Cross It Off The List! {Hair Donation}

If you missed my Instagram from over the weekend, you missed the big news that I'd crossed something off the 'ole 30 before 30 list. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I chopped off my hair to donate to Locks of Love. It's something I've thought of doing for years, but most of the time I was never able to grow my hair out long enough to actually donate! This time, I had right around 12 inches of hair to send off!
before and after hair


It's crazy how we are about our hair sometimes, isn't it? I wasn't nervous until I sat in the chair and all of a sudden realized I was about to do something "drastic" to my hair. But really, should cutting our hair ever be considered drastic? It's just hair- it grows back!  I took a deep breath, remembered how awesome it was that I could do something to help these kids, and gave my hair dresser the go ahead and we were off! My adorable sister-in-law came with me in case moral support was needed and she snapped all these shots.

donating hair at salon

donating to locks of love

I honestly haven't had my hair this short in YEARS; I really can't remember the last time... probably early college years, so it's a big change. I'm still getting used to it, I think. My head and neck feel naked and I think after a few days I'll like it even more. For now though, I'm already loving the reduced amount of shampoo I need and the hair drying time that instantly got cut in half! I'm off the post office first thing this morning to put my hair in the mail and it makes me so happy to know it's going to a good cause.
hair cut and donation

Have any of you ever donated hair or done something drastic??

65 comments

  1. Haha don't you love the first time you wash your hair and put in WAAAAAY too much shampoo? :) Nice work-- I do this every few years, mostly because I'm kindof a dilettante when it comes to my hairstyle. Cut it short, get tired of it being short, grow it out, get tired of it being long, cut it short.

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    1. Your hair's super cute by the way! I just realized I forgot to say that! :)

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  2. I LOVE your hair short! Super cute!! What a great thing to donate too :) One of the teachers I work with just finished her final chemo treatment and was talking about how much she loves the real hair whigs when you don't have any hair.

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  3. It looks adorable!! I bet your head feels so much lighter ha!

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  4. It looks fantastic. Sassy and cute and really great. What a good cause. Way to take the plunge!

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  5. I LOVE that cut on you! Even better that it was for such a good cause.

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  6. EEEK!!! Crossing something off the list is HUGE! I'm glad I was able to go with you, it was so much fun!!!! ;)

    PS- you are HOT! Short hair looks good on you!!!

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  7. I love it so much!!! I am hoping to get mine chopped this weekend! Once, I chopped off 13 inches it was so drastic something about shorter hair though, I feel more put together, cause I think w. long hair I always have it pulled up.

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  8. I've never had long enough hair to donate, but I know several people who have had real hair wigs to wear during chemo. They definitely appreciated it.
    I LOVE the cut; it frames your face beautifully!

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  9. This is amazing!! And it looks absolutely awesome!!

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  10. Short hair does look good on you!! LOVE IT! So proud of your for donating your hair, such a selfless thing for you to do! HAPPY MONDAY!

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  11. I was so excited to see this IG!!! You look amazing!!! Sally will be happy you're spending a little less on shampoo & conditioner now!! :P

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  12. You look FABULOUS, lady! WOOTWOOT! Way to go, donating is such an incredible thing to do :)!

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  13. I love your short hair!!!! You look awesome with this style!! I donated my hair last summer to Locks of Love and it feels amazing, but it was definitely a little scary when you are in that chair. You did a great thing this weekend you should be so proud! Wait till you wash it for the first time! It is going to feel so strange! Ha!

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  14. ummm girl! You are rockin' that short hair! I adore this cut on you! Hope you have a great week! xoxo

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  15. LOVE the short hair on you! I donated mine awhile back, and it's still taking some getting used to NOT to have long hair lol.

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  16. I love the short hair, it's super cute!!! Way to go!

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  17. IT LOOKS SO GREAT!
    I cut off my hair and donated it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths - knowing my hair was going to a good cause made the cut a lot less dramatic for me. Locks of Love and Beautiful Lengths are such great causes!

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  18. your hair looks great! I definitely haven't had the guts to chop mine off for charity since college..

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  19. I have been thinking about doing this. I think I may be just an inch or two short but I have an appointment on Thursday. I am scared to death but the last time I cut it off I remember loving it... 4 years ago!!!!

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    1. And yours looks super cute!!!! Almost forgot that part!

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  20. OMG! I love it Erin -- the cut is sooo stinking cute. Way to go girl :)

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  21. You look great with the short hair! & you go girl donating that hair of yours! :P My friends hair grows super fast so she has donated it a few times.

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  22. LOVE the new short look! Awesome that you are able to donate!

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  23. This is soooo awesome, Erin! & it looks GREAT!!! I absolutely love the cut. Such a wonderful thing you were able to do, I hope to do it one day too! :)

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  24. I love your new style!!! It looks awesome on you :) And so fun for donating!

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  25. Love it! You look great with the new cut! I donated about 12 inches of hair to Locks of Love after our wedding. I will have to post a pic sometime.

