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My Hair Donation Story & Why I Chose To Give To Women In Need, Not Children

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I did a thing. Nine inches of my hair is gone and in the mail to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. I have always wanted to make a hair donation. If you’ve been following along for a while, you might remember that time when my hair donation went wrong. Honestly, it was a blessing in disguise that it didn’t work out the first time, because I got the chance to rethink where I gave to and why. I decided to donate my hair to women in need — not children.

When people think if hair donations, they mostly think of children with some type of cancer getting wigs. What they don’t realize is that it’s not that easy. Organizations like Wigs For Kids and Locks Of Love actually profit off of the donations that they get for free. Families often have to pay for the wigs that they receive and a whole lot of people are profiting off of other peoples’ choice to give. That did not sit right with me.

That’s why I chose Pantene Beautiful Lengths for my hair donation.

The program gives free wigs to women who have lost theirs from cancer. The operative word there is free. Women can apply for a wig through the American Cancer Society Wig Bank. According to the organization’s website, “new wigs are offered at no cost to patients without insurance or with inadequate insurance to cover the cost of purchasing a wig.” That’s a program that I can feel good about donating to.

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I had a goal to give more this year. Giving a hair donation was something high on my checklist. After my year of purposeful living, I wanted to make sure that the things I did to make the world a better place wasn’t just through my purchases. People think that they need money in order to give, but that’s not true. Sometimes the biggest and best gift that you can possibly give is your time. Or, you know, your hair.

I cut off nine inches of my hair.

It was the biggest chop that I have ever had to date. My hair donation was somewhat of a sporadic decision. I had been doing research on what program that I wanted to donate to all year though. As my hair grew, so did my anticipation to make the cut.

The plan was to grow my hair out to get a 10 inch donation. That didn’t happen. It got to a point where my hair was just too long to manage. I figured it was time to make the cut at eight inches instead. My hair was so long that I rolled it up in my car window and didn’t even realize until I got to where I was going. That, my friends, is a sign for a hair donation.

“We know how important the appearance of strong, healthy hair is,” the Pantene Beautiful Lengths website reads. “For women battling cancer, the appearance of strong, healthy hair is even more important. That’s why we created Pantene Beautiful Lengths, the only program to help women feel like themselves again with free, real-hair wigs. So when you donate 8 inches of hair or $8 dollars to the cause, you’re helping to make sure that happens.”

For a while. my hair defined me. I thought that if I didn’t have my long, red hair, I wouldn’t be me. In fact, every single time that I’ve gotten in a salon chair, I’ve had anxiety. It would be so bad that I would have panic attacks leading up tot he day that I was planned to go.

This time was a little different. I called and schedule my hair cut for two days later, and didn’t freak out once during the chop. Not even when my hair was being put into tiny ponytails to be chopped off eight inches. While I’m not completely sure why my anxiety decided to go away for the moment, I’m chalking it up to the hair donation.

I felt good about where my hair was going which made me feel less anxious about cutting it off.

This is what living a purposeful life has done for me. To say that my life has changed in every single way would not be an exaggeration. When you feel good about what you’re buying, doing, and supporting, everything else seems to fall into place.
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If you want to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, all you have to do is, well, cut off 8+ inches of hair. You tie your hair into a ponytail, cut it off, and ship it to the program. They will let you know when they receive it and where it is at every step of the way. You can also donate money, if you’re not in the position to cut off that much hair.
Every time that you put thought and purpose into something that you do, you will feel better about your decision. Where you give your money to matters. Every action has a reaction. This isn’t a science lesson — it’s about making your life matter. Because at the end of the day, a haircut can be more than just a haircut. It can change lives.

xx.

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12 Comments

  • Natalie

    Your hair looks amazing! The fact that you donated it to a great cause makes it even better

    May 21, 2018 at 11:02 am Reply
  • Life in the Happy

    You look stunning, darling! I cut 9 inches off my hair recently, but I did send it to a children’s charity. I have recently discovered your blog, and I LOVE your content! The messages you are spreading are so positive, and interest me so much! Well done my lovely 🙂 x

    May 21, 2018 at 3:45 pm Reply
  • Throughmylens

    Aww that was so generous and thoughtful of you hun, I absolutely agree with everything you said. Well done you!

    May 21, 2018 at 7:18 pm Reply
  • kittyp0p

    YAS Kali I donated 11” of my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths (a way long time ago) and I felt so good about where my hair was going! Very glad you did your research and gave to such an awesome cause- plus your new cut looks FAB

    May 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • miasouthertonx

    Such an amazing cause, your hair looks gorgeous and you suit it short X

    May 23, 2018 at 7:11 am Reply
  • Lonielle

    Oh I love this! What a wonderful life changing thing to do for someone in need. I have thought about this many times but can’t stand myself with long hair so I may never be able to do it but you have inspired me. Thank you!

    May 23, 2018 at 11:52 am Reply
  • brownkittycat

    Aww you’re too sweet and you look amazing with shorter hair too 🙂

    May 24, 2018 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Life As Najida

    Love the new hair! I wish I could donate my hair but it grows like a snail x

    May 25, 2018 at 11:52 am Reply
  • ayrgalaxy

    Omg fantastic. I chopped off like 8 inches from my hair and I’ve been keeping it because I wanted to find a place to donate it too but this is better than what I had in mind. I’ll have to send them my hair too lol.

    May 29, 2018 at 1:22 am Reply
  • outnaboutweb

    You not only look super cute, but you look super cute for a good cause now! I also absolutely love your new blog layout, it works really well with your content! 🙂
    elena <3

    May 30, 2018 at 4:47 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much! I needed something fresh and new to inspire me haha xx.

      June 1, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much! I was feeling a change and am SO happy with how it turned out xx.

      June 1, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply

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