One thing you may not know about me is that I love playing with my hair, in more ways than one.
First, I’m always twisting a lock between my fingers, and I’ve done that for as long as I can remember. Actually, it’s probably genetic: my brothers and some of my uncles used to do it too. I also use that lock to stroke my cheek or the corner of my eye: I love feeling the silkiness of my hair on my skin.
Related to that lock-twisting thing, I have developed advanced knot-making techniques – really, I could say I’ve turned it into an art form! My hair doesn’t need to be much more than 2 or 3 inches long for me to start making all kinds of knots with my locks, from simple to pretty elaborate ones.
Finally, another favorite way for me to play with my hair is playing with its length. I’ve had very long hair, I’ve had very short hair, and I’m having fun going from long to extremely short without transition. I’m a short-haired girl at heart, and that’s why I’m using the pic you see in my profile here and on Twitter even though it’s several years old (I haven’t changed much if at all, anyways).
Deep down inside, I feel I am more *me* with short hair. Yet, it still happens that I let my hair grow long, but I do it for one and only one reason: it’s simply so that the difference it’ll make when I have it cut again will be more striking. However, I’ve played that game often enough that people around me have become immune. Seriously! One year, my hair reached down to the middle of my back when I visited my parents for Christmas. When I came again for New Year’s Day it was, oh, probably no longer than 2″ long. No one even noticed! I had been there for several hours when I finally asked mom if she had noticed anything different, and she had to take a long hard look at me before she realised what had happened.
I must admit that, at that point, the game lost a lot of its appeal. :)
So I decided that I’d stop putting up with the hassle of growing my hair, and I’d keep it short, but… this is what I look like right now:
This time, though, I’m doing it for a good cause
Last year, my nephew participated in the Shaved Head Challenge, an annual fundraiser for Leucan, an organisation that has made it its mission “to enhance the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer and ensure support for their families”. I had heard about it a few years before and knew I’d do it one day, but I had yet to act on the idea. Though I was inspired by my nephew, I couldn’t join him last year, so I decided I’d do it this year and that I wouldn’t have my hair cut until then.
Of course, the thrill of going from long hair to shaved head played a role in my choice to let my hair grow as much as possible; however, it was not the main reason why I decided to do it. I was hoping that my hair would be long enough for me to donate them to contribute to the production of wigs for children with cancer who may need one. There couldn’t be a better reason for me to play this little game one last time! As it stands now, my hair is precisely the minimum length required for donation, so I’m not sure if cutting it will bring it just a hair (ha!) too short – I’ll see if they accept it on the day of the challenge.
So, you’ve seen the “before” picture. And yes, you will soon see the “after” picture.
The challenge happens this weekend: I’ll have my hair shaved on Saturday. Until then, if you feel like supporting my gesture and the wonderful work Leucan does, you can make a donation on my participant’s page (please don’t feel like you have to; I’m really only mentioning it in case someone would want to do it, but I have no expectation at all).
It may take a while before I post the promised pic of me and my new hairdo (!) though, as I’m flying out on Sunday and I may post again only once I’m back. I’m going to Portland and am very excited about this trip for several reasons – seeing friends! attending a Shiva Nata teacher training! playing with mindful biggification and doing Old Turkish Lady yoga with Havi at her new Playground! visiting the city also known as Vegan Mecca! And that’s only part of the exciting stuff happening around here these days… More details to come!