Hi. It’s Maddie again. Today I wanted to share my hair donation story. You might have noticed that I’ve been the model for lots of hair experiments here on the blog. I’ve always had long hair, so wearing it lots of different ways seemed normal to me.

waterfall braid fishtail messy bun hairbow

We’ve done the waterfall braid, the French braided fishtail, the side French braided fishtail with ribbon, and the messy bun bow, just to name a few.

My hair is really heavy, so straight hair is never a problem. It’s not so easy to get wavy or curly hair. I wanted to try some styles with more beach curls, and I thought having shorter hair would help with the weight issue. Once I decided to go for the cut I asked my mom how much I’d have to cut to be able to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, the charity that makes wigs for women with cancer. She said I needed eight inches. That was more than I was thinking of cutting off, but when I realized I could donate in honor of my aunt who unexpectedly died this past spring from cancer, I decided to go for it. I know I’m really lucky to be healthy and to have hair that grows fast. I also knew if I didn’t like the shorter hair, it wouldn’t take long for it to grow back. In the end, it was only a few inches more than I was planning to cut off. I hope that a sick woman will get a wig that has my hair in it and know that strangers all across the country care about her and her fight. Here’s my before and after shot:

before and after pantene beautiful lengths donation

Here’s my hair all bagged and ready to be mailed:

pantene beautiful lengths donation

My mom donated her hair a few months ago in honor of her friend. To read her story, click here.

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27 Responses to Maddie’s Hair Donation

  1. Peggy Larkin says:

    What a caring loving person you are! Your mom is surely proud of the wonderful person in front of her! God Bless You!

  2. Wow what a caring thing for you to do, you should be so proud! Your hair looks gorgeous short as well and I’m sure it will be nice for summer!

  3. Susan says:

    What a sweet post! I love the new haircut too!

  4. How wonderful that you did this! Your hair is adorable :) I hadn’t heard of this donation organization before. Please link this up at Pin Inspiration Thursday http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/07/pininspiration-thursday-712.html

  5. Becca says:

    That’s really neat that you did that. I have a sister who donated her hair 3 times I believe. I did once when I was quite a bit younger. And btw, your hair looks very nice either length!
    Found you via 5 Days… 5 Ways. :)

  6. Thank you for providing the information on where to donate hair. It seems most salons do not keep this information for their clients. I sure wish they took color treated hair (even less than 5% grey is to much). :P

  7. Lorie says:

    WOW what a wonderful thing you have done. You are a beuatiful young lady.

  8. Betsy says:

    Thank you for the sweet comments! I love that giving isn’t always money. Sometimes it’s hair.

  9. Fawnda says:

    Good for you! I have donated my hair 4 times (and I am currently growing it out again) Your Hair looks cute short too! :)

  10. good for you! that was such a selfless act on your part! my mother-in-law was a recipient of a wig made for cancer patients and i know she appreciated it greatly.

  11. Natasha says:

    this is great, i had really long hair and had it cut short last month, wish I had thought of donating my hair

    would love it if you could share them on my link party – http://serenityyou.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/serenity-saturday-48.html

    Natasha xx

  12. Oh, you’ve made me cry! Such a sweet and generous thing to do, I’m sure your Aunt would be really proud. Your new hair cut looks really good too :)

  13. Dee says:

    This is so truly a refashion and with an ispirational cause! I would be honored if you linked this up to The CSI project starting today. The challenge is refashions/upcycles. This would be perfect and you just might be a winner!
    Come on by!
    http://www.thecsiproject.com

  14. Kelly J says:

    What a great inspiration! I’ve been growing my hair out so I could do this very same thing (but my hair now is as long as yours post-cut…). It’s one item off my bucket list I hope to cross off within the next year!

  15. Just Jaime says:

    That’s so beautiful you did it in honor of your aunt! I love your new cut!

  16. This is such a wonderful idea! You are a beautiful young lady and I’m sure your Aunt is smiling down on you for doing such an honorable thing! Please come share this at our link party – “Home is Where the Heart is” http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-2/ Please feel free to link any other posts you’d like to share!

  17. Christine says:

    Way to go Maddie!! Such a kind gesture!! You look BEAUTIFUL no matter the length of your hair! Have a wonderful day!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  18. Betsy says:

    Thank you all for being so supportive! You’re the best!

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  20. Chloe says:

    Your hair looks great! I’m planning on doing the same thing next week! Good for you!

  21. Hey you look beautiful and nice hair styles…

  22. Melinda says:

    that is very caring of you. Your hair looks great short:) God Bless you!!!

  23. Celeste says:

    This is amazing! My dad passed away this past march of cancer also! Hr was only 41 years old! I appreciate people like you who donate their hair for cancer! :)

  24. bonnie says:

    thank you maddie. such a beautiful and wonderful story and a most generous, selfless act for a great cause. my 28 year old niece was recently diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma. last week she shaved her head, with her husband, due to the haird loss. this week she has a beautiful wig from pantene beautiful lengths and looks smashing!! all due to kind benefactors such as yourself.

    Bless you! :) <3

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