About a month ago, I headed to the salon to get 9 inches off of my hair! I have always wanted to donate my hair and it felt good to finally do it. When I initially decided to go through with the process, I researched all of the different companies to donate to in-depth and discovered that some places charge wig recipients. Pantene Beautiful Lengths does not charge, so I focused on donating to them and read all of their guidelines for donating in detail.
- Check out the donation requirements on the Pantene Beautiful Lengths site
- I grew my hair out for 2 years and three months. I probably got about five small trims during this time.
- I did not color my hair during this time period
- I used lots of deep conditioner twice a week to keep my hair healthy. Favorites include Aveda Deep Reconstructing and Aussie Deep Conditioner 3 Minute Miracle.
- Air dry your hair as much as possible. For me, this often meant unwanted waves, frizz and an overall look I didn't love, but it was worth it to keep my hair healthy.
- Use a heat protectant whenever you blowdry, flatiron or curl.
I sent mine in with a note on the bag--Craig's Aunt Wanda is battling cancer, so I dedicated my donation to women like her.
While I'm loving how easy it is to take care of and dry my shorter hair, I really want to grow it out again for a second donation. I might enjoy it shorter and blonder for a little while and then start the process all over again.
Have you ever donated your hair or wanted to?