I'm a new writer based in Sydney, enjoying all the bits and pieces of everyday life.
Published April 17th 2013
Hair care, care hair
Did you know your hair can help a woman undergoing cancer treatment?
I had been growing my hair the last two years and taking care of hair that long is not easy, especially for someone accustomed to shoulder length hair for most of her life. My hairbrush collected strands of hair like there was no tomorrow.
Wigs made of real hair are the best because they are softer and more natural looking. They are so costly to buy, starting at $600. Wig makers need several bunches of hair to create one wig and will have to match similar hair types and dye it to one colour.
So I decided to chop off my hair, which was almost waist length. I remembered reading an article about donating hair so I did a search on Google to see what the requirements are.
It was Pantene's Beautiful Lengths campaign launched in Australia last year. They pledged to collect donated hair to make wigs, pay to have them made, and also pay the postage to get them to cancer patients for free. After doing a bit more research, I found that girls as young as six have donated their hair! Awww... I saw that people donated their hair lengths which they had been growing for many, many years.
Hair goes nothing
I washed, conditioned and dried my hair then trooped to the parlour at Chatswood. I asked Jenny, the friendly hairdresser, to cut it following the instructions I saved on my phone. At first she didn't understand why I needed to put a rubber band around it, but after I explained that it will be given as ingredients for a wig, she understood.
Here is a photo of half of my hair. Jenny thought it best to tie them into two bunches for easier cutting.