A few weeks after I got married in March, I had 8 inches chopped off my hair. Did I fancy a change in hairstyle I hear you ask? New name, new hair? Unfortunately, no. That wasn’t the main reason why I decided to have my mop chopped.
A little before our wedding, we found out that a dear family friend (and my god mother) got diagnosed with cancer. She was due to start chemo the weekend of our wedding but delayed it to the following week so that she could be there at our special day and join in our celebrations. It’s so sad that cancer is never really too far from us.
I started thinking about how awful it would be as a woman to lose all of your hair due to going through cancer treatments. Even if you don’t style your hair every day, just having it there for the whole of your life and then one day you wake up and it starts falling out is totally unimaginable.
It was then when I looked into the costs of wigs – something I have been ignorant to because luckily I have never needed one and I was astonished at the price. Real hair wigs can cost from £200 to a whopping £2,000 which I couldn’t quite get out of my head. That’s when I made the decision to cut my own hair off and donate it to charity to make a wig. I’ve always been known for having SO much hair growing up so what difference is 8 inches less going to make?
As well as donating my hair, I set up a JustGiving page to raise money to go to Cancer Research and I was chuffed to have raised £320. There are tons of charities who accept hair donations which makes the decision harder of who send your locks off to. In the end, I settled on sending mine to Little Princess Trust who provide real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
I gave such a small sacrifice to give somebody such a big gift – their hair and a little bit of normality back. I would recommend ANYONE to do this. You feel an immense sense of pride by doing so and if that alone doesn’t persuade you, you also get to rock a new hairstyle for a while!