons for deciding to donate my hair to the cause.
The Information Part…
The Little Princess Trust is an organisation which makes wigs for children who are ill and have lost their hair due to treatment. The project helps both little girls and boys to have confidence at a time when they probably feel scared and self-conscious. They ask for donations of hair measuring 7 inches long (at least- you can donate more if you’d like!), and the hair must be tied up, dry, and of a natural colour (ie no pink). The charity also need money to help pay for the production of the wigs, which generally cost around £300 to make! If you’d like to help them out, but don’t want to part with your locks, you could totally donate some money!
The Reasons Why…
Many of you will know that I’ve been growing my hair out for a long time, and it was definitely worth it! I loved it so much- the only problem was the E F F O R T. The amount of time I spent washing and drying and styling it when I could have been ordering pizza instead is disgusting. Don’t get me wrong, long hair is beautiful and can look so pretty, but it takes a lot of maintenance. Like no, I most definitely did NOT wake up with hair like this!
But I’d seen other amazing women do the same thing, and I felt totally inspired.
I was ready for a change.
I was going to cut at least 5 inches off it anyway, so why not take a few more off and make it worth someone else’s while?
I’m so fortunate that it will grow back in no time.
Another major factor in deciding to do this was simply this- I’ve had my fair share (hair share?) of body hang-ups, and I struggle with confidence all the time- we all do! But I just can’t imagine how difficult it must be to have to deal with losing all your hair, to not have a choice about what happens to your body, all while undergoing difficult treatment. If my donation can help someone to feel a little bit brighter during an awful time, then I’m absolutely delighted to have been able to help.
The day of the haircut came and I wasn’t really that nervous… until the plaiting was done and the whole place went quiet, waiting for the chop. However, the second I felt the release of the first plait from my head, and saw the rest of my hair swing around my face, I felt excited and happy. I’d definitely done the right thing!
Overall, my donation measured 11 inches. I love my new haircut so much, even though sometimes it makes me look like Bjorn from ABBA. I’m also reconsidering growing it out again to donate more! I’m not writing this post to tell you you should be doing the same thing- I’m merely sharing my experience. Hair is a big deal to a lot of people, and if you’re long haired and loving life that is fabulous! Maybe this post will inspire someone out there to do the same, or even to donate some money. Regardless, if you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to comment or message me! I’ll also link the website here too, so that you can get information there too.
Thank you for reading, I love you forever for doing so! x