I Chopped It All – for Charity!

I finally did it.

I’ve been wanting shorter hair since I can’t even remember. Somewhere between routine and fear, I’d kept my hair very long and it just wasn’t working out anymore. Also, I’ve had the same haircut since I was 14-years-old. The sheer weight, thickness and ongoing static became a little too much. So, I chopped it off!

I’ve been eyeing this haircut for quite a while now: the asymmetrical bob with side-swept bangs.

While searching around to see if this style complimented my diamond facial shape, I realized that my hair was probably long enough to be able to donate to an organization making wigs for those living with cancer. Not all hair donation non-profits are the same or can use all of the donations sent to them; It is worth it to look around for a donation site that you like.

Note: Although it was one of the first names to come to my mind when I thought about donating, I decided not to go with Locks of Love after reading this Forbes article and because it made little sense to ship to Florida if my donation could benefit someone in Ontario.

So, after searching around online to find the best-fit for charitable donation, I found that Pantene Beautiful Lengths has an address here in Ontario. If I wasn’t motivated to chop it all off before, I certainly was after visiting Pantene Beautiful Lengths’ site. Pantene requires a minimum of 8 inches and provides a free shipping label to make it even easier to donate.


I had a general idea of what look I liked, but I trusted that my hair stylist would tell me what framed my face best. I went to the local hair salon, Viola, to meet with Tara for my appointment. After a wash, we did an initial chop, then she added in more detail and style. In total, I chopped off 12 inches of my hair; I hadn’t even realized it was that long.


It felt so good to cut off all of that weight. I was nervous that I would miss  reaching back and touching my hair, but it was a wonderfully liberating experience. Now, my hair is light, structured and flies around just enough in the wind.

After my appointment, I collected my braid into my bag and sent it off to Pantene via Canada Post!

It was that easy.

If you’re interested in donating your hair, follow the link to Pantene’s site here to find out if you hair meet the requirements to be donated for a wig. Then, bring two hair ties and a plastic ziplock bag to your next haircut and you’re good to go!

Happy Haircutting,




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