5.30.2013

New 'Do.

It's weird how hair becomes a part of your identity. Your face stays the same and yet this mound of stands frame, shape and accentuate your features, giving comfort and confidence that, yes, the hair you wear is perfect for you.

Long hair has been a part of my look for years. Sure, the actual length has varied quite a bit, but "long" has always been a predominant descriptor. For me, long hair was a comfort zone in which longevity was the main proponent behind keeping it.

I met a girl last summer who was diagnosed with cancer shortly after we met. We crossed paths again around Christmas, and chemotherapy had taken all her hair. She rocked her bald head with utmost confidence and she looked absolutely stunning while doing so.

After seeing her inspiring reaction to losing her hair, I looked at my long 'do and immediately thought of Locks of Love. I wanted to do something to help, and after researching the organization more, I was set. Locks of Love is a non-profit that provides hairpieces to children who've lost their hair, to help them gain self esteem as they face cancer and the world. And so I set out to grow my hair longer, to where 10 inches would be plenty, and reached the point of cutting it all off last night.

My new, shorter style is definitely going to take some getting used to. But I was encouraged when the woman behind the counter said, "You look like such a lady". I smiled, satisfied, and also happy knowing that perhaps my donation will make a brave girl feel like a lady down the road.

Oh, and I'm happy to report the amazing woman I'm referring to kicked cancer's ass and is now in remission.





31 comments:

  1. it is so cute! perfect for summer, I have never gotten my hair long enough for locks of love, but what a great cause!

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  2. This looks so cute on you! One of my best friends grows her hair out each year (or every 2 years) and donates it to Locks of Love, too!

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  3. EEEKKKK!!!! YOU LOOK SO FABULOUS! Seriously, the sassy short hair totally suits you–I'm sure it will take some getting used to, but rest assured you look fantastic. And what a great cause!

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  4. YAYYYYYYYYYY!!!! Sassy pants! I absolutely LOVE it!!! XO Brynn

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  5. Looks great, Em!!! Love it!

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  6. I LOVE it!! And you did such a good thing so on days where you might miss it, just think about how you helped someone else! :)

    Jill
    Classy with a Kick

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  7. So cute! I have actually been growing my hair out to do the same thing! Such a nice thing to do for someone else.

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  8. absolutely gorgeous!!! you look amazing!!!!!!

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  9. That's an awesome sentiment that you acted on! And you look amazing! The bob is super chic. I very much like the layering around your face. :)

    Style by Joules

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  10. Yeay!! I love it!! You look so sophisticated!! And those you helped in the process :) makes it even nicer.

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  11. Oh wow, what an amazing thing to do, so brilliant of you, big congrats!!! <3333 And you look stunning with shorter hair, suits you soo well! ^^

    Liana
    dresscodechic.blogspot.com

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  12. What an inspirational story. You look fab with your new do! Loving your shirt too :)

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  13. I love it! So chic + cool!

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  14. yayyy I love this! And I am so sorry if I blew up your spot with my comment on your last hair post! I'm glad you donated and I'm glad you shared her story!

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  15. Ahhhh, I love your new do! I'm not quite brave enough to do the chop myself, but I love that you donated the extra inches to Locks of Love.

    xx, Bubbly in Brooklyn

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  16. LOVE IT! you look great! so brave of you too.. haircuts can be a scary thing but its so nice to know that someone will be thrilled to your locks :) xo

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  17. thrilled to have your locks ...that is :)

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  18. Love the new look! So chic and it really frames your face!!

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  19. Aw how wonderful! I tend to go long - short - long - short so I donated to Locks of Love when I was little. I was going to do it again a couple years ago but I wasn't qualified since I had highlighted my hair :(
    You look so stunning in your new 'do!

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  20. So wonderful...you look great, I think it really suits you as well. And it was a great place to give your hair too as well :))) Happy Friday xx

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  21. wow, such a BRAVE (heart) :D you look great!

    KISSES FROM POLAND (EUROPE) :))))

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  22. I like girls wear long hair, I think it's feminine) Though, short haircut can be awesome too, and chic as well) You look stunning! Great pictures as well! Gladly followed you on Bloglovin', hope you can do same;)
    Have a fabulous time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra
    www.svetusvet.com

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  23. What an amazing thing to do for a good cause, well done! (also your short cut suits you completely, really flatters your face shape, so that's a plus!)xxoxoxoxo

    www.fashionplaytime.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. What an amazing organisation Locks of Love is! I went to their website to get some more background information. I don't know if anything similar exists here in Germany.

    You look fabulous with shorter hair!

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.
    xx
    Annette
    Lady of Style

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  25. What a perfect sassy style for summer :)

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  26. I love the new do! And what a great cause :) Happy Friday!

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  27. what a cute haircut! You look beautiful!! and i love that top!

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  28. That awesome you, your hair looks beautiful that length!!

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  29. This 'do really looks amaze-balls on you! Good for you for donating :)

    xox
    Bailey
    http://akabailey.blogspot.com

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  30. So inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

    ArteresaLynn.com

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