Beautiful Lengths

since i was young i have really wanted to donate my hair to women battling cancer.
however, by the time my hair would get to my shoulders i would get so fed up with it that i would just chop it off.
{i think i’ve mentioned before that i’m not a patient person :)}

after Elijah was born and i did the obligatory new mom chop, i started growing out my hair out for fun thinking just maybe i can actually finally have the endurance to grow out those long, pretty, movie star locks.
but after 2 years of no hair cuts [except one trim last year] and then moving to the hot hot heat i started getting that itching feeling again like i needed to do something about my mane.

i decided Saturday morning that the time has come, i was going to chop off my hair.
so i invited my friend Holly to come to make a fun girl’s day out of it
{and to help me not chicken out!}
and Adam gladly watched both kids so we can get a break from the crazy toddlers!
Adam was also really sick of my postpartum hair clumps all over the place [gag] so he was more than supportive when i finally decided to give the hair a whack.

once i got to the salon though i started questioning if i should keep my long hair.
i mean i NEVER EVER had long hair before!
and although i had absolutely no idea what to do with it,
and it was a far far cry from the picture perfect hair everyone else seems to have,
i was really sad to see my hard work {and finally some patience!} be gone in an instant.

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[the before picture. so long!!]

then i remembered this guest post over on Jenni.Austria.Germany’s blog.
i was so intrigued by it because i had never heard of Pantene Beautiful Lengths before and liked that the minimum requirement was only 8 inches which i thought i might be able to qualify for.
[instead of the 10 inches for Locks of Love which was the only hair donation place i knew about]

so i asked my hairdresser how much hair she would cut if i decided to go short.
her response,
“a little over 8 inches.”
and with that the decision was made.
it wasn’t just about me anymore.

haircut 8
[making the cut! my hair looks like a little rat tail cause it was wet, ha]
i was so excited & nervous about it! i had to document the momentous occasion :)

haircut 4

i cannot even begin to describe how excited i was about this!!
i’m pretty sure everyone in the salon thought i was so strange.
but seriously, this has been a dream of mine for so long and i finally got to do it!

haircut 2haircut 1
[some crappy “after” phone pictures]

i’m so happy that i was able to make a small donation that can give another woman hope during her most difficult time.

plus i get a lovely new hair-do out of it

you can more about Pantene’s Beautiful Locks program here and see how you can donate!


Lena @ Mom2MemphisAndRuby said...

It looks great! And I'm so happy you were able to donate it to such a good cause, I had over 8inches chopped off recently too BUT I dye my hair so it went to waste. :(
I'm actually thinking of doing a pixie in the next couple of weeks... it's going to be so fresh! :)

Anita said...

Honey you look great and what a great cause! I'm in the process of trying to grow my hair out again, but with the patience I have...we'll see if it gets much farther!

Rachel said...

Your hair was pretty long! Good job. I've never once had the patience to grow my hair out longer than shoulder length--partially because mine is very thick and has more body than I do so once it gets about shoulder length it starts looking bigger than me! :P

GingerPeachT said...

Love it!! The best part of the Pantene program, I learned is they don't charge for the wigs like locks of love does! So good job! :-)

Beth @ the city said...

Oh I need to look into the Pantene program. I have 10" but it would be super short and I'd like to have something left :) Love your new 'do!

April Phillips said...

I adore your new do! So totally chic!

leean robinson said...

Love the haircut. You look good in any length. But I totally sympathize with your angst!

Brittany LeSueur said...

You look so dang good with short hair!! I love it! What a sweet thing to do!

Jessica Sebastian said...

Love it!

J @ IHeart-Motherhood said...

Love it! :)

Chrissy said...

That is so wonderful and I absolutely adore your beautiful hair cut! You look amazing! xxx

Alyssa said...

Yay! You seriously look so cute! I wish I could look cute with short hair!!! (:

Niki said...

I love that you did this! My mom had cancer last year and lost all her hair - and she ended up getting an amazing wig because of people like you! You couldn't even tell it wasn't her real hair! You look beautiful with short hair!

Autumn said...

I love the short hair...I think it looks perfect with how petite you are!

Jenn said...

i love short hair looks ! :D

Natalie said...

It is so cute! I have been trying to grow mine out but I think I'm going back to my bob cute. It was so much easier to style!

Amber Marie said...

you look like "megan" to me with short hair :) now make sure the hair gets to the charity. my best friend cut her hair suuuuper short and told everyone she was donating the hair but found it (the hair) months later stuffed in the back of a drawer. your story made me remember anyway, cute hair!

Miranda said...

i LOVE your hair! it looks so adorable!!!

Carsedra McKoy said...

You new hair cut looks great on you and it's some awesome that you donated your hair for a great cause!!

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Stacey said...

You look beautiful! I love the new 'do :) I've donated my hair twice before...the first time to Locks of Love, and the second time to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. And I totally agree with you - it's such a great feeling!

Kassi Mortensen said...

That is SO cool!!! I love your new look too! :) You are AWESOME Megan!!!

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