I’ve spent almost the last 3 years growing out my hair to donate to charity.
Then I quit and cut it all off.
None of my hair is getting donated.
Why I Cut My Hair Off (And Will NOT Be Donating It)
This decision was spurred after recently checking in with my first-choice foundation and learning they stopped accepting donations about a year ago. So I went in search of a back-up foundation and fell down an interesting internet rabbit hole.
(And no, it’s not the one about “Locks of Love” selling your hair to offset personal costs instead of making wigs for people in need. That’s old news.)
What I uncovered was forums of people discussing how the process of making human hair wigs has changed and how human hair is less needed because technology is making such great synthetic dupes.
Sure, but some people still like human hair wigs, right? Then I read a comment that changed my entire perspective on donating hair in the first place.
Losing your hair for any reason is traumatic and many people choose to wear wigs… but they’d also choose not to get sick in the first place.
So basically, why mask a problem when we could be solving the problem and eliminating the need for wigs altogether?
As someone with imperfect health myself, that notion hit home for me. My whole medicinal philosophy is about finding the root of a problem and fixing it from there.
Moving forward, I’m choosing to make a monetary donation to a carefully selected charity that will help find CURES rather than contributing to the cycle of covering up an illness.
This is not to discourage anyone from donating their hair. It’s still very important! But I’ve learned it’s not for me.
And, on a more personal level, my hair just isn’t growing the way it used to and having it long was driving me nuts. I’m a short hair girl through-and-through so it feels good to have it back to a length I’m comfortable with!