I have wanted to shave my head since May of this year. I was teaching at the The American Hair Loss Council Conference, which was an awesome experience and I will get into that in a little bit. I am standing in front of our group telling them the importance of wearing a wig for a day.
“How can you tell someone the benefits of a product if you yourself have never used it?”
As I am speaking to them about the difference a 100% hand tied cap will make, I thought for a second, “Well you have never worn a wig for a full day without biological hair…how you can talk about what that feels like?” I pushed it out of my head since that was not the time to let my mind run off on a day dream of wearing a wig without bio hair, and continued referring to all of the unique features of our 100% hand tied cap.
After class one of the attendees came up to my coworker and myself and said that she was very inspired by Diana’s story (Grow My Fro :: check out her journey and her fundraiser for Children With Hair Loss) and she was going to shave her head too. Now the day dream pops back into my head and I start to think, maybe I should shave my head.
The rest of the conference was amazing and we really had a great time. I was even able to check off a bucket list item and be a platform artist. I met a lot of really great people while we were there and I can’t wait to go again next year.
So let’s skip forward to now… it has been a few months and I have made the decision to shave my head and keep it shaved for 6 months. I thought that my husband would be really against it, but when I spoke to him about it he was really encouraging (I think I was hoping he would say something along the lines of “No! You can’t! I love your hair!” and then I would have an out. That was not the case; instead he was so excited and proud of me and is growing out his hair again to donate it. We will both be donating our hair to Children With Hair Loss which is an amazing organization and defiantly worth checking out if you would like to donate your hair or if you know someone who has a child 20 years or younger who is in need of alternative hair.
To be completely honest, which is what I have promised to do, I have a little bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde going on right now. I know this will be a good experience for me, and how many people get this opportunity? I mean come on, I work for a wig manufacturer, and it is going to be awesome to try all of these different styles. I am also looking forward to not having to do my hair every day and it will be so much easier for travel and all of my training. But then I look at myself in the mirror in the morning at my long black hair and think “are you crazy!” There are women out there who would kill for your hair and you are just going to shave it all off?
So now I wait till it is time…