Having little kids has meant my hair is in a braid more often than not, and over the course of the last year, I hadn’t really noticed how long it was getting. Well, until it was time to wash it, and it was a huge drag and I swore I was going to do something with it. I mostly just swore. It takes an hour to straighten (or even just wrestle into submission if I want to wear it out), and after two minutes and thirty-seven seconds, Abby wants something and Pepper is crawling around my ankles trying to get into the bathroom cupboard. It had gotten so long it pretty much had its own postcode, and I didn’t have the time to spend caring for it like I did in my youth. I love long hair, and I find it much easier to deal with than shorter hair, but it was time for a change. I totally told myself that I’d never get a mum cut after kids, but it’s so damn hot, and my head isn’t shaped correctly for buns all the time. I am not au fait with the effortless messy bun, I look like a deranged homeless samurai warrior in cutoff shorts.
So what does one do when they have endless locks to spare? Well, one donates them, of course. It had grown so much without me shaping or cutting or doing anything to it, so it would come in very handy for professionals that make lovely wigs for those who have battled cancer. I did some Googling and found that Pantene offered one such initiative, and all I had to do was send in 7 inches of clean, dry, untreated hair. Well Pantene, I’ve got PLENTY OF THAT.
I got in touch with a friend who is in the hairdressing business and told him of my plan. He very graciously offered to have one of his stylists not only ceremoniously cut it off, but give me a lovely new ‘do in the process. To Sam and all his gang at Universal Hair on the Sunshine Coast – YOU ARE AWESOME.
The very talented Candice tamed the hirsute beast into two ponytails, making sure they measured just a little bit more than 20cm. I didn’t even notice she’d cut them off, so engrossed was I in reading all your lovely comments on Instagram! When I walked in, she asked me if I was going to cry when it was cut. No way, man! It’s hair. I like to change it up pretty mightily from time to time. Probably shouldn’t have dyed it purple in 1999, but hey, we live and we learn! So all of a sudden I had a lighter head of hair and there were two ponytails laid out before me like little offerings on a hairdressing altar.
Then (and this is the fun bit!) I was told to close my eyes and take two deep breaths. As I did, Candice started a relaxing head, neck and shoulder massage with the most delightful citrus oils. If I was concerned about cutting my hair, this probably would have sorted me out! I’m a bit partial to the spoiling you get at Universal salons, I always leave feeling like I’ve not just had my hair cut, but I’ve had an experience. A nice calming, indulgent, quiet experience that includes a good cup of coffee. And the oils they use are 100% organic and cruelty-free. Party on!
Some shampooing, some cutting, and some drying later, I had a much shorter head of hair and a much lighter step. My hair looked so healthy and bouncy! I can wear it out a bit more now, and someone, somewhere will get a a free real-hair wig to help them feel healthy and bouncy after being so ill.
If you’re keen on doing something similar, you can find all the information you need at Pantene Beautiful Lengths, including the story behind the initiative, donation requirements, and others who have gone the chop. If you don’t need your hair, then why not send it to someone who will really benefit? Go on, do it for summer!And here we are after. Shorter, healthier, shinier and better. Can’t say the same for my mirror. Huge thanks again to Sam and the crew at Universal Hair, such a generous donation of their time, skill and product going to such a good cause. do follow them on Facebook here, on Twitter here, or visit them in any of their salons in Mooloolaba, Buderim, Marcoola, and Maroochydore. They use products that are free of parabens, sulphates, sodium chloride, cocamide DEA and MEA, Formaldehyde, and phlalates. Plus, they’re all just really lovely!
And a huge thank you all for the awesome comments and support. What a gorgeous bunch you all are x