Monday, October 31, 2011

Chopped Off

This Saturday, I had a hair appointment that has changed things up a little. After my doctor told me I needed to walk twice a day to help alleviate back pain, all I could think about was my hair. How could I wash my hair every day, sometimes twice? My hair had gotten extremely long and I had thought of donating my ponytail. I used my tape measure and figured out that cutting a ponytail would still leave me shoulder-length hair, a nice change.

I made the appointment on Saturday, knowing I would want to coincide any type of blow-out with the Beaux Arts Ball. I told Duane, my fabulous hair guru, about my plan and there was a pause on the other line. I have only let him cut 1/2 inch at a time, so this was big news to him. I also made a deal with my little friend Nicole at work to cut her extremely long hair. Her appointment is next week.

When I showed up at the d.r. bonlie salon at 4:30, Duane was waiting for me with the funniest look on his face, he didn't think I would go through with it. I got my measuring tape out and we went to work. He broke my hair into four parts and put little elastics in but his version of 8 inches had the little rubber bands barely below my ears! I started to panic but kind of couldn't turn back. We were cracking each other up...




He asked me a few times if I was sure and then took his very sharp scissors and started cutting through each ponytail. My hair is chemically straightened, so it is very dense and it took a little while to get through each one. After the first, the hair left was so unbelievably short, I really couldn't process what just happened. After he was finished cutting, we put them together and I tied them with a ribbon.




After a little color, shampoo and head massage, he was ready to get to work styling my new 'do. Duane is an artist and he cut my hair for almost 20 minutes straight, layer after layer, convincing me that I would love it. Too late to turn back, I just sat there and watched him create crazy layers so my hair wouldn't look boxy. Then we decided to add bangs, which I do every few years and promptly grow out. The end result...very cute. He made the layers flip out on the sides and although it was short, it did look good, but so much shorter than I ever imagined. I took this in the car before I drove home...




My beautiful ponytail is going to an organization called Children With Hair Loss. After doing a little research, I found out that Locks of Love needs 10 inches and could not guarantee my straightened hair would be used for a wig. They also charge for their wigs, which I thought was horrible. I found another this other organization which was started by a hair stylist in Michigan. They collect donated ponytails and sort them by color and send them off to the wig maker. When they are finished, they are donated at no cost to children battling Cancer, Alopecia and other ailments which cause hair to fall out. Although they prefer virgin hair, they take all sorts and only need 8 inches. Believe me, I am no martyr, but it feels good doing something selfless that will make someone else very happy. Yikes...I am so scared to blow dry it myself tomorrow!!!

6 comments:

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh it looks adorable! Such an awesome cause too!

KK

Catherine said...

K: You look GREAT! So much more stylish! Good for you.

CDS said...

It looks so cute! How did your blow out of it go? xo

JMW said...

GREAT haircut! I really like that style on you. And, I had no idea that Locks of Love charged for wigs. Cheers to you for supporting the other organization.

JulesTX said...

I love your new style...so cute !

I donated my pony tail last year, feels good to know your helping towards a new wig for someone who needs it.

annechovie said...

Love your hair, Kristin! Very chic and youthful - you look gorgeous. Merry Christmas!