This week has been a whirlwind of activity!
My super SIL is in town visiting and playing Nanny while Hubby and I get away for a week on the OR coast. In anticipation of how windy the beach can be, I decided to see if my hair was long enough to donate to Locks of Love. I've been growing it to donate and figured now was the best time. Shorter hair is way easier to clean after swimming in the pool and way less tangled when blowing in the wind. It was a little iffy at first glance if I had enough (which is 10 inches braided), but in the end I had more than enough...a 12 inch braid was cut off and sent to Locks of Love.
Here are the before and after pics I know our FB fans have been waiting for.
Needless to say, the back of my neck is always very cold now. :o) And I realized that all the sun-bleached portions of my hair were cut off so it's definitely a darker color right now. But, I love it! I've never been disappointed when giving my hairdresser free reign to do as she likes.
Now I'm starting the process of growing it out all over again. The next time it gets long enough, I'll be donating it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Here's a little blurb from their website:
"Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society. Thanks to volunteers like you, we've donated thousands of free, real-hair wigs to women living with cancer. Created and funded by Pantene, these wigs are distributed through select American Cancer Society wig banks across the country. Your donation is critical because we can only create as many gorgeous real-hair wigs as gifts allow."
The best part about Pantene is that you only need 8 inches of hair to donate! It won't take me as long to grow it out! I highly recommend donating your hair if you can. It grows back, you can sport a new look and you bring hope and happiness to those who need a boost in their self-esteem. GO FOR IT!
On a hair related note, our other news this week was the addition of a new model for our hats! My SIL and I do a lot of thrift store shopping when she's in town and she came across this Manikin in Goodwill. It was a little more than I like to pay for a thrift store item, but having looked for months for one online, I knew it was a bargain. So I went for it and became the envy of the other women in the checkout line. Who knew heads were in such demand?
Meet Nicki Vanessa Wilson
Nicki is a cosmetology manikin and her stylist-in-training did a fantastic job on her cut and highlights! I really am a little jealous of her hair. Before I knew she had a name of her own, I had asked See See what we should call her and she decided Vanessa. When we arrived home, however, I noticed she already had a name tattooed on her neck so Vanessa became the middle name. She thoroughly creeped out every child in the house with her real human hair (good thing I didn't do my original idea of introduction...putting her in someone's bed under the covers! Yes, I can be bad like that!), and I couldn't wait to show her off to Hubby. When he saw her, the joke became I may just adopt her as my best friend and start talking to her all the time to which Hubby said I really should name her Wilson after the ball Tom Hanks conversed with in Castaway. I said it would be a horrible first name for her, but an awesome last name and thus Nicki Vanessa Wilson was named and made a member of the household. The oldest is happy as I will press her less often into being my model (she hates her pictures taken). And all in all everyone is getting used to Nicki's presence. She's currently modeling one of our Homespun Cloche Hats.
That's it from our neck of the woods. Next week I'll have beach pictures to share! Enjoy your weekend!