It’s a brand new year which means it’s time for a brand new you!  In the spirit of revitalizing my look for a new year, I decided to do the most daring thing I could think of to change my style.  I decided to make the cut and leave last year behind along with 10 inches of my hair.  Luckily, I was able to put that hair to good use.

After I hung up the phone with my hair salon, my heart began to beat a little faster.  The day had been set, and there was no turning back.  Maybe it’s a bit overdramatic, but I have always been one of those girls who considers her hair a fifth limb.  I have had long hair for years now, but one day I made the promise to myself that once it got long enough, I would donate it to Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a nonprofit foundation that creates custom-fit hair pieces for financially disadvantaged children under the age of 21 who suffer from long-term medical hair loss.  Hair loss can be caused by a number of different things, such as Alopecia or Chemotherapy, and is often permanent.  I realized that the ability to have my hair any way I wanted was a luxury that many girls struggling with medical problems just didn’t have, and I desperately wanted to help.  Locks of Love’s mission is to “return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss.”  This statement meant a lot to me, as it made me realize how much my hair affected my idea of myself.  I couldn’t imagine how I would feel in that situation, which is why I felt so inclined to be a part of the solution.  However, as the big day inched closer and closer, I became more and more nervous.

Cutting my hair was an experience I will never forget.  The moment my stylist sheared through the locks, I felt instantly different.  I felt lighter, sexier, spunkier!  I had worried that I wouldn’t be as attractive without my long hair, but then I realized that I was looking good, and feeling good in a whole new way.  Making a big change is something a girl just has to do every once and a while, and it’s comforting to know that the change can be a bit of hope and comfort for someone else.

As I dropped the envelope with my donation in the mail box, I felt good about myself and my decision.  Although it may seem small in the grand scheme of things for me, cutting my hair was a big step that required courage.  I had stepped outside of my comfort zone and made a change to myself that has brought me nothing but happiness.  And that’s what New Year’s resolutions are all about.

Interested in donating? It’s simple and inspiring.  Just follow the link!