7 Of 30

7. Cut my hair and donate it to charity.

Last week, I crossed off not one, but TWO items from my 30 Before 30 list! This one was, well, MAJOR. Here's a little background info...I haven't cut my hair in almost two decades. Sure, I've trimmed it here and there, but really, it hasn't been above my bra line for almost as long as I can remember. I decided that I needed a new look as I entered into my thirties and cutting my hair seemed like the easiest way to go about doing that. I didn't want my hair to go to waste, so I started looking into ways to donate it. Enter Locks of Love.

I'm pretty sure that everyone has heard of Locks of Love and the amazing things they do with donated hair for children. It turns out, that since I haven't dyed my hair in almost four years, I was a perfect candidate for their program. Since the minimum donation is 10", I decided to really change my look, using Shannyn Sossamon's adorable cut as inspiration.

I discussed this whole idea with hair stylist, Joey Oso, at the roller rink shoot with Rebecca Handler Photography last month. He loved the whole concept behind my cut so much that he offered his services FOR FREE! And he wanted to do it as soon as possible

I listed cutting my hair on my 30 Before 30, but I didn't really give much thought into what it actually meant. I didn't know how I'd feel once I actually scheduled the appointment and printed out the form for Locks of Love. When the time finally arrived, I freaked out. I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry thinking about chopping off, what I believe, was my one, true defining characteristic.

I really wanted someone to come with me to my appointment to make sure I actually went through with the whole thing, but since it was scheduled for a Thursday afternoon, my friend pool was very limited. I half-jokingly asked the folks connected to me on my Facebook page if anyone would want to accompany me. I figured no one would take me up on the offer, but to my surprise, one of my long-time readers, Celinda, volunteered! We met up for lunch before walking over to Joey's salon to do the deed. She even took some really fantastic pictures for me. Here's how it all went down!

To say that I simply love my hair is not doing my sentiments justice. I cannot believe how AWESOME this cut looks on me! Okay, it's not what I was going for, but everyone involved thought it'd be better to ease into a short do. Besides, I can always go back. Wil actually said that he prefers this to my long hair. Wow. I'm sold...this chick is never growing her hair past her shoulders again!

A BIG thanks to Celinda for tagging along, offering a hand to hold and taking such incredible pictures. Oh, and thanks again to Joey for offering to help me accomplish this goal. If you live in NYC and need an awesome cut, Joey's your guy. So, what do you think?!


Sarah said... February 9, 2012 at 7:36 AM

LOVE it!!! I donated to locks of love in college once and haven't had my hair long enough to do so again. Although right now I have past the shoulders hair for the first time in years. While I'm enjoying it, I know i'm going to go back to shorty short hair eventually. Short hair rules and you rock!

MODERN MOM said... February 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I love the hair cut!!!!

Jennifer said... February 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I love it too! I think it brightens up your face being shorter!

Andrea said... February 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Gorgeous!! You are radiant:)

Annette | Bucket List Journey said... February 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I think I may love everything about this post; daring to cut so much hair off, donating it to locks of love & checking a goal off your list! Kudos to you :)

Anonymous said... February 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

great post, it was an honor to be a part of this moment of cutting your hair and donating it to a worthy cause.. your a great role model Danielle!!!!

All the best and enjoy!!

Joey Oso

nova said... February 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Short hair is the most fun!

Sarahcastically said... February 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

The haircut looks gorgeous! Love the picture of you right before he makes the cut, haha. I'm glad it turned out so well!

Mandy@OrangeAutumn said... February 11, 2012 at 8:02 AM

How fun and scary at the same time! It's awesome that you did this!

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