Locks of Love!

It’s not a good sign when you can’t even remember the last time you had your haircut. I know it was the last time I did Locks of Love – a cool organization that lets you donate your hair to be made into wigs for kids who’ve lost their hair from cancer treatments. It’s a really great cause and if you have the patience to grow your hair long enough (10 inches) I highly recommend you give it a shot. I think it may have been May of 2011 the last time I did it, but I’m not certain. One thing that was certain is that my hair was getting crazy long and a bit out of control! There were a few incidents where it got so tangled while I was working out that I needed Ian to cut hair ties out of it when I got back home. Yikes! Ian would like to point out that this is yet another “perk” of living with a runner.

Here’s the before shot. I did like my long hair, but I will not miss the time it took to blow dry and straighten every day.

Before

Before

While I was home in Syracuse last weekend I headed down to the Fayetteville Towne Center near my parent’s home to a hair salon called Andrey’s, and told them to chop it! The girl doing my hair actually went to the same high school as I did (although a few years later than me…ouch, feeling old!) so we chatted about that while she gave me my new ‘do. She cut off 13 inches in total – I hadn’t realized just how long it had gotten!

I think it came out great and I’m loving my new short hair cut. The next step is mailing it in to Locks of Love in a plastic bag inside of a padded envelope. Don’t ask where it’s been sitting while I wait till I can get to the post office! Gross! Why is it that as soon as hair isn’t attached to your head anymore it becomes super gross?

Right after the cut!

Right after the cut!

It’s been great during my workouts to pull my hair up into a tiny pony tail and wrap the rest in a Sweaty Bands headband so nothing is on my neck or bothering me while I run. I also love how quickly I can dry it and get ready in the mornings now! This is perfect timing too – it’ll be long enough to pull all of it up again once summer hits and the D.C. humidity turns my hair into a frizzy mess no matter how carefully I straighten it.

First day I had to style it on my own.

First day I had to style it on my own.

Do you prefer long or short hair for working out? Have you ever donated your hair before – what organization?

 

Also, I have to wish my Mom a very happy birthday today!! Hope it’s a great day!

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