Last month I decided my hair was getting too long. Like, gross-long. The ends were on their way to becoming fried. Even the magic of hair products couldn’t save my sad strands.
It was time to say goodbye--and hello to a new me--again.
Allow me to explain: Aside from minor trims here and there, I don’t cut my hair any fewer than eight inches at a time. Is this weird? Maybe. But it’s for a good cause. I’ve donated my brunette bundle to charity five times--to Locks of Love and to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
Both organizations have similar asks. Pantene ponies:
- Must be at minimum eight inches long
- Cannot be dyed, bleached, or chemically treated
- Have no more than five percent grey
Check. Check. Check. Now it was time to prepare.
For this last cut, I booked an appointment at Warren Tricomi in New York City, and continued with my regular shampooing and conditioning regimen. Pantene suggests using a conditioner after every wash and using a leave-in conditioner when using heated hair appliances.
First, he shampooed and conditioned my hair and did not add any additional product. Then we gathered my hair behind my neck, and created a few ponytails with elastic bands, each one eight inches long. Finally, Adam went to work, cutting the hair above each elastic.
What Happens Afterward
Running my hands through my hair, I immediately missed my recent Rapunzel-like appearance. Perhaps I was startled because it had been so long since I had short hair. But I felt good about what I had done; Pantene Beautiful Lengths creates wigs for women with cancer. (Locks of Love caters to American and Canadian children with hair loss.) I slipped my ponytails into an envelope and shipped them off to be made into a hairpiece.
And In Case You Miss Your Length...
I don’t regret my decision to donate (again), and it helps to know there are options like Viviscal, the hair-growth supplement recommended by my friend Gina, should I long for longer hair.
- Would you, or have you, donated your hair to charity?
- Have you ever chopped off more than eight inches of your hair?