One of Liberty’s defining features is her hair. When she was about 2, it really started to grow and I could do pig tails, braids, and ponytails. She was often getting compliments on her beautiful locks, and I loved it.
She has the type of hair I always wanted. It air-dries beautifully, so straight and shiny. While it is thick like mine, she lacks the frizz and natural curl that Amelia and I have. Amelia and I have the same hair – it is just curly enough that if you let it air dry, it can look pretty wonky. And going to sleep on wet hair? Forget it.
Not Liberty. Girlfriend has never had a bad hair day.
When the movie, Tangled, came out, Libby was just 2. She fell in love with Rapunzel quickly and since that time, has told me she was going to grow her hair just like Rapunzels. With hair nearing the top of her bum, she was definitely on her way.
Recently, she and I were talking about kids who lose their hair for various reasons. One of her good friends has a sister who had brain cancer. She remembers Jaylie without hair, and all that she went through. When I told her that people donate their hair for kids to have wigs made, she got a spark in her eye. She wanted in. She wanted to donate her hair for another child.
My heart swelled with pride and love for this sweet, tender, giving girl. But I was also really sad, because I LOVED her hair. But, it’s hair, and hair grows back. At least for my darling daughter it does. How could I say no?
I researched different places to send her hair. Locks of Love, Wigs for Kids, and Pantene Beautiful Lengths. These were the 3 I knew about. I was not really wanting to give to Locks of Love. I had read some negative press about them, and didn’t like that the families would have to pay for a wig. Wigs for Kids needed 12 inches, and I wasn’t ready to part with that much hair. Pantene Beautiful Lengths is just for adults, and she really wanted to give to kids.
I asked on Facebook, and one of my friends left this short comment; Children with Hair Loss. That’s all she said. I was curious as I had never heard of this company. I did a quick google search and found that this is a company that not only gives wigs for free, but they give wigs for free every year until the child turns 21. They also give TIGI hair care products every year too. For free. And they only needed 8 inches.
So, we went to Great Clips and Libby donated 10 inches of her beautiful hair. She was so happy, is so happy. She is so excited that her hair is going to make another child happy. She can’t wait to grow it out and (maybe) donate it again.
I am so proud of my girl. I am so glad I didn’t say no. I am so glad she has the heart she does and that she wants to help others.