Chopping my hair for charity

A few years ago I met a friend who impacted my life in an incredible way. She was diagnosed with a condition called alopecia, which means hair loss. There was no reason for her to lose every single hair on her body, it simply just happened. She went through a number of treatments to try and stimulate her hair follicles to produce hair, but it never happened.

After meeting her, her condition was something I thought about often. I pondered on the thought of losing all of my hair, and was suddenly grateful for the hair that sat on my head. Hair that’s knotted in the morning, split end ridden and sometimes just hard to work with, but at the end of the day it’s my hair and would be devastated to lose it.

What would I do if one day I woke up, had a shower and suddenly it all just started falling out in clumps? Could I cope? Would it impact my identity? And what if this happened to me when I was 8, 12 or 15? Well alopecia can happen to anyone at any age, for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

For me, my hair has always been important. As a child, I remember putting ribbons in my hair for school, doing fun hairstyles and spraying it with glitter for birthday parties. And now as it’s quite long, I love getting it done, styling it for special events and even just wearing it out for work.

Imagine having that taken away from you suddenly, with no reason at all. With all this in mind, I decided to chop off 30cms of my hair to donate to charity. My hair (along with 8-10 other hair donations) will go towards one wig made for medical purposes. In the process I am also raising money for the kids program for Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation Inc.  

What does this all have to do with me? Not a lot really my part is so small, in fact it’s not about me at all. It’s about helping others, building awareness and the love, hope and support we can provide one person at a time, together.

There will be an Alopecia Foundation in your country – just google it and you too can support others with this condition, there are so many ways to get involved.

R x