Extreme Lengths

How’s this for a before and after?

Before and After

Before and After

I realise getting a haircut isn’t so much me getting creative as my hairdresser getting creative, but I thought I’d share this for a special reason.

A few years ago a friend of mine lost her hair to alopecia. This is a condition whereby people can lose up to the entirety of their body hair, even including eyelashes.  So, I decided that it would be a good time to grow mine out and donate it. I found a company which makes wigs for people with alopecia or chemotherapy related hair loss and will pay for your hair – so the value can be donated to whoever you choose.  Mine is going to Alopecia UK.

Two and a half years on my hair was pretty long! So much so that it was getting into everything – blocking drains, being accidentally crocheted into projects, and being inhaled by my husband during the night.

I’m on holiday this week, and I knew that the chlorine would damage the ends so badly that I’d be set back another 6 months of growth.  So I decided that now was the time to get it cut off!

I have a very round face and I’m nervous about very short hair, so my hairdresser cut this graduated bob – I have some length at the front, but the back is shorter.  She cut my lengths off first – in 3 lots (it had previously been layered).  The shortest lengths are 12 inches and the longest are 17 inches!

Hair for donation

Hair for donation

Boy does my head feel lighter!

Now I am looking forward to a much reduced amount of blow drying time. :)

If you would like to sell/donate your hair, please see this link – www.bloomsburywigs.com and click through to hair harvest.

Or donate to Alopecia UK– details at www.alopeciaonline.org.uk


20 thoughts on “Extreme Lengths

  1. You’ve really done an amazing thing, and I really admire your commitment to a very good cause. Also, your new haircut is fabulous! You look great :)

  2. That is an extreme change! You look really good with the new haircut. I love the shaping at the back, and you will so enjoy the lightness of feeling for a couple of days but I think best kudos goes to you for donating the wealth of your hair to Alopecia UK. Bravo!

    • Thank you! Yes I am pleased with the cut. It was a lot easier on my holiday with being in and out of the swimming pool! And it is nice to be able to do something for Alopecia – because it would be hard to lose it all!

  3. It’s a lovely thing to do, and a win-win because you really suit the new haircut as well. Will be nice to have a cool neck in this weather! x

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