The contrast in this picture puts the focus on my hair. This was the length in February.
The length and the layers
In January, I received some devastating news about a close cousin of mine. I learned that my 11-year-old cousin was diagnosed with leukemia, and it really hurt to learn about the journey he was about to endure. With the help of a lot of other supportive family members, a "Hair Cut Party" was planned, at which many of the males in our family decided to shave their heads in support of my cousin. I decided without hesitation to cut my hair and finally donate it.
It is heart-breaking that the deciding factor came under these circumstances because I would give anything to cure my cousin, but it also gave me the last push that I needed to go through with the donation. I ended up donating 11 inches and cut my hair into an A-line bob. I sent off my hair to Pantene ProV's Beautiful Lengths program, and hope that it helps a cancer patient in need of a wig.
I am still getting used to my short hair. It is so much faster to style. Blow-drying and straightening is not a pain anymore, and my head feels much lighter. I am still looking for new ways to style my hair since there are not as many options as with long hair - with long hair, there is so much you can do. But I am liking that it gives me new looks, I could do certain styles that I could never do with long hair. For example, curls. Since my hair is pretty short, I could do more bouncy, retro-style curls. Curls were a hassle before because my hair was so heavy; it was hard for my hair to hold a curl. Either way, I like both long and short hairstyles. In the end, it's just hair, so I'm having fun with it!
Another one with my short hair. (My bf and me.)
Pantene ProV offers many products and tips for growing your hair out if you wish to donate it. I was using their Replenish Treatment Mask prior to cutting it just to help repair any heat damage I had. You could find more info regarding Beautiful Lengths here.