Hair Donation to Little Princess Trust.
I hadn’t had my hair cut in well over a year. I was happy to let it grow out, but it got to the stage where I was bored, I wanted something different and I wanted to go back to it being a little shorter again.
I booked myself in for a hair appointment for when C was at pre-school one afternoon (oooh the luxury, I had not had a ‘proper’ salon appointment in years!) so I was looking forward to it.
A few nights before my appointment I was sat looking thorough old photographs & pictures online to give me an idea of what I wanted and how short to go, so I could show the hairdresser, but something struck me whilst I was sitting there …..
All the hair I was going to have taken off was just going to land on the floor in a heap and get swept away into the bin. It just felt like such a waste. It was in good condition and nothing wrong with it .. I just fancied a change and it felt a shame for it to end up in the bin.
So I quickly googled what I could do, and I found my answer!
I was going to donate my hair!
I found a few companies online whereby you could donate hair, but I made the choice to send mine to Little Princess Trust. They provide real hair wigs for Children (boys and girls) across the UK & Ireland who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
I read through their guideline and luckily I seemed to tick all the boxes … I was good to go.
- Clean, dry hair in good condition (no split ends) from any gender, and of any natural colour
- Straight, wavy, curly, permed or chemically straightened
- Containing the occasional grey (less than 10%)
- Dyed, bleached/highlighted (any dyes must be of a natural colour)
- Plaits/pony-tails, cut a long time ago, preserved in good condition
- Hair that is less than 7”/17cm in length
- Dyed an unnatural colour (blue, green, purple)
- Largely/mostly grey hair
- Afro (the wig-maker is not a specialist manufacturer of Afro wigs. The Trust buys in these wigs separately)
- Hair extensions
- Wash and dry your hair
- Do not add conditioner or styling products
- Put your dry hair into a plait/s or pony-tail/s
- Secure at both ends with an elastic band
- Ask your hairdresser to cut above the band/s nearest your head
- Now have the rest of your hair cut and styled as you wish
- Put your dry plaits/pony-tails into a clear plastic bag
The above checklist was taken from Little Princess Trust Website for donating hair
When I arrived at the salon I explained to the hairdresser what I had planned and before she washed my hair for it’s new style she tied my hair into the required plait & popped a hairband on both ends to keep it secure.
To make sure I had enough hair to donate I was having to go shorter than I was planning, but I just thought to myself … it’s only hair, it’ll grow back again and by doing this I was helping someone who was in need of it because they didn’t have any of their own.
Once it was cut they popped it into a plastic food bag for me and she went ahead and carried on with my appointment as normal.
Despite the fact I went shorter than I had planned I was SO pleased with the end results.
Once I was home I transferred it into a more secure food bag & popped it into a padded envelope with my hair donation slip and sent it off.
I received a certificate a few weeks later via email so I know they received it ok & i’ve hopefully gone on to help someone just a little bit.