My hair has always been my pride and joy. For a while, it's been the only part of how I look that I've been happy with. It's also always been long. From the moment I was old enough to start making my own decisions about my hair, I've grown it. My idea of a trip to the hairdressers would be getting the slightest trim which would leave my Mum asking the same question every time I'd come home: “Did you even get a haircut???”
A few years ago, I got tired of the constant terrible dye jobs I was doing on my hair and decided to embrace my natural colour again. To do that, I had to grow it out so I could fully get rid of the colours I'd been throwing on it for so long. Now I have my natural hair back and it's probably the longest it's been.
So before making my usual appointment for a trim last year, I stopped and actually thought about the length of my hair for once. Would it really matter if it wasn't as long? I'm so lucky that I get to grow my hair, have a trim, then a few months later be back at the length I started at. I'm so lucky that I get to put colour in my hair without a second thought because even if it goes terribly wrong and I end up looking like a little bit of an idiot for a while, it'll still grow out. There are so many children who can't grow their hair, so many young adults who can't experiment with different styles and not think twice about it. There are too many people who have to lose their hair in the cruellest ways. My hair is just a thing to me and I might love it a lot, but it could mean the world to someone else.
From that point on, I continued growing my hair with the intention of making it something that someone else can be proud of. My hair is one of the few things that gives me confidence in the way I look, but now it's someone else's turn to feel that way.
My hair has recently reached my waist, and pretty soon it'll be ready to go to a new and deserving home. In August, I'll be cutting and donating between 13-15 inches to the Little Princess Trust so it can be turned into a natural wig for children who need it far more than I do. In the meantime, I've set up this page with the hopes of raising some money for this wonderful charity that helps to give young people the princess hair they deserve. It costs on average between £350-£500 for a wig to be made, which will then be given to a child who needs it for free. If you could contribute even just a little, I'd be so grateful. This fundraiser is being started on my birthday, June 13th, and I couldn't ask for a better present than for people to help me raise money for a great charity.
Together we can help the Little Princess Trust bring a smile to young faces.
(Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.)