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  26. Not only did you do something awesome, but you look amazing too! You are just on a role girlie girl! I totally missed your post on IG, because I don't know your username, but I loved reading this post!!

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    1. Thanks girl! Just added you on IG :)

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  27. You look awesome!! You are totally rocking that short hair and it's even better that it's for a good cause!

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  28. You go girl! I love that you did this and your new cut is super cute.

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  29. You look fantastic! I've donated twice and it makes me so happy when I see other people donate too! The last time I chopped it, I was weirdly attached to my long hair and I wanted to break that. Plus it made me feel good to help other people who need it way more!

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  30. Your hair looks SO cute!! I've donated my hair to Locks of Love... oh gosh, probably a good six or seven times now. I can never decide what length I want to keep it at, so I suddenly realize that it's ridiculously long again and decide to just chop it off and start over again, lol. Every time I go for the big chop I get kind of nervous, but it's just like you said -- it's just hair! It grows back! And getting rid of 10 inches of hair is such sweet relief for my head! haha. :D

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  31. Your hair looks AWESOME!! I have been wanting to donate my hair too but I'm too attached to it... That sounds lame but I really like my hair haha! I think getting rid of ten or twelve inches would be a relief right now, Texas is just getting hotter and hotter.

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  32. Yup... this is awesome. Something I've definitely thought about, as well! Go you!

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  33. This is so great! Congrats on being brave on a big chop and for doing it for a great cause! The short hair looks GREAT on you!!

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    1. Oh, I just realized I used "great" in every.single.sentence. That's embarrassing.

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  34. I'm absolutely loving the new haircut! So cute! I've only been able to grow my hair long enough to donate once. I don't think I'll ever have my hair that long again. Too much upkeep! :)

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  35. I did this when I was little! We {my sister and I} had hair down to our butt's when we were young and we donated it to Locks of Love too!!!! Your hair looks great, hun. Seriously!! <3

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  36. oh my gosh. yay to you!! and i still get nervous when i sit down to chop all my hairs off and i've donated a few times now. but you're right. it's just hair and it always grows back. but the short hair looks sooo good on you :) i'm jealous. i don't think i could pull off hair that short.

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  37. It looks so good. I really like it short. I've donated mine 3 times and it is such a fun thing to do. I'm debating chopping mine now but I need to find a new hairdresser and have been too lazy. Enjoy your new shorter hair!

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  38. I've donated my hair twice, and I just cut it again over the weekend... I always want a chic 'do like yours but I end up looking like an awkward 14 year old!

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  39. Looks so great!! I love the style!! I donated to a similar cause but canadian a few years back! I think I cried though during the first snip! Ha ha

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  40. You look awesome! Love the cut. I've donated my hair twice now, and I've loved it both times. I love not taking 85 hours to dry my hair. Good for you!

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  41. Ahhh!!! I love it so much!!! I've been growing mine out to donate it...but I'm hoping to wait until it's a little longer. I don't want to TOO short when I cut it! Looks fantastic though :)

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  42. You look GORGEOUS!! I've always wanted to donate my hair but I never have enough patience to let it grow. And next week it's getting cut again, ha!

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  43. You are rockin this look, missy!

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  44. SO cute!! That is so great!! I've donated mine a few times now and it's such a great feeling. And yes, less shampoo!

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  45. Yayyy I love it, it looks great and it was for a great cause.

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  46. I missed seeing the post on IG while I was in Vegas so I was shocked to see this! Love, love LOVE it! You look great and its so awesome that you did it for such a good cause!

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  47. You look great! Short hair really works for you. I've done this a few times. Grow it out, cut it, grow it out cut it, but the older I get the harder/longer it takes to grow out each time, and I really hate that inbetween hair, when you're trying to grow it out and it just looks funny. But this looks great on you! I told myself that I wasn't going to do it again, but knowing me I probably will :)

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  48. I LOVE your new hair!!!! Congrats on taking the plunge and checking something off your list. But seriously, it's sooooooo cute!

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  49. LOVE.LOVE.LOVE.LOVE.LOVE this! Your hair looks amazing and it's so cool that your gorgeous locks are going to someone who really needs them!

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  50. Love it!! It must be so much quicker getting ready now!

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  51. I love your hair short girlie... Its super cute! However to you I am sure that its a huge change verses what was...

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  52. It looks so cute on you!!! I donated my hair freshman year of college - it was a cool experience!

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  53. Yep, I'm still obsessed with how gorgeous you look with short hair! I definitely can't pull it off as well as you (but I've tried)!

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  54. Love you hair. I donated mine to Pantene for Breast Cancer patients when my mom finished Chemo 2 years ago. It was awesome and I was so glad that I was able to donate it!

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  55. I'm so behind on reading your blog, I'm embarrassed. But I'm pretty sure I complimented your new 'do on Instagram, but to make it official I'm saying it again - I LOVE IT!!! I don't know that my hair will ever be long enough to donate, and I'm so proud of you for taking the plunge and helping others! What an amazing thing! And your new 'do is super sassy and fun! You rock!

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