I Lost 23 Inches Today - Photos

Thursday, October 08, 2009

My mama is a breast cancer survivor after a lumpectomy, a partial mastectomy and rounds of radiation, she is completely cancer free! Let me hear a WOOT WOOT!

In gratitude to the universe, I decided to cut my hair and donate it to Locks of Love. For folks who aren't familiar with this organization, Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides high quality, all natural hairpieces to children suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatments, alopecia and other hair loss disorders at discounted prices or for free. The wigs are vacuum sealed to the scalp so they can swim, shower, and play without worrying about the hairpiece moving or falling off.

It's a lot of hair. I was pretty attached to my hair for reasons I can't fathom. It took about 45 minutes with the use of a hair dryer to get mostly dry. It was wickedly expensive to have cut and colored because it was so long. And not being the most energetic at 5am, here's how I wore it 9 days out of 10:

While researching Locks of Love I learned that 80% of their donations are from children. Just how on earth could I justify hanging on to hair that I considered a hassle most days, when there are 8 years old who don't have a qualm? It takes about 6 - 10 ponytails worth of hair to make just one wig. I was able to donate two braids, each about 16" long

I researched and took in pictures of the cut I wanted. I didn't quite get what I was aiming for, but I'm still feeling really good about my choice.

and the front... TA DA!

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  • no profile photo CD5002230
    I donated my cut to Locks of Love also. It took the sting out.

    You look GREAT! You must be pleased!!

    (Try not to think about it in the shower.)
    4307 days ago
    What a great idea, and you look nice with short hair also.
    4307 days ago
    Sorry it's taken me so long to get here and comment :(

    Honey pie, that was a lot of hair!!!! It's an awesome feeling to donate to them! :)

    The cut may not have been quite what you wanted but it's sooooooo cute!!!!!! Hopefully we can coax more pictures out of you soon :D Love you, miss you xoxo
    4307 days ago
  • KIERA09
    What's the phrase they use....I do believe its MILF. ( to be PC we can imagine the F stands for fondle. =) emoticon
    4311 days ago
    emoticon and emoticon for your mom's recovery! That is fantastic! And what a wonderful, touching and loving celebration of her recovery to donate your hair! And such a sassy, cute haircut! You take the prize! emoticon Vikki
    4311 days ago
    Good for you! And there's your face, too! :) Nice to meet you.

    Happy for your mom. Love her up.

    4312 days ago
  • DAP1313
    emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I wanted to since my hair is long, but I have 25% of gray and had colored it, so no go.
    Thank goodness there are people like you who can.

    Thank you!
    4312 days ago
    What a great thing to do. Love the new do. Brightest blessings and warm hugs.
    4312 days ago
    Well HELLO! emoticon

    Actually, I used to have hair even longer than that- fortunately no photos to prove it... :)

    Cool move, love!

    4312 days ago
    That's awesome of you!
    4312 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5078271
    First off:WOOT WOOT for your Mom!!!! emoticon

    Now for you: emoticon You are AWESOME!!! And, you look absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! emoticon
    4312 days ago
  • no profile photo FLAMINGOKATE
    I work in a beauty salon myself and this is something we promote. You did something wonderful for someone. Go to bed tonight knowing how happy you've made someone today. Good job!
    4312 days ago
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