Donating my Hair

Donating My Hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Olivia Meister ‘19

Before last Friday morning, I had hair that was all the way down my back, but then at 10:30a.m. I chopped it off. This certainly wasn’t an easy decision because my long hair was something I had been growing out since the first time I donated it in second grade.

With hair as long as mine, it took a lot of time and work to do anything cute with it, so most of the time it ended up in the same boring ponytail. Since I didn’t really get much enjoyment from my super long hair anymore, I figured why not donate it to someone who could use it more than me.

This decision wasn’t just a spur of the moment “Let’s do it!” kind of thing, I had had this idea in the back of my mind for several months. The entire time I kept my thoughts about cutting my hair  to myself because I didn’t want their thoughts and opinions to affect my final decision. But after giving it a good amount of thought and weighing out both the pros and cons, I decided to go for it.

I walked into the salon believing that I was donating eight inches, the minimum amount of donated hair accepted by Pantene, but after being shown the small difference between cutting off eight and ten inches, I decided that two more inches wasn’t really that bad. However, after measuring my hair at home, I discovered that I actually gave up twelve inches, and that’s not including the inch or two I lost from trimming to even out my ends.


Me after getting my haircut. On Friday Nov. 13

Now that my hair ends about three inches below my collar bone, even though I’m still getting used to it, I’m glad that I donated my hair to a good cause and encourage anyone who is considering to donate their hair to do it. Think about how it will make some young girl or woman who doesn’t have any hair feel to have their own real hair wig. Believe me, they are thanking you for it.

Photo courtesy of Dawn.

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