"I had wanted to cut my hair but I also wanted to do something meaningful with it! I decided to cut it short so that it can meet the requirements of making a wig! I hope that my hair can be put to good use and to bring joy to people who need them! :D"
"The idea of hair donation for patients who need wigs first arised when my mother-in-law needed to undergo chemotherapy to fight against cancer. Losing her hair was not the greatest issue but witnessing the amount of physical and emotional pain was difficult to describe beyond words. She is not the first and won't be the last of many unfortunate people who have to face this terrible illness. Donating my hair is a little way to show my care and support to them. I hope their families and themselves find strength to persevere and recover soon."
These ponytails are from Kimm, she did a very good job in tying her hair into multiple ponytails and securing them with an additional rubber band. Though this isn't the first time having donor donating multiple ponytails, but having 12 ponytails for a non-shavee is the first.
Yashodra's mum lost her battle with cancer when Yashodra was about to turn 4. And ever since, Yashodra has always been wanting to do something in memory of her mum.
"To many of us, our hair has always been our identity. Females are idealised to have long hair and males, to have short hair. I wanted to show cancer patients that its okay to be bald and that being bald does not belittle us. Hair does not define how beautiful we look. You can be bald and still be the 8th wonder of the world, breath taking and beautiful."
On donating her hair, Yashodra said that she just wanted to make a change in someone else's life. It's better to donate instead of throwing it away. Her hair measures 21 inches
"This year, I watched a lot of YouTube vids and saw that a lot of Americans donated their hair to locks of love and so I thought there HAD to be someone or an organization doing something like that. So I Googled and tadah your blog came up! And reading your blog, I was sure I wanted to donate my hair haha."
- Si Hui
Si Hui's ponytail measures 17 inches, and it came with a free hair wrap. Thank you Si Hui for making the video and spreading the words.
May and Carine are sisters, and both had cut off their long hair together for a good cause at the same time.
This is May, and her before and after hair cut photo. May has been doing a lot of volunteering work helping people, and since she had long hair, she decided to donate her hair to help more people. Her search brought her to my blog.
(Photo courtesy of May)
May's ponytails measure 15 inches.
Coincidentally, May's sister Carine, found out about my cause through a Facebook post by her friend Brenda and decide to do the same as well. Brenda is the mother of our youngest donor, Edna, who donated her hair beginning of this year.
I took this closed up shot of Carine's ponytail to show how her ponytail was tied. At least 5 rubber bands were used to secure the hair together. Nice job!
"Since the time I was a young girl, I have always been a huge fan of long hair. In fact, I used to love long tresses so much that I had never ever stepped into a salon or let a pair of scissors come near my hair. However, recently, I made one of my most life-changing decisions. I said yes to cutting my hair because as a third year medical student, I had to start going to the hospital everyday and I thought that shorter hair would be in the best interests of infection control. To cut or not to cut was definitely something that I deliberated upon for a very long time. But once I had made up my mind, I was one hundred per cent sure that I wanted to donate my hair to Recycle Your Hair. My motivation to donate to make wigs for cancer patients stems from the fact that I am a Breast Cancer Foundation volunteer, and as such, I have learnt how valuable a wig can be in boosting the self-esteem of a patient going through treatment.
In going from a thigh-length cascade of hair to a short bob, I discovered the most meaningful way of commemorating my haircut. I hope I have made a difference in the life of a cancer patient, and I hope many others will too!"
This ponytail measures 22 inches, it is from our third donor from Myanmar. Thuzar loves her long hair, but she is more willing to let it go for a good cause.
"I believe hair is one of the proudest attribute for ladies. Giving up what you
treasure to help another person is the most purest thing happens to that person.
Thank you my friend Nancy and recycleyourhair to fulfill one of my dreams."
She treasures her long hair a lot during her teens and couldn't find the courage to part with it, even when she was inspired by her biology teacher who shaved when Ling Lee was in secondary school. Ling Lee then gain her courage after her girlfriend took part in last year's event. She thought that if her friend and teacher can do it, why not herself? Hence, she is now a proud female shavee. "I wanted to help those kids, I wanted to tell them appearance is not everything, having a beautiful heart is the most important."
- Ling Lee
On donating her hair, Ling Lee thought that it would be wasteful to just throw away the hair if it can be used.
These ponytails came all the way from Malaysia. Jessie is the first donor from overseas to send her hair by post. Special arrangement were made to make it possible for her hair to reach me. A few parties were involved, thanks to those who make this possible.
Like the previous donor from Malaysia, Jessie also wanted to donate her hair closer to 'home'.
"I really hope to donate my hair to help those who needed."
Jessie's ponytails measure 18 inches, our very first 18 inches. She did a good job in tying her hair. Thanks Jessie.
I have not been posting any post on donors for quite a while, so I shall begin with 3 shavees who donated their hair on 28 July.
The first shavee to donate her locks on that day is Ruth, her hair measures 16 inches.
Edited 14 Aug 2013:
After a year of thinking, Ruth decided to shave because she know a lot of people suffering from cancer, a few of them are girls around her age. "I just wanted to show support and that they are still beautiful without hair. I thought it would be meaningful to do it as I have had long hair for practically my whole life, and if I could shave it off, it could encourage them."
(Photo courtesy of Ruth)
This is Teresa, her before and after shaved.
(Photo courtesy of Teresa)
Teresa's ponytails measure 12 inches
These ponytails belongs to Mary, Teresa's friend. She was referred by Teresa. Mary's ponytails measure 19 inches
Received an email from an anonymous telling me that there are a lot of people who are still not aware of my cause and asked me to search for something on YouTube.
I did a search a while ago and I did found something. I have created a video response (hope I did it right) to those videos and I hope it helps to spread my cause to a wider audience. Thanks anonymous for informing!
Here are the photos of the ponytails for the 6 wigs. These were taken yesterday morning, my second trip there. Perhaps I was too excited the other day that I totally forgotten to take any photos even with my camera gears all with me.
Thanks J.J for driving me down on Wednesday morning, otherwise it would be too heavy for me to travel with such load on public transport.
So here are the photos taken yesterday morning before heading to work (arranged by the aunties at the factory).
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