I’ve never been one to follow trends. While most women cut their hair short after having a baby, I decided to go long. I had had my hair short for my entire life.


In this shot when the prince was about 6 months old, my hair is as short as it has been for the last 10 years. After that, I found it a lot easier to “pony and go” than to dry, brush, and curling iron, (not to mention frequent trips to the hairdresser) to keep that styled look. From that point, I started growing my hair out.

before I have no idea why I am whistling.

Approximately 3 years later, it was long enough to cut and donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. This program provides wigs to chemotherapy patients through the American Cancer Society.



Of course, that meant I had to dry and curl the ends if I wanted to be anywhere near presentable to go out in public. With a spirited 3.5 –year-old and a 13-month-old, that was not in my plan! So, I started growing it out again.


beforehairGood Golly Girl! Put some color on your face !

Last week, about 3 years after the first donation, it was long enough to cut again! I had Prince Charming measure to make sure. Then, made the appointment. Last Saturday afternoon, I told my hairdresser (Miss Kim) just to make sure it was at least 8 inches (the minimum for Pantene Beautiful Lengths). She made the ponytail and measured.


Before Miss Kim made the cut, she asked me if I was sure that I wanted to do it. I am not one to be prissy about my hair. IT WILL GROW BACK!!!! Oh, and while I’m on this tangent … why do hairdressers always ask how you want the back? I DON’T CARE! I’m not going to see it anyway. In all likelihood, how it looks when I leave the salon is the only time it will look that way.


O.K. Back to the haircut…




When I got home, the prince met me at the door and said he thought I was going to look like someone else. (We had looked at online photos and discussed everything from Halle Berry’s pixie to Lady Gag’s whatever-it’s-called.)  Later in the evening, the princess wanted me to “tape the ponytail back on.” I think Prince Charming is still undecided.


As for the ponytail, I measured it. Since it was so thick, she cut it in two section. They measure from 10-11 inches!!!! This time, I am donating it to Locks of Love. This organization provides hairpieces for children with hair loss related to medical conditions.


I am so loving my new haircut. I don’t have the wispy strands tickling my face or all of it getting wrapped around my neck while I sleep. The sides are long enough to pull up on top when I need to (around the house) or tuck behind my ears to run errands.

I didn’t blog about my new doo to get a pat on the back for being a do-gooder. I just wanted to bring attention to these organizations who do good for others. If you have long hair and are thinking about a bold new style, check them out before you make your cut.


I’m linking to Feature Yourself Friday, Follow Me Friday, and I’m Lovin’ It.

Disclaimer: My TOS  crewmate Wendy from Homeschooling Blessings was the inspiration for this post. Read her story here.


The grass is green. It’s good to be


date Friday, September 3, 2010

5 comments to “Cutting Loose”

  1. Kelly
    September 3, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    I've been wanting to get my haircut too. it's been really bothering me. Anyway, last time I cut mine I sent it to Locks of Love. I hadn't heard of the Pantene one. That's cool! I'll definitely check into them when I get mine cut - which hopefully will be sooner rather then later.

  1. Berry Patch
    September 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    I used to always have short hair. I started growing it at the end of high school and long hair for a long time after. Then I found a local hairdresser that can take as little has five inches for donations. I started growing it out to have that amount cut. I'm now growing it back long after two years of having it short.

  1. funfunfun
    September 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    That's a great thing you do. Mine doesn't grow at all.
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  1. Melinda
    September 7, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    I love the new 'do! My sister is growing her hair out for Locks of Love - what a beautiful gift to give!

  1. Ebuck
    September 7, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    I likes it. I feel like if I ever donated mine it would get rejected and sent back to me with a note saying, "Thanks, but we have no use for frizzy, think, waves where it wants, Florida-humidified hair."

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