The idea to make a “big cut” and donate my hair first crept into my head back in 2012. I was in Toronto taking part in a day long event to launch the then brand new PGmom program. I was in the hallway looking at tables lined with Procter & Gamble products, talking with P&G reps from the different lines, asking questions, learning interesting stuff. I started chatting with the Pantene rep and she mentioned the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which I was already somewhat aware of. She started explaining how the minimum donation is eight inches of hair, and how it takes eight to fifteen ponytails to make a wig, how Pantene pays to get the wigs made up and then gives them to cancer patients free of charge. All the little details I hadn’t been aware of before. Had I ever thought of donating my hair? “Yes, in fact I’d like to cut it off and donate it. And I’d like to team up with Pantene to do it.” The words just tumbled out of my mouth with a lack of forethought. There was this little voice in the back of my head going, “What on earth are you doing?” as I continued to chat with the Pantene rep about chopping off my hair.
I’ve donated my hair in the past, but it’s been awhile. I’ve never made a conscious decision to grow it specifically to cut. It’s always been incidental. I’m trimming a foot off anyways, why not donate it? This was something preplanned and on a much larger scale, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to do it. In order to donate your hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program it needs to be virgin, undyed hair, which is no more then 5% grey. Pushing closer and closer to forty I felt like the clock was ticking. I wanted to make a big cut and donate my hair, now, before it starts to turn.
The rep emailed me a month later. Was I serious about wanting to donate my hair? I went back in forth via email with first the Pantene rep and then later the PGmom team. We talked about it on and off for over a year. Did I really want to donate my hair? They were incredibly supportive, working together to come up with a plan whereby Procter and Gamble would provide me with bundles of P&G product to giveaway via silent auction to help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. They offered to bring me to Toronto and arrange to have my hair cut at Shagg, the salon of Pantene celebrity hairstylist Justin German. I was impressed and humbled by their willingness to team up with me on this. Just one reason of many that I’m proud to be a PGmom ambassador.
Pantene has provided me with a selection of their product to test drive, most of which I’d already tried out over the years, particularity since becoming a P&G ambassador. They sent two of everything, so what I have here is a lovely kit which I would like to give away to someone who is willing to take the donation leap with me. It includes Pantene Split End Repair Keratin Protection Creme, Pantene Beautiful Lengths Strengthening Shampoo, Pantene Beautiful Lengths Strengthening Conditioner and a plastic donations bag with an 8-inch ruler.
Anyone else out their willing to join me in cutting and donating their hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program? It needs to be a minimum of eight inches of undyed hair which is no more then 5% grey. Leave a comment below and I will pick one person to receive the Pantene gift bag. All I ask in return is that you share a photo with me when you cut your hair (and optionally if you give me permission I’ll post your photo here on the blog).