How My Worst Haircut Turned Out To Be A Great Experience

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Carrie De Simas

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Every three years, I lop off all my hair and donate it to be turned into a wig for a cancer patient. A few days ago, I did it again. Nine inches of healthy hair snipped off. This hair was then put into an envelope and mailed to a company that will turn it into a wig for someone undergoing chemotherapy.

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My aunt is currently undergoing chemo and is wearing an array of colourful scarves until the treatment is done. Then she will wear a wig to help her feel more like her usual beautiful self until her own hair grows back in again.

I (thankfully) cannot imagine the tremendous feel of not-yourself-ness that goes along with this entire process. After all, we gals tend to identify strongly with our hair. There is a multi-million dollar industry built around it. So while dealing with all the emotional and physical ramifications of cancer, how horrid to lose something that makes you look and feel like yourself too.

This is the fifth time I have donated my hair. Yay. But it is the first time a stylist completely screwed up the hair cut. Not so yay.

When I saw what he had done, I almost had a coronary. My hair looked akin to a shark having chewed on my head. One side had a hole where a chunk of hair should have been. Dreadful.

IMG_20160321_141348Understand that I’m a wash and wear gal. No blow dryer, hair spray, or gel in my home. I get a hair cut once every six to nine months. Under duress. I’m not hair high-maintenance at all. So when I say it looked awful, it did. See the pic? Not kidding.

So… I freaked out; it was a new experience for me. Even when I had once accidentally dyed my hair black (or another time, orange) I didn’t worry too much about it. Hair grows.

This time I panicked.

Then, I looked at the ponytail in the zip lock bag waiting to be mailed and I realized something: my crappy haircut made me feel unlike myself. Unbeautiful even. It was a tiny taste of what cancer patients must feel when their hair falls out. Except that I’m not sick. I still have hair. And this can be fixed.

Look in the mirror and imagine yourself without hair. It’s an uncomfortable experience for most women.

Canadian Blood Services motto is: It’s in you to give. For those of us with healthy hair, it’s on us to give as well. Try it. It’s an amazing feeling to help restore a semblance of normal to a woman who really needs it.IMG_20160321_141548

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