My son started college in September of 2005. At that time his hair was what I would call shaggy. Like a short haircut that was a month overdue for a trim. It looked good.
Throughout his five years at college he never really got it cut. I remember a trim of 2-3 inches now and then but for the most part Nathan wasn’t into hair care. Wash and wear was his motto. He graduated in May 2010 and was actually able to get the mortar board on all of the hair, which I might add is also thick, like twice that of an ordinary person. By November of 2011 it was half way down his back.
This current hot summer with its 90+ degree days and really warm evenings finally had him rethinking all that long hair. Last month he found a hair salon and had it cut off. But he didn’t just go into any salon, he looked for one that would cut and mail his hair to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. As his hair grew and grew over the years we had suggested this to him because his hair was so thick and such a dark, rich brown. So, in a way, we encouraged him to just let it grow rather than getting a few inches here, a few inches there, cut off during the years. In order to make a hairpiece Locks of Love needs hair that is at least 10 inches in length. Nathan was able to donate 11 inches and still have a 3 inch tail left. The salon ended up with five bundles of hair when they usually only get four from a typical head. Needless to say I was proud of him and I know some kids are going to be wearing mighty fine wigs. And the new hair cut? Well it is pretty much the same only shorter so all he does is wash it and pull it back into a much shorter tail.