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Long Story Short….

9 Nov

I few months ago, I was getting ansy with my hair and finally decided it was time to cut it off and donate it to locks of love.  I used to have short hair and loved it.  My friend said he thinks I look best with long hair, so I decided to grow it out for roughly 2 years for the following reasons:  (1) I knew I was going to Hawaii in April this year and needed my hair long enough to put up when the humidity attacks my hair; (2) I missed long hair and being able to style it differently; (3) I wanted to donate it when it got long enough!  Here’s what I looked like before I cut it…….

And here is a picture of after………

this is us at our friend’s wedding in July, the one I went to Disneyland with.

And this is us at Normalicious’s 7-year-old cousin’s birthday.  She was definitely the princess for the day.

Thank you to Glenn, owner of Headlights Studio, for the amazing new do and for always making my unruly hair fantastic!  He is the BEST hair stylist I’ve ever had.  He works with the waves I have in my hair and styles it with ease.

He once turned my mom’s mullet into a beautiful shoulder length layered hairstyle. My mom went to her usual stylist and got it chopped off in such a weird way that made her look like Billy Ray Cyrus! IT HAD TO GO!  Glenn did his magic and voila.  My mom’s hair went from the cut below to something much better…..but I don’t have an immediate after picture of her.

Here she is a year later with her short layers all grown out.  Her hair grows really fast.  Anyways, I’m  loving the new do but I feel like my hair has gotten much more wavy over the years so having it short this time round feels different from 5 years ago.  I switched to a new shampoo, Organix Argan Oil, to see if that’ll at least keep my waves tamed.

What do you guys think?  Likey or no likey?

Long Locks for Locks of Love

25 Jun

I was out-of-town this weekend and didn’t bake anything special so I thought I would diverge from my usual baking posts to talk about something that has been on my mind as lately.

I’ve been growing my hair out for about 3 years.  Back in the day, I used to have the infamous Victoria Beckham haircut and loved it (and the boyfriend loved it too) but it was getting really popular and, soon, everyone had it.  I would walk down the street, look around, and immediately feel like one of many.  I didn’t feel unique anymore, so I decided to grow my hair out (plus, one of my friends said that longer hair suits me better).

I have continued to grow out my hair because I want to donate it to either Locks of Love, which is “a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children…suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis,” or Pantene Beautiful Lengths, where donated hair goes to make free and beautiful real-hair wigs for women with cancer.  I feel that I have been blessed growing up with food in my belly, a roof over my head, and a loving family, that I should give back and do some good.  I mean, it’s so easy to grow out my hair, and knowing that I can do something as simple as that to help others, has kept me from cutting off my hair years ago.  I’m proud to say that my hair is now 10 inches long (from the nape of my neck to the ends), enough to be donated!

There is one thing I completely overlooked when thinking about donating my hair….  I found out that Pantene will not accept color treated hair.  Sooo, I can’t donate my hair to Pantene quite yet, because I used to use permanent dye for my hair but currently only have about 2-3 inches of donatable hair since I switched to semi-permanent last year.  The way I see it, I have two options: (1) grow out as much as possible and donate the colored portion to Locks of Love, then grow out some more and donate non-permanently dyed hair to Pantene; or (2) cut my hair short again (that’ll make my boyfriend happy) to get all of the dyed portions off then donate my hair to either Locks of Love or Pantene.  What do you think?  Option 1 or 2?  I’m kind of excited about cutting my hair short again!!!  I’ll take before & after pics when I cut it.

Anyways, I hope this post has got you thinking about little ways you can change someones elses life because “if we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”  I hope you all have a wonderful day, week, month, year, and remember to eat sweets!  They make you sweeter : )

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