As some of you may remember from The Simple Blog, a couple of my favorite former Simple employees and I are growing out our manes in order to donate to Locks of Love. We're doing this in honor of loved ones who are (or were) battling cancer. Megan's mom is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as is my adorable sister-in-law Becky. Wendy's mom is a breast cancer survivor, which gives both Megan and I lots of hope. Our hair donations won't benefit them directly of course, but doing this makes us feel useful in some teeny, tiny way.
Meet Becky, age 29, and my cute niece Jensyn, age 4:
Last October, Becky was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. She's handling everything like a champ. Her attitude is so incredibly inspiring. I find myself thinking, "If Becky can handle cancer, I can handle going to the stupid gym for an hour. If Becky can handle cancer, I can train for a half marathon for the first time in my life." I don't have any excuses, not anymore. Right before Becky started losing her hair, she got a super-short haircut that she'd never dare try any other time. It was adorable. And when she went wig shopping, she decided to try out life as a redhead, just for the variety. In this picture, she's wearing her blond "hat wig."
And all I'm doing is growing out my stupid hair. Here's my latest measure-in:
Looks like I'm pushing 8 or 8 1/2 inches! That's definite progress since last time. Thanks to my friend (and Simple alum) Rachel for taking this photo for me while we were out to lunch today. Who's that peeking over my shoulder? Rachel's daughter, Shelby Kate. She loves me.
Here's my first measure-in photo, taken on a rare curly hair day:
I'd say 6 1/2 or 7 inches at most. Not bad for just two months of prenatal vitamins and daily hair-lengthening exercises. Never heard of hair-lengthening? You tie mini weights to the ends of your hair, and then flex your scalp for 10-15 minutes a day. You're right, I just made that up.
Throughout this process, Megan, Wendy, and I promise to post our updates and share our hair-growing progress. (Grow, hair, grow!) When we reach the 10-inch ponytail goal and head to the hairdresser for some funky new 'dos, we'll share our before and after photos.
Until then, think looooong thoughts for us. And, if you're so inclined, join the Facebook group Megan set up. If you feel like growing out your hair, we'd love to have you along for the ride.