2016 was a hell of a year, and I know I'm not alone in feeling like 2017 needs to be shown in with style, and maybe a little bit of pomp and circumstance, a dose of gratitude, and change! These thoughts were swirling in my head right around the end of December when it hit me: cut off your hair.
Gentle reader, first let me tell you how attached (literally and figuratively) I am to my hair. I've worn it long for a decade: a hip length, thick, wavy, undyed, well-maintained wealth of hair. I wear it in a bun, a top knot, figure-8s, boxer braids, milkmaid braids, braided crowns, converging braids, I even had to sleep in a braid. For years.
When all was said and done, the decision was an easy one. Cut off the length, donate it to a non-profit that will use it to make a wig for a child who is suffering hair loss due to any number of ailments. Tell the family, make the appointment, bide the time. Do this in honor of a beloved local elementary school teacher who is battling breast cancer. And then I got another great idea! What if I could get my community involved in supporting this donation? So just as quickly I connected January's custom slots with making a donation--I'll get to those details at the bottom of this post.
I was blown away, though, when Pure Barre Roanoke wanted to get involved too. One of our receptionists survived cancer as a child, and it was her idea to have a donation-only class on Monday 1/2/17 to support Wigs for Kids. The PRB community, amazing as always, raised close to $200 in one morning! A heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful women who were a part of that day!
On the day of the big chop, Robyn (front row, second from left) came with me to take a couple photos. Or, anyway, I thought it was going to be a couple of photos. There she was, manning my nikon, her cell camera, my cell camera, updating my instagram (@jen_obimama), the Pure Barre Roanoke snapchat, a group text, maybe a facebook post or two, all the while keeping me and the stylist superbly entertained. If you have never had a pampering, luxurious, you-are-the-center-of-attention haircut, please do! You won't regret it.
Thank you for slogging through my photos. Now I will finally tell you how to get a custom slot this month--you earned it. To enter the drawing for random slots in the month of January, either make a donation to Wigs for Kids (suggested donation of $10 is worth 1 entry), *OR* donate your 12" ponytails to Wigs for Kids (their length minimum), your 8" ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, or loose hair of any length (including pet fur) to Matter of Trust's Clean Wave program that uses hair to clean up spilled oil. Donations made anytime in the past 6 months through 1/8 will count as an entry. Yep!
IMPORTANT: if you donate your ponytail between the dates of 12/23 and 1/8 you will automatically win a custom slot--but please make sure to take some photos to verify the date of your cut and donation. They will be scrutinized, I assure you!
After making your donation, fill out the form below to enter. The deadline for entries is Sunday night, 1/8/17. Winners will be notified the following day. At that time selected winners will be asked to provide valid proof of donation via e-mail. Honesty is the best policy, folks, please don't be tricky.
By completing this form you assert that you have made your donation as described in the message box, that you will pay your deposit within 24 hours of notification, and that you would never ever ever write and say, "I didn't actually think I would win, I don't want a custom at this time." Cuz that kills me.