Shortly before Thanksgiving I kicked off the holiday giving season with a drastic haircut. I was so sick of my long, boring hair and so desperately in need of a cut that I threatened to my husband that if he could not get me out to Upland to visit our friends so that April could cut my hair, I would do it myself or go to SuperCuts. April is the only person in the world who has proven herself to Paul, as every other haircut I’ve gotten he has disliked, so my threats did not go unnoticed. As I don’t have a car during the days I need to rely on both families matching schedules in order to make the visit.
I got my wish shortly before Thanksgiving. Armed with the Beautiful Lengths packet that I had ordered in the summer when they launched the campaign, I told April to CUT CUT CUT. She was nervous, with Paul such a tough critic, but I told her I was so desperate I didn’t even care. Anyway, Beautiful Lengths’ requirements are shorter than those of Locks of Love, and Paul survived that.
Fortunately, April did such a great job that even Paul liked it. Best of all, she’s the first hair person to really understand how low-maintenance I am. Instead of trying to change me by giving me a high-maintenance haircut, she accepted me and gave me a no-maintenance do.
As with Locks of Love, Beautiful Lengths sent me a thankyou note for my donation, although instead of a postcard, it was a moving letter which I feel compelled to share:
Oh behalf of Pantene Beautiful Lengths, with heartfelt appreciation, we thank you for giving so selflessly of yourself to women who are faced with hair loss from cancer treatment.
Your healthy ponytail will help give self confidence back to a special woman who is battling cancer so that she can fight the disease with a little more dignity. Your generosity is touching and we hope it will inspire many others. As you may know, it takes six to eight ponytails like yours to create one wig, so please spread the word to your friends and family about how important their donation is to this cause as well. More information can be found at www.beautifullengths.com.
Together, we can help bring some joy into the lives of women living with cancer.
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
I didn’t know it took six to eight donations for only one wig. I urge you, if you have long, healthy hair, to cut and donate. You’ll make such a difference to another woman, and you’ll help yourself through another hotter-than-normal summer.