For years, I’ve had crazily long hair. I had my hair cut a few years ago and it was very short – the shortest it’s ever been (except when I was a baby, duh) – and I hated it! I have a long face, so very short hair looked a bit stupid. So for the next few years, I just let my hair grow and grow.
Until the end of 2017, when I decided to get it cut.
Of course, I wasn’t going to let all this hair go to waste! In the UK, there’s a charity called Little Princess Trust. LPT make wigs for children and young adults who have lost their hair due to cancer and other illnesses. I got a point where I was sick of my hair being so long, and I knew that there are so many people out there who need it a hell of a lot more than I do. So a few months ago, I set up a fundraising page and pledged to donate 12 inches of my hair.
The Big Day…
Yesterday (14th April) was finally the day I decided to go and get it cut! I was so nervous for a few days leading up to it, but in the morning, I woke up pretty excited. I had a few ideas saved on my phone to show the hairdresser (something I always recommend doing) so I knew exactly what I wanted.
Here’s how long my hair was before I went in…
Debbie, my hairdresser, said she’s never cut hair so long! (My stepmum measured it a while ago and it was around 30 inches from root to tip. Not bad for a few years of growing it.)
When I got there, she sat me down in the chair to brush my hair and get it straight to take the photo above. She then plaited it and we took a few photos. Plaiting my hair made me realise just how long it was, especially when the first couple of plaits were cut off and we could really see the difference! As well as being ridiculously long, my hair is super thick, so it had to be separated into 4 plaits. (Otherwise it’d probably be like trying to cut through rope.)
No Going Back Now!
Then, in no time at all, the plaits were off… all my hair was gone! I thought I’d feel weird about not having long hair any more, but it actually felt like such a relief. I couldn’t stop looking at how short it looked in the mirror. Then my mum measured the plaits with a tape measure.
Before we went in, I said I was going to have 12 inches cut off… but I ended up with TWENTY! Twenty inches!!! The minimum LPT ask for is about 10! Once the ends are trimmed off to tidy them up a bit they’ll probably be about 18 inches, which is still insane.
The next part was dyeing and styling. I wanted my hair to be red with vibrant orange ends. I chose the colours I liked and Debbie got to work on dyeing my hair. Because I’ve used box dyes for so long, my hair had quite a build up of old colour. This means that ends haven’t gone as vibrant as I hoped, but I’m going to keep going back so we can work on getting them as bright as we can. The red colour is so nice though, and it’s great to have proper red hair back after not dyeing it for about 2 years!
After I had it washed, it was time to style it. Debbie was amazing – she spent so long styling it to look exactly how we wanted it to look, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the end result.
The End Result
So… here’s what it looks like!!!
What do you think? 😀 I was a bit surprised by how short I was happy to go. I expected to have the minimum chopped off so it’d still be quite long, but I was brave enough to let Debbie cut it the length she thought would look best. I’m so excited to see what I can do with it!
Styling incredibly long hair is almost impossible (especially for someone like me who has no idea about hair), but with this new length, I’ve already got some ideas. If you’ve got any ideas for short/mid-length styles, please share them with me!
Want to Donate?
Now, of course, I did this for charity and I would absolutely LOVE if you could donate to the cause. Even just £1 will add to the total and it’d mean the world to me! All money raised is going to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, and my hair will go to Little Princess Trust. If you’re able to, click here to donate. 🙂 Thank you!