Almost 2 years ago after Shannon and I got back from our honeymoon, I cut my hair and gave it to Locks of Love. Locks of Love provides free hairpieces (which would cost $3500-$6000 normally!) to children who have lost their hair due to cancer or other medical conditions which cause hair loss. Each hairpiece requires 6-10 at-least-10-inch ponytails, and the hairpiece arrives long so the child can have it cut to suit their face. You can go here to see pictures of kids before and after they got their hairpiece.
So, in 2007 my hair went from:
I then decided that I wanted to try to grow it out for Locks of Love one more time before we moved overseas. I have fairly nice, healthy hair that grows pretty quickly, and I figure that it's one small thing I can do to help someone out. My hair finally got long enough in April, so about a month ago, I went to Salon Blu, which came recommended by some of my friends who have short hair, to give to Locks of Love for my third time. Here's the mess I began with:
And the super-cute 'do I ended up with:
I'm super happy with the cut, and although I still haven't managed to perfect the "fresh out of the salon" look that I have in this picture, I'm happy to say that I am becoming skilled with a hair straightener. I don't think I'll keep it quite this short in the long run, but for now and for summer, I rather like it. It's been a long time since my hair was this short. It's not easier to take care of than the long hair that I've usually had (which everyone is always surprised by), but it doesn't take nearly as long to blow-dry, which is nice! While I still think I like longer hair for myself better than shorter, I think I can handle this hairstyle for awhile!