Little Princess Trust UK Hair Donation
Some women are blessed with amazing figures and wonderful vibrant personalities. I seem to have been blessed with pretty decent hair which has been ridiculously long and healthy for the majority of my life and I don’t really do much with it to be honest. I don’t smother it in products, hairspray, treatments or anything and instead, I just let it hang around and do its thing. All I do is wash then let it dry naturally – not because I want to have amazing hair, but usually because I’m too lazy to be bothered to dry it with a hairdryer. I’m a great believer in not faffing around with your hair and skin.
I can’t believe I’m letting you all in on my dirty secrets!
Although when I was very young, my hair was really fine, fair and whispy so it’s difficult to believe that I have such thick hair now but believe me I did. Here’s the proof…
When my hair has been long and I’ve made comments to people about thinking about having the chop, most people are shocked and tell me I shouldn’t because it’s so long and healthy. If I’m honest to myself, I’ve always felt my hair has been a bit of a security blanket and something I can hide behind.
My hair has always been ‘my thing’, so to lose it would feel like I was losing my identity which is a pretty scary thought. So for a really long time I’ve just gone on having looooong hair.
Donating to The Little Princess Trust Charity
But last year in October I decided I was going to brave the chop and donate my hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity in the UK who make and provide real hair wigs from generous donations for children who are suffering from hair loss through Cancer treatment, Alopecia, and other conditions. In fact, once my mind was made up, it was really easy and exciting to go through this transformation. I would be doing something good for children in need and my hair grows pretty quick anyway, so would grow back in time.
So in October 2017 I booked into Cream Gloucester and told my hairdresser Steffy my plan to donate my locks to The Little Princess Trust. (I think she hates me because I only go to see her about once a year and every time I go, I promise to be better with my appointments – I told you I was lazy).
Steffy sectioned my hair into 4, plaited the sections, secured with bands and cut off inches and inches of hair!! There was no going back and it still shocks me to see how much was chopped off from the back…
A whopping 14 inches (yes 14 inches) of hair was bagged up (I wonder how many people ask to keep their hair) and off I went, wondering how the hell I was going to style my new hair!
Anyway, long story short, I posted my hair to The Little Princess Trust, happy in the knowledge that I was helping a child somewhere. I know how important your hair can be to how you feel about yourself, so I was genuinely happy – even though I still wasn’t sure how I was going to tame my now short hair which resembled a mushroom with no weight to pull it down!
So this story ends happily for everyone – a child somewhere will have a super long wig made from my hair, I have been able to strip some of the colour out as there is no longer a 10 year build up of dark hair dye in it, and I have finally got the hang of how to style short to medium hair!
Cue recent (now blond-ish) hair from my friend’s wedding and fun Snapchat selfie to prove it:
And now I actually quite like it. So do I grow it again and donate more or keep it as it is for now? (Answers on a postcard)
If you’re thinking of donating your hair there are a few things you should know. For your hair to be suitable, the Little Princess Charity website states the following:
- Clean and dry hair in good condition (no split ends) from any gender, and of any natural colour
- Straight, wavy, curly, permed or chemically straightened
- Containing the occasional grey (less than 10%)
- Dyed, bleached/highlighted (any dyes must be of a natural colour)
- Plait(s) cut a long time ago, preserved in good condition
- Hair that is less than 7”/17cm in length
- Dyed an unnatural colour (blue, green, purple)
- Largely/mostly grey hair
- Afro (the wig-maker is not a specialist manufacturer of Afro wigs. The Trust buys in these wigs separately)
- Hair extensions
If your hair qualifies, then why not take the plunge and donate?
Check their website and full guidelines here.
Thanks for reading 🙂