Hey everyone and welcome back! Today, I’ll be taking you through my hair donation journey. Read on for the story of my big chop.

Ever since I was little, I was know as “the one with the hair”. I’ve always had long curly hair and it was something that set me apart. It even landed me a cameo in a video! I used to dream of being Rapunzel and all I wanted in life was floor-length hair. One year ago, I significantly cut my hair for the first time, but even then, it was still pretty long.

Dramatic and curly 8-year-old me               in a music video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone says that people with curly hair want straight hair and vice versa, but not me. I’ve always been happy with my unique hair texture. The only downside: it’s pretty hard to maintain. As fun as they are, my curls require frequent detangling and they get caught on everything. I mean everything. People also often feel comfortable touching them without asking, which can be a little… unsettling. In recent years, I took to wearing my hair in a bun most of the time to avoid the extra attention it attracts. But no more. I decided it was time to go short and embrace my natural curls.

I knew was going to cut enough inches to donate, so I chose to give my hair to Locks of Love. I wanted to make this milestone as fulfilling as possible. I figured that if I can help out a child in need, I should go for it. To take it one step further, I turned this amazing experience into a fundraiser for Miss Teenage Canada’s national charity, Make-A-Wish Canada. It was exciting and humbling to receive so much support from my friends and family.

My promo picture to show off my curls!

Alright. Now it’s time for the fun stuff. I made sure to take lots of pictures after the final brushing. I thought I would be sad, but I was more excited (and a little bit nervous). On the way to the salon, I could feel my heart beating fast in anticipation, but I knew I was headed toward a wonderful experience. I was really fortunate to have this chop sponsored by InHAIRitance Curl Spa, the absolute best curly hair salon in the city. I love the staff and ambiance there, so I knew it would be amazing.

Ready for the cut!

First, they cut off the braid that I was going to donate. I expected it to be scary, but I knew from that first snip that it was the best hair decision I could’ve made. They then shaped my hair into the tapered style I wanted, and then washed it. After it dried, they made the last little adjustments. With every cut, I felt more and more happy with my new look. See below for the step-by-step transformation!

The braid

The big chop!

Post-chop shaping

Final touches

Couldn’t be happier!

And of course, I made sure the style works with my crown!

First crown pic with my new do!

I’m extremely grateful to have lived this experience. I’ve never suffered from or lost my hair due to a life-threatening illness, so I’m happy that I can use my privilege to help children and teens in need. I love that such a simple act can make a difference in someone else’s life. If you’re looking to make a difference (and cut off some hair for the summer!), I would definitely recommend considering donating like I did. It’s an experience like no other! I’m in love with every aspect of my new do, and I don’t regret a thing. Stay tuned for more updates on my new short-haired life!

-Clara

Written by: Clara
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