This is liberation at it’s finest

As we take the time to acknowledge certain societal norms around women’s (and men’s) hair, we come to the ideas of long flowing

Photo by Hailey Turpin
Photo by Hailey Turpin

hair is a beauty standard. But is it something to be tested? This week, I challenged my physical, emotional and mental well-being as I cut 12 inches from my hair. I knew in the beginning I wanted to donate it to an organization that makes wigs for sick children, the hardest part was just going. Even though I only made the decision a week ago, it still took lots of nerve and guts. Now, I can honestly say that it was easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. Here are five reasons why you should consider cutting your hair for charity.

  1. Liberation, liberation, liberation. If you are looking for a little bit of change in your life, this is the easiest way to do it! Cutting your hair (if it’s long enough) results in a new look and  new you – almost like an alter ego. It’s a very freeing experience and it always grows back.

    Photo by Hailey Turpin
  2. It goes to a great cause. I am donating my locks to Wigs For Kids, an organization that turns hair to wigs for children in need. The wigs are specifically for hair replacement from medical conditions like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and more.
  3. Healthy hair. Cutting your hair snips off all of the dead ends and allows the newer hair close to your head to grow out. Nothing is better than running your fingers through soft hair with no split ends.
  4. Help with heat. If you have thick hair like mine, cutting your hair will help with the hotter months that are coming up. Even if your hair is thin, cutting it off to your shoulders will help if you are always hot. If you like the shorter look but if you still want it to go up in a ponytail, I recommend cutting it to your collarbone.
  5. Less time to style. The thought of not having to do much with my hair is the most amazing thought ever. I can wake up in the morning and not have to do too much to my hair and it will still look amazing. And if you’re a guy, you can do even less! Just because you’re a guy doesn’t mean that you can’t donate your hair too!

If you do plan on cutting your hair, make sure you do your research on your salon or barber and the charity you want to donate to. Take the time to really come to terms with the decision you make, because it can be a major change to your life. Hopefully you make the choice and you are able to help someone out.

Photo by Hailey Turpin
Hailey Turpin is a Senior Communication Studies Major with a Public Relations Track and an English Minor. Hailey has worked for the paper for her entire secondary education career. She enjoys coffee, everything lifestyle related and sleeping. Hailey is also a member if Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity.