Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Jo took off her bonnet, and a general outcry arose, for all her abundant hair was cut short.

“Your hair! Your beautiful hair!” “O Jo, how could you? Your one beauty.” “My dear girl, there was no need of this.” “She doesn’t look like my Jo anymore, but I love her dearly for it!”

As everyone exclaimed, and Beth hugged the cropped head tenderly, Jo assumed an indifferent air, which did not deceive anyone a particle, . . . rumpling up the brown bush and trying to look as if she liked it.

--Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


Ever since I first read that passage as a young girl with waist-length hair, I’ve wanted to sell or donate my hair for wig making. The last time that I went from very long hair to very short hair, I inquired about donating my hair, but could not find information about it. (That was before everything-you-need-to-know-and-some-things-you-don’t was on the Internet.)

BEFORE

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AFTER

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I did not cry, though my heart was racing and I was trembling when I felt that first cut of scissors. My agony was prolonged because the hair was cut in three fat ponytails which each took the hairdresser a long time to hack through. It did not help when the hairdresser in the next station looked over and yelled, “OH MY GOD!!!”

And the hair? It’s on its way to Locks of Love.

48 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Wow! That's a radical change. But I like it!

That's some seriously nice hair someone is going to get!

Jennifer said...

I love the new haircut! Perfect for summer.

Zonda said...

The short hair looks really good on you! It'll be a change I bet, but someone will love to have your hair!

Amy said...

I think it looks really great! Perfect for this hot humid summer we will likely be having!

It's really funny, besides you, I've known two other chicks who've donated hair to Locks of Love recently.

Helen said...

looks absolutely wonderful! and i love that feeling during the first shower, and the zero amount of time it takes to dry. it also feels really really funny because it is so light!

cpurl17 said...

The haircut is adorable! And the hair you gave away looks so shiny and healthy. What a wonderful thing to do!

Guro said...

Seriously very pretty, fresh and summery. And it's a very kind act donating all that gorgeous hair to Locks of Love.

Rachel said...

Oh Laura, how could you? Your one beauty.

Sonya said...

Cute haircut! I bet you feel lighter too.

Rachel said...

Okay, okay, I guess a huge change like that deserves more than a smart-ass comment. I love your new look! It's very flattering on you. I just wished you'd offered your hair to me before donating it to some good cause -- I would have made myself a Laura wig and then we could have totally twins!

TOO creepy? Have I crossed a line?

Mintyfresh said...

If you want me to take care of the Rachel-stalker, please let me know. I'll call in the authorities.

And the haircut looks great! I've had that exact same haircut and I've always loved it. Good for you donating to Locks of Love!

Liz K. said...

Beautiful on the inside and outside too. I love the haircut and your motivation is so kind.

beth02116 said...

terrific and generous thing you have done! and you look GREAT!!!

Kate said...

short hair looks good on you!
think of all the money you'll save on shampoo & conditioner now :)

Terby said...

Your crochet cap is going to look incredibly cute on the short haircut. I like your new cut - and someone will have an amazing wig!

amylovie said...

Whoa! What a change. I think you look absolutely fantastic.

Amy

Jeanne said...

It looks FANTASTIC! Micaela donated her hair to Locks of Love a few years ago.

heatherfeather said...

so beautiful! and now we have matching haircuts!

s t a c i said...

yay! It's really cute. Both styles suit you - you're lucky.

Now just keep that bag of hair away from me.

:)

chemgrrl said...

I LOVE it! It's so cute! Plus, you donated your hair--what a wonderful thing to do.

grumperina said...

You look adorable! And I'm not just saying that because you now have my haircut :). It's very stylish...

Joanna said...

I love the new haircut, it is so cute and your head looks so much lighter! :) Also, I got my yarn when I got back to my parents' house last night and I'm already itching to cast on. Thanks again!

Amanda said...

You look absolutely lovely! With long hair or short, it doesn't matter. I think donating your hair was an awesome thing to do.

GoldieLocs said...

Donating your hair was a wonderful thing to do, and personally I think you look stunning with the short hair cut.

Karen said...

Donating was an awesome thing to do. You look great with the short hair!

Lynette said...

your new hairdo looks great. what a wonderful contribution.

Cordelia said...

Oh, your haircut is so cute!! (I did that recently & hate the style they gave me.) Gorgeous, & lucky LoL; three thick pony tails of beautiful hair like that will be so helpful.

Stephanie said...

I love the new haircut - it's very flattering to your face. And you'll love short hair in the summer, believe me.

Debby said...

What a huge adjustment for you! Your new haircut looks great on you, and I know there is someone who is going to really appreciate what you did.

If not, please send your hair to me so I can do extensions. Mine is so fine that even if I could grow it super long, Locks of Love would say, "thanks for the thought, but..."

barbie said...

OH MY GOD!!!

Philippa said...

Oh, brave and generous, generous you!

Actually I think you look lovely with short hair.

Amy said...

Oh, wow, Laura! Your hair looks beautiful, long or short, but what a great cut! LOL is a wonderful organization, too. Congratulations!

peri said...

Wow - brave! Your new cut looks amazing and very cute on you and your bravery is doing good too. Well done - big pat on the back.

Meredith said...

Very cute!

Becky said...

I think the new hairdo looks wonderful on you. And how perfectly wonderful that you donated the locks. : )

Stoat said...

not only are you very cool for doing the Locks of Love thing, but the new haircut looks very nice on you!

Cheesy Knit Wit said...

Very cute 'do

Saltwater purls said...

I didn't know about locks of love when I cut off my bum length hair to shoulder length (a few weeks after handing in my PhD...it was all graduate school hair as I hadn't 'cut' it seriously since I began 5 yrs earlier). People who knew me as a grad and haven't seen me since don't recognise me...sometimes at conferences it is better that way (they're usually the ones I've tried to avoid since graduating).

but enough about me...you look CUTE!!!!

Kelly said...

wow that took guts!!!
Your hair looks great either way you luck thing!

turtlegirl76 said...

I love it! It looks fantastic!

Kathy said...

OH
MY
GOD!
You are always beautiful, yes, but you are so sassy and GORGEOUS! I love it! it looks just great on you, and what a wonderful thing for you to do!

roxy =^o^= said...

What a fantastic cut and for such a great cause :)

Love it. *hugs*

Elizabeth said...

You look fabulous! The new haircut is gorgeous, and that's so cool of you to donate your hair to Locks of Love. I love the passage from Little Women, too - one of my fave parts of that book.

Bufanditas said...

The style looks really great on you. It accentuates all your nice facial features. Enjoy the new look!!

SuzannaBanana said...

What a perfect cut! "OH MY GOD" is right, because oh my GOD it's fantastic.

Penny Karma said...

I love how you incorporated classic literature! Oh, and you're beautiful, too.

ZantiMissKnit said...

Your hair is beautiful, long or short! I wish I had known about Locks of Love before I started frying my hair as a teenager.

KBlicious said...

the cut is gorgeous on you and kudos to you for donating to locks of love! I just sheared mine off, but alas, not long enough for donation. :(