Two years ago I cut twenty-four inches off my hair, donating it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program where it would be used to make free wigs for cancer patients. I actually have a hard time believing it’s been two years. It was such a unique and special day that the memory is still bright and fresh in my mind. Raising over $1300 for the Canadian Cancer Society because of the support of my amazing readers still stands out as the single coolest thing I’ve done with this blog.
So, now on to what you may have all been wondering about – – the hair. How has my hair fared over the past two years? Well the quick answer is, it’s still long and strong.
Yes, my kids are still mildly obsessed with my hair. It’s less of the million times a day thing that it used to be, but they do still go for hair hugs when upset and in need of comfort. After my big cut my daughters decided they wanted to follow suit and in the fall of 2014 they both got short-ish ‘dos and donated their ponytails.
I haven’t cut my hair since I donated it in February of 2014. I sort of meant to, but never got around to it. I know, in theory, that hair is healthier and happier with frequent trims; dead ends and all that. I seriously loved the haircut Roxanne gave me and it was my intention to maintain it, by trying to find someone local to trim it and keep the shape — but I didn’t.
My 41st birthday is coming up next month and there is still nary a gray hair in sight. I’ve stuck with some of the habits I picked up while being “keeper of the hair”, and have still been using the Pantene Pro-V Intensely Hydrating Masque on a fairly regular basis, as well as occasionally indulging in their Advanced Keratin Repair Split End Fuser or the Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Creme. Which may go a long way towards explaining why my untrimmed hair isn’t just one giant mass of split ends.
The one thing I did do with my hair, and which I sort of regret, is I dyed it. In October 2014 I did an event with Clairol, and they dyed my brown hair brown. I didn’t regret it at the time. My hair turned out lovely and it felt nice to do something just for me, a splurge. However afterwards I found myself feeling guilty, because dyed hair cannot be donated.
It takes at least eight to fifteen ponytails to make a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig. The hair needs to be less than 5% gray and “virgin” or undyed. The reason being, they dye the wigs, making all the various ponytails used in it match. I keep thinking I just dyed my hair the once – – and it was over a year ago. That wears off, right? It would probably be OK to donate it at this point, right? But I don’t know, and I suspect the answer is no, not really.
One thing I do know is, length-wise, my hair is definitely ready for me to donate again. It is back down to my waist. I had my mom help me measure it earlier today. After I cut it for donation my hair was roughly shoulder length, which means it’s grown about 16 or 17 inches in two years (I told you guys, it grows like a weed).
So, for those that were curious, that’s the update on what’s going on with my hair. What do you folks think? Is it time to donate it again?