forced donation

A teenage girl was brought in by her parents because she needed a haircut but had so far refused to get one. They just wanted her to get a trim, but she went one further and cut it all off. She knew we do the Locks of Love program, so she said “If I have to cut my hair, might as well give it to someone who needs it.”

It served the dual purpose of not having to cut her hair again for a while, and also giving to a great cause.

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marriage off, hair off

A lot of times, people will change their hair when they are going through major life changes. I understand the psychology behind it: your hair / appearance is something you can control in a world where many things are not under your power, such as deaths, breakups, etc.

I had a lady come in, very determined to cut off all of her long beautiful hair. As you know, I encourage this type of behavior, but I also want to make sure the person doesn’t regret it. Hair takes a long time to grow back, and even if you get a good cut, you might not be happy with it if it’s shorter than you wanted or are used to.

But this lady was sure. All of it. Off. I felt like the Italian barber cutting Audrey Hepburn’s hair in Roman Holiday (which she actually did on camera, btw). So, as I gave her a cute new ‘do, I asked what spurred the change. Turns out she was supposed to get married… that coming weekend. Something had gone sour (I didn’t press for details) and she said her now ex-fiance had always liked her long hair. Since the wedding was now off (a development of only the night before!), her hair was coming off too. I could see the weight literally (and figuratively) being lifted off her shoulders as I cut it.

I was glad to help her gain some independence, and hopefully some happiness.

 

(ps- She did donate her hair to Locks of Love, thereby getting a free haircut and helping a good cause.)

Convincing to donate

I’ve mentioned before that I try to encourage people that cut off 10 inches or more of their hair to donate it to Locks of Love. If they are already cutting this much off, it’s never a question. But if they are just on the edge of having enough, I try to convince them to go just a bit shorter.

One day I was having this conversation with a teenage girl. She wanted quite a bit of hair cut off, but me just saying the numbers made it seem like a lot, and she was nervous. “I don’t want to be bald!” she said. But then when I showed her how much 10 inches off actually was (still shoulder length), she immediately changed her tone and said “oh yeah, chop it off! Get it out of here!”

Another time, I was speaking with a lady about it. She was all for going short, but was worried her husband wouldn’t like it. I told her that if she donates, her haircut is free. But it wasn’t the “free” part that caught her attention – it was the donating part. Apparently she hadn’t heard of Locks of Love, so I explained it to her. (In a nutshell, the hair is used to make wigs for sick children.) Learning that completely changed her tune. “If my husband doesn’t like it, just wait til I tell him it goes to a good cause!”

That’s what I like to hear.

too cute to grow

Every 2 years or so, a client of mine chops off her long hair and donates it to Locks of Love. Then she starts the growing process again, and repeats ad nauseum. When she came in last time for her cut, I of course asked her how she would like it styled. She said “I guess just a one-length bob.” I asked her if she didn’t want any layering in it, and she replied that everyone had always told her that she couldn’t have layers since her hair was so fine. I told her that was nonsense, and proceeded to show her.

Before I was even done, she was proclaiming “I love it! I love it so much!” I don’t know why she had been told she couldn’t have the hairstyle she wanted, but once she did, she was so happy about it. When we were done, she said “It’s so adorable, I don’t know if I want to grow it out again!”

Mixed feelings about that. I’m glad she loved her hair, but I also like when people donate their hair to those that need it.

short hair reasoning

A lady came in to get her hair cut. and I mean ALL her hair cut. She was tired of long hair, and decided to get rid of it and donate to Locks of Love. As I cut off the 16 inches and styled her new sassy ‘do, she told me that her 8-year old daughter also has long hair. She figured that once the girl saw Mom’s hair, she would want her hair cut too. (ps- this makeover would be a surprise to everyone.)

Turns out that the girl not only has long hair, but it’s a really pretty shade of “strawberry blonde, with lots of extra strawberry.” People are always commenting and complimenting her on it, but she hates the attention. “Mommy, I wish I was brown like everyone else,” she has said. So the mom figured that her own newly short hair, plus the added benefit of (hopefully) less popularity, would convince the girl that she should go short (and donate) as well.

I gave the lady a coupon, and told her to bring her daughter on in, because I want to see this fabled hair.