Going to new lengths for a good cause, or our second makeover this summer

As a mom to the six pack, when people aren’t asking me things like, “Don’t you know what causes that?” (“Of course, don’t you?”) or “Are those ALL yours?!?” (“Well, DUH!”) or “How much do you spend a week on groceries?” (“None of your business!”) …..Or my new favorite, “Do you ever want to pull out your hair?” (only my stylist knows the answer to that!), I’ve noticed that the conversation will eventually turn to Chloe’s hair. It’s an easy conversation starter, too: she was born with red hair that has grown like crazy since she was born. We’ve never had it cut other than a couple trims to even out her baby hair lengths, and the most recent trim was in April of 2010. Needless to say, it was almost to her waist, but letting it grow seemed like a no-brainer since it’s always been so beautiful. The color, the body, the curls…some people just get to have the whole package, you know? Although it may have on occasion been a tiny tad bit frustrating to see her roll out of bed, give her head a quick shake, and have perfect hair, I’m tickled that it is the way it is.

Lately, though, a few different people have asked what our plans for her hair would be. Up until more than one query came up, I hadn’t really thought about it, but the amazing Stephanie suggested maybe thinking about donating her locks. What a great idea that was! We brought it up to Chloe, who at first was very set against cutting her hair, but once I told her that her new ‘do might make her look more like her sissy Hannah, she stopped, stared at Hannah for a minute, and then exclaimed, “Let’s do it! I wanna cut my hair!!” Well, OK then!

It took me a couple weeks to coordinate with Steph, mostly because we were in another state all last week, but today was the day of her appointment. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about the end result, but we decided to donate to the Pantene hair donation program. You can read about it here. After I had measured her hair repeatedly to make sure we had enough for both the donation and Chloe’s head, we were off to the salon. Chloe knew that she was primarily cutting her long hair so that someone else could have a wig despite being sick, so hopefully she could see the bigger gift behind the cut.

This is the last shot of her long ponytail before we went in to see Steph.

She was so calm and even excited for her new cut and didn’t make a peep during the entire process. In fact, she was pretty much all smiles throughout. Since everyone wanted to tag along to celebrate Chloe’s cut, we all crammed into the room and tried to stay out of Steph’s way. Here are a few more pictures of the process.

Having a ball getting her new 'do.

Stephanie works her magic.

The boys cheer on Chloe. Chloe got irritated that they kept blocking her view of herself in the mirror.

The bangs are everyone's least favorite part!

Totally enjoying the morning!

Almost done...

Chloe gets the VIP treatment...and loves it, apparently.

We love Stephanie and her amazing work!

The entire crew came to celebrate Chloe's donation

It’s been a good day!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Whitney
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 16:35:42

    If that isn’t the cutest little red head I’ve EVER seen….I don’t know what is.

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  2. guinever
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 16:39:49

    This teared me up! I always cry when someone donates their hair to locks of love (or something similar.) She has beautiful hair and some little girl is going to be absolutely thrilled to be able to “wear” it for her own. wow.

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  3. Hilary @ KatrinkaJane
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 16:57:45

    Deb, be sure to tell Chloe that her hair is a DOUBLE gift: it’s not just hair, it’s RED hair. That may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, but redheads are scarce and we often identify strongly with our hair color. It’s also often a close tie to our parent(s). So just think, somewhere there’s a little girl who’s lost her RED hair, and Chloe will enable her not just to have hair again, but her familiar, naturally-red look! Way to go, Chloe!

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