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May. 5th, 2005

Right before leaving:
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Right after returing (hair wet from trim after cut), with braid:
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Later, dry:
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After showing Josh:
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So it is done!

When I got to the salon, Polly couldn't believe that I was finally going to cut it. She hadn't seen it in about 5 or 6 years. She pulled it back into a ponytail to measure it out.
Since I had a lot to work with, we decided to donate at least 17 inches. The last 5 inches, as I expected, we mostly split ends and such and they wouldn't be able to use it. So, with the 17 inches, they would have at least 12 inches to use. This was actually with the curl, so I was actually donating much more. :)

Then she braided it up and snipped off the braid.
I measured the braid later because Lock of Love wants it labeled. The braid was 18.5 inches long.

After that she washed my (remaining) hair and trimmed it more to even it out.

So, I removed probably at least 20 inches total.

I am have not adjusted yet to how light it is. I've been a bit dizzy, but I'm sure that will go away.
I keep forgetting that I cut it, and reach for it to move it out of the way like I used to. Lol.

Gina was the first person to see it. I hadn't seen her in a few months, anyway. She had a very long day. Matthew was sick and had kept her up since 3am. So she didn't notice right away. Then, in the middle of us talking, she went white and said, "Where is your hair?!". Lol. She liked the cut a lot. It made me feel a million times better about it.

My mom, of course, knew in a second.
I let myself in the house and walked by the kitchen, where she was cooking dinner. She dropped the spatula into tha pan and screamed "You cut your hair!!" She was very glad that I had it done, but was extremely surprised with how much I cut.
My dad wasn't there, so I sent him an e-mail with the pictures.

Telling Josh was the funniest.
As usual, when I got home he was in the back room sitting at the computer, playing games, with his back toward the rest of the room.
I came up behind him to say hello and such. He didn't notice (eyes still on computer).
I came back into the room and brought the braid with me. (eyes still on computer)
I chatted with him for a while and even brushed the ends of my hair against him. (eyes still on the computer)
Then I brought over the braid and hung it over his shoulder.

He leaned against it with his head, pinning it to his shoulder (thinking that had pinned me down by my hair). He laughed, and remarked about how he had me trapped.
I walked back a couple of feet and waited for him to let go. When he did, the braid dropped onto his lap. LOL
He looked down, stared at it for a little while, then finally turning his chair around to look at me.
He is probably more in shock about it than I am.

So, I didn't cry or freak out much about it. Probably because it is still not above my shoulders and I know that I will grow it back.
It definitely looks and feels healthier. I has most of its volume back.

And I am glad that I could make a good donation to a good cause.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 5th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
LOL, your hair is still longer than I ever had mine... (and I kept it as long as possible until I was 13) it's beautiful! YOU are beautiful with your hair! :)
May. 7th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
lol. Thank you!
May. 5th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm crying. Thank you so much for doing that! My friend's daughter (Kerri is 7 yrs old) has Luekemia. Maybe your hair will help give her "new" hair. She's been waiting for a wig for a few months now.


May. 7th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
My mom and 2 of my friends went through chemo. Fortunately they are all in good health now. Remembering what they went through certainly aided in prompting me to donate.

I hope that Kerri gets the new hair that she's been waiting for and that she recovers soon. That is such a young age to have to go through all of that.
May. 5th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
It looks beautiful! You are such a star for doing that, well done
May. 5th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
nick and josh do exactly the same thing. it drives me crazy "hi!" 'hi' (still looking at computer). etc.

anyway. love your hair! i'm so glad this woman knew what she was doing and didnt try to give you layers , for so long people seemed to think that was the only thing that could be done with curly hair, and i ended up with a huge mushroom head!
May. 7th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
Lol. Yeah, I was a bit afraid of the mushroom effect that I might end up with.
May. 5th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
I can't see the pictures. Instead, each picture spot says "Image hosted by photobucket.com" :-(
May. 7th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hm, I can see them now. Thanks anyway!

Your hair looks great.

Oh, and Joanna says you look "not American at all, but like [her] friend who's Egyptian."
May. 7th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Lol. That figures, right? So I am Egyptian again. hehe.

Dad finally saw the pics last night. Lol.
May. 7th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Joanna also says that hair cut looks really good on you.

What was Dad's reaction?
May. 8th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
He was surprised but he really likes it a lot. I guess he really wanted me to cut it!
May. 9th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Actually, you kind of look like an Armenian friend of mine
May. 5th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oooh YAY you!! :)

And your hair still looks great :D
May. 5th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
I love that you donated it and (while you were beautiful before) you look SO great with it shorter.
May. 6th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
Gosh, you look so wonderful :)
Curly hair is so beautiful!!!
May. 6th, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC)
Awesome :)
